Help Wanted: Polar Bear Spotter on a Norwegian Island

Apply now if you love polar bears and can stand still for long periods of time.

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A mother polar bear plays with two of her three cubs at the Moscow Zoo on March 22, 2012.

Want to work in the great outdoors? Comfortable around bears? Norway may have the job for you.

The governor’s office on The Svalbard Islands –located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole – is looking for a polar bear spotter. The role involves standing guard and warning research teams working on the island about approaching polar bears. The Svalbard Islands boast a polar bear population of 3,000, while human inhabitants on the island only number 2,400.

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Requirements for the position — which begins July 8th when temperatures can reach a balmy 42 degrees — include outdoor experience, keen eyesight, and firearm expertise, although it is unlikely you will have to use a gun, so long as you have a loud voice to scare off bears.

The Svalbard archipelago hosts one of the only populations of polar bears that is still growing. Elsewhere around the world, polar bear populations have been hard hit by global warming with their habitats rapidly decreasing or disappearing altogether as Arctic ice melts. In fact, no other animal seems to be such a direct victim of climate change, which is one reason why the polar bear has emerged as the symbol of climate change.

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30 comments
butunay.hagverdiyev
butunay.hagverdiyev

I had 18 month in military service. Had many accidents with wild animals and never used a weapon against. But shooting targets in military was one of the best I could do. So I'm not going to kill bears because I know how to fright wild animals with shouting and I do love them. But In case of real attack I can shoot well. So how to apply? If now is late so may be for next year?

davidliux
davidliux

is the jobs still available for the year 2014? If do please email me, I want to help the bears and wish can have a wonderful experience with the nature. 

davidliux@hotmail.com


This is my email address, please email me. thanks.

triaaa
triaaa

Good evening,

I just want to ask if is there any chanse for that beautifull job.I think that i have several characterictists which can be very good for my job application.Therefore i was in Croatian army 10 months so i can juse the guns(2 months in war),i love being in nature and I adore animals.

Pleas contact ma on my email I hope soon.

   Thanks

jhonpoul_paras@yahoo.com.ph
jhonpoul_paras@yahoo.com.ph

Job Application-Polar Bear Spotter or any vacant.

Good morning
I'am a foreigner who live in the Philippines and looking for a different kind of job on your Country specially on your Company. Below is my contact reference:

Hoping for your consideration, thank you very much & best regards:

Rajesh
Rajesh

I have  VERY loud voice, I have good eyesight and am willing to do anything to get this position. Where do I apply?

reply me:-  raj.sapkota8gmail.com



corky88
corky88

very interested : clementr54@hotmail.fr

pokermanmx2013
pokermanmx2013

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pokermanmx2013

hola como quiero saber cual sera el nuevo sistema operativo de windows 

gysbertusj
gysbertusj

I have firearm training and a VERY loud voice, I have good eyesight and am willing to do anything to get this position. Where do I apply?

GlenBernas
GlenBernas

Hello,


I was just there in February and would love to go back and do this.  How do you apply?


Glen Bernas

Bernas.Glen@gmail.com


milansmi3
milansmi3

Dream job. Where to apply? :)

chulookin
chulookin

58k american per year is twice as good as i get here, i will do the job for less then anyone so hire me. I live in Nanaimo Canada and you can ask me for particulars through facebook. Mark Nieuwejaar just message me through facebook because i view facebook as spam I even have Norwegien money on me so lets get going on this o.k.?

JoshFoster
JoshFoster

I would love to do this. My name is josh foster. Facebook.com/smilephoto1

Dennis41
Dennis41

where do you apply..or see what the pay is..and how long the job is


RjErickson
RjErickson

i'm retired - i have plenty of time. why not contact me? thanks ...

Al Burnop
Al Burnop

love to, but its too far away

RegCliff
RegCliff

Before considering this job first Google the phrase 'Mum, the bear is eating me! 

Talk about Gruesome...

Andrew 'Andy' Thomas
Andrew 'Andy' Thomas

be sure to hide your toothpaste, when they smell or eat it they get very energetic, aggressive and sometimes horny so it'll try to have sex with you before it eats you :p

gysbertusj
gysbertusj

If you should wish to contact me: gysbertusj@gmail.com

Svilen
Svilen

@gysbertusj  hi , my name is Svilen Vasilev from Bulgaria. I have served in the Army for 18 months. I do love animals , and I am interested in that job offer. You can contact me if you wish so on my e mail; clearmind73@abv.bg