It might not seem like the most attractive of job postings: an unpaid position living as a hermit in a cave with no running water or heating.
Stan Vanuytrecht, 58, will not be paid for his work in Saalfelden, but will have the use of a spartan mountainside retreat with its own tiny chapel overlooking the community of 16,000 residents.
The Mayor of Saalfeden, a town in the west of Austria near Salzburg, said they chose Mr Vanuytrecht, a Catholic deacon, because "his personality appealed to us".
He was quoted by state broadcaster ORF as saying "I thought I had no chance". "When I read about the Saalfelden hermitage I thought to myself: that's the place for me". People often hike up to enjoy the view and sometimes to confide in the hermit.
But Vanuytrecht said that he believes his previous experience working with the homeless, alcoholics, drugs addicts, prisoners and psychiatric patients will stand him in good stead.
Mr Vanuytrecht said the poverty he experienced after his divorce from his ex-wife and her experiences with mental illness had also taught him crucial lessons.
His predecessor, former priest and psychotherapist Thomas Fieglmueller, returned to Vienna after just one season - the hermitage is only open from April to November - to write.
His predecessor, former priest and psychotherapist Thomas Fieglmueller, said: "Life in the hermit's cell is spartan but the nature is very lovely. I met lots of nice people and had good conversations", he told the Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper.