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Thursday 2 October 2014

No man is an island – except if you get new €400 a week bird watching job

Published 15/04/2014 | 08:21

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Star tern: The endangered roseate tern which breeds each year on Rockabill Island in the Irish Sea off the coast of Skerries.
The endangered roseate tern which breeds each year on Rockabill Island in the Irish Sea off the coast of Skerries.
Rockabill Island.
Rockabill Island.
An island home: Rockabill Island and its working lighthouse where two wardens will work this summer.
An island home: Rockabill Island and its working lighthouse where two wardens will work this summer.

THEY say no man is an island – but you can be the exception to the rule if you land Bird Watch Ireland’s new job.

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There are two job up for grabs on Rockabill island, which is 7km off the north Dublin coast.

The summer jobs will see two wardens placed on the island, of which they will be the only inhabitants.

They will have to study and protect the roseate population on the island.

As well as the €400 remuneration, the successful applicants will also be provided with their accommodation free of charge.

The job runs from May to August, during which time the wardens will only be given two weekends off the island – weather permitting.

The Roseate Tern is the most endangered bird in Ireland.

When the successful applicants are left on the island they will be given provisions for their stay.

Although the island has a helipad, they will dropped off by chartered boat.

Closing date for applications is noon today, with interviews taking place later this month with the final short list.

Irish Independent

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