I am living at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station as part of the medical support staff, ask me anything!
EDIT: Thanks so much for your interest Reddit! I'm closing the AMA at this time.
Don't forget that this amazing station and the research taking place here is made possible by the National Science Foundation via the US Antarctic Program, and all the wonderful people working behind the scenes at HQ to make it a reality every day.
My name is Josiah Horneman, and I work and live at the South Pole. You may also have seen me on TikTok as JoeSpinsTheGlobe.
I am a physician assistant (PA) who has been working in the medical clinic of the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station since February 2021. That time period encompasses our winter, where the sun never rises above the horizon for 6 months, and it is completely dark for 3 months. We have no flights or other transport during winter; 39 of us have lived in complete isolation from the rest of the world for the better part of a year.
Antarctica is the highest, driest, windiest, and coldest continent on earth, and here at the South Pole we've had a record-setting year for low temperatures. We've had several instances of temps under -100F (-73C), and have generally been accustomed to a constant -90F (-68C) over the winter. But there are perks! Since the station is built on top of 9,300ft (2800m) of snow and ice, I haven't seen dirt since I got here, and cleaning is a breeze. Also, there are no bugs (or animals of any kind besides us humans), and you never have to worry about popcorn or chips going stale.
Living and working here has been an amazing experience, and I've loved being able to show small slices of South Pole life to my 1 million+ followers on TikTok. Ask Me Anything!
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Big thanks to the National Science Foundation and the US Antarctic Program for giving me the opportunity to work here, and for allowing me to show it to the world!
More about the station
The station is managed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) via their subsidiary, the United States Antarctic Program (USAP). There have been 3 iterations of the station since first being established in 1957, with the latest (the Elevated Station) being completed in 2008. The South Pole has been continuously inhabited since 1957 by scientists and support staff. The purpose of the station is scientific research in several different areas, including astronomy/cosmology, atmospheric science, and seismology. Some of the larger experiments currently here include the IceCube Neutrino Detector, the South Pole Telescope (which is also part of the international Event Horizon Telescope project), and the Atmospheric Research Observatory (managed by NOAA.
Working in Antarctica
There are 3 stations managed by USAP on the Antarctic continent (South Pole, McMurdo Station, and Palmer Station). Contrary to popular thought, you DO NOT need to be a scientist to work in Antarctica! In fact, most people living here are support staff like I am. Each station needs IT, plumbers, electricians, generator mechanics, heavy machinery mechanics, chefs, stewards, supply/logistics staff, medical support, and many other types of personnel.
If you're interested in working for USAP on the continent, take a look at the following websites to find job openings:
USAP Contractors - List of contractors used by USAP to staff their stations. A good place to start! Leidos Antarctica - Leidos is the primary contractor which manages all of the other subcontractors Also have heard of people discovering jobs on Indeed.com, but your luck may vary.
South Pole Tourism
If you would like to visit as a tourist, check out Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions