Chance of a lifetime to live on the Farne Islands

The lighthouse on the Farne Islands. Picture by Kevin O'Hara.
The lighthouse on the Farne Islands. Picture by Kevin O'Hara.

If you really want to get away from it all this summer, then a job opportunity on the Farne Islands could be just the thing for you!

The National Trust is advertising for an assistant ranger to help look after the wildlife-rich islands.

However, it admits the successful candidate will have to cope with ‘fairly basic’ accommodation and without running water, not to mention the extremes of weather that can hit the low-lying islands.

The job spec says: “The role offers a real opportunity to get first hand practical experience working in an important wildlife habitat on one of the country’s finest coastlines.

“With your endless passion for our work, you’ll help with the protection and care of habitats, wildlife, property and anything else which crops up with living and working on an island. Your passion will inspire others to love this beautiful place as much as you do.

“We want you to engage with visitors, making time to talk to them, not rushing away to the next task. As an easily identifiable member of the Ranger team, on your best day you will be creating lasting memories for everyone.

“You’ll make sure that, at every twist and turn of these fantastic landscapes, we’re delivering outstanding outdoor experiences and excellent conservation work. You’ll share our common goal with customers and build relationships in the local community, proudly representing the National Trust.”

The successful applicant will undertake a wide range of practical tasks including species monitoring and habitat management.

The role will include selling National Trust membership, manning the visitor centre and guiding people and groups round the islands.

The islands are home to 23 nesting species of birds including 39,962 breeding pairs of puffins. Eider, Sandwich Tern Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Guillemot also have populations of national/international significance. The islands are also home to around 4,000 Atlantic grey seals.

In 2014 the Farne Islands attracted just over 52,000 visitors in the season.

For further information, contact Becky Hetherington, Head Ranger, rebecca.hetherington@nationaltrust.org.uk.