Top job as in high altitude job. Location – Peak of 3,560 ft tall mountain in Wales; Weather conditions:- Winds over 150mph (twice hurricane force), with over 5 metres of rain and temperatures of -20°C (excluding wind chill).
Hafod Eryri, Snowdon Mountain’s summit top visitor center and cafe, needs a new manager.
Hafod Eryri was once described by Prince Charles as the highest slum in Britain. To upp the stakes a bit for you, they spent £8.3 million and built a brand new building which opened last year.
That said, there isn’t much scope for you to make things worse. In the very short period since its opening, Hafod Eryri has managed to acquire a nasty reputation for long queues and a littered cafe.
Plus, the Daily Telegraph’s food critic said the cafe’s preheated sausage rolls and Knorr soup left him “sick to the pit” of his stomach.
If you’re willing to brave the elements and beat the bad rap and soup, then Welcome to the Snowdon Mountain Railway, your prospective employer.
Oh, and a word of warning about the warrior ghosts. At 3,560ft (1,085m) it is a true mountain and a place of legend – said to be the burial place of the giant ogre Rhita, vanquished by King Arthur. Some believe that Arthur’s Knights still sleep beneath.
There is, however, one thing that offers hope for success – the natural beauty of Snowdonia and the scenic journey by train from Llanberis Station, with plenty to see in between – Hebron, Half Way Point, Rocky Valley, and the black volcanic rock face of Clogwyn du’r Arddu. All this topped with the majestic beauty of Yr Wyddfa, aka Snowdon, at the end of the rail.
With such beauty and the biggest attractions in Wales at your disposal, the tourists will come regardless – even if you continue Hafod Eryri’s stellar tradition of ineptitude. If you think you’re the right candidate for this job, please visit www.snowdonrailway.co.uk/
Photo by Patrick Mackie