Four UK women chosen to run world’s most remote post office & count penguins in Antarctica

In Antarctica, four women have been chosen to do an unusual job. You have been chosen to count penguins in Antarctica and manage the world’s most remote post office. Despite a record number of candidates, Clare Ballantyne, Mairi Hilton, Natalie Corbett and Lucy Bruzzone have been selected to form a team that will be in charge of historic Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. According to the Guardian report, they were recruited by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust charity. There they will live for five months in sub-zero temperatures without electricity or flushing toilets and will sleep in bunk beds.

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Additionally, the women will travel 9,000 miles from the UK to reopen the bay for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak, the BBC reported.

The team running the remote post office

30-year-old Hilton from Scotland who spent four years in Australia doing his PhD. in Conservation Biology, will be responsible for keeping tabs on the island’s 1,500 Gentoo penguins. In addition, Bruzzone, a 40-year-old Londoner, had previously served for three months as the Arctic expedition’s chief scientist on Svalbard. She said her new position as head of the base is a “lifetime dream”.

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Ballantyne, a 23-year-old native of Lincolnshire, has just completed her Masters in Earth Sciences at Oxford University. She hand-handles about 80,000 cards that are shipped annually from the site to more than 100 countries.

Corbett, 31, is newly married from Hampshire where she has a business selling pet supplies. She will be responsible for managing the gift shop at the oldest operational British outpost on the Antarctic Peninsula. The Hampshire woman claimed she couldn’t turn down the chance to work on the island. She said, “Who wouldn’t want to work five months on an island full of penguins in one of the most remote places on earth?”

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Notably, the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT) charity advertised the positions, which attracted 6,000 applicants, including four women. Vicky Inglis, a 42-year-old from Aberdeenshire who has served as UKAHT Assistant General throughout the 2019-20 season, will join the women for the first 10 weeks.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the site hasn’t seen any visitors for almost two years, according to The Guardian, although between November and March, the Antarctic summer, 18,000 tourists usually come annually.

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