Britain's most remote job: fancy spending your winter on an uninhabited island with just 200,000 birds for company?

Telegraph Reporters
Beach and sea fog near the southern tip of Handa Island with the mainland beyond - www.alamy.com

Are your colleagues being irritating? Getting in your personal space? Perhaps you'd relish some time alone, in the fresh air, with only wildfowl for company.

Those with that feeling should definitely apply for Britain's most remote job - a ranger is wanted on an uninhabited island which is home to over 200,000 seabirds as well as Britain's remotest and most expensive public toilet.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust is looking for someone to tend to the birds on the remote isle of Handa for £14,500 a year.

The successful applicant would be alone from September until March, when it is completely uninhabited.

However, some  7,000 plus visitors come to the island every summer, which has become so popular the Wildlife Trust installed a comfort stop.

Puffins on Handa Island, Scourie, Sutherland, Scotland Credit: Angus Alexander Chisholm / Alamy Stock Photo 

It is also manned by four long-term volunteers in the summer as well as 45 short-term volunteers who come for a week at a time to help maintain the island and carry out bird counts.

On the island's busiest days it can receive up to 150 visitors and volunteers look after the birdwatchers who arrive to view, among other things, one of Europe's biggest colonies of guillemots, as well as red grouse, puffin, Arctic skua, Arctic tern, eider duck and various gulls.

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"This demanding role requires excellent organisational skills, coupled with a high degree of flexibility," says the trust.

"You will be responsible for organising work programs for yourself and a team of volunteers, constantly adapting your plan according to changing conditions.

American bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), calling amongst thrift, Scotland, Handa Island Credit: Alamy Stock Photo

"You will need good physical fitness, and the desire to work out-of-doors in a remote location. Familiarity with Handa Island would be an advantage.

"Weekly trips to Scourie (the nearest, but remote village) are necessary to do laundry, banking, shopping and exchange gas bottles. Therefore, a current driving licence and access to a vehicle are both essential for the role.

"Accommodation for the post is provided free of charge.

"The successful candidate(s) will have a high degree of emotional maturity, resilience and flexibility; be able to work under their own initiative and as part of a close-knit team; be able to organise, supervise and motivate a small team.

"[Must] have exceptional verbal communication skills to maintain relationships with stakeholders; have good practical skills and experience to carry out or arrange necessary maintenance on the island; have a thorough knowledge of seabird monitoring methodology and practice; have sound knowledge of marine and terrestrial natural history and be able to produce an annual report on the season's activities."

Handa Island, Scotland Credit: Alamy

It says applications from both job-share couples or individual candidates will be considered for the fixed term post which covers for 26 weeks, from March 19.

Accommodation provided is suitable for one couple taking up a job-share arrangement, or for one individual ranger. The closing date for applications is Monday.

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