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Established in 2005 by record-breaking polar explorers, husband-and-wife duo Patrick and Robyn Woodhead, White Desert Antarctica operates luxury trips to the interior of Antarctica, flying 36 guests at a time from its home base in Cape Town on a private charter for once-in-a-lifetime experiences including visiting the South Pole, summiting an unclimbed mountain, photographing a colony of 28,000 emperor penguins, climbing, trekking, and exploring ice tunnels.

Operating out of two luxury camps Echo and Whichaway, the company is already recognised as a pioneer in providing breath-taking eco-experiences in a challenging environment. The ambition is to maintain exceptional levels of service and hospitality, particularly the guest facing aspect to always ensure a premium luxury experience. White Desert not only provides tourism but also services the Antarctic science community.


Primary Responsibilities

Joining the team as Flight Operations Officer, the Contractor will be required to support the Runway Manager.

Responsible for coordinating all aircraft support functions at the Wolf’s Fang Runway and broadly operating under the direction of the Runway Manager, the Contractor will take the lead on functions such as weather measurements and relaying thereof, relaying of friction measurements, maintaining the operations log and runway opening checks.  They will pass weather forecasts to aircrew and maintain contact with aircraft while in flight.

Operating hours are largely dictated by suitable weather and flexible work routines are required.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Communicate with aircraft and track aircraft movements.
  • Collate weather forecasts and disseminate to aircrews but not limited to aircrew only.
  • File flight plans and broadcast flight movement messages.
  • Collect, capture and record flight information and fuel data.
  • Collect data that monitors fuel usage, fuel handling, and fuel storage containers.
  • Assist the Runway Manager with the First Response Team duties and relaying of information to various stakeholders.
  • Being hospitable when clients and visitors visit any communal areas or the comms box.
  • Adhering to all applicable environmental requirements.
  • Undertake a variety of camp activities including kitchen duties, waste disposal, water production, erecting tents, but not limited to the mentioned duties, etc.


  • The above outlines the primary responsibilities for the roles/duties, is not exhaustive and may be changed at any time, dependent upon the operational requirements of White Desert Limited and within the parameters of the position; and
  • From time to time, the performance of duties outside the sphere of this job description will be required, as and when necessary, dependent upon the operational requirements of White Desert Limited, including but not limited to actively contributing to the daily maintenance of the White Desert Camps in Antarctica and ensuring a standard duty of care.
  • In addition, there is an all-embracing expectation that each team member will work collaboratively within the team framework and that each team member is responsible for maintaining a supportive environment in line with the White Desert ethos.

Candidate Specifications Competencies

  • Experience and knowledge in the aviation industry; (dispatch, pilot or air traffic services)
  • Prior work experience in flight operations would be advantageous
  • Ability to interpret and relay aviation weather, flight plans
  • Familiarity with NOTAM information and basic aviation phenomena
  • Radiotelephony experience
  • Good communication skills in English, oral and written
  • IT skills / experience
  • Computer literacy

Required Skills and Experience

  • Proactive with strong organising skills, team-oriented, flexible approach and able to provide solid results under high pressure
  • Solid communication skills
  • Ability to cope with heavy workload
  • High attention to detail
  • Able to prioritise multiple tasks

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to walk on uneven/slippery terrain, climb/descend uneven/slippery terrain, stand and/or sit for long periods of time, bend, stoop, reach, push, pull, lift objects that may be heavy, and be comfortable around and operating heavy equipment.
  • Must be able to work in arctic weather conditions (Working outside is an everyday event)
  • During the operational season, all employees will be constrained to confined residing, in tents or pods.

Please send your CV, and cover letter and include the position you will be applying for in the subject line to [email protected]

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