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Job hunting? This week’s unusual openings.

By / May 21, 2009

Job hunters search for employment information online at the New York Public Library.



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

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The most intriguing jobs we found this week are in Honolulu; Nashville, Tenn.; Center, Texas; Gresham, Ore.; Round Rock, Texas; Reno, Nev.; Lake Mills, Iowa; Paris, Ill.; and Laramie, Wyo.

1. Submarine planner/weapons systems
Employer: Perot Systems government services
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Provide engineering, technical, and program management support associated with the maintenance and operation of the torpedo tubes and weapons systems onboard SSN 688 Class Submarines. (For more information click here.)
Location: Honolulu (pop. 359,694; median family income $70,686), where President Barack Obama attended high school, is the state capital whose name in native Hawaiian means “sheltered bay” or “place of shelter.”

2. Elephant keeper
Employer: Nashville Zoo
Wages/salary: $9/hour
Details: Responsible for daily maintenance of hold and exhibit areas, with public speaking and tour presentation responsibilities. (For more information click here.)
Location: Nashville, Tenn. (pop. 545,524; median family income,$48,448) wears its reputation as Music City well, but the city’s largest industry is actually healthcare.

3. Car hopper/skater
Employer: Sonic Drive-In
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Serve patrons at their cars for franchise that seeks to recreate the drive-in diner feel of the 1950s. (For more information click here.)
Location: Center, Texas, (pop. 5,678; median family income $31,699) is practically in Louisiana, at the far eastern edge of the Lone Star State.

4. Urban forestry planner
Employer: City of Gresham, Ore.
Wages/salary: $55,356 to $70,656
Details: Responsible for development and management of a comprehensive plan that addresses tree issues faced by the city. (For more information click here.)
Location: Gresham, Ore. (pop. 101,537; median family income $54,345) is the state’s fourth-largest city, or, if you prefer, Portland’s largest suburb, with a well-maintained historic district.

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