It’s the dream that many of us will have had at least one point in our lives – to spend our days on a beautiful beach.
Well now, imagine it could come true, and not only that, you could do it surrounded by stunning Scottish scenery and be paid for the privilege.
If that sounds like your idea of heaven then we might have just the job listing for you.
A firm on the island of Uist are offering an annual salary of £28,000 for someone to be a Ranger and look after some much-loved surroundings during the busy summer period, according to Glasgow Live.
Advertising their job online, the job description is asking for a Visitor Management Ranger who will be expected to ensure everyone can enjoy the islands in a “responsible and mindful way.”
Employees must work 35 hours per week including some weekend and evening working.
Discussing the job, which is based in Uist, they add: “To help maintain the beautiful beaches, organizing weekly beach cleans across the islands and encouraging both locals and visitors to participate will be a main feature of the role. In addition to beaches, any litter hotspots will be identified and cleared during regular patrols of popular walking, cycling and camping locations.
“The Hebridean Way is an extremely popular walking and cycling route that runs from Vatersay to Lewis and spans almost 200 miles across 10 islands.
“A large stretch of the Hebridean Way runs through Uist and the Ranger will be available on the route to help people understand how they can respect, protect and enjoy the special environment.
“Whilst patrolling the Hebridean Way, an assessment will be undertaken for producing a report that recommends improvements.
“This project is supported by NatureScot, through the Better Places Green Recovery Fund.”
The full-time position has responsibilities including:
Plan, organize and host a series of weekly beach cleans across Uist
Patrol hotspots of the Hebridean Way, assisting walkers and cyclists where necessary
Produce a report on the Uist stretch of Hebridean Way with recommendations and costings for
improvements required due to high visitor numbers
Interaction with the public to promote the Scottish Outdoor Access Code
Assist the RSPB at the Loch Druidibeg and Balranald reserves as required
Provide ad hoc support to Stòras Uibhist as required
Desirable qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience include:
- Enthusiastic and with a proactive, positive attitude
- Self-motivated with the ability to work alone and with minimal supervision
- Previous Ranger and/or conservation experience, or in-depth knowledge of Uist
- Experience of community engagement or working with the general public
- Ability to communicate effectively, building strong relationships to deliver results
- A full UK driving license with access to own vehicle
- IT literate and competent user of Microsoft Office products
- Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK, and resident in Uist for the contract duration
- First aid certificate
- Basic Disclosure Scotland check (or willingness to complete)
Benefits include employee discount as well as a salary of £28,000 per year FTE (ie £9,333 for 4 months) with a fixed-term contract until October 31 2022.
Having just been posted on the site one day ago, the closing date is set for the beginning of June.
To apply please email your CV and covering letter to [email protected] by 1pm on Friday 3rd June 2022. Interviews will be held by Zoom week commencing 6th June 2022. If you are unsure if you meet the criteria but are passionate about the role , please still get in touch.
You can apply for the job here.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.