Agronomist - St Helena Island, South Atlantic

Agronomist - St Helena Island, South Atlantic

2 years FTC commencing December 2018

£45k pa, taxable in St Helena, a tax free International Supplement will also apply

A sub-tropical island of spectacular and beautiful landscapes in the South Atlantic with a warm and friendly population of 4,500, St Helena is a self-governing overseas territory of the UK. With the opening of a new international airport last October there is now a weekly scheduled flight from Johannesburg. 

It is essential for the Island’s producers to adapt agricultural activities and management actions as well as apply additional best practices to a changing climate and its impacts. At present the capacity to provide high level agronomy to producers to improve crop production and productivity is limited, so your professional skills will be key to improving these services. Your priority will be to contribute to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Division’s capacity for production and productivity improvements in local agricultural cropping and pasturage management.

Providing agronomic services for covered and open field vegetable cropping and grassland for livestock pasturage, you will work closely with the ANRD Farmer Support and Pest Control teams, agricultural producers and the Farmers Association. This is a field-based hands-on role with regular visits, for example, to business and small-holder units engaged in vegetable and livestock grazing activities. 

Holding a Masters in agricultural science, agronomy, crop science or food security disciplines, you will have substantial agricultural production and agronomy experience, including development agricultural programmes. You will have worked in a Government agricultural service with success in reviewing crop production and land management approaches of others, achieving improvement through advice, training and mentoring.

We offer an extensive benefits package with 30 days leave pa, fare paid travel, freight, pension contribution and relocation allowance (see overseas vacancy information). An application form can be found at www.sthelenacareers.com where further information can also be found, or you may contact Kedell Worboys on 0203 818 7610 or email: shgukrep@sthelenagov.com. This is where applications must be sent and received by 14 September 2018. Interviews will be held in London.

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