Unemployed? This week's offbeat openings.


The number of Americans on unemployment rolls has dropped for the first time in three months, the Labor Department reported Thursday. But that may simply mean that people's benefits are running out – not that they're finding jobs.

In our attempt to help, Monitor staffers every week comb the job listings in search of interesting places to work. The most intriguing openings we found this week are in Jeffersonville, Ind; Las Vegas; Boise, Idaho; Louisville, Ky.; Atlanta; Nampa, Idaho; Belle Chasse, La.; Fargo, N.D.; Key Biscayne, Fla.; and Coventry, R.I.

You could make a career in cheese. Read on:

1. Scissor-lift driver/cherry picker
Employer: Manpower
Wages/salary: $10 an hour
Details: Work in a warehouse environment, driving a scissor lift, forklift, or cherry picker as needed. (For more information click here.)
Location: Jeffersonville, Ind. (pop. 26,328; median family income $53,531) is named for President Thomas Jefferson, who suggested a checkerboard development pattern for the city that hugs the Ohio river across from Louisville.

2. Urban sustainabililty librarian
Employer: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Tenure-track faculty position will serve as library liaison to the campus-wide urban sustainability research initiative. Job holder addresses the information needs of the project to integrate sustainability into the values, policies, and practices of both the university and the community. (For more information click here.)
Location: Las Vegas (pop. 558,892; median family income $61,942) is home to 17 of the 20 largest US hotels.

3. Brand protection analyst
Employer: MarkMonitor
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Offer comprehensive solutions and services that safeguard brands, reputation, and revenue from online risks. (For more information click here.)
Location: Boise, Idaho (pop. 204,777; median family income $63,209) is located on a high desert plain against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

4. KFC instructional designer
Employer: KFC
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Lead the development of training programs and curriculum to provide functional proficiency for KFC restaurant teams. (For more information click here.)
Location: Louisville, Ky. (pop. 256,231; median family income $36,696) is famous as the home of Muhammad Ali and Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby is held each spring.

5. Kitchen mechanic
Employer: Omni Hotel at CNN Center
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Maintain commercial kitchen equipment, including making repairs to plumbing and appliances. (For more information click here.)
Location: Atlanta (pop. 416,474; median family income $37,271) enjoys the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the US.

6. Whey supervisor
Employer: Lactalis American Group, Inc.
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Ensure quality and quantity of some of North America’s most popular cheese brands, including Sorrento and Rondele. Make decisions regarding the day’s production run and troubleshoot equipment. (For more information click here.)
Location: Nampa, Idaho (pop. 51,867; median family income $39,434), which is 20 minutes west of Boise, sits near the Idaho-Oregon border in a desert area that averages only a foot of rain a year.

7. Marine clamshell dredge operator
Employer: The Bean Companies
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Work on marine dredges, using a knowledge of bucket operations. Also assist in general deck and mooring operations. (For more information click here.)
Location: Belle Chasse, La. (pop. 9,848; median family income $52,064) is part of the greater New Orleans metropolitan area. The origin of the name is in dispute: Some think Belle Chasse was named for the diverse wildlife French settlers discovered there, while others contend it was named for a French colonel.

8. Apprentice glass installer
Employer: Locally owned glazing company
Wages/salary: $10 to $16 an hour
Details: Install windows and skylights; assess levelness and verticality; cut and shape glass. (For more information click here.)
Location: Fargo, N.D., (pop. 92,660; median family income $60,728) is home to the Plains Art Museum, the largest in the state with more than 3,000 works in its permanent collection.

9. Uniform room attendant
Employer: Cintas
Wages/salary: $9 an hour
Details: Manage the daily activities of a uniform room for a professional uniform vendor. (For more information click here.)
Location: Key Biscayne, Fla., (pop. 9,797; median family income $107,610) is an island south of Miami Beach with a park on both its northern and southern ends.

10. Tank lining applicator
Employer: Neptune-Benson, Inc.
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Apply knowledge of polyurethane lining and high-pressure machine operation to various surfaces for a manufacturer of water filtration systems. (For more information click here.)
Location: Coventry, R.I., (pop. 33,668; median family income $60,315) is believed to have been christened by settlers from the English city by the same name.

– For last week’s offbeat listings, click here.

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