Wanted: senior management candidate for high-profile job in Wiltshire countryside. Must love rocks. Druids OK.
If you’re the sort of person who’d circle that classified ad in your newspaper, there’s a $99,000-a-year-job available with English Heritage, the conservation organization that oversees English historic buildings and monuments. They’re looking for a general manager to take charge of one of England’s most famed landmarks: Stonehenge.
But the gig involves more than just an affinity for rocks, supervising visiting druids and maintaining the Wiltshire stones’ ancient mystique. English Heritage predicts an increase of 1.25 million visitors to Stonehenge by 2016-2017 and is looking for a senior manager who will oversee renovations of the site’s vistor’s center and exhibition galleries, expected to be finished in December 2013, as well as the 80 staff members and more than 100 volunteers who work there, the Atlantic reports.
Stonehenge, which dates back to as early as 2,500 B.C., has never employed a general manager before — at least not in recorded history. According to the job description the organization is looking for someone “to lead Stonehenge into a new era.” historic properties director Tim Reeve told the BBC that newfangled role is important to ensure that “solstice celebrations aren’t in some way compromising the mystery and integrity of the stones.”
“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,” Reeve said. “The next time you could be in a suit, representing our site.”
English Heritage is accepting applications through May 5, with preliminary interviews beginning May 15 and 16.