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Vacancy for Primary Education Advisor

St Mary's School logo, Tristan da Cunha

St Mary's School on Tristan da Cunha seeks to employ a Primary Education Advisor to provide continuing support to the staff and pupils in the primary department. The successful candidate will be willing to contribute to other curriculum areas and to the wider life of school.

This vacancy provides a unique opportunity to live and work overseas in a small community school. Our school educates 28 children ranging in age from 3 to 16.

Tristan da Cunha crest

St Mary's School caters for all the island children and is staffed by a range of local and expatriate teachers. The secondary department benefits from a UK trained and experienced Maths and Science specialist and a UK trained and experienced English specialist. The primary department benefits from the advice, experience and training of a Primary Education Advisor. St Mary's currently offer 5 IGCSE subject options to our secondary students. Students leaving St Mary's School in recent years have gone to the UK for A Level and BTEC studies, joined a government department training scheme and returned to the school as a trainee teacher.

The successful candidate will have

  • UK Qualified Teacher Status
  • at least 3 years post qualification experience of teaching in the UK or international schools using the UK curriculum.
  • experience of providing training opportunities and supporting the professional development of colleagues. This may have involved: mentoring student teachers, leading staff training sessions, supporting teaching assistants, supporting teachers returning to teaching or other relevant training experience.
  • experience of supporting children identified with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

The successful candidate will

  • support local teachers in developing subject knowledge and confidence in teaching
  • support the school leaders in making improvements in the primary department
  • be willing to undertake teaching of other subjects and other Key Stages when necessary
  • work actively with all the other teachers, being sensitive to the culture of the school and community

We can offer you

  • an attractive salary
  • a 2-year contract with mid-contract travel
  • housing in a friendly and supportive community for you and your dependents
  • places at school for any accompanying children
  • an incredible environment to live and work in
  • supportive colleagues and enthusiastic children
  • medical cover, including on-island treatment and evacuation to Cape Town

Outside of school, there are opportunities to get involved in island community life. The community are open and friendly and willing to help each other. The island provides unique opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to study the native wildlife and environment. Sitting on a beach in the summer time with seals and penguins is a perfect tonic to working life! The opportunity to climb 'The Peak' is one expatriates and locals both enjoy. We look forward to hearing from candidates who meet the requirements and have an interest in contributing to our island and school.

To Apply

For further information on the post please contact Fiona Kilpatrick (Island Administrator).

To apply, please send an up-to-date CV and a covering letter by 7 April detailing your suitability to the post to

For queries about school life and living on Tristan da Cunha please contact Clare Ryan, current teacher at St Mary's School, at:

Three Field Vacancies for the Gough Restoration Programme

Senior Field Assistant & Two Field Assistants

RSPB logoOne Senior Field Assistant and two Field Assistants will be recruited as part of the larger Gough Island Restoration Programme to carry out bird monitoring and other field work on Gough Island, including supporting activities for the mouse eradication operation and control (using herbicide) of an invasive plant Sagina procumbens. The post holders will work together. All three posts will be for a period of 15 months, consisting of pre-deployment training and around 13 months deployment on Gough Island.

Gough Island (6,500 ha) is located in the South Atlantic and is part of the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, widely considered as one of the most important seabird breeding sites in the world.

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.

The primary rationale for these positions is therfore to support the restoration of Gough Island. See for more information.

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. These positions will offer a unique opportunity for highly motivated and disciplined individuals with relevant fieldwork skills and a keen interest in wildlife, who will adapt well to small island living in a challenging sub-Antarctic environment.

Work during the wildlife breeding season is very intensive, with frequent long hours of fieldwork and data preparation, so it is important to be well organised. Data are collated using databases and by submitting reports, observing deadlines at frequent intervals. The results underpin efforts to restore the Gough Island World Heritage Site.

The successful applicants will be joining and living with the South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) over-wintering team of seven people, bringing the total team size to 10 people. They will be required to work within the requirements of SANAP's over-wintering teams, including sharing cooking and cleaning duties on the base. It will be an asset if the post holders have prior experience of working with one or more other team members. Given this year's eradication operation, the team on the island will increase by five Aviculture team members for the duration until January 2021.

The ideal candidates will be able to cope with the above tasks and will be confident in remote and challenging field situations. The applicants will also have a high awareness of safety issues and be comfortable living in close quarters to other people from a diverse range of cultures. The successful applicants will be highly driven, self-motivated, and be able to get along with other team.

Please review the relevant candidate information pack for more specific information on these posts.
The starting date for the positions is anticipated to be 1st of July 2020 due to the pre-deployment training requirements.

Hours & contract information (all posts)

Hours: Full time

Contract: 16 month Fixed Term Contract

Location: Gough Island, Tristan da Cunha

Closing date: 5 April 2020
Interview date: 22 April 2020, 23 April 2020

How to apply

Our job information packs and accompanying role profiles tell you all about the key result areas and the skills and experience needed for the role. Interested applicants should send the following two items, by email, to Kate Towler ( by midnight BST on 5th April 2020:

  1. A letter expressing your interest for the position and your suitability for the post. Please explain why you are suited for this position against the key responsibilities, skills and experience outlined in the accompanying job description (maximum 2 pages in length).
  2. Full CV

Please make sure you include the correct reference number on your application.

These roles are covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You will be asked to declare unspent convictions and cautions at offer of employment stage.

Senior Field Assistant

Reference number: A6070320

Salary Range: currently £22,073 to £23,912 per annum increasing to £23,966 to £26,808 wef from 1st April 2020


  • Role Profile (PDF 105KB)
    This is the profile the role is matched to within the RSPB pay and reward structure and should be viewed alongside the Job Information Pack.
  • Job information pack (PDF 197KB)

Field Assistants

Reference number: A6080320

Salary Range: currently £19,602 to £21,236 per annum increasing to £21,718 to £24,293 wef from 1st April 2020


  • Role Profile (PDF 123KB)
    This is the profile the role is matched to within the RSPB pay and reward structure and should be viewed alongside the Job Information Pack.
  • Job information pack (PDF 196KB)

Who to contact

For questions about this post
Antje Steinfurth
01767 680551

Send application details to
Kate Towler
RSPB UKHQ - The Lodge Potton Road Sandy Bedfordshire SG19 2DL
01767 693047

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Tristan da Cunha is a small island with limited resources. Immigration is necessarily tightly controlled, and there are few expatriate job opportunities.
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Past Job Vacancies

Previous advertisements

Advertisements have appeared for the posts of:

  • Chief Financial Accountant,
  • Commercial Officer,
  • Tristan da Cunha Government UK Representative,
  • Assistant to the Tristan Government UK Representative,
  • Manager of Tristan House in Cape Town,
  • Education Adviser,
  • Senior Teacher/Teacher Trainer,
  • Director of Public Works Department,
  • Director of Medical Services
  • Priest

We have also advertised RSPB jobs for various posts in conservation.

Other job adverts have included Executive Director of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association