Italy is looking for someone to come and run Pompeii and it’s such a cool job

Italian authorities have launched a worldwide search for someone to come and run Pompeii.

Yep, we mean the entire archaeological site of the ancient city that was famously destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

As in, one of Italy’s biggest tourist attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It might just be one of the coolest jobs we’ve heard about.

The Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and for Tourism is looking for a new director to run the ancient site, with the role spanning everything from tourism opportunities or new research being carried out.

The good news for history fans is that, for the first time ever, international applicants can also put their hat in the ring.

The sun begins to set on the snow capped Mount Vesuvius still overlooking Temple of Jupiter standing in the forum of Pompeii
The sun begins to set on the snow capped Mount Vesuvius still overlooking Temple of Jupiter standing in the forum of Pompeii

Dario Franceschini, Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, said: “Pompeii is loved by archaeologists from all over the world. We imagine that many applications will arrive, from all over the world we are looking carefully at this announcement and whoever is chosen will certainly be the best or the best.”

He also added: “There will be digging and more big discoveries will be made. This a job which brings huge satisfaction as well as great responsibility.”

Pompeii is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The job is a four-year contract (with the option to renew at the end of your tenure), and the salary is €148,837 a year (approximately £135,069).

Tempted to apply?

Dust off your history books, spruce up your CV and head to the applications website to submit your entry. However, make sure to do so by noon on the 3rd November 2020.

It’s likely that the role itself would kick off from March 2021.

The ruins of the city of Pompeii

Of course, if the job isn’t exactly your thing, then you can always go and check out the site as tourist instead.

Pompeii has heaps of fascinating ruins, exhibitions and beautiful surrounding landscape, and it’s been a firm favourite with visitors for decades. You can find out more about what’s on offer on the Pompeii website.

At the time of writing, the Foreign Office does not advise against travel to Italy. However, you should always check the latest FCDO Italy advice for the latest updates and any entry requirements/travel restrictions.


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