Job hunting? This week's unusual openings.


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

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.

5. Itinerant Alaska school counselor
Employer: Yukon-Koyukuk School District
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Must travel extensively to develop a personal education program for each K-12 pupil, assist in maintaining graduation requirements, and work with students applying to colleges and job training organizations. (Click here for more information.)
Location: Nulato, Alaska (pop. 302) is part of the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area (median family income $26,944), which is the least densely populated, county-type territory in the US.

6. Sport dietitian
Employer: US Olympic Committee
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Provide individual athlete nutrition coaching/counseling on the performance menus at US Olympics training centers. (Click here for more information.)
Location: Colorado Springs, Colo. (pop. 376,427; median family income $60,131), at the base of the Rocky Mountains near Pikes Peak, was ranked the nation’s best big city by CNN/Money in 2006.

7. Air-quality specialist
Employer: City of Rapid City, S.D.
Wages/salary: $36,545 to $55,598
Details: Enforces and manages city/county air-quality programs through inspections, investigations, and managing of databases. (Click here for more information.)
Location: Rapid City, S.D. (pop. 59,607; median family income $50,650), the second-largest city in the state, is known as the gateway to the Black Hills.

8. Residential solar consultant
Employer: REC Solar
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Produce sales orders by convincing customers of the merits of the financial, technical, and/or environmental properties of a solar system. (Click here for more information.)
Location: Palm Springs, Calif., (pop. 43,800; median family income $52,604) is known for its spas and golf courses. During the winter, people with second homes swell the population by as much as 30,000.

9. Structural historian
Employer: West Virginia Division of Highways
Wages/salary: $2,735 to $5,094 a month
Details: Works in the highway department’s Engineering Division to identify significant elements in architecture and analyze them to determine their historic value. Makes determinations of eligibility for the National Register of Historic places. (Click here for more information.)
Location: Charleston, W.Va., (pop. 53,421; median family income $43,525) is the capital and largest city in the state.

10. College police chief
Employer: Georgia Southern University
Wages/salary: Commensurate with experience
Details: Plans, organizes, and directs activities of the Division of Public Safety for a campus of more than 16,000 students. Responsible for police services, criminal investigations, and environmental safety. (Click here for more information.)
Location: Statesboro, Ga., (pop. 22,698; median family income $35,391), in Georgia’s southeastern agricultural region, is home to Wal-Mart’s largest distribution center.

To look at last week's job openings, click here.

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