More Cool Jobs!

Welcome to the second edition of Cool Jobs Thursdays, the feature in which I turn my obsessive help-wanted perusing skills and ample time spent on the internet to public good. You know how when you chop all your hair off you can’t help but reach up to twirl your missing strands? That’s how job searching feels for me now that I’m working full time. Not only is it an anxious habit, ingrained over months of panic that I might blink and miss the perfect opportunity to finally be able to stop borrowing money from my younger brother, it’s also a sort of fun daydream fodder.

I’ll probably never get to be an exploration geologist, but who knows, maybe one of you can do that? (Totally email me if you can because I’d love to hear about it.) I have no desire to get back out in the infuriating world of job applications any time soon, but there’s certainly something attractive about imagining another life, another place, another set of responsibilities that would seem novel at first but grate on you over time. I mean, spelunking into caves with gold bursting out of the walls, which is what I probably incorrectly imagine an exploration geologist’s average day consists of, has to lose its charm sometime, right?

One of the issues surrounding unemployment levels in the United States right now is the fact that workers are largely unable to go where the jobs are. They’re tied to mortgages, or second earners with a stable income, and with student loans and credit card debts hanging over their heads, people aren’t as interested in taking risks to follow a lead. But if you are mobile, now is a great time to try for a major move. I personally think that everyone should apply for this librarian job in Alaska because doesn’t that just sound like the beginning of an amazing trashy romance novel? No library experience required!

However, if like me you’re sadly lacking in geologist street cred, and if you’re not in a position to move to the Great White North and whip your hair up into a sexy bun, here are some other recent postings that might interest you:

Budget Manager

The New York City Ballet Budget Manager will perform work in analyzing budgetary data and requests.  This position supports the annual budget process, preparation, development, monitoring, and reporting to various departments.  The budget manager is responsible for working with department managers related to financial issues, providing feedback in relation to the departments’ expenses, revenue contributions, and any potential variances in the budgeted costs. The incumbent is under the direction of the Controller.

Farmers Market Buyer’s Assistant

This is a full time position which provides direct, high level support to category manager/buyer, relieving them of clerical and administrative business detail. Typical work week is Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. but must be available for occasional weekend or evening hours as needed.

Education Specialist and Urban Advantage Liason

The Education Specialist will work with the Director of Professional Development, the Aquarium’s Manager of Education, and Education staff at the Aquarium to coordinate, integrate and expand the programs offered to middle school teachers and students on how to use the New York Aquarium to teach and learn science. The Education Specialist will also play a key role in maintaining WCS’s relationship with the six other science institutions and the Department of Education who are involved in the Urban Advantage Program. They will develop professional development opportunities at the New York Aquarium and implement courses for graduate and professional credit both online and in person.

Mid-Atlantic Policy Associate

AMC is seeking a talented and enthusiastic Policy Associate to enhance efforts to conserve the Highlands Region, specifically in Pennsylvania.  The Policy Associate will have proven grassroots organizing, campaign and outreach skills as well as a passion for the outdoors.  Reporting to the Mid Atlantic Policy Manager, this is a year-round full time exempt position with excellent benefits and a competitive salary.

Survey Archivist

History Associates has an immediate need for experienced Survey Archivists to serve as part of an extensive team to survey archival collections located throughout the National Park system, prepare processing plans for these materials, and assist in managing each plan’s implementation.

Business Travel Reporter

USA TODAY has an opening for an enterprising entry-level reporter to cover travel issues, especially those of interest to the business traveler, for online and print. Coverage includes: the airline, hotel, travel agency and rental car industries, and trends and developments in them that would be important to frequent travelers. The job requires critical thinking and solid reporting skills to spot trends, break stories, and explain issues.

Coordinator of Volunteer Services

Interlochen Center for the Arts (ICA) seeks to fill the Coordinator of Volunteer Services position in the Presentations Department.  Position is part-time, non-seasonal 20 hr/wk, summer 40 hr/wk.   Reporting to the Director of Interlochen Presents, the Coordinator of Volunteer Services oversees the 450-member organization that annually contributes over 15,000 hours in areas including concert ushering, costume shop, scene shop, admissions, and dining services.

