Worker sought for one of world’s most isolated islands with low pay, ‘long hours’

Streaming HUBMay 1, 2023

A British wildlife group is looking for anyone willing to spend 13 months on one of the world’s most remote islands to study its bird population.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has posted a job listing for a new field officer on Gough Island, a British territory about 1,500 miles from Africa in the South Atlantic Ocean, according to the BBC.

The position pays between £25,000 and £27,000 — less than $35,000 — and requires a science degree or equivalent field experience as well as a willingness to work “consistently long hours” tracking birds, according to the listing. Is.

The listing states, “This position offers a unique opportunity for a highly motivated and disciplined candidate with relevant fieldwork skills and a keen interest in wildlife, who will be able to effectively manage small island living in a challenging and remote sub-Antarctic environment.” Can be customized.”

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Gough Island in the background visible from the water

Gough Island is visible in the distant South Atlantic. (Image)

Gough Island, part of the UK Overseas Territory of Tristan da Cunha, has no permanent human population, although the RSPB employs seven people and around 8 million birds call it home, the BBC said. The island can only be reached by boat.

UNESCO designated the island a World Heritage Site for its relatively undisturbed ecosystem, which serves as an important haven for nesting seabirds in the South Atlantic. Its location between 40 and 50 south latitude of the equator makes it prone to strong winds.

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Fog over Gough Island, seen from the water

Part of the Tristan da Cunha Archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean, there is a South African-manned weather station on Gough Island. (Image)

Two of the seven full-time workers on the island, Rebecca Goodwill and Lucy Dorman, told the BBC they eat packaged or frozen food that is kept in two walk-in freezers that are stocked annually.

“One is filled with frozen vegetables and the other is basically filled with frozen meat, and then we’ve got a lot of canned fruits and vegetables,” Goodwill told the outlet. “They give us a year’s worth of food supply during that two-week acquisition time, and we trade it off for the rest of the year.”

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Despite its isolated location, the island has internet access, which the women said allows them to communicate with friends and family at home in the UK.

"remote island" Welcome sign, Gough Island

Signpost in the township of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, on the island of Tristan da Cunha near Gough Island. (Image)

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“In a weird way I feel I am more connected to my friends and family here than when I worked in Scotland,” Goodwill said. “It’s a great community here, so we’re able to share stories, and learn from each other and support each other when you can’t be at a wedding or funeral.”

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