Sick of Your Salon Job? This Antarctic Base is Hiring a Seasonal Stylist

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A view of the McMurdo Station in Antarctica. JeffDSamuels71/Getty Images

I once dated a barber. (Who, ironically, had a mullet.)

He chose his career because he thought it’d be one of the last overtaken by robots.

I see his point: People are attached to their hair people, and probably won’t flee to robo-barbers any time soon.

Visions of Edward Scissorhands aside, if you’ve got hair skillz and an appetite for adventure, I’ve got a job for you: McMurdo Station in Antarctica (yes, that continent on the bottom of the world), is hiring a seasonal hairstylist.

Here’s how to make the cut…

How to Become a Hairstylist in Antarctica

Think living on the other side of the world for a while sounds interesting?

As a McMurdo hairstylist, you’ll be responsible for giving haircuts to all personnel, as well as scheduling appointments, cleaning and sweeping, and interacting with clientele.

To be eligible, you must have a high school diploma or GED, a cosmetology or barber license and two years of experience. Bonus points if you’ve given military cuts before.

The listing notes a Current ServSafe® Food Handler certificate is also required — but it looks like you can get one online.

This position’s season is “Austral Summer,” which is winter to most of us — I’m guessing November through March.

Pay isn’t listed, but according to my friend Nick, working in Antarctica can be an excellent way to save money because your flights, housing and meals are paid for.

Even if you’re not a barber, several food service positions — like baker and prep cook — also are available.

Click here to see all the openings (and follow our new jobs page for all kinds of exciting new opportunities).

As for the stylist position, you can apply right hair, er, here.

Your Turn: Think getting paid to work in Antarctica would be cool? Or just plain cold?

Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.