The world’s most isolated island paradise wants to pay you to live there


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BY: JESSICA BEUKER

For some, working and interacting with others in a social hub of activity and ideas is the greatest part of any job. But for others, even the thought of interacting with anyone other than their cat is tiresome. Some people just work better alone and prefer the company of their own mind to the company of a group of co-workers. The only problem is that most jobs require a person to be at least somewhat social on a daily basis—until now.

A new job position has recently opened up, and it’s perfect for those who see themselves spending their workday immersed in the quiet solitude of Mother Nature, rather than the buzzing noise of the boardroom.

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Tristan da Cunha, a very small and isolated island—the most remote inhabited island in the world, in fact—is currently looking for an Agriculture Advisor. Besides getting to spend your days surrounded by nature, the person who accepts the job will also be provided travel money and accommodation, which means that every dollar you make goes directly into your own pocket.

Tristan da Cunha sits roughly 1,500 miles from South Africa and 2,000 miles from South America. It’s only seven miles wide and a bit less than 38 square miles. You wouldn’t be completely alone, as the island is home to a small settlement of nearly 300 people. The settlement is located at the foot of the 6,765-foot tall volcano, Queen Mary’s Peak.

Tristan da Cunha, a very small and isolated island—the most remote inhabited island in the world, in fact—is currently looking for an Agriculture Advisor.

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While the beautiful archipelago may not provide much human company, there is quite a large animal population, with millions of native birds, including several breeds of albatross and rockhopper penguins calling the island home. Even the cattle and sheep outnumber the human population, with just over 300 cattle and 500 sheep.

According to Treehugger, in order to apply applicants must be knowledgeable about:

• Modern medication for livestock
• Arable crop rotation
• Orchard creation, management and development
• Tending to legumes in greenhouses
• Livestock maintenance and general animal husbandry

According to the Daily Mail, the majority of the island’s earnings come from their commercial crawfish and Tristan rock lobster industries. They also generate revenue selling unique postage stamps and coins.

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Currently, the island only grows potatoes, but as the job listing suggests, they would like to expand to fruits, veggies and other crops so that they don’t have to rely heavily on imported food. Because of the island’s remoteness, and without an airport, they are reliant on fishing boats from South Africa that only service the island eight times a year.

The position is a two-year commitment, and I wouldn’t expect to be going home for Christmas break, or to have visitors. The island is only accessible 60 days a year and only by a six-day boat journey from South Africa or as a month-long cruise through the South Atlantic Ocean.

But there are still plenty of things to do on the island outside of work time. Tristan da Cunha is home to a tourist centre, swimming pool, pub, café and a dance hall.

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But more importantly, it’s a stunning green mountain full of wildlife and vibrant scenery. I don’t know about you, but I’d take that over the white, windowless walls of an office cubicle any day.

Applications will be accepted until February 12. You can apply here.