“The main thing I certainly miss is just like a crunchy carrot, or being able to bite into a nice apple,” Lucy Dorman, one of the current Gough Island field technicians, told the BBC. “Just some crunch, but apart from that, I don’t feel like I’m really missing much.”
The compensation isn’t exactly royal either—the job comes with room, board, and a salary between £25,000 and £27,000 (around $31,500 to $34,000 USD). Of course, people will pay big money to get to places like Gough Island, so a paycheck for living there isn’t the worst deal. So you could kind-of look at it like one the most extreme, and exclusive, birding trips in the world.
Working to travel is a pretty classic way of seeing the world. Odds are you know someone who’s worked on farms to support their backpacking trip across Europe, or have done so yourself. There are plenty of other ways to do it, including seasonal and remote work. Some sectors have even come to rely on visiting workers willing to travel to out-of-the-way destinations—such as, say, operating ski lifts in mountain towns, or researching avian ecology on remote sub-Antarctic islands.