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Bizarre job alert: this remote British island is looking for a ferret-catcher

Looking to escape the bustle of city life? This could be the role for you

Written by
Faima Bakar

Are you looking to up sticks and move somewhere away from the bustle of city life? Well, this job could well be up your street – as long as you’re not squeamish around animals.

Rathlin Island, off the coast of Northern Ireland, needs someone to get rid of some ferrets. Not for the faint-hearted, the role essentially consists of catching the small rodents to stop them killing off local wildlife.

Seabirds on the island are declining due to the presence of non-native ferrets, meaning their population needs to be controlled. 

The gig will require eagle eyes as the pests might be hard to identify. A local photographer told the BBC: ’No one knows how many ferrets are on the island and... they are hard to spot.’

Not only that, the ferret-catcher will have to work under grey skies and rain too. Project leader David Tosh said the island, which has a population of 150, has ‘rubbish weather’.

So there are a couple of cons. But how many jobs come with a beautiful island on the side? You can apply for the role via the Conservation Careers website.

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