Island’s eco warriors need a new chief. Salary: £43k

The Peaks from Long Range 640A new person is being sought to lead the team protecting St Helena’s environment.

The post is being advertised with a £43,000 salary, plus allowances – but the job description makes it clear the role will be demanding.

It says: “St Helena’s natural environment is unique and very fragile; it is also our greatest asset. To ensure that we do not lose this, we need to develop sound environmental management.

“Highly organised with the ability to multi-task and prioritise a heavy workload, you will be an excellent communicator, able to work with people at all levels and abilities.”

The island’s Environmental Management Division has 24 staff. The advert says its focus is shifting from policy-making to work in the field: monitoring, evaluating and enforcing new rules to protect the island and its ecology.

Prospective leaders will be expected to bed-in new policy within government and across the island. They need a first degree or equivalent experience, and ability to work with a wide range of people, including private businesses and developers.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is also advertising for a marine biologist on Tristan da Cunha, to help with sustainable management of the marine environment.

The advert says: “The postholder will gather information to improve understanding of the functioning of the shallow water marine ecosystems of the Tristan islands, leading to better-informed decisions on the use of marine natural resources and a better understanding of and preparedness for the likely impacts of climate change in the marine environment.”

The job will involve diving.

The job is described as “a unique chance to work on Tristan and explore its amazing marine environment.”

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