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Jobless? Here are 10 intriguing offers.

By / June 11, 2009

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Some 601,000 Americans filed claims for jobless benefits last week, the US Labor Department reported Thursday. That's the lowest level since January, but 55 percent higher than a year ago.

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In our effort to help, Monitor staffers comb the job listings each week in search of interesting places to work. The most intriguing jobs we found this week are in New Orleans; Indianapolis; East Lansing, Mich.; Garfield, N.J.; Hartford, Conn.; SeaTac, Wash.; Nashville, Tenn.; New York City; Wallington, N.J.; and Mobile, Ala.

In times like these, after all, who wouldn't want to be a comic book coordinating editor – or work in one of America's five most polite cities?

Read on:

1. Pile-driving crane operator
Employer: Cabildo Services
Wages/salary: $22 to $25 an hour
Details: Participate in the rebuilding of New Orleans and surrounding area by driving piles up to 140-feet long. River and barge experience a must. (For more information click here.)
Location: New Orleans (pop. 301,016; median family income $43,661) has roared back as a major tourist destination, attracting 7.6 million visitors last year.

2. Indoor water park aquatics director
Employer: Caribbean Cover Indoor Water Park
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Supervise and train all park staff, including lifeguards, at Indiana’s only indoor water park, a 50,000-square foot recreational facility connected to a 344-room Holiday Inn. Also inspect pump room for mechanical defects and ensure chemicals are within legal limits. (For more information click here.)
Location: Indianapolis (pop. 790,815; median family income $52,916) is considered second to only Washington in the number of memorials devoted to fallen soldiers and public servants. The 284-foot Soldiers’ & Sailor’s Monument at the heart the downtown is the most famous.

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