So if you’re ready to take an extended break from it all, or long to simply sidestep another year of the post-truth era, a golden opportunity has just presented itself.
No, we don’t mean hitching a discounted flight in the January sales and jetting off for an impromptu gap year, although that does sound like an excellent idea.
This particular opportunity instead comes in the form of rather niche employment, which requires relocating to a remote British isle and living as one of just two island inhabitants.
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Just one square mile in size, the Calf lies just off the southern tip of the Isle of Man, floating in the Irish sea between England (it’s almost adjacent to parts of the Lake District) and Northern Ireland, and can only be reached by boat from Port Erin and Port St Mary.
There’s no mains water, unfortunately, but what the island lacks in mod-cons it makes up for in beautiful wildlife.
If you’ve had a yearning to shake off the shackles of consumerist society and plunge yourself deep into the simple life, here’s your chance.
Both roles are seasonal, meaning that you’ll live on the island between March and November, and all your accommodation will be covered among the perks.
As the Estate Warden, you’ll need to guide visitors around the Calf, manage the heather, do a bit of dry stone walling, and oversee wildlife surveys - butterflies, seals, moths etc. You’ll also need hands on experience of shepherding, as well bird ringing.
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Thought that was all rather niche?
The Ornithology Warden will need relevant qualifications, along with experience of monitoring and surveying open-nest and cliff-nesting birds, to help them with their new duties of keeping tabs on the island’s chough, Manx shearwater, peregrine, hen harrier, storm petrel and shag populations.
Though there’s no mention of compatibility tests, you’ll likely need to be fairly easy going too, as spending nine months living harmoniously on a remote island with only one other person for company, may be in fact be a specialist skill in itself.
Think you’ve got what it takes? Apply at manxnationalheritage.im.