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

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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]

Ski.com Wants to Pay You $2000 to Go on an Epic Ski Vacation

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The northern Rockies have already been hit with a massive snowstorm, and that means ski season is almost upon us. This year, Ski.com is planning to make dreams come true for not one, not two, but 12 lucky skiers.

Travel + Leisure reports that the ski vacation booking service will send two people to each of six top ski destinations, where they’ll ski their snow-loving little hearts out and document their adventures on social media. The trips are all-expenses-paid and then some; not only will skiers fly United Airlines and receive VIP resort experiences for free, they’ll also be given gear from Stio, Black Crows, Giro, and GoPro—plus a $2000 paycheck.

To apply, you have to choose one of the six destinations—Aspen Snowmass, Colorado; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Big Sky, Montana; Banff and Lake Louise, Canada; Chamonix, France; or Niseko, Japan—and create a 90-second video explaining why you’re the best person for the gig. If you’re thinking this is the perfect opportunity to try skiing for the first time ever, you might want to scope out a few bunny slopes on your own and apply for Ski.com’s Epic Dream Job next year: The listing asks that applicants be “able to ski and/or snowboard at an advanced intermediate level.”

Dan Sherman, Ski.com’s chief marketing officer, told Travel + Leisure that the decision to add 11 more winners was partly because “a very passionate community formed online in support of the [nearly 1200] applicants” last year. And, since two people will be sent to each location, you can even apply with a friend.

If you’re interested, submit your video here before October 29, and check out these ways to train off the slopes while you wait for the winners to be announced on November 19.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

EatStreet Is Hiring a ‘Curd Nerd’ to Travel Wisconsin in Search of the Best Cheese Curds

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Italy has Parmigiano-Reggiano, France has brie, and Wisconsin has curds. The bite-sized nuggets of curdled milk may not be the most sophisticated products in the cheese aisle (they're often served deep-fried with a side of ranch dressing), but they hold a special place in the hearts of many cheese lovers. Now, one curd connoisseur will have the chance to sample the fare across Wisconsin and get paid for their efforts.

As Thrillist reports, EatStreet is seeking a "curd nerd" to traverse America's Dairyland in pursuit of the best cheese curds in the state. From the 15th through the 29th of October—which is National Cheese Month—the cheesy ambassador will visit Wisconsin's top curd destinations with EatStreet's social media team. After tasting a variety of styles (battered with Wisconsin beer and as a topping on poutine are some possibilities), they will determine which curds reign supreme.

The job pays more than literal cheddar. For every hour they devote to the campaign, the curd nerd will make $12.50, earning a maximum total of $1000 over two weeks. The expenses of the trip, including an unlimited diet of cheese curds, will also be covered.

If you're ready to turn your love of cheese into a lucrative gig, submit an application to EatStreet before October 2 by answering these two questions: "Why do you want to be EatStreet’s curd nerd?" and "What unique skills and abilities do you bring to the table?"

The ideal candidate is a Wisconsin resident with a "big personality and a passion for storytelling." You should also be willing to share your lactose-fueled adventures on social media. Ready to start planning your trip now? Prepare yourself with these (slightly) cheesy facts about Wisconsin.

[h/t Thrillist]

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