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Stonehenge seeks first general manager

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Help wanted to run Stonehenge. Must like crowds of people, druid ceremonies, and summer solstice.

The English Heritage organization, which oversees English historic sites, is searching for a general manager of the mysterious monument -- the first time such a position has existed since Stonehenge was built, sometime around 2,500 B.C.

The circle of giant stones is the "best-known prehistoric monument in Europe, one of the wonders of the world, and the centerpiece of the National Heritage Collection," according to the English Heritage description.

Not to mention the subject of intrigue for historians and immortalized in the movie"Spinal Tap."

And it's about to get even bigger. The role, which pays just under $100,000 a year, will manage an expansion plan that includes a new visitors' and education center, café, shop, and exhibition space set to be completed in December.

The ambitious renovation plan anticipates an uptick of annual visitors to roughly 1.25 million.That doesn't include the additional 22,000 or so yearly visitors who come to celebrate the solstice.

The senior manager will lead 80 employees and 100 volunteers in this new burst of modern activity at the ancient site. The person selected for the position will be expected to work with druid leaders who make regular pilgrimages to the Wiltshire stones.

Celebrations inside the stone circle were stopped back in 1978 due to the degradation of the site from increasing crowds.

English Heritage's Tim Reeve told BBC that the organization is seeking a special someone who can maintain "the dignity of the stones."

Interviews for the position begin mid-May.

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