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December 15, 2008

NetworkWorld: CCIEs On The South Pole

Filed under: Cisco,Cisco Certification,OT: Humor — cciepursuit @ 6:14 pm
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It’s been bitterly cold here in Minneapolis for the last few days, so this job offer actually seems appealing  🙂

If the snow and ice storms hitting some parts of the country don’t faze you, how about working in the snow – in the Antarctic. According to a job ad sent in by a longtime reader, Raytheon wants to send network engineers to the South Pole to work on the National Science Foundation’s United States Antarctic Program. The government contractor is looking for Cisco-certified professionals, including CCIEs, CCNPs, CCDAs, and CCDPs with experience of SONET, ISDN and Frame Relay, to work with the Raytheon Polar Services Company. Raytheon provides services including science, operations, logistics and IT to three Antarctic locations.

According to the ad on, the contract position offers a compensation package that includes travel to and from the ice, and room and board.


  1. I’ve read the pay isn’t much higher than what you’d expect stateside, but the extracurricular activities might provide an added bonus:

    Comment by stretch — December 15, 2008 @ 8:16 pm | Reply

  2. Given the extreme cold, I wonder if the government issued “supplies” account for the shrinkage factor? 🙂

    Comment by kevhat — December 16, 2008 @ 9:12 am | Reply

  3. This job is looking better by the second.

    Comment by cciepursuit — December 16, 2008 @ 10:27 am | Reply

  4. Man you need to live in international falls and quit whining about how cold it is LMAO!!! JK It is a nice 36 degrees here. So how goes it you better be on that horse studying!!

    Comment by Tony — December 17, 2008 @ 2:18 pm | Reply

    • @Luis Garcia – Agreed! 🙂

      @Tony – Whoa Cowboy! How did you know about Intl Falls??? The folks up north always laugh at the Twin Cities when they bitch about the weather because it’s usually at least 20 degrees colder up there than here.

      I’m on the study horse. My flow isn’t as steady as I would like but I’m gonna do my best to pass this sucker on my second try.

      Comment by cciepursuit — December 30, 2008 @ 2:25 pm | Reply

  5. I interviewed for that position 2 years ago. Since its for the National Science foundation (NSF) the pay is horrible. Normally Raytheon pays decently since they require a government clearance, but that position is not clearanced, and the duties include all systems aspects as well. The living conditions are similar to living in Baghdad with the Army, and you are taxed as normal! Your technically still on US soil, even if the treaty doesn’t really say so. I obviously said HELL NO. But sounds interesting doesn’t it?

    Comment by Luis Garcia — December 24, 2008 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

    • @Luis Garcia – Wow. That kind of takes it right off of my dream jobs list. 🙂 The taxation thing is a real kick in the balls. I always thought that area was no man’s land. I suppose that if it’s a US base, then it can be considered US soil for taxation purposes.

      Comment by cciepursuit — December 30, 2008 @ 2:16 pm | Reply

  6. Hi, which the average salary for a job like that?

    Thank you.

    Comment by Plinio Monteiro — January 6, 2009 @ 6:35 am | Reply

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