This Scottish Island Is Looking for the Perfect Person to Watch Its Famous Sheep
Have you herd? The island of North Ronaldsay in the Orkney archipelago of Scotland is looking for a new warden to look after the island’s famous breed of sheep, according to the BBC.
Among the job’s responsibilities is making sure the sheep don’t eat anything bad, wander off, or jump off the island’s rocky cliffs That’s actually why there was a 13-mile long, six-feet high stone wall erected around the perimeter of the island to keep the sheep from the shore, according to the BBC.
The new warden will be in charge of not only watching the sheep but also upkeep of the wall for the next three years, according to the North Ronaldsay Trust. The ideal candidate is someone in good physical health and fitness, has good communication skills, and has experience in dry stone wall construction and project management.
The position would require a minimum of 35 hours per week at an annual salary of £21,840 ($27,541 USD). While the Orkney islands isn’t exactly a tourist destination, it’s a great place to enjoy the quiet life, visit some fascinating UNESCO World Heritage sites (like some Neolithic settlements), go hiking and camping or sample authentic Scottish whiskey.
Similar positions around the world have popped up in the last couple of years, including an English island that was looking for a new caretaker for its castle and a new owner for an inn on an Irish island. Finding a dream job may not actually be as elusive as it seems – as long as you’re willing to relocate.
The new warden would be playing a key role in the North Ronaldsay economy as well since the sheep are a major export for mutton and wool. Plus, according to the BBC, the strategic stone wall is in desperate need of repair and expertise.
“The warden role was always something we've wanted on the island as the amount of [dike] that needs rebuilt is beyond what local people can do,” said John Scott, chair of the North Ronaldsay Trust, to the BBC.
According to Insider, the locals that have usually maintained the wall are becoming less able due to age and population decline. But even if you aren’t an expert in stone wall building, they’re willing to consider you. “It could just be someone who is able to pick up the necessary skills fairly quickly while showing a willingness to roll up their sleeves and contribute to all other aspects of daily island life,” said Scott to the BBC.
Interested candidates have until August 8 to fill out the application form. More information about the job and the island can be found on the North Ronaldsay Trust website.