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Field Assistant

Reference: A6080320
Location: Gough Island, Tristan da Cunha
Salary: £21,718 to £24,293
Hours: Full time
Contract: 16 months

As part of the larger Gough Island Restoration Programme Field Assistants will carry out bird monitoring and other field work, including supporting activities for the mouse eradication operation and control (using herbicide) of an invasive plant Sagina procumbens.

Working in partnership with the Tristan da Cunha Island Council, Birdlife South Africa, Island Conservation, and the Department of Forestry and Fisheries in South Africa, the RSPB is now planning for the implementation of a mouse eradication operation in the Southern Hemisphere winter of 2020. This will involve the spreading of rodenticide across the entire island. Populations of at-risk land birds (Gough moorhens and Gough buntings) will be captured and held in a protected, captive environment on the island during the eradication operation.

We wish to attract committed candidates who will adapt to the requirements of this restoration programme and remain focused on the outputs needed to progress this globally important effort.

The successful applicants will be joining and living with the South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) team of seven people and will be required to share cooking and cleaning duties on the base.

The ideal candidates will 

  • be able to cope with the above tasks
  • be confident in remote and challenging field situations
  • have a high awareness of safety issues
  • be comfortable living in close quarters to other people from a diverse range of cultures.
  • be highly driven
  • self-motivated
  • be able to get along with others.

Closing date: 5 April 2020

Interviews: 22 and 23 April 2020

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