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Love animals? Applications open for dream job playing with baby seals and puffins

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If you’ve been harbouring secret fantasies about handing in your notice and swapping the 9-5 for life on a remote island surrounded by wildlife, you might just be in luck.

In what is surely one of the world’s best jobs, The National Trust is looking for a ranger to spend their days looking after baby seal pups and puffins, all while living on one of Britain's oldest nature reserves.

The job involves counting the 200 seal pups who are born on the reserve each year as well as attending to the island’s 37,000 pairs of puffins. You might even be required to step in with a hairdryer every now and again to save the life of a soaked baby Arctic tern chick.

The role, which pays £17,934 a year, includes accommodation on the Farne Islands, just off the coast of Northumberland.

And as well as spending unlimited time with the island’s wildlife, the successful applicant will also be treated to views of spectacular sunrises and an envy-inducing one minute commute.

However, a job is still a job, and the role is not without its pitfalls.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Gwen Potter, who works as a countryside manager for the National Trust, said, “It’s not a job for the faint-hearted. All our water on the island has to be brought in by boat – and we’ve not got a washing machine.

“Rangers can end up marooned in their cottage during the seal mating season and the island’s thousands of Arctic terns are known for diving at people’s heads in a bid to defend their chicks.”

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However, we reckon it would be worth it to sped your days hanging out with baby seals.

"Living here you truly feel like you’re on the edge of the world,” Gwen added. “It’s a wildlife-lover’s paradise: open the curtains in the morning and you’re greeted with crowds of fluffy seal pups or scampering Arctic tern chicks.”

Think you’ve got what it takes? You can see the full job description and apply here.

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Sarah Biddlecombe is an award-winning journalist and Digital Features Editor at Stylist

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