Help Wanted: Witch, Good W/Potions, $75K

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2009 10:11 AM CDT
This undated photo made available by Wookey Hole Caves shows one of the caves. The caverns have been inhabited by humans for 50,000 years.   (AP Photo/Wooky Hole Caves, ho)
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(Newser) – A British tourist attraction is seeking to conjure up a new resident witch, the BBC reports. Wookey Hole Caves has advertised for a witch willing to live in the site's caverns and practice her—or his—trade for an annual salary of $75,000. Applicants need to have strong cackling skills, the site's manager says, and can't be allergic to cats.

"Wookey Hole wants the appointee to go about her everyday business as a hag, so that people passing through the caves can get a sense of what the place was like in the Dark Ages," said an official at the tourist attraction. "This was when an old woman lived in the caves with some goats and a dog, causing a variety of social ills, including crop failures and disease." Under current law, however, the site can't discriminate against male witches, so the "hag" might be a guy.