Here’s a list of reasons from folks in ’06 [Word .doc] about why people don’t want to return to The Program (even if they do return to The Program). At that time The Program was concerned with high turnover, which is now not so important, as RPSC is at the end of their decade-long contract with NSF.
Few contract personnel mention the cold or the weather as a factor in why they don’t want to return.
My biggest reason for possibly not coming back is our supposed safety program. We do inherently dangerous things out in the field by virtue of the fact that the environment alone can be dangerous. Environment is not something you can control. Helicopters are big dangerous machines, and while I intend to work safely around them, they are dangerous and I could be hurt. I am terrified of ever having to go to medical even for a small injury. I think that if you do a dangerous job and do it as safely as possible I should be supported if something happens. I should feel like I will be taken care of. Instead, I know that no matter what happens it will somehow be my fault and I will be deemed unsafe with an unsafe camp.