Handa is­land ranger job at­tracts 100 ap­pli­ca­tions

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Al­most 100 peo­ple, in­clud­ing many from around the world, have ap­plied to look af­ter 200,000 birds on an iso­lated Scot­tish is­land.

A sea­sonal ranger is wanted on un­in­hab­ited Handa which is also home to Bri­tain’s re­motest and most ex­pen­sive pub­lic toi­let.

You can­not eas­ily skip to the loo, or the shops or pub for that mat­ter, on Handa, off the north-west coast of Suther­land.

But more than 7,000 vis­i­tors flock to the re­mote isle ev­ery sum­mer and in grow­ing num­bers be­cause it is now a skip and a jump from the boom­ing North Coast 500 road route.

The Scot­tish Wildlife Trust (SWT), which man­ages Handa in con­junc­tion with own­ers Scourie Es­tate, ad­ver­tised for a sea­sonal ranger and when the dead­line closed on Mon­day there were nearly 100 ap­pli­cants for the £14,500-a-year post.

Even job seek­ers in Aus­tralia and New Zealand ap­plied.

“Our team is still pro­cess­ing ap­pli­ca­tions, but there have been al­most 100 ap­pli­ca­tions for the Handa ranger post. A num­ber of cou­ples have also ap­plied on a job share ba­sis,” said a spokesman for the SWT.

“We’ve had in­ter­est from Scot­land, Eng­land and Wales, else­where in Europe such as France, Ger­many and Italy, as well as Aus­tralia, New Zealand and the USA.”

“We’ve had in­ter­est from Aus­tralia and New Zealand”

COLONY: In sum­mer 100,000 seabirds breed on Handa, in­clud­ing guille­mots, above, ra­zor­bills and great skuas

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