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Foreigners flock to unique Norway fire watchtower job. Over 100 people from several different nations apply for the position at northern Europe’s only manned watchtower. This summer job, advertised by NGO Skogselskapet involves manning it, checking for forest fires, and handling enquiries from hikers in the summer months between 01st June and the 31st of August inclusive. According to the NGO, some 3,000 people visit it during the summer months, and come from 15 different countries.

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Foreigners flock to unique Norway fire watchtower job

Published on Friday, 28th February, 2014 at 13:48 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last Updated on 1st March 2014 at 20:21.

Over 100 people from several different nations apply for the position at northern Europe’s only manned watchtower.

Linnekleppen watchtower
'The only other facility of this kind can be found in Spain,' according to Board member Ole Brække.Linnekleppen watchtower
Photo: With kind permission of Skogselskapet


This summer job, advertised by NGO Skogselskapet involves manning it, checking for forest fires, and handling enquiries from hikers in the summer months between 01st June and the 31st of August inclusive.

According to the NGO, some 3,000 people visit it during the summer months, and come from 15 different countries.

Linnekleppen tower, which lies between Rakkestad and Marker municipalities, Østfold County, is 14 metres high and situated on top of a 325-metre high hill (some 46 and 1,067 feet, respectively).

The original facility was erected in 1908, with the present larger one superseding it in 1936. Its floor area is some two metres square (roughly 6.5 by 6.5 feet), and it has cooking facilities, a fridge, and a bed.

Skogselskapet’s Ole Brække tells The Foreigner “I believe the only other tower of this kind can be found in Spain.”

Those who have applied for the job in Linnekleppen tower are from 15 different countries. Norway accounts for the largest number of applications.

Other countries are Sweden, Mexico, Germany, Spain, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Serbia, Slovakia, Italy, Croatia, the Czech Republic, and Spain.

Skogselskapet was established in 1898 as a reforestation initiative following long periods of harvesting, according to staff.

“We’ve currently got 10,000 members in 18 different districts and counties nationwide,” says senior consultant Tore Molteberg. “We’re for people with an above average interest in the forests and who are concerned about biodiversity, the climate, and enjoy the fresh air.”

Many of their members are also forest owners themselves.

“Moreover, we organise excursions into the forest for our members, hold AGMs, and publish a magazine four times a year. Schoolchildren also get to learn about the forest on the autumn activity days we hold each year,” explains Mr Molteberg.




Published on Friday, 28th February, 2014 at 13:48 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last updated on 1st March 2014 at 20:21.

This post has the following tags: norwayforests, hikingnorway, watchtower, nature, trees, tourism.





  
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