Out of work? This week's most intriguing job offers.


Our economy is showing tepid signs of perking up. But even as the recession appears to be ending, a growing number of Americans will need of a plain ol' job.

That’s why each week Monitor staffers comb the job listings in search of interesting places to work. The most intriguing jobs we found this week are in Rome, Ga.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Hawthorne, Calif.; Logan, Utah; Canyonville, Ore.; Stephenville, Texas; and Cambridge, Mass.

Wondering what you’ll do with that doctorate in myrmecology? (Hint: the study of a particular insect that's black, red, or brown.) We’ve got you covered.

1. Twister operator
Employer: Not listed.
Wages/salary: $10 to $11 an hour.
Details: Manufacturer looking for experienced twister operator; must work rotating night shift. (For more information click here.)
Location: Rome, Ga. (pop. 35,176, median family income $46,163) has a bronze status of Romulus and Remus beneath a mother wolf. It was a gift in 1929 from Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.

2. Egg production supervisor
Employer: West Coast egg processing and supplying company
Wages/salary: Not listed.
Details: Supervise plant’s daily activities; experience in egg processing and grading required. (For more information click here.)
Location: Not listed.

3. Pet party consultant
Employer: Pampered Paw Gifts
Wages/salary: Up to 30 percent commission.
Details: Host home pet parties with friends to sell pet treats, toys, and gifts. (For more information click here.)
Location: N/A.

4. Ice cream sales representative
Employer: Velvet Ice Cream Co.
Wages/salary: Not listed.
Details: Locate potential partners and explore new opportunities. (For more information click here.)
Location: Fort Wayne, Ind. (pop. 251,591, median family income $53,977) has won the All America City award three times, this year for its outreach to refugees and improvement of local nature trails.

5. Vibracoustics and shock engineer
Employer: SpaceX
Wages/salary: Not listed.
Details: Perform vibration, shock, and acoustic analyses of launch vehicles for spacecraft manufacturer. (For more information click here.)
Location: Hawthorne, Calif., (pop. 92,455, median family income $43,409) was the childhood home of Marilyn Monroe.

6. Assistant beekeeper
Employer: Local beekeeper
Wages/salary: $9 an hour
Details: Assist main beekeeper with all beekeeping activities; work Monday through Saturday during harvest season. (For more information click here.)
Location: Logan, Utah (pop. 47,158, median family income $38,292) was named the safest metropolitan area in the country by Morgan Quitno publishing in 2007.

7. Narrow fabrics weave supervisor
Employer: Not listed.
Wages/salary: $47,000
Details: Modern fabric producer seeks experienced narrow fabrics and needle loom weave supervisor. (For more information click here.)
Location: Not listed.

8. Laundry expeditor
Employer: Seven Feathers Casino Resort
Wages/salary: Not listed.
Details: Pre-treat stains; pre-dry linens for proper ironing; monitor machines to detect malfunctions; wash laundry. (For more information click here.)
Location: Canyonville, Ore. (pop. 1,607, median family income $31,500) was two towns in its early days – North Canyonville and South Canyonville. But the latter never got a post office, and the two merged.

9. Mobile spray tan operator
Employer: Tan Yer Hide and Tone It Too
Wages/salary: $1,000 to $3,500 a month.
Details: Operate full-service day spa that travels to homes, hotels, or offices. (For more information click here.)
Location: Stephenville, Texas (pop. 14,921, median family income $40,115) got national attention in 2008 when many residents claimed to have seen Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). The Air Force later identified the flying objects as its F-16 fighter jets.

10. Global Ant Project postdoctoral fellow
Employer: Harvard University
Wages/salary: Not listed.
Details: Build and write ant species web pages; PhD in entomology required, with preferred background in myrmecology. (For more information click here.)
Location: Cambridge, Mass. (pop. 101,355, median family income $59,423) has nine “Sister Cities,” including ones in Portugal, Cuba, Armenia, and El Salvador.

– For last week’s offbeat listings click here.

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