Search is on for new lighthouse keeper and you’ll only work 184 hours A YEAR

The search is on for a new lighthouse keeper in the Scottish Highlands – and the successful candidate will only have to work 184 hours a year.

The Northern Lighthouse Board is advertising the job which would see the technician performing roughly monthly checks on automated lighthouses at Cape Wrath and Stoer Head in Sutherland.

Dozens of people are expected to apply for the £2,043-a-year position, with one current keeper describing it as “close to a dream job”.

The job description states the new keeper will “receive training from the senior technician as well as health and safety training, and personal survival training for boat access”.

It adds that applicants must be “physically fit” and will “travel by boat in the performance of your duties”.

Such posts only become available generally every five to 10 years.

The previous person to hold the position retired several years ago and their job has been covered on a temporary basis.

Barry Miller, 74, covers seven other lighthouses in western Scotland.

He told the Scotsman: “It’s been close to a dream job.

“You hear all sorts of howls and screams from the wind.

“It’s very atmospheric.”

The former teacher added: “People think lighthouses now operate all on their own but we have to do various checks to ensure everything is working properly.”

Lighthouses mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, rocks, and safe entries to harbours.

They also assist in aerial navigation.

Their usage has declined over the years due to sophisticated and effective electronic navigational systems.

At one time, keepers would maintain the light and lens powered by oil lamps and clockwork mechanisms.

They were nicknamed ‘wickies’ due to their job of trimming the wicks.

They would also replenish fuel and wind clockworks, as well as cleaning lenses and windows.

The earliest recorded lighthouse keeper was William Knott, who was appointed to the South Foreland lighthouse near Dover in 1730.

The Northern Lighthouse Board is the general lighthouse authority for Scotland and the Isle of Man.

It is a non-departmental public body responsible for marine navigation aids around coastal areas.