Associate Sound Designer

Seeking a talented Associate Sound Designer in the Los Angeles, CA office. This opportunity is best suited for a supreme online gamer (ideally LoL) who is highly creative and excels at working with others. You must be able to remain positive and work effectively in a team oriented environment.

Women Veterans Employment and Services Specialist

This position supports Veterans who are homeless and seeking employment. The Veterans Employment Specialist is responsible for all areas of employment support, including career exploration, employment preparation, assistance with finding employment and job retention. This position will work closely with other service providers to coordinate services and ensure ongoing supports. May also be responsible for assisting individuals with case management needs such as housing, recovery, health or mental health treatment.

Book Digitizer

Internet Archive is a non-profit organization working with 80+ world-class universities and libraries to create the world’s largest digital open-source library. We are seeking the right individual to lead our new book scanning center in Sacramento, CA.

Gorilla Caregiver/Research Assistant

We are seeking a highly dedicated, experienced, and qualified individual (who also has a sense of humor and significant animal care and/or research experience and skills) to join our team as a full-time Gorilla Caregiver/Research Assistant. Candidates should be service-oriented with an attitude of loving kindness toward all life forms and interested in making a contribution to great ape research, education and conservation (with great ape broadly defined to include humans as well as gorillas, bonobos, orangutans and chimpanzees).

Storytelling and Theater Teaching Artist

The First Edition Teaching Artist will facilitate in-school elementary programs in San Francisco and provide arts integration coaching to classroom teachers. Workshops improve students’ critical thinking and writing skills using storytelling, theatre, creative writing and the visual arts. We’re seeking a bold, creative leader with a deep connection with Streetside Stories’ mission.

Campaign Researcher

UNITE HERE! is currently recruiting a full-time Campaign Researcher to conduct industry and corporate research, and develop and implement strategic campaigns in support of the Union’s vigorous organizing program in the California Indian Gaming industry. The Campaign Researcher will also support the ongoing work for stronger contracts that provide for safer working conditions, fair workloads and improvements in wages and benefits.


Democracy Now! is a daily, non-profit, national, independent news hour based in New York City. Democracy Now’s archive manages collections of books, photographs, artifacts and audiovisual materials such as field recordings, oral histories, interviews, and stock footage from the 1980s to today. The Democracy Now! Archivist collects, organizes, archives, preserves, and makes accessible all media collections used by the production team to make our daily, hour-long, live television news broadcast possible. The archivist is required to design and implement workflows and tailor archival operations to efficiently serve the production and dissemination of Democracy Now content. S/he must be a creative problem-solver, adept at multi-tasking, and responsive to pace of a news environment.

Research Assistant

The German Historical Institute, an independent institute working at the forefront of historical research in the US and Germany, is seeking a part-time research assistant (20 hours per week) for its project Transatlantic Perspectives: Europe in the Eyes of European Immigrants to the United States, 1940-1980.

Engaging Men Advocate

Under the direction of AWARE’s Prevention Manager participate in the development of the statewide Alaska Men Choose Respect program.

Foreclosure Prevention Attorney

The Connecticut Fair Housing Centeris a statewide nonprofit organization which promotes fair housing. The Center’s core mission is to ensure that all of Connecticut’s residents have access to the housing of their choice. In response to the current foreclosure crisis, the Center has expanded its core anti-discrimination work to include foreclosure prevention. For the last several years, we have devoted a portion of the organization’s staff and monetary resources to providing legal assistance to the thousands of Connecticut residents faced with losing their homes to foreclosure. The Center seeks an attorney who will assist in these efforts.

Communications Associate

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is seeking a full-time Communications Associate to do writing and media relations. The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree, experience in journalism, communications or advocacy and excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills. A strong commitment to church-state separation is essential.

