Farne islands

You could get paid to live on an idyllic island and care for seal pups

The dream job for animal lovers!

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You could get paid to live on an idyllic island and care for seal pups

Tired of the daily grind, the long commute and sitting at a desk all day? 

If you love animals, are looking for a career change and a total change of scenery (be prepared to say goodbye to city life), then The National Trust has the perfect job for you.

The National Trust is looking for someone to work as a ranger on The Farne Islands, one of Britain's oldest nature reserves, to look after puffins and baby seals.

 

Massive bird colony in Farne Island #farneisland#nationaltrust#uk @nationaltrust

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The job description entails moving to the island and working "in some of the nation's most stunning places and spaces", to look after the local wildlife – including the 200 seal pups which are born on the islands each year and 37,000 pairs of puffins.

 

 

The successful applicant will have some very important jobs to do, including counting the 200 seal pups born on the islands each year, surveying the 37,000 pairs of puffins and sometimes even saving the lives of soaked Arctic tern chicks using a hairdryer.

Perks include a one-minute commute, stunning sunrises, a health cash plan, pension contribution, discounted gym membership, and a £17,934 a year salary.

 

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But there's a small catch.

Apparently there's no running water on the island and there will be severe storms to contend with during the spring.

Along with a love of nature and the outdoors, you'll also need to have some experience in conservation work, and The National Trust also asks for good people skills, as engaging with some of the islands 50,000 annual visitors is also key to this role.

Still sound like a dream job for you? Applications for the job close on February 7. You can apply here.