Ready for an adventure? Escape to the Falkland Islands for an agricultural experience you will never forget! Stunning landscape, unspoilt beaches and a magnificent range of plant and birdlife.
The Falkland Islands are a British Overseas Territory located 500km off the southern tip of South America. It is a self-sufficient country with a long history and a unique culture. Sheep farming is the major form of land use. Around half a million Merino, Polwarth and Corriedale sheep produce wool for export on mostly family run farms.
The main charter of the Department of Agriculture is to foster a viable, sustainable and internationally competitive agricultural industry through applied research, extension, skills development and regulatory programmes.
Specialists are employed by the government to evaluate and advise farmers on grazing management practices, pasture/crop establishment and to conduct research to develop improved practices.
The agronomist reports to the Head of Service, to develop and lead the department's agronomic programmes, providing advice to farmers and industry.
- Provide agronomic advice to improve productivity and profitability of the island’s sheep flocks, cattle herds and horticultural industries.
- Conduct farm trials to improve pastures, plant genetics, grazing management practices.
- Oversee weed control programmes.
- Conduct on-farm demonstrations.
- Evaluate and make recommendations on use of chemicals and fertilisers.
- A degree in Agricultural Science with specialisation in agronomy
- A minimum of three years' relevant work experience.
- Demonstrated knowledge in agronomy as related to livestock raised in extensive pastoral systems
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- A driver's license
- The ability to work independently and drive new initiatives.
- Initial 2-4 Years Fixed Term Contract, with potential for extension by mutual agreement.
- Salary Range: Up to 44k, starting salaries will be dependent upon experience.
- 25% Gratuity paid upon successful completion of the contract.
- 30 Days Annual Leave, plus government and public holidays (totalling 41 days leave)
- Relocation Allowance, to help with moving costs.
- Flights package for you and your dependents, including mid-term return flight home.
- Government Housing for rent at a subsidised rate and a starter pack to help you get settled in.
How to Apply
Please complete an online application via our online vacancy page, by clicking on the 'Apply Online' button and completing the form.
Applications will be open until 16.00 UK Time, 13.00 Falklands Time on Monday 21st January.
If you have any questions about this vacancy and how to apply, you can contact our HR team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, CVs sent directly via email will not be considered without a completed application form.
The Working Environment
The Natural Resources directorate is made up of the Fisheries and Agricultural departments, who together ensure the sustainability of these key industries, making up the majority of the Falkland Islands' GDP and exports.
The Falkland Islands
Set in the South Atlantic Ocean, around 400 miles east of South America and 8000 miles south-west of the UK, the Falkland Islands are a small, thriving community with a British way of life, benefiting from good local services, low crime, a varied social calendar and an absence of traffic jams!
The Falkland Islands’ stunning natural environment provides an unspoiled landscape and amazing wildlife to observe and explore, including penguins, whales and dolphins, all seen from the shore.
For those with a sense of adventure, it provides opportunities which are hard to match anywhere else in the world.
Working for Falkland Islands Government (FIG)
The Falkland Islands is a British Overseas Territory, with full internal self-government.
As the largest employer in the Falkland Islands, we offer many unique and fulfilling job opportunities, across the full spectrum of public services. Our responsibilities include those typically managed by central government – taxation, legislation and policy, as well as those usually managed on a local level such as town planning, health and social services, and education. FIG also provides services specific to the needs of the Falkland Islands, such as fisheries research, power generation and the Government Air Service, FIGAS.
For more information about working for Falkland Islands Government and living in the Falkland Islands, take a look at our recruitment microsite: www.jobs.gov.fk