Re: Entry Level Positions
You'd be surprised. A lot of people apply for jobs in Antarctica, but most are not qualified for the positions that need to be filled. Competition is VERY strong for General Assistants (GAs - i.e., flunkies) and Dining Assistants, slightly less for Carps (carpenters, but they also work with metal and are general construction).
For other jobs, if you're qualified, you have a decent chance. Even if a position is filled, they want alternates. If something happens and one person can't go, they don't want to have to start over from scratch to find a replacement. For many specialties, they have a hard time finding qualified people. I know they have had some difficulty finding qualified welders, for example.
Last I knew (a month ago), there might be a position open at South Pole for a chef or two for Winter 2009. However, winter is quite a commitment - 9 months without access to the outside world (except internet, 9 to 11 hours per day, depending on the state of the equipment). There may also be an opening at McMurdo. Doubtful at Palmer, which is a bit more competitive, but you could ask.
If you're qualified, ASK. The dining services do seem to value experience in French cuisine especially. The earlier you start talking to them, the better. Talk to a person, not the computer.
Best of luck!