Meter reader wanted for remote Scottish island


Inverness, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — March 19, 2012 – Scottish Natural Heritage is looking for a meter reader to work on the Isle of Rum, some 14 miles off northern Scotland’s west coast.

But meter reading for the approximately 30 mostly transitory residents won’t be the only duty of the incumbent. 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.

Rum, the largest of the small isles of the Inner Hebrides, is a popular tourist destination, attracting over 10,000 visitors annually. About 40 square miles in size, most of the island is a nature reserve, with apparently spectacular scenery and a wealth of wildlife.

While the weather can generally be expected to be clement, with cool summers and mild winters, not infrequent poor weather can cut the island off from the mainland for days on end. In winter the ferries run just three times per week.

The incumbent also 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.

And to attract the right person for what will be an initial three-year contract post, Scottish Natural Heritage, which owns and manages the island, is offering up to £5,000 relocation package.