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Top job on offer at Snowdon visitor centre Hafod Eryri

Hafod Eryri
The granite building opened in June last year, boosting passenger numbers on Snowdon's mountain railway

The highest job in Wales is being advertised for someone with a head for heights and the occasional sleepover.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway Company is looking for a manager for the £8.4m visitor centre and cafe on the summit.

Hafod Eryri opened last June, replacing a concrete building once called Wales' highest slum by Prince Charles.

The hour-long commute to work, sited 3,560ft (1,085m) above sea level, would be on the UK's only rack and pinion railway. The job starts in March.

The new granite building, which took almost three years to construct, is designed to blend in with the landscape and cope with extreme weather on the mountain top.

Inside Hafod Eryri
With an extra professional manager, it will improve the running and efficiency of the building
Snowdon Mountain Railway Company

The railway said ticket sales were up nearly 30% when Hafod Eryri opened, with more than 1,000 visitors a day using its trains to reach Snowdon's peak.

But the boost in numbers brought its own problems when visitors complained of long queues, litter and poor cleanliness.

Seasonal staff

The railway, which manages the building for the Snowdonia National Park Authority, said it had been difficult for staff to get round the centre to tidy due to the number of visitors.

According to the advert for the manager's post, responsibilities include the management of all operational aspects of the centre including catering, retail, customer service and staffing.

Seasonal staff are also wanted for the visitor centre and railway.

Stranded walkers

A spokesman said: "In terms of the complaints, it was more to do with the demands with the number of people coming.

"With an extra professional manager, it will improve the running and efficiency of the building. It's going to be a good thing."

He said the role might also need the manager to sleep over at the visitor centre.

Up to three members of staff can sleep at the summit building during the summer and some have been involved in rescues of stranded walkers.

During the August bank holiday, they took in a father who had climbed the up the Snowdon Ranger path in bad weather with his two-year-old child in a back pack.



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