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


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.

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.

5. Grind engineer
Employer: RBC Bearings
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Must possess hands on experience with surface grind operations and strong background in grind theory. (For more information click here.)
Location: Houston (pop. 1,953,631, median family income $40,443) residents dine out more than any other major city’s – an average of 4.2 meals out per week, according to Zagat Survey.

6. Hurricane modeler
Employer: Science Applications International Corp.
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Seeks applicant with experience in numerically modeling tropical cyclone forecasts. (For more information click here.)
Location: Camp Springs, Md., (pop. 17,968, median family income $76,495) is adjacent to Andrews Air Force Base, which was first used by the military when Union troops occupied a small country church there. The chapel is still used today, for worship.

7. Special-effects artist
Employer: Edge of Reality
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Animate games with expert-level skills in 3-D graphics, particularly with cloth, hair, fur, flashes, explosions, rain, moving water, fire, and smoke simulations. (For more information click here.)
Location: Austin, Texas (pop. 656,562, median family income $54,091) is at the bend of the Colorado river. The color of the silt in the water led explorers to give the river this Spanish name for “red.”

8. Cookie mixer
Employer: Main Street Gourmet
Wages/salary: $10 to $11 an hour
Details: Responsible for all aspects of making cookie pucks; combine raw ingredients to make dough; use depositor to form dough into select sizes. (For more information click here.)
Location: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, (pop. 49,374, median family income $52,372) and Northampton township became in 1986 the first two communities in the state to merge by voter approval.

9. Industrial embroider operator
Employer: Not listed
Wages/salary: $10 to $11 an hour
Details: Seeking applicant experienced with industrial embroidering; machines run up to 10 needles. (For more information click here.)
Location: Orem, Utah (pop. 84,324, median family income $51,214) calls itself "Family City USA."

10. Game presentation intern
Employer: Minnesota Timberwolves
Wages/salary: College credit
Details: Assist game-day setup of banners, cannon streamers, on-court props, giveaways, out-of-town scores, on-court promotions, the national anthem, on-court contests, crunch halftimes, t-shirt gun, and other in-arena game-night activities. (For more information click here.)
Location: Minneapolis (pop. 382,618, median family income $48,602) is the largest city in the state that boasts of having more golfers per capita than any other. [Editor's note: Thank you to Derek for pointing out that Saint Paul is the capital city of this great state, not Minneapolis, as was stated in any earlier version.]

– For last week’s offbeat listings click here.

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