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Professional Bear Hugger Is An Actual Job In New Mexico

If you're in New Mexico or planning to move there, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is hiring for "conservation officers" or "professional bear huggers."

As good as this may sound, prospective applicants need to be able to hike in strenuous conditions and be courageous in order to crawl into bear dens and trust that their co-workers will keep them safe in the process.

“Not all law enforcement work is this glamorous, but we would love for you to join the team where you can have the experience of a lifetime,” the agency wrote in a job posting. 

The agency says it discourages people from crawling into bear dens, however. But there are times when it may be necessary.

“[A]ll the bears were handled safely under supervision,” the agency said, warning that their officers would “have a chat” with whoever decided to crawl into a bear den.

The job will also entail educating the public about wildlife and management. The ideal candidates will have a background in biological sciences, natural resources conservation, 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 across New Mexico,” an agency spokesperson told FOX Television Stations. “A sense of adventure is a must!” 

If you're still interested in the position, the deadline to apply is March 30.

Source: NY Post

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