Fundraising Assistant, South Georgia

South Georgia Heritage Trust

Grytviken, South Georgia
£5,000 (for 6 month period)

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract Maria Mackenzie

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental education

Closing date: Friday, 31st May 2019  

Do you have a passion for wildlife conservation and/or heritage? Can you inspire others to support this work? We are looking for a confident public speaker with meticulous organizational skills to work in one of most beautiful and remote places on earth. The South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT) is seeking a fundraising assistant to help with our on-island fundraising activities for six months commencing in October 2019.

About SGHT

The South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT) (SC 036819) is a Scottish Registered Charity founded in 2005 which aims to conserve the natural and cultural heritage of the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, a UK Overseas Territory. SGHT is at an exciting time in its history with the tremendous achievement over the last decade of ridding South Georgia of invasive rodents. The island is now in the early stages of a biological renaissance with flora and fauna returning to levels not seen in over two centuries.

Following the completion of this major conservation initiative in May 2018, SGHT will continue the fight to protect wildlife and habitats in this unique, fragile environment, alongside a new and important cultural heritage programme. Guided by the Conservation Management Plan of the Government of South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI), and responding to growing visitor numbers, this 10-year plan will create new sustainable, quality experiences. Importantly, South Georgia Heritage Trust is also launching an outreach programme to help the world understand more about this remote and beautiful place.

With the support of our global community of donors, we will tell South Georgia’s remarkable story. Our emerging cultural heritage programme will explore not just South Georgia’s past (and sometimes dark) human narrative, but its global relevance today. This will be done via engaging displays about contemporary science, research and environmental issues.

With up to 100 cruise ship visits per season, donations from our global community of cruise ship passengers is a vital source of income and will allow SGHT to realise our ambitions over the coming decade. The SGHT Fundraising Assistant South Georgia will play an important role in helping us to secure donations from this crucial audience.

Fundraising in the 2019-20 season will support projects such as:-

  • Protecting the island’s wildlife by establishing biosecurity protocols to prevent reinvasion.
  • Supporting vital studies to ascertain the recovery of the Southern Right Whale.
  • Supporting a global initiative to protect South Georgia’s Albatross.
  • Developing a South Georgia App so visitors world-wide can access in ‘real-time’ new environmental science initiatives taking place on the island.
  • Commissioning international artists to re-imagine Grytviken’s historic landing.
  • Opening Grytviken’s main store to the public for the first time and supporting the development of a new Shackleton 2022 exhibition (which may tour internationally) for the South Georgia Museum.

Purpose of Job

The post holder will help with the on-island fundraising activities for SGHT. They will assist the South Georgia Director by providing presentations on board cruise ships and encouraging donations from visiting tourists. A natural and passionate communicator, the post holder will work with cruise ship teams to encourage enhanced fundraising such as hosting fundraising auctions aboard the vessels. The post will also ensure the effective administration of fundraising activities on island and will process and record donations accurately.


Working from the South Georgia Museum, Grytviken, South Georgia.

Employment Period

Six months commencing in October 2019.


The SGHT Fundraising Assistant South Georgia is a paid position with a salary of £5,000. The following expenses will be covered by SGHT: travel and accommodation, food whilst on the island, a medical examination before departing for South Georgia, and a clothing allowance.

What we can offer you

  • Practical experience of face-to-face fundraising and administration among a global community of donors.
  • Involvement in world-leading environmental/heritage projects.
  • Continuing professional development via regular reviews to encourage skills development and preparedness for future roles/career advancement.
  • Experience of working within a small team and undertaking a wide range of tasks outside of those you would expect in a fundraising role.
  • A rare opportunity to live and work in one of the most beautiful and remote places on earth and to experience South Georgia’s extraordinary wildlife and cultural heritage.

Working Hours

The post holder should expect to work at least 37 hours per week. Working hours include weekends and early morning and late evenings as necessary to match the cruise ship schedules and other work needs. More information about South Georgia and SGHT’s work is available on our web site:

How to Apply

Please read the Job Description in the first instance, and if you fulfill the criteria please send a brief CV (2-page max) and a covering letter explaining why you think you are suited to this role by e-mail to Please also supply the names and contact details of at least two referees (please be assured that we will not contact them until after interview).

Key Dates

  • Deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 31st May 2019
  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by Friday 7th June 2019. If you have not heard from us by this date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.
  • Interviews will be conducted on Wednesday 19th June 2019, in London.

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