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How to be a hermit

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By Catherine Hardy  with The Local
How to be a hermit

<p><br /> <br /> </p> <p>Are you tired of Trump? Exhausted by austerity? Saturated by social media?</p> <p>A town in Austria may have the answer to your prayers.</p> <br /> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Saalfelden (Austria) is looking for a new resident hermit. Would you apply? <a href="https://t.co/RY4nHVYdGO">https://t.co/RY4nHVYdGO</a> <a href="https://t.co/quqBmbwbiK">pic.twitter.com/quqBmbwbiK</a></p>— Culture Trip (@CultureTrip) <a href="https://twitter.com/CultureTrip/status/825041225711493123">January 27, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> <br /> <p>Saalfelden near Salzburg is looking for a resident hermit.</p> <p>The hermitage was built into a natural cave more than 350 years ago in steep, rocky cliffs above Lichtenberg Castle near the town.</p> <p>It is currently vacant and the hunt is on for a new occupant.</p> <p>Interested?</p> <p>Euronews takes you step-by-step through the application.</p> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>The job spec</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p>“We are looking for a self-sufficient person who is at peace with themselves, willing to talk to people but not impose,” said local cleric <strong>Alois Moser, quoted on Austrian state broadcaster <span class="caps">ORF</span></strong>.</p> <p>Many people visit the hermitage to enjoy the view, to pray or talk about issues that affect or trouble them.</p> <p>The successful candidate must:</p> <br /> <ul> <li>have a Christian outlook <li>be ready to greet visiting pilgrims and locals </ul> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Wanted in Austria: A hermit. Experience not necessary. <a href="https://t.co/56VMYgxopP">https://t.co/56VMYgxopP</a></p>— Sam Allen Associates (@S_A_Associates) <a href="https://twitter.com/S_A_Associates/status/822406285794676737">January 20, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>Salary</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p>The job is unpaid.</p> <p>Applicants are advised to have a private or second income.</p> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>Accommodation</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p>The hermitage is unheated and there is no running water.</p> <p>It is only habitable between April and November.</p> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>The selection procedure</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p>Moser, along with Saalfelden’s mayor, Erich Rohrmoser, will select the new hermit.</p> <p>The winning candidate will be chosen more on the basis of personality than training and professional experience.</p> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>How to apply</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p>The deadline for applications is March 15th, 2017.</p> <p>Those interested should send their CV, photo and a cover letter explaining why they want the position to:</p> <p>Pfarramt Saalfelden,<br /> zH. Herrn Dechant Alois Moser<br /> Lofererstraße 11<br /> 5760 Saalfelden</p> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This Small Town in Austria Is Looking to Hire a Professional Hermit <a href="https://t.co/hddTuELKk3">https://t.co/hddTuELKk3</a> <a href="https://t.co/FDNFcXab6P">pic.twitter.com/FDNFcXab6P</a></p>— Country Living (@CountryLiving) <a href="https://twitter.com/CountryLiving/status/821751012000198658">January 18, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>What to ask at the interview</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p><strong>Why is the position vacant?</strong></p> <p>The last inhabitant – a Viennese pastor and psychotherapist – left last Autumn to return to his old life in Vienna.</p> <p>Before him, a Benedictine monk had lived there for 12 years.</p> <br /> <p><strong>Are there any other applicants?</strong></p> <br /> <p>In 1970, shots were fired at the hermitage doors.</p> <p>Luckily, the resident hermit was not injured.</p> <p>However, feeling unnerved, he left shortly afterwards to return to his home in Styria.</p> <p>The offender had reportedly applied for the job himself but been unsuccessful.</p> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>Famous hermits</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <ul> <li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_of_Norwich">Julian of Norwich</a> <li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obi-Wan_Kenobi">Obi Wan Kenobi</a> </ul> <br /> <br />