Stonehenge Seeks New Druid-in-Chief


0  Updated at 1:41 pm, April 23rd, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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Steve Allen/Photodisc(LONDON) — Want a dream job that allows you to ponder one of the mysteries of the world while you pull down $99,229 a year?

Stonehenge, the mysterious, prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, is in need of a general manager to lead it “into a new era.”

Stonehenge and 420 other historic properties are managed by English Heritage, an organization overseeing the historic assets of the British Crown. The huge standing stones were put up in 2,000 to 3,000 BC, the reasons for which historians have only guessed.

“He / she will manage a team of more than 80 employees and 100 volunteers and will be responsible for ensuring the highest standards of customer service and presentation across the site,” according to a statement by English Heritage. “Responsibilities also include overseeing the arrangements for the summer and winter solstices and seasonal gatherings.”

English Heritage states that over 1 million visitors come to Stonehenge each year to see the historic set of concentric stones that have baffled historians. The number of visitors is expected to rise to 1.25 million by 2016 or 2017.

“Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world, a monument of the same iconic status as the Pyramids, the Taj Mahal and the Eiffel Tower,” said Tim Reeve, English Heritage’s Historic Properties Director, in a statement. “We are looking for a dynamic and inspirational person to welcome the million-plus visitors to Stonehenge each year including the tens of thousands who celebrate the sunrise there every Summer Solstice.”

The pay for this job is about 65,000 British pounds, according to a job listing on English Heritage’s website, posted last week. Applicants must apply for the new job by May 5.

“The successful candidate will be a dynamic and inspirational leader, with relevant experience at a major visitor attraction, ideally in the cultural sector,” the job ad states.

The new senior manager will oversee a new visitor center and exhibition galleries in Dec. 2013.

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