Four women have just been hired to work at the most remote post office in the world.
It’s called Port Lockroy, and it’s located on Goudier Island in Antarctica.
The historic site was used by whaling fleets in the early 20th century and was “the first continuously occupied British base to establish year round British presence in Antarctica,” according to the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, which advertised the jobs.
There are three buildings at Port Lockroy.
The first, called Bransfield House, includes a museum, shop, and the post office. The second is a boat shed and store dating back to 1957. The final building is a modern reproduction of a Nissen hut that is today used as staff living quarters.
The four women — Clare Ballantyne, Mairi Hilton, Natalie Corbett, and Lucy Bruzzone — beat out a candidate pool of 6,000 other applicants also vying for the job.
They’ll spend five months at Port Lockroy, braving subzero temperatures and forgoing running water and flushing toilets.
They’re tasked with reopening the bay for the first time since COVID-19 hit.
Hilton, a conservation biologist, will be responsible for counting the gentoo penguins on the island. (Port Lockroy is aptly nicknamed the “Penguin Post Office.”)
Ballantyne will process the roughly 80,000 cards that go out from the port each year to 100 countries around the world. Corbett will run the gift shop. Bruzzone will be the team’s leader.
The women will work at the port from November to March, which is Antarctica’s summer season.