Wanted: Ranger for remote Scottish island teeming with birds

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An island off the west coast of Sutherland, Scotland is looking for a wildlife ranger who loves the outdoors, is physically fit and happy to work in a remote location.

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Handa Island has no permanent residents and is home to nearly 100,000 breeding seabirds in the summer, while boasting dramatic cliffs with stunning sea views.

The 26-week job from 19 March to 14 September 2018 pays £14,500.

Lichen covered cliffs, handa island

On the Scottish Wildlife Trust website, a post for the job says: "This demanding role requires excellent organisational skills, coupled with a high degree of flexibility.

"You will be responsible for organising work programs for yourself and a team of volunteers, constantly adapting your plan according to changing conditions.

"You will need good physical fitness, and the desire to work out-of-doors in a remote location. Familiarity with Handa Island would be an advantage. Weekly trips to Scourie (the nearest, but remote village) are necessary to do laundry, banking, shopping and exchange gas bottles."

Accommodation is provided and suitable for a couple taking a job-share arrangement or for an individual ranger.

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Britain's most remote island: Foula in pictures
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Britain's most remote island: Foula in pictures
Bleak yet spectacular, Foula is about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) by 3.5 miles (5.6 km), with a low-lying coastal strip along the east side. With an area of 4.9 square miles (12.7 km2), it is the seventh largest and most westerly of the Shetland Islands.
The island of Foula has the second highest sea cliffs in the UK. Da Noup, in the south, is one of the island's five dramatic peaks.
The Islander Aircraft flies four times a week.  Flights take off and from Foula's airstrip to Tingwall Airport, Lerwick.
Owned since the turn of the 20th century by the Holbourn family, the island has some spectacular sceery and was the location for the film The Edge of the World
The island is home to a most traditional strain of the Shetland Sheep, famed for its legendary fine wool qualities.
Foula lies 20 miles to the west of the Shetland Islands. The New Advance ferry is manned by residents and operates three times a week; the crossing takes 2 hours 15 minutes.
The island was one of the last places where the Norn language was spoken, and the local dialect is strongly influenced by Old Norse.
Pictured: The electricity supply hut on Island of Foula.
Both Grey and Common Seals are commonly seen around the shore and can be watched at close quarters in the Voe. Schools of Killer Whales have been seen close inshore and Harbour Porpoises often follow the ferry.
Glaciers and the sea have carved some dramatic features in Foula's layered sandstone. Gaada Stack is a beautiful natural arch measuring 45m high.
The name Foula means 'Bird Island' in Old Norse: Foula is designated as a Special Protection Area for birds, as well as a National Scenic Area and a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its plants, birds and geology.
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