Governess Required for Pilbara Cattle Station

Governess Required for Pilbara WA Cattle Station


We are a family-owned cattle station with three young boys located in the Pilbara region of WA.

My husband, Clint, and I (Shanon) have 3 boys, aged 9, 7 and 5, who are currently studying through Carnarvon School of the Air.

We are looking for a creative, organised governess for the 2020 school year and ideally would like someone who can commit to the entire school year.

The Position

We are looking for an energetic and fun-loving person who genuinely loves kids and the outback. It would be an advantage to have teaching or governess experience but if not, we are willing to train the right person.

We encourage our governess to be involved with station work, and they are more than welcome to join in if they wish. There are days where the kids will come out to join in with station activities (usually during mustering season) so having a governess who is flexible and enthusiastic about station life and what we do is important.

We provide a competitive wage and accommodation package.

Your own car is desirable for your weekends off and free time during school holidays so you can explore the region. We are only 3kms from a major bitumen highway so access for 2WD is no problem.

We encourage our governess to be involved with all aspects of station life. You would be more than welcome to join in outside of school hours. Your own pets are allowed, by negotiation.


Hours of work are Monday to Friday, 7:30 - 3, with weekends and school holidays free.

We don’t expect any domestic or childminding work outside of the schoolroom.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Helping to deliver the school program to 3 boys in Year 5, 3 and Preprimary studying via Carnarvon School of The Air. Contact hours with the kids is 7:30 – 3 with an additional hour or so for planning/ prep.

  • Preparing and organising the weekly program and schoolroom.

  • Supervising the children’s daily workbooks and lesson plans that are sent out from their teacher in town.

  • Keeping the classroom neat and tidy. 

  • Making sure the children attend and participate in online lessons (daily lessons, music, LOTE, assemblies).

  • Reading through set work in advance to make sure you are prepared for the day’s activities and checking that we have everything you need.

  • Organizing a timetable to keep the boys on track, and focused when you are working one-on-one with one of them.

  • A creative approach to delivering lessons (as sometimes it can become very monotonous doing the same thing from the same workbooks day in, day out).

  • Attending school camps each term with the family (in town).

  • Communicating regularly with school teachers and parents regarding progress, achievements and any issues.

With three children all in different year levels, it can get challenging trying to juggle each child’s activity, so it is important that you have good organizational skills and can master having lots of things on the go at once.

While I may sound biased, they are good kids who love to learn new things so don’t let the idea of three boys put you off. Once they have respect for their governess, you can get them to do anything! But they are also very active kids so a hands-on approach to learning is important. They LOVE sport and all things footy so it would be good to have someone who can incorporate this into their school day (for example, 5-minute brain breaks between subjects).

There are some instances where we will get the kids to come out and join in with station activities (usually during mustering season) so having a governess who is flexible and enthusiastic about station life and what we do is important.


Clint and I run a cattle property called Wyloo Station in the Pilbara region of WA. The closest towns are Paraburdoo and Onlsow 180km. We are 360kms from the bigger regional towns of Karratha and Exmouth.

We employ two permanent staff, as well as contractors and other staff as we get busy throughout the season.

The schoolroom is 20m from the main house and 200m from the workers’ accommodation. The schoolroom must be cleaned and tidied regularly, which the kids are made to help with. It has a split system AC for cooling.

Your accommodation is a self-contained 3 bedroom cottage. It will be your responsibility to keep the house clean and tidy and the lawns watered/mowed.

The house also has access its own satellite box for television, wifi and Telstra mobile phone coverage.

The cottage is comfortable, but it is also typical of station accommodation - so please don’t be expecting 5-star comforts. It has an evaporative cooler which you can run any time to cool the house. Power is a luxury in the bush, and we run on solar power so you will need to be careful and mindful of what power you use.

The kids are not permitted at your cottage to ensure you get a break from them.

We supply all food (except personal items such as alcohol/chocolate etc) which comes out each Wednesday on the mail truck. We have mobile phone coverage at the homestead and cottage. There is also a landline at the cottage which people can also call you on.

The schoolroom is set up with its own internet which is to be used for school work only. There is a separate wifi connection at the cottage which the staff use.

You will be employed directly by the station (this is not an In Home Care Position). You will be paid monthly (at the start of each month).  

School Holidays will be unpaid but there is an opportunity to pick up additional work on the station during this time if you wish.

I can put you in touch with our previous Governess and she would be happy to provide any information regarding the position.

Why You Should Apply

  • This is a great opportunity to live on a family-run outback cattle station and teach three amazing bush kids with a genuine desire to learn.

  • Competitive remuneration package

  • Lovely, well-equipped school room

  • No additional domestic or child-minding duties

  • Wonderful location

  • Excellent saving opportunity


This job is suitable for 417 (backpacker) visa holders and, as it can be combined with station work, it is possible to arrange your 88 day sign off.


Shanon Thompson - 0419103842