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Remote Scottish Island Requires Meter Reader

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A remote Scottish Island, The Isle of Rum which is located 14 miles off the north of Scotland’s west coast, is looking for a meter reader.

Scottish Natural Heritage is offering the post as an initial 3 year position, with a £5,000 relocation package.

The island has around 30 mostly transitory residents and is the largest island of the small isles of the Inner Hebrides. It’s a popular tourist area, attracting 10,000 visitors every year. Most of the island is a nature reserve with spectacular scenery, covering a large part of  the island’s 40 square miles.

The incumbent needs to be fairly fit to be able to access on foot the remote hillside where the intake of the hydroelectric generator is located, and working at heights, in confined spaces and exposed to the elements is also a requirement.

He/she will also need to be something of an all-rounder, with other duties to include looking after the hydroelectric and diesel generators and battery inverter system, which provides the island’s power, service and repair of the vehicle fleet, managing the supply of fuel to the island, and service and maintenance of the incinerator and other equipment. In addition he/she should be the lead on health and safety management.

The weather can be somewhat inclement, with mild winters and cool summers. In winter the ferries only run 3 times a week, and often bad weather causes the island to be cut off from the mainland for days on end.

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