This British Overseas Territory offers you a unique opportunity to work in a remote location and become a key member in contributing to the Island community. By joining our committed team of public servants you’ll be helping achieve our Mission to;
“improve the lives of all within our community and help the island thrive.”
We welcome those who can support our values of Fairness, Integrity and Teamwork.
Around 20 million years ago an underwater volcano broke surface and formed the island of St Helena, its pinnacle settling at 820 metres above sea level.
Set in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean, St Helena is 4,901 miles from the United Kingdom, 1,200 miles from the west coast of Africa and 703 miles from neighbouring Ascension Island.
The Island is small, about 120 km2 (47 square miles), with steep hills, deep valleys and contrasting landscapes. Whilst small in radius the island is large in decline/incline and therefore can take some time to get from one side of the island to another. The Island is dry and barren below 350m and abundantly green at higher altitudes with pastures, forests and plantations of New Zealand flax.
St Helena is home to a third of all endemic species in the UK and British territories combined. There are around 45 endemic plants, 32 which are flowering and 13 fern species. The Wirebird is the only indigenous land-based vertebrate and there are at least 50 endemic marine species and over 400 invertebrates.
There are no harmful animals or insects save for a few poisonous spiders and centipedes, which are rare. There are mosquitoes but they are not malaria carriers.
The climate is moderate and temperatures can range from 30C in summer to 12C in the winter.
Seasons in the southern hemisphere are opposite to the north with the winter months of June to September being the wettest and coolest. The highest temperatures occur in the lower regions of the Island and there can be a 10-degree variation between different altitudes on any given day, with Jamestown, the capital, being the warmest area.