Job hunting? This week's unusual openings


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

The eight most intriguing jobs we found this week are in Greensboro, Vt.; Salt Lake City; Albion, N.Y.; Oakland, Calif.; Ridgeland, S.C.; Seattle; Palatka, Fla.; and Columbia, Md.

1. Circus tour wardrobe supervisor
Employer: Circus Smirkus
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Plan for the safe and efficient storage and transport of costumes while on tour; launder, dry, and iron all costumes on a daily basis or as needed. (Click here for more information.)
Location: Greensboro, Vt., (pop. 770; median family income $45,000) is headquarters for the circus, including the summer Big Top Tour. Circus Smirkus is a nonprofit group that trains 10- to 18-year-olds in the circus arts.

2. Ice cream maker
Employer: Dreyer’s
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Set up, monitor, adjust, and service equipment as necessary to maintain product, quality, and safety specifications. (Click here for more information.)
Location: Salt Lake City (pop. 180,651; median family income $44,120) sits in the northeast corner of the Salt Lake Valley. Winter ski resorts in the area receive 500 inches of snow annually.

3. Main Street program manager
Employer: Downtown Albion (N.Y.) Revitalization Team
Wages/salary: $30,000 to $40,000
Details: Responsible for coordinating a three-year grant focused on the revitalization of historic downtown. (Click here for more information.)
Location: Albion, N.Y., (pop. 8,042; median family income $39,281) is on the Erie Canal route through western New York.

4. Railroad carman
Employer: Amtrak
Wages/salary: $23.87 an hour
Details: Responsible for the turnaround maintenance of Surfliner, Superliner, and California Cars. (Click here for more information.)
Location: Oakland, Calif. (pop. 397,067; median family income $$54,191) is the fourth busiest container port in the US and the commercial hub of the East Bay.

5. Scalehouse attendant
Employer: Waste Management
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Operate computerized scale at landfill facility; provide assistance to customers entering the facility; and complete statistical reports. (Click here for more information.)
Location: Ridgeland, S.C. (pop. 2,591; median family income $38,047) is the state’s newest waterfront town and a short drive from Hilton Head Island, a popular tourist destination.

6. Military sealift command pumpman
Employer: Military Sealift Fleet Support Command
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Performs work necessary for the safe and proper operation of liquid cargo transfer system. Repairs and rebuilds valves, pumps, and tubes. (Click here for more information.)
Location: Seattle (pop. 594,210; median family income $70,133) is known for its many coffee shops, including the headquarters of the Starbucks chain.

7. Water user analyst
Employer: St. Johns River Water Management District
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Perform complex geospatial/geostatistical analyses to assist in the development of projections of water use and population. (Click here for more information.)
Location: Palatka, Fla. (pop. 10,804; median family income $26,076), is notable for its unchanged, small-town, Southern rural culture. Its inland location means hot, 90-degree days are common from April to October.

8. Visual merchandising coordinator
Employer: L.L. Bean
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Responsible for bringing the company’s “catalog to life” in a new store by supporting corporate merchandising and communications strategies through linkages with advertising, promotions, and product development. (Click here for more information.)
Location: Columbia, Md. (pop. 88,254; median family income $94,966) is an early planned community, opened in 1967 with the intent of eliminating economic and racial divisions. It’s roughly halfway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

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