Do you like sheep and are good at building stone walls?

Sheep Dyke Warden is need to help contain the island's unique seaweed-eating sheep.
Sheep Dyke Warden is need to help contain the island's unique seaweed-eating sheep. Photo credit: Supplied/North Ronaldsay Trust

A remote Scottish island is after someone with a unique set of skills for the one-a-kind position of Sheep Dyke Warden.

The North Ronaldsay Trust wants to appoint a warden to restore the island's sheep dyke to ensure that it is fit for purpose.

The island is at the very top of the Orkney archipelago in Scotland.

The centuries-old dyke has prevented the seaweed-eating sheep from grazing on the island's agricultural land.

However the dyke is crumbling, and now a warden is needed to ensure that the thick wall is fixed, reported travel website, The Matador Network.

The new warden will help rebuild the crumbling dyke.
The new warden will help rebuild the crumbling dyke. Photo credit: Supplied/North Ronaldsay Trust

The sheep needed to be kept away from arable land to not only to keep them from eating crops, but because they are used to eating their unique seaweed diet and other food could be dangerous.

The Trust said the Sheep Dyke Warden post would run for an initial period of three years. 

"The Sheep Dyke Warden will be responsible for carrying out a predetermined programme of rebuilding and repairs to the sheep dyke, and be responsible for managing and carrying out repairs to the temporary fencing erected where the sheep dyke has been damaged, and to coordinate and work with groups of volunteer dyke builders," it said.

The successful applicant would need to have a good level of physical fitness, have good communication skills and experience of dry stone dyking and project management was desirable. 

The job involves 35 hours per week and pays a salary of £21,840

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