A warden is needed to take care of a historic stone dyke seen as very important for North Ronaldsay’s well-known sheep.
As a substitute of munching grass, the four-legged residents of Orkney’s most northerly island group eat seaweed.
A 6ft excessive, 13-mile dyke was erected within the 1800s utilizing seashore stones. It encircles your complete island to maintain the sheep on the rocky foreshore.
The profitable applicant will likely be accountable for taking care of and repairing the historic dyke.
The sheep are seen as an important a part of the island’s financial system.
North Ronaldsay mutton is exported, and wool from the sheep can be offered around the globe.
The dyke prevents them from mixing with different breeds.
The sheep dyke warden role is being funded for an preliminary three years by the North Isles Panorama Partnership (NILPS) and The Nationwide Lottery Heritage Fund.
The function additionally includes coordinating volunteers and serving to promote the island to guests.
John Scott, chair of the North Ronaldsay Belief, mentioned: “The warden function was at all times one thing we have wished on the island as the quantity of dyke that wants rebuilt is past what native individuals can do.
“If now we have an individual who’s full-time, we will get extra dyke constructed and extra crucial ‘strategic’ dyke constructed too.
“They need to be physically able, resourceful and fairly resilient as it’s hard work.”
He added: “Given the distinctive nature of the sheep dyke’s building, we’re not essentially wanting for somebody who has lots of expertise in dry-stane dyking.
“It might simply be somebody who is ready to decide up the required expertise pretty rapidly, whereas displaying a willingness to roll up their sleeves and contribute to all different elements of each day island life.”