Tristan da Cunha is a remote island that most people have never heard about, but that might change thanks to a recent job posting. The world’s most remote inhabited island, situated in the South Atlantic, is in need of an Agriculture Advisor. If your dream job involves orchard planning, crop rotation, and animal husbandry, this could be the gig for you.
The remote island, which was the subject of a sustainable design competition last summer, is small with a permanent population of 300. Livestock, mostly sheep and cattle, outnumber the people by more than double, and farming isn’t exactly a big ‘thing’ – at least not yet. Residents of the island currently must rely on fishing boats to bring supplies eight times a year from South Africa, some 1500 miles away, since there is no airport. Thus, the island government has set out on its quest to find a farmer.
Right now, potatoes are the island’s primary crop, but the right candidate for the job will change all that. The job listing calls for a farmer who can provide top-notch veterinary care for livestock, grow legumes and other vegetables in a greenhouse setting, and improve the community’s self-reliance. The new farmer is expected to make a two-year commitment to the island, starting late this summer. Although incredibly remote, it doesn’t seem like a bad place to chill for a couple of years. Reportedly, the island has a pub and a dance hall. Oh, and for better or worse, the island is looking for candidates who earned their farming chops in the UK. So please spread the word if that sounds like someone you know.
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