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Applications open for the island's most isolated job
The Calf of Man
The Calf of Man has been a Bird Observatory since 1959

The Manx Wildlife Trust is inviting applications for one of the island's most unusual jobs on the Calf of Man.

The charity is looking for two wardens to live and work on the Calf for 38 weeks in 2011.

The job pays a salary of £13,104 p/a (pro rata) and requires a high level of both practical and professional skill.

Duncan Bridges from the Trust said: "Applicants should know that the work will be determined by nature, there are no conventional nine to five patterns."

Although the Calf of Man is run by Manx National Heritage, the Manx Wildlife Trust provides the warden service for the islet.

The Calf is approximately one square mile in size, and has been a Bird Observatory since 1959.

Duncan Bridges continued: "The jobs of Ornithology Warden and Estate Warden are varied and demanding. They require common sense, professional qualifications and an ability to work with the seasons".

Calf of Man
Wardens are dependant on well water and generator power

"We really need people who are self-reliant and comfortable working in an isolated situation. They will be reliant on water from a well, power from a generator and the food comes in on a boat every week. If someone can deal with that, they are half way there".

Because the Ornithology Warden is responsible for the monitoring and ringing of the resident and migrant bird populations, they must be qualified in netting birds and maintaining daily logs and sea watches. They will also be asked to monitor seal, rat, moth and butterfly populations.

The work of the Estate Warden includes guiding public visits, organising volunteers and guests, dry stone walling and bracken and heather management.

The Manx Wildlife Trust says the post holder will have a relevant qualification or experience of wardening work as well as practical experience of wildlife surveys, shepherding, dry stone walling, heather management and bird ringing.

Wardens monitor seal, rat, moth and butterfly populations

"In really severe weather the Calf of Man can be cut off from the Isle of Man for weeks at a time. We would be interested in hearing from suitably qualified people who could cope with that sort of situation," continues Bridges.

"We have had a good response so far, there have been around 40 expressions of interest and there is still time for more."

Applicants are asked to contact the The Manx Wildlife Trust for further information.

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