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Job hunting? This week's unusual openings.

By / April 16, 2009



Every week, Monitor staffers comb the job listings in search of interesting places to work.

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The 10 most intriguing jobs we found this week are in Urbana-Champaign, Ill., Sparks, Nev., Wilton, N.D., Bloomington, Minn., Nulato, Alaska, Colorado Springs, Colo., Rapid City, S.D., Palm Springs, Calif., Charleston, W.Va., and Statesboro, Ga.

1. Assistant director for fraternity and sorority affairs
Employer: University of Illinois
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Assist in advising the fraternity and sorority councils and member chapters in program development in the areas of academic achievement, diversity and social justice, philanthropy, community service, membership recruitment, leadership development, and risk management. (Click here for more information.)
Location: Urbana-Champaign, Ill., (pop. 114,741; median family income $57,439 in Champaign) is considered a hub of the Silicon Prairie because of the presence of technology and software companies.

2. Armored car driver/guard
Employer: The Brink’s Company
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Load and unload the armored vehicle; guard the Messenger during the actual delivery or pick up of valuables at a customer’s location. Must qualify for a firearm permit. (Click here for more information.)
Location: Sparks, Nev. (pop. 89,449; median family income $50,029), basically a twin city of Reno, was where pioneers in the mid-19th century traded in tired cattle for fresh animals for the final push over the Sierra Madre.

3. Wind technician
Employer: NextEra Energy Resources LLC
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Perform regular preventative maintenance and repair on wind turbine generators, including lubrication, alignments, and torque checks. (Click here for more information.)
Location: Wilton, N.D. (pop. 807; median family income $39,063), a melting pot for Ukrainians, Germans, and Scandanavians, has “40 friendly businesses,” including an embroidery shop and the Fiddlestix Café, according to the mayor.

4. Character skit performer
Employer: Mall of America
Wages/salary: $9.71 an hour
Details: Seasonal job requires wearing a full-body costume while portraying and expressing the emotions of various Nickelodeon characters. (Click here for more information.)
Location: Bloomington, Minn., (pop. 80,869; median family income $50,046) often considered a bedroom community for the Twin Cities, reportedly has more jobs per capita than either of its neighbors.

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