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Farm job advertised on world’s most remote island

The government of Tristan da Cunha is looking for an experienced farmer to manage its agricultural production


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The island contains one village and experiences some of the most extreme weather conditions on earth
The island contains one village and experiences some of the most extreme weather conditions on earth

The government of the world’s most remote island is looking for a British farmer to join its community of 265 residents.

 

The job, which is being advertised on the NFU Jobs website, stipulates the candidate must be able to assist ‘with all aspects of the development of livestock and agriculture’.

 

Tristan da Cunha, a small isolated island in the South Atlantic, contains approximately 1,000 acres of poor grazing land for 300 cattle and 500 sheep.

 

The job advert states the community produces potatoes in family run allotments, but intends to harvest fruits, vegetables and other crops to reduce its reliance on imported food.

 

The island, which is one of the UK’s overseas territories, contains just one village and experiences some of the most extreme weather conditions on earth.

 

Village amenities include a pub, cafe, dance hall, swimming pool, museum and tourist centre.

 

Although the island is very remote the telephone service is said to be ‘good’ and internet is available.

 

Tristan’s government officials said the role would give the right person an opportunity to work in a ‘unique community where you will have a chance to make a real and immediate difference’.

 

It will offer an ‘attractive package’ for two years’ work which includes free accommodation and travel.

 

Salary is negotiable dependant on experience and qualifications, according to the job specification.

 

Alan Brown, head of NFU Job Pages, said: “This is the most interesting and unique opportunity that I have seen advertised on NFU Job Pages to date. I hope there is a UK farmer out there who seizes the opportunity to take on this unique challenge and bring a flavour of British farming to the world’s most remote inhabited island.

 

“It is important for the NFU that we provide a broad spectrum of employment opportunities and promotes farming and agriculture as a career which is vital in keeping the industry moving forward. But that said, even I was surprised by this one.”

 


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The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate expertise gained in the UK in the following areas:

  • AI and modern medication for livestock
  • Arable crop rotation
  • Orchard creation, management and development
  • Tending to legumes in greenhouses - extensive experience of developing successful greenhouse operations
  • Livestock maintenance (beef/dairy/sheep) and general animal husbandry
  • The individual will be expected to support, guide and train current agriculture staff
  • Candidates must have proven leadership experience and experience of island life with an ability and willingness to integrate and adapt into the island’s unique community

Duration: Two years dependant on the shipping schedule

 

Interested applicants should send their CV and a 250 word statement as to how they meet the requirements to: The Commercial Officer commercialofficer@tdc-gov.com.

 

 

Where is Tristan da Cunha?  

 Where is Tristan da Cunha?  

Tristan da Cunha is of volcanic origin and consists of four islands – Tristan (the main island), Nightingale and Inaccessible, which together form a group, and Gough Island which lies 200 miles to the south-east.

 

Tristan is the only island with a permanent community. It has a population of about 260 people.

 

It is the most remote inhabited island in the world, situated some 1,750 miles south-west of Cape Town and only accessible by sea - seven days sailing away from Cape Town.

 

A harbour allows for access to the island for approximately 60 days of the year.

 

There are three television channels provided by British Forces Broadcasting Service.

 

Tristan da Cunha is internally self governing and is part of the UK Overseas Territory of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

 

Tristan’s main resource is lobster fishing: product is exported to the US and Japanese markets, and a royalty agreement with the company that has exclusive fishing rights, generates income for Government.

 

Tristan also earns limited income from the sale of stamps, coins and handicraft souvenirs.

 

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