The name might not, sound too appealing but Muck Island is offering a once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity for teachers. A primary school on the remote Scottish island posted on Facebook looking for a principal teacher.
The post reads that the school is “looking for a primary, principal teacher to come and live and teach on the beautiful Isle of Muck.” The island, the smallest of the Small Isles in the Inner Hebrides, is two miles long and a mile wide, with no shops or mains electricity (power is supplied by solar and wind energy). The only way to access Muck is by ferry from Mallaig, which takes an hour and 40 minutes.
Whoever is awarded the job will be expected to live on the island full-time, which would bring Muck’s total population from 40 residents to 41. He or she will be responsible for six primary schools and three nursery students. Since older students are educated on the mainland, student numbers in the island’s schools remain relatively small.
In an effort to attract teachers to the island, the job advertisement also states, “The island is ideal for nature lovers, with many species of birds…Muck enjoys stunning views of the mainland and the other Small Isles, as well as Skye and the Outer Hebrides.”
If the opportunity to teach on a beautiful, remote Scottish island isn’t enough to entice you to move to Muck, the salary is a generous £41,418 a year, plus a relocation package of up to £6,500.