By Alexandra Larkin and Sophie Lewis
FAIR ISLE, Scotland (CNN) — Wanted: a nurse for Fair Isle, Scotland’s most remote, inhabited island.READ MORE: Norristown Police Searching For 3 Teens Accused Of Brutally Beating 56-Year-Old Pizza Shop Owner
“Are you looking for a challenge?”
That’s how the job advertisement for the island’s nurse position reads. And considering Fair Isle doesn’t have a doctor, that may be an understatement.
“We are looking for an enthusiastic autonomous practitioner with a degree of flexibility to work on the non-doctor island of Fair Isle,” it continues.
The tiny island is home to around 10,000 puffins and a thousand sheep, but only 60 people. It’s so remote that the only way to get there is by an 8-seater plane or ferry — which can be postponed for weeks on end due to rough seas.
A doctor visits the island once every three months from the Shetland mainland, so all other medical care is left to the community nurse, according to the job description.READ MORE: CBS3 Legend Pat Ciarrocchi Tells Ukee Washington Her Most Personal Story Ever -- Her Own Brain Surgery
Because the job requires being on-call 24/7 in a remote location, the nurse receives a “distant island allowance” in addition to a regular salary.
The current nurse, Elena Mera Long, has worked in Fair Isle for the last decade. According to resident Tommy H. Hyndman who writes a local blog, she is not only the resident nurse, but an organ player for the church, piano teacher, and — like most residents — an avid knitter.
“People say: ‘What do you do all day on such a small island?'” Mera Long told The Guardian. “They must be joking. Everybody on Fair Isle works like beavers, and there’s never a dull moment. It’s a model for a good community. I doubt if there’s a more harmonious one anywhere.”
Mera Long is leaving her job as nurse for a position in Romania, where her husband is from, according to The Scotsman.
Applications close on April 24, so get your knitting needles, your bird-watching binoculars and your CV ready.MORE NEWS: The Story Of Pat Ciarrocchi's Brain
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