If you’re keen to leave tiers and talk of lockdowns behind, you might want to apply for one of these jobs.
Lundy Island, which sits off the north coast of Devon, is on the hunt for five wardens to help with conservation and land management.
Despite the roles being unpaid, this remains a pretty dreamy proposition, as the island has had no coronavirus cases, meaning those who live there can escape Covid restrictions.
The roles are often filled by students on their gap year or who have just finished university, but they’re open to anyone who fancies it.
No qualifications are needed.
You will need to be ‘of a hardy nature’, though, says the job ad, as working days can be ‘long and in a range of weather conditions.
The advert suggests the roles would be suitable for someone wanting to ‘get away from the busy mainland and experience living on a small isolated island’.
We reckon anyone fed up with city living and keen to reconnect with nature will be up for this, too.
The advert on Facebook reads: ‘Looking to gain experience in conservation? Want to get away from the busy mainland and experience living on a small isolated island? Want to surround yourself with breathtaking land and seascapes, interesting and thoughtful people and a wide range of fascinating and beautiful plants and animals?
‘Well then why not apply to volunteer on the wonderful island of Lundy.’
The roles on offer on the three-mile-long island are two volunteer assistant wardens for the seabirds, between April and July, two for the Atlantic Grey Seals, between July and September, and one volunteer assistant ranger between April and October.
The roles will be varied, but will primarily involve monitoring the island’s wildlife, including seabirds and seals.
The successful candidate will also help out the warden team with the various monitoring efforts and general island duties.
‘It will also involve monitoring butterfly transects, moth trapping and helping out the ranger team with practical management tasks such as Rhododendron seedling searches, dry stone walling, etc,’ says the job advert.
‘Involvement in more general island duties such as helping in the island recycling plant, housekeeping and visitor engagement will also be required.
‘More than anything, we are looking for people with a passion for conservation and wildlife, have a desire to learn about and contribute to a wide range of tasks and who want to immerse themselves fully in the life of a small but loving and vibrant island community.’
The jobs are all unpaid, but you do get free accommodation on the island.
The closing date for applicants is February 5, 2021, with all interviews held the week later.
Be warned, though, that there have already been a lot of applicants.
Head warden of Lundy, Dean Jones, said: ‘Every day will be different.
‘There are a wide range of tasks for those that volunteer to come to the island – for the assistant wardens it’s mainly conservation, and the monitoring of the seal and sea bird colonies we have here.
‘The positions are unpaid, but you get free accommodation – it’s a nice post for someone willing to give up their time.’
To apply, contact the island warden by emailing [email protected]
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