4 January, 2003
Working in a place as isolated as Antarctica requires an easy going demeanor and a certain sense of humor to help cope. While there are great recreational opportunities available, the subtleties of humor at an Antarctic station are imbedded in the signs and actions and speech of those who live here. Most of the workers here that are not scientists come here in October and stay until February. Last night I heard that the last plane scheduled to leave for those not intending to "winter-over" is Feb 22nd.
Some facts about Raytheon's on-Ice employees
Number of full-time vs. contract employees: 310 full-time, 879 contract
Percent of men to women: 65 percent men to 35 percent women
States represented on the Ice: 50 plus D.C.
States with the most people on the Ice: Alaska - 69; Washington - 77; California - 79; Colorado - 492.
States with only one Raytheon employee each on the Ice: Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky and Mississippi
Only state that throws its own party at McMurdo Station: Alaska
Number of employees under age 21: 29
Number of senior citizens employed on the Ice: 9
Age of oldest employee on the Ice: 74
Age of youngest employee on the Ice: 18
Average age of Ice employees: 37
Source: RPSC Human Resources as printed in The Antarctic Sun 12/15/02
Contact the TEA in the field at .
If you cannot connect through your browser, copy the TEA's e-mail address in the "To:" line of your favorite e-mail package.