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News29 March 2023, 1700 UTC

We’re Hiring: IAATO Seeks Senior Operations Manager

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The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators is seeking a Senior Operations Manager to contribute to the delivery of its mission to advocate and promote the practice of safe and environmentally responsible travel to Antarctica.

The successful candidate will work with IAATO’s Operations Team, led by the director of operations and government affairs, to support field operations. This includes coordination, development and implementation of both environmental and operational policy and strategy aligned with the organisation’s mission and vision.

Lisa Kelley, IAATO Director of Operations and Government Affairs, said: “Not only does this position work within IAATO to strengthen our guidelines and procedures, but also within the Antarctic Treaty System to help further protect the continent we all know and love.

“We have a talented and dynamic secretariat of driven team players so it’s essential that candidates possess those qualities – and, of course, a passion for Antarctica.”

Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills and possess a minimum of three years’ experience as field staff on board IAATO vessels; with more than three years and Expedition Leader experience preferred.

In addition, applicants should be able to work well under pressure, have excellent organisational and leadership abilities and, ideally, experience working with Antarctic external stakeholders such as National Antarctic Programs.

On August 18, 1991, seven companies that had already been operating expeditions to Antarctica for several years announced the founding of IAATO – a global, non-profit industry alliance dedicated to safe and responsible private-sector travel to the White Continent.

Since its inception, IAATO has taken a proactive role in managing tourism within the Antarctic environment, working within the framework of the Antarctic Treaty System to help visitors have an enriching experience, while having no more than a minor or transitory impact on the region.

Today IAATO’s membership is comprised of more than 100 respected companies from across the world, each working to protect and preserve the unique place that is Antarctica.

Kelley added: “We’re looking forward to welcoming a new member of the team with the same passion and enthusiasm for protecting the Antarctic environment as we have.”

Click here for the full job description and find the application here. Candidates should email their applications to including a cover letter and three references.

Applications close on May 5, with interviews commencing in mid-May.

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