Information for Prospective Volunteers in Palmer Station, Antarctica, LTER
Palmer Station LTER investigators often use volunteer help during the field season at Palmer Station, on the annual (January) oceanographic research cruise off the Antarctic Peninsula, or in their laboratories in the USA. Interested persons should consult the Palmer website for details about our research, and contact information for applying to individual investigators. Different investigators may have specific requirements; previous college-level laboratory and/or field experience is desirable. Previous oceanographic or Antarctic experience is not required. Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) support is available from the National Science Foundation for qualified undergraduates.
Typically, volunteers are selected in the late spring before the following October to April field season. All volunteers must pass US Antarctic Program-approved medical and dental examinations prior to deploying to the Antarctic. The investigator may pay partial costs for medical exams for successful applicants. All travel to and from Antarctica is covered by the program. The usual duration for fieldwork by volunteers is 6-12 weeks, but may be longer or shorter depending on individual needs and obligations. All volunteers must read and abide by the Palmer LTER Manifesto (linked below).
Prospective volunteers should send a brief resume and statement of experience and interest to the individual co-investigators for further information.