Waste Prevention Specialist

CET is looking for a full time qualified candidate to support CET’s mission through waste reduction and recycling education, recycling services, program administration with towns, businesses and the public.

Exhibitions Gardener

This is a full-time position. The Exhibitions Gardener will work under the supervision of the Associate Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions and foreman to propagate, develop and maintain a diversity of plants grown for all EAHC Exhibitions in the Nolen Greenhouses, and also to install, de-install, and maintain all the plant material on display in the EAHC Exhibitions.

Environmental Scientist

The Mount Holyoke College Environmental Studies Department invites applications for a tenure-track position in environmental science to begin Fall 2012. Area of research specialty should explore biotic and abiotic aspects of environmental systems and may include biogeochemistry, global environmental change, earth systems science, ecotoxicology, soil science, science and sustainability, etc. Applicants should be both trained and interested in interdisciplinary field-based approaches. The hired applicant will be expected to employ this interdisciplinary approach in teaching and in an active research program that involves undergraduates. Teaching responsibilities include: participation in an interdisciplinary introductory course; development and teaching of intermediate and advanced courses in environmental science; and occasional facilitation of the department’s capstone senior seminar. A Ph.D. is required, and post-doctoral research, teaching, or mentoring experience is desirable.

Listener Services Associate

New York Public Radio (NYPR) seeks a Listener Services Associate to provide NYPRs Sustaining Gift Members with a timely, professional response to inquiries and comments. Work towards achieving department mission to strengthen the relationship between New York Public Radio and its listeners and members through excellent customer service. Sustaining Gift Members donate on a monthly and perpetual basis; this associate is the first line of contact for these loyal members.

Associate Editor – Weddings

The Huffington Post has an immediate opening for an Associate Editor for the soon-to-be-launched Weddings vertical. With a focus on news, opinion, and advice about weddings and marriage, the vertical will serve both as an indispensable practical resource and a hub of high-low analysis about the state of marriage today. While the vertical will primarily target brides and grooms-to-be, it will also appeal to a wider audience, with articles that parse the joys, challenges, and most up-to-the-minute research about contemporary married life.

And last, but far from least in entertainment value there are these delightful postings all over Craigslist:

GPC Missions is recruiting one Area Director for each city in the United States of America. After quickly assembling over 4000 members in all 50 states (in just 3 weeks), we now need individuals who would like to help us find and give peace to struggling children in their communities. God is leading our mission to levels we did not think possible.

GPC Missions — Our mission is simply… “Giving Peace to Children”
An Area Director will be the exclusive Director for all GPC Missions in their hometown.

Duties will involve:
“‹Keeping your eyes and ears open for children and young families in need.
Being the “hands of Jesus” to these children by delivering our tangible support to them. We will send supplies to you & let you make the personal delivery as the representative of GPC.
“‹Spreading the good word. . ..
If you have a heart for children, want to be the hands & feet of Jesus, and would like to make a difference, while earning some extra income as well, then there is likely a reason you stopped to read this opportunity.

This is a very real, direct, and grass-roots mission to seek out and help struggling children everywhere!

For more information, visit us at
Help us make a difference in the lives of those children who are in your home town. If you have an interest, please respond now to

You will receive a 20% commission on all sponsorships.

You know, if you are interested in being the hands of Jesus for a 20% commission. Seems legit, yeah?

I also leave you with some resume advice from the very cool and very funny healywu, who says:

Abandon all modesty and self loathing, ye who look for jobs that are almost good enough for you!

Feel free to add your own advice and experiences in the comments, and don’t forget to check out Adventures in Hiring from our very own pileofmonkeys!

Need a job? Have a job that needs a doer? Email me at!

By (e)Kelsium

Kelsium lives in Southern California with her partner and collection of almost (almost!) kill-proof plants. She enjoys the beaches, but finds the lack of acceptable bagels distressing. She considers herself an expert in red lipstick and internet rage.

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