Wanted: Senior management candidate for job in Wiltshire countryside. Must love rocks.
English Heritage has a $99,000-a-year-job available. The conservation organization which oversees English historic buildings and monuments is looking for a general manager to take charge of Stonehenge. Do you think taking care of a circle of ancient rocks sounds like an easy job? It isn’t.
English Heritage predicts an increase of 1.25 million visitors to Stonehenge by 2016-2017, and they’re looking for a senior manager to oversee renovations of the site’s visitor’s center and exhibition galleries which are expected to be finished in December 2013. The job also includes supervision of the 80 staff members and more than 100 volunteers who work there.
Stonehenge, which dates back to as early as 2,500 B.C., has never employed a general manager before, and English Heritage is seeking someone ”to lead Stonehenge into a new era.” Tim Reeve, historic properties director, told the BBC that new role is important to ensure that ”solstice celebrations aren’t in some way compromising the mystery and integrity of the stones.” He added, “You could be up at the stones one minute, in outdoor garb trying to help visitors, then you can be back in a state-of-the-art visitors’ centre. The next time you could be in a suit, representing our site.”
So, they’re worried about partying Druids messing up the rocks? I could handle that for $99 thou per year. Sign me up.