‘This job isn’t the normal 9 to 5. Being good with PowerPoint isn’t a priority.
‘We’re looking for someone with a passion for wildlife and conservation – and who wants to share that passion with others.
‘Rangers have been based on the Farne Islands for almost 190 years, with scientists carrying out research here for decades. Last year a Springwatch-backed study found that a Farne Islands Arctic tern had made a record-breaking migration, flying 96,000km to Antarctica and back.
‘Living here you truly feel like you’re on the edge of the world. It’s a wildlife-lover’s paradise: open the curtains in the morning and you’re greeted with crowds of fluffy seal pups or scampering Arctic tern chicks.
‘As a ranger you’ll be in charge of monitoring the wildlife and seals on the islands – as well as assisting with scientific research.
‘Every season is different and you’ll be doing everything from carrying out repairs and counting cute seal pups in October to blow-drying sickly Arctic terns or handling puffin chicks during our five-yearly count of the colourful birds.
‘But it’s not a job for the faint-hearted. All our water on the island has to be brought in by boat – and we’ve not got a washing machine. Rangers can end up marooned in their cottage during the seal mating season and the island’s thousands of Arctic terns are known for diving at people’s heads in a bid to defend their chicks.’
National Trust countryside manager for the Northumberland Coast
Applications for the position of ranger close on 07 February, 2017.