Want to join the lighthouse family?

A unique opportunity has come up to work on the south west's lighthouses. It's a demanding job and can often mean responding to emergencies at the drop of a hat.

You could be working on any one of the region's many lighthouses, including Portland Bill in Dorset or even the Hartland Point Lighthouse in Devon which marks the most western point of the Bristol Channel.

Simon Eade has been working on them for a number of years.

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Building maintenance is one of the highest workloads where lighthouses are concerned as the structures are old and need a lot of work to keep them going.

Like all lighthouses in the UK, Pendeen is unmanned. Just a tiny 35 watt bulb j provides the guiding light for seafarers. Part of the job is making sure the light and its back up are both working.

This tiny lightbulb is responsible for keeping seafarers safe. Credit: ITV West Country

Pendeen lighthouse is built on the edge of one of the busiest shipping lanes in Europe, Land's End is just a few miles away.

It was built in 1900 because of the number of ships wrecked on these treacherous rocks. It used to be manned for weeks on end but now it - and the other lighthouses on our shores - just needs an occasional visit from the maintenance team.

If you want to apply, you'll have to be quick - applications close at midnight on Sunday 13 May 2018.