The perfect job has arisen for anyone with a penchant for bird watching – but it is not for the faint-hearted.
Birdwatch Ireland has advertised for two people to spend the summer on a tiny island off the north Dublin coast.
The job entails the study and protection of the Roseate Tern on Rockabill Island.
The Irish Times reports that castaways will be paid just over $500 a week, but warns that the jobs are not for the faint-hearted and sleepwalkers need not apply.
The report says the wardens will be based on top of high rocky outcrops on two tiny islands named Rock and Bill where there is a lighthouse and ‘just enough room to stretch the legs.’
The three-month-long jobs involve monitoring and protecting the migrant Roseate, Common and Arctic terns during the summer breeding season.
Birdwatch Ireland development officer Niall Hatch told the paper that the job is a ‘feather in the cap’ for anyone wishing to advance their career in environmental or similar sciences.
Hatch said, “Some people absolutely thrive in that environment, but having screaming seabirds around you for 24 hours a day and being so isolated is tough and not for everyone.”
The Irish Times adds that the successful applicants will be dropped off by boat with supplies and will have two long weekends off the island – weather permitting.