New Mexico is seeking “professional bear huggers” for new job openings
If you’re looking for a new job, live in the Southwest and list one of your skills on your resume as “bear hugging”, a new opportunity has arrived.
On Monday, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announced it was hiring conservation officers, or “professional bear huggers.”
While the job posting’s description might have raised some eyebrows, the agency says interested applicants must be able to hike in “strenuous” conditions and be brave enough to crawl into bear dens and trust their peers enough to support them protect during the process.
“Not all law enforcement work is glamorous, but we’d love for you to join the team for the experience of a lifetime,” the agency wrote in a job posting.
The agency stressed that it does not recommend crawling in bear dens, noting that the released images are part of a research project in northern New Mexico.
“[A]All bears were safely handled under supervision,” the agency said, warning its officials would have “a chat” with anyone who decided to crawl into a bear den.
The task also includes educating the public about wildlife and management. Applicants must have a background in life sciences, conservation of natural resources, or a related field.
“Conservation officer candidates must have a positive attitude, a strong work ethic and the ability to work independently and as part of a team in remote locations throughout New Mexico,” an agency spokesman told FOX Television Stations. “You have to have a thirst for adventure!”
Applications for this position are possible until March 30th.