Apply for SANSA’s Volunteer Positions For A Trip To Antarctica


In line with its mandate to co-ordinate and integrate national space science and technology programmes, and conduct long-term planning and implementation of space-related activities in South Africa, for the benefit of the citizens of South Africans; SANSA Space Science, a Directorate situated in Hermanus, Western Cape, that forms part of the worldwide network of magnetic observatories, monitors and models variations of the earth’s magnetic field, and carries out physics research, has the following voluntary vacancies to be filled:


The trip will be from approximately the beginning of December 2019 till the end of February 2020.

Individuals interested in an experience of a lifetime, with some scientific/engineering background, may apply for this opportunity.

There will be no payment made to the chosen people, but all their expenses will be paid, starting from Cape Town.

Candidates must be physically fit and mentally strong to part-take in the trip as the take-over occurs under harsh conditions, and hard physical labour has to be executed. Shortlisted applicants will have to undergo a full medical screening, including a dental examination at SANSA’s cost.

More information on the island and human activities there can be found at:


Background verification, including criminal record, credit checks, security clearances; qualification and citizenship checks, as well as competency assessment and psychometric testing, may form part of the selection process. SANSA subscribes to the principles of Employment Equity. Preference will be given to candidates in accordance with this.

Are you interested in this amazing experience and is prepared for physically challenging and satisfying work, please e-mail the documents listed below to  and cc

  • Your detailed CV (indicating in the subject line of your email Antarctica Take-over 2019/20).
  • A cover letter summarising the reasons for applying.
  • If you are a SANSAS student – a letter from your supervisor/s, giving you permission to go as we cannot jeopardize your studies.
  • If you are a SANSA Staff member – permission from your Line Manager.

Closing date:  25 September 2019.

Communication will only be conducted with short-listed candidates. If applicants have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, they must assume that their applications were unsuccessful.