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Want to live among seals and puffins? There’s a job opening on the UK’s Farne Islands

If you’re tired of sitting at a desk all day, the UK’s National Trust is looking for a new ranger to work on the Farne Islands, helping to conserve the islands’ incredible wildlife, including seals and puffins.

Common Seals, Phoca vitulina, on the Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK, with a sailing boat behind.
Common Seals, Phoca vitulina, on the Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK, with a sailing boat behind. Image by Ashley Cooper / Getty Images

For a salary of £17,934, the applicant will work on the islands, off the coast of Northumberland, which are home to one of the biggest grey seal pupping sites in the UK and is home to puffins, terns, eider ducks and more in the summer. But the successful applicant will not just be helping to protect and care for wildlife, they will also have to engage with visitors to the area in the hopes of inspiring people to care of about the habitat.

According to the listing: “You’ll make sure that, at every twist and turn of these fantastic landscapes, we’re delivering outstanding outdoors experiences and excellent conservation work. You’ll share our common goal with customers and build relationships in the local community, proudly representing the National Trust. So whether you’re maintaining our green spaces to assisting with guided visitor walks, through to delivering a wide range of engaging visitor experiences, no two days will be the same”.

Puffins on the Farne Islands.
Puffins on the Farne Islands. Image by Westend61 / Getty Images

The Telegraph reports that the new ranger could be in charge of anything from carrying out repairs, to counting seal pups or even handling puffin chicks during the count. However, the remote location means there could be some downsides, as water is brought in by boat, storms can leave rangers stuck on the island, and there’s no washing machine. The applicant must be prepared to work some weekends, bank holiday and evenings and be on-call.

But, there are obvious benefits as well. The ranger will gain free entry to National Trust properties for themselves, their children, and a guest, as well as an up to 35% discount of National Trust holiday cottage bookings. Plus, they will get to spend their days in a destination that many travellers dream about. Learn more about the job here.

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