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Job hunting? This week's Top 10 intriguing offers.

By Taylor BarnesContributor / September 3, 2009



There might be a glimmer of good news on the employment front. Fewer US workers filed for first-time unemployment benefits this week than last. Or, well, kind of.

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Since we want to see those green shoots of recovery really take off, each week Monitor staffers search the job listings looking for interesting places to work. The most intriguing jobs we found this week are in Onsted, Mich.; Oakland, Calif.; Hudson, N.Y.; Topeka, Kan.; Houston; Camp Springs, Md.; Austin, Texas; Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Orem, Utah; and Minneapolis.

Think you're well-versed in grind theory? We know someone who’s looking for you.

1. Honey bottle filler
Employer: Not listed.
Wages/salary: $7.50 an hour.
Details: Stand for long periods of time. (For more information click here.)
Location: Onsted, Mich., (pop. 993, median family income $52,500) has about 15 percent more women than men.

2. Concrete recycle screen picker
Employer: URS
Wages/salary: Not listed.
Details: Pull debris from screen on crusher plant; assist in the maintenance of crushing equipment; dust control. (For more information click here.)
Location: Oakland, Calif., (pop. 399,484, median family income $44,384) was settled in 1200 BC by Indians known as the “Ohlone.”

3. Nuisance wildlife-control operator
Employer: Catseye Pest Control
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Seeks candidate with at least 10 years of trapping experience with squirrels, raccoons, bats, woodchucks, skunks, and more. (For more information click here.)
Location: Hudson, N.Y., (pop. 7,524, median family income $27,594) was in the top 25 largest US cities – in 1790.

4. Pet-food taste technology senior scientist
Employer: Hill’s Pet Nutrition
Wages/salary: Not listed.
Details: Promote development of palatability solutions for dry and wet products; expertise in flavor analytical chemistry preferred; PhD required. (For more information click here.)
Location: Topeka, Kan., (pop. 122,377, median family income $45,803) means "a good place to dig potatoes" in several Native American languages. But city founder Fry W. Giles said settlers liked the name because it had three syllables with alternating vowels and was easy to pronounce.

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