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En esta isla de Tasmania hay casa y trabajo para la pareja que quiera aceptarlo
Por Joaquín M.C.
¿Te gustaría vivir en una isla desierta pero con casa, gastos pagados y un sueldo? Si la respuesta es si, estás de suerte. El servicio de parques naturales de Tasmania busca una pareja para vivir durante 6 meses en la isla Maatsukyer, a 5,5 kilómetros de la costa sur de Tasmania.Uno de los requisitos es que se demuestre que la pareja que opte a dicho puesto tiene que haber convivido juntos una temporada. La razón de este requisito es que el periodo de estancia en la isla de 6 meses y no va a vivir nadie más allí.
En Maatsukyer Island no hay internet, teléfonos, televisión ni supermercados de ningún tipo. En realidad tan solo hay una casa, un faro, una unidad meteorológica y mucha naturaleza.En el contrato se especifica que una vez aceptado el puesto la duración de este será de 6 meses consecutivos. La única posibilidad de abandonar la isla durante este periodo será mediante un rescate en helicóptero en caso de emergencia.
La temperatura de la isla suele variar entre los 37º de los meses más cálidos, hasta los -1º en los meses más fríos. Por regla general su clima es bastante tranquilo, aunque a veces tiene rachas de viento bastante molestas.La vivienda en la que los elegidos pasarían los 6 meses es del siglo XIX, tiene un cuarto de baño y 4 dormitorios. El trabajo que habría que realizar es el de vigilancia y mantenimiento del faro, la maquinaria y los terrenos de la isla.Dentro de las labores también entra la toma de capturas y mediciones meteorológicas. Antes de empezar todo esto se darían unos cursillos a la pareja seleccionada, para aprender a manejar todo el instrumental.
A los 3 meses de la estancia recibirían una visita de un carguero para el re abastecimiento de víveres, comida, etc… Aún así, la vivienda dispone de un huerto trasero donde se pueden cultivar todo tipo de verduras, frutas y hortalizas.Si crees que este trabajo es ideal para ti y tu pareja, puedes ponerte en contacto con la Parks & Wildlife Service pinchando aquí
y proponer tu candidatura. Pero daros prisa, solo admiten propuestas hasta el 30 de enero de 2017. Sin duda una experiencia que a más de uno puede resultarle interesante.
Coping with extremes; caretaking on Maatsuyker Island
ABC Radio Hobart By Fred Hooper
Updated 3 Sep 2014, 12:35am
John and Willemina Watts standing in a park.
PHOTO: John and Willemina Watts enjoyed their time on Maatsuyker Island as caretakers. (ABC Open: Leandro Palacio)
MAP: Maatsuyker Island 7001
Maatsuyker Island, off the southern coast of Tasmania, is known for its isolation and wild weather which makes it a challenging environment for the caretakers who live there.
The 180 hectare island is part of the Southwest National Park and is World Heritage listed. Caretakers are required on the island for numerous roles including taking readings for the Bureau of Meteorology.
Tasmanians John and Willemina Watts have spent three months on the island on two separate occasions and said they loved their time in the challenging but rewarding environment.
The active pair spotted an ad for the caretaker position on Maatsuyker Island and were instantly excited by the idea of spending six months on a rugged island.
Once the training and various health checks were done, it was in the helicopter and off to the only island that stands between Tasmania and the Antarctic.
Looking south toward Needle Islands from Maatsuyker Island.
PHOTO: Only the Southern Ocean separates Maatsuysker Island from Antarctica. (Supplied: J and W Watts)
The only moment of hesitation for the Watts was once they were left standing on the landing pad as the chopper flew off, leaving them wondering what they were in for.
“It was just the two of us moving in for our stint, replacing the two that were there. We also had two rangers there with us for the first few days to do a bit of work and go through an orientation process,” said Mr Watts.
The duties for the caretakers are varied, but include maintenance of the buildings, weed control, hosting visitors and daily weather observations.
There are only three living quarters on the island, but the constant wild weather means continual maintenance is needed to keep them up to a liveable standard.
“The house had carpet tiles on the floor, but you had to wear footwear all the time otherwise you got wet feet.
“All the furniture had little water stains around the base of the legs of the chairs,” Mr Watts said.
Ms Watts in the kitchen of their living quarters on the island.
PHOTO: Mr Watts can recall a power point exploding because it had become water logged over time. (Supplied: J and W Watts)
GALLERY: Life on Maatsuyker Island
Rain and sea spray are fairly constantly battering the buildings on Maasuyker, with water getting into pretty much everything, including into a few of the florescent lights in the ceiling before running out into other, even more dangerous areas.
“We watched that and thought ‘we better turn the light off’, then there was an almighty explosion as water poured out of one of the power points in the wall,” Mr Watts said.
While battling with unreliable generators and the constant damp conditions, the wind was another reminder of just how exposed they were perched in this unique position.
As the wind picked up one morning, Ms Watts recalls the light from the window in the kitchen disappearing briefly one morning.
“This sea eagle had swooped up over the cliff, straight up over the kitchen window, up over the roof.
“It’s just so exposed that when the winds get up and the birds decide to leave or go, they’ve just got to go with the wind until they can hunker down,” she said.
John and Willemina Watts celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary at the top of the lighthouse on Maatsuyker Island.
PHOTO: The adventurous pair say their relationship wasn't under much pressure after spending so much time in each others company. (Supplied: J and W Watts)
One of the first questions the pair face back on mainland Tasmania is about their relationship and what impact their own company had on each other.
“People immediately say 'well what happens if you have an argument, how did you get on?'
“You can’t afford to have a hissy fit and slam the door and go home, that’s not going to happen.
“We basically are pretty good at laughing at each and laughing at ourselves so that helps,” Ms Watts said.
Having a wide-ranging skill set is essential for life as a caretaker because unless there is an emergency and help is flown in, it is up to those on the island to figure it out or solve the issue on their own.
“If something breaks down, they’re not going to send a helicopter in to fix it, you’ve basically got to fix it yourself,” said Mr Watts.
Adjusting to life after the island
Being alone and away from any other social interaction for such a long period of time meant an adjustment period was necessary once they left the island.
“We can imagine how people would feel after, for example, had they been in jail for a long time where they haven’t been out in the public area.
Willemina and John Watts standing next to the supplies helicopter for Maatsuyker Island, 1 May 2000.
PHOTO: A helicopter drops supplies to the island once a week, adding another challenging element to the caretaker role. (Supplied: J and W Watts)
“When we came off the island in the helicopter and got in our car and we’re driving up the road and I’m doing about 60 [kph] and it felt like we were doing about 120 kilometres an hour,” said Mr Watts.
Everyday things like visiting a supermarket were also unusual and took a little reminding about what it was like to live in a society with other people.
“We went into things like a supermarket and there’s all these women in there wearing make-up and perfume.
“We hadn’t seen or heard or confronted any of these smells and other things for that period of time and it was really strange in some ways, trying to adapt back into society again,” said Mr Watts.
After their last stint on the island in 2001, Ms Watts said she had never “experienced such a wonderful sense of total wellness” and there was something nice about being away from society.
“I think it is the fact you’re not playing by the rules anymore,” said Ms Watts.
The couple are now retired and living in northern Tasmania.
the first keepers of the light took chickens with them to Maatsuyker but the fowls blew away into the ocean.