Friday, May 3, 2013

Norwegian Job Opening for Polar Bear Spotter

Looking for a summer job?  Maybe in Europe?  Ideally an adventurous job?  Perhaps involving polar bears?  Well, look no further.  Details follow . . .

A good set of lungs is exactly what the government of Norway’s Svalbard Islands is looking for this summer.  Researchers on these remote Norwegian islands are on the hunt for a talented polar bear spotter who can stand guard while scientists are doing projects in the region.

Successful candidates for the gig need to have good intruder-spotting skills, experiences working in the great outdoors, and an excellent ability to handle firearms.  But don’t worry: The governor’s office says the polar bear spotter won’t need to use the gun “as long as they have a loud voice” that can scare off any bears.

The job starts on July 8 and will last three weeks.

The downside: That might not be enough time to adjust to the Arctic wilderness.  The Svalbard Islands are halfway between Norway and the North Pole.  Relatively little precipitation falls on the islands, but it does get foggy.  The weather can shift very quickly.  In the summer, the average temperature is around 43 degrees.

New York Daily News

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