Thursday, January 23, 2014

Part time job offer that has some teeth to it. Wanted: crocodile response agents

People  leading a safe and predictable life who are looking for a novel and exciting job challenge with a definite edge to it might be interested in this employment offer. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is putting out a call for people who are interested in working with crocodiles. Not exactly working with the crocs since humans don't usually work with the lizards unless you're a Steve Irwin and the like. Let's say...sort-of along side.

According to the blurb in the SunSentinel newspaper in south Florida, crocodile numbers are increasing and are putting in appearances in local canals, back yards and golf courses from the Florida Keys to the Palm Beach County. Not exactly the type of creature you want to encounter while hoeing your garden or teeing off on a golf green. It's  is a part-time position, which doesn't require experience although some contact dealing with crocodiles is preferred, and applicants must have a willingness to learn how to handle the sharp-toothed lizards.

"So stop beating around the bush and tell us about the job, Eleanor!"

The job description, which calls for those hired to re-locate nuisance crocodiles that meander into human territory, pays $25 per hour and offers outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to work outdoors. Those hired will work in Miami-Dade County and the Upper Keys where the crocs are making frequent appearances. The position also requires a person who is none-confrontational and low key given that they will be dealing with humans who will not be pleased to learn that they may have to learn to live with appearances by the sharp-toothed lizards.

American crocodile numbers have risen from a low of 200 or so in the 1970s to about 2,000 today, with more of them roaming north from their core nesting areas in southern Everglades National Park and the Upper Florida Keys. Training will be provided one-on-one along side Florida Wildlife agents. How does one handle and re-locate crocodiles? Very carefully. A little bit of crocodile humor...

Those interested in applying - as exciting as this position is, I'll pass - email, using the subject line "crocodile response agent."

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