Remote Scottish Island Is Hiring a Warden to Protect Its Seaweed-Loving Sheep

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Peter Llewellyn, iStock / Getty Images Plus

Save the sheep! A 19th-century dike serving as a vital location for a rare, seaweed-munching breed of sheep is looking for a warden.

Located in North Ronaldsay, the northernmost island in Scotland's Orkney archipelago, the official job posting describes the three-year role as a "unique" one, where the chosen candidate will be tasked with "overseeing care and repair work on a historic stone dike that plays a vital part in the management of a unique local breed of ancient seaweed eating sheep."

Historic Environment Scotland, an organization that promotes the country’s history, describes the structure as "probably the largest drystone construction conceived of as a single entity in the world." Yet disrepair was reported as early as 2008, prompting widespread concern for the dike's future.

As for the sheep? According to the BBC, this rare breed gravitated toward an algae-based diet due to the abundance of the plant, with the stone dike preserving both the animals' pasture and providing them with an endless supply of food. Local farmers depend on these sheep for their livelihood, as their distinct flavor is popularly viewed as a delicacy. Should the dike fall into ruin, both North Ronaldsay residents and the livestock they rely on could be in trouble.

"The warden role was always something we’ve wanted on the island, as the amount of dike that needs [rebuilding] is beyond what local people can do,” John Scott, chair of the North Ronaldsay Trust, said in the job posting. "We’ve had a lot of success with the three years of volunteering ... but it does need more than that. If we have a person who’s full-time we can get more dike built and [a] more critical 'strategic' dike ... too."

Scott explained that the chosen candidate wouldn’t necessarily need a lot of prior building experience. "It could just be someone who is able to pick up the necessary skills fairly quickly," he said, "while showing a willingness to roll up their sleeves and contribute to all other aspects of daily island life." Applicants should, however, be physically capable, resourceful, and "fairly resilient."

For those interested in the warden job, applications can be filled out on the North Ronaldsay website or sent via email.

[h/t BBC]

New The Walking Dead Series Is Casting Extras in Richmond, Virginia

Frank Ockenfels 3, AMC
Frank Ockenfels 3, AMC

Watch enough episodes of The Walking Dead on AMC and you may start to wonder how you would fare in a zombie apocalypse. If you live in the Richmond, Virginia area, you now have an opportunity to act out those fantasies in real life. As WTKR reports, Kendall Cooper Casting is seeking extras to appear in a new spin-off series of The Walking Dead.

The yet-to-be-titled series set in The Walking Dead universe will be the show's second spin-off following Fear the Walking Dead, which is currently in its fifth season. Filming begins in Richmond and the surrounding area in July 2019 and will continue though November.

Ahead of filming, the show is seeking background actors. The casting call posted on Kendall Cooper Casting's Facebook page states that the production is looking for "people of all ethnicities, ages, genders, and types to play various characters throughout the series." Actors with experience in movement and dance are preferred. The job description doesn't specify whether actors will be playing people fleeing from the undead, the zombies themselves, or some other type of character on the show (though that note about experience in movement might hint at the need for some extra walkers).

SAG-AFTRA members as well as non-union actors are encouraged to submit their information, but only SAG-AFTRA actors are invited to the open casting call that's being held on Saturday, June 29. Union members can email OpenCallDetails@gmail.com for more information. Regardless of your union status, you can send an email with your contact information, measurements, experience, and schedule flexibility along with three current photos to RVAextras@KendallCooperCasting.com.

For many shows, background acting isn't complicated work, but being an extra on The Walking Dead requires some training. Actors have to attend "zombie seminars" where they must perfect the walk of the undead before graduating to the makeup chair.

[h/t WTKR]

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