Looking for a new job? Enjoy dealing with animals? See a list of unusual vacancies around the world and become amazed by the opportunities – both weird and cute.
1. Cat cuddler
Recently, a very curious vacancy in Dublin, Ireland, which dragged the attention of cat-lovers worldwide, has been open. Cats Veterinary Clinic announced an opening for a… cat cuddler. The clinic is looking for a “crazy cat person” with a “catitude”. This job also requires having gentle hands and ability to pet and stroke cats for a long time, talking to them and calming them down. Also, the successful candidate must know different types of purring, so basically, understand the cat language. On top of everything, the best candidate must have a qualification, which is recognized by the veterinary council of Ireland.
2. Dog groomer
You might have heard about grooming horses, but dog-grooming still sounds quite exotic. The main requirements are confidence with pets and passion for animals. Dog groomer visits the dogs and makes them look pretty. The procedure may include general hygienic care, such as clipping the nails and doing haircuts, or more complicated health-care procedure, where a special education is necessary.
3. Panda nanny
More jobs for professional cuddlers – China's Giant Panda Protection and Research Center invites caretakers, who would hang out with panda cubs and pet them. Some basic knowledge of pandas’ behavior is required. The cutest job ever is not very easy, as it requires you to feed the pandas, keep them clean and safe. And when panda cubs get older they become more naughty and mischievous. However, what can be more adorable than a baby panda?
4. Butterfly farmer
This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs, as you can start your butterfly farm at home! First, you have to arrange a place with right temperature and humidity control to raise your caterpillars, then another room to grow host plants your caterpillars can eat. And if you lack the knowledge, you can sign up for a special Butterfly College. To become a butterfly farmer you will also need special supplies and lots of time to devote. In some countries, like the USA, you will need a license to ship the butterflies. However, this unusual job may be very rewarding, especially if you like nature and vivid colors.
Another rewarding job is a hippotherapist. It is about helping people with psychological or physical problems to get better with a help of a horse. Horseback riding is an old known remedy from many disorders not cured by the traditional medicine.
One more job connected to horses is a jockey. You love horse riding so much that you cannot imagine life without it? Check equine job sites for vacancies or simply talk to people, who deal with horses. Who knows, maybe your way will lead from a volunteer horse groom to the award winning horse rider?
7. Crocodile and Alligator Wrangler
This dangerous job includes photographing crocos and gators for research and conservation purposes. In order to catch just one crocodile or gator usually takes the whole team of wrangles, because they’re very strong, powerful and dangerous animals. A crocodile can weigh about 2.600 pounds, and their teeth are pretty sharp – so, caution is in the first place. Wrangling a crocodile involves pinning, putting a wrapping tape or rope around its snout, and relocating the animal. So, if you are a lover of extreme jobs, this can be the right one!
8. Pet Detective
Yes, that’s right, this job really exists and we are not talking about the movie Ace Ventura with Jim Carrey. Maybe you’re curious what a pet detective exactly does… does he spy on animals or what? Well, pet detectives locate stolen and lost animals and then return them to the owner. What a happy ending!
9. Snake milking
Why would anyone do that, and what it means for God’s sake?! Crazy snake lovers actually do something very useful for humans. They extract snake venom for making antidotes. Antidotes are used in case if someone gets bitten by the snake. They are made from venom itself, so if someone is willing to extract it we must say that he is either crazy or brave.
10. Animal dentist
Believe it or not, this job includes dental interventions both on domestic and wild animals. Imagine you need to perform a root canal on a tiger or a lion… we wouldn’t like to be in this guy’s shoes! The hippo’s teeth in the following picture don’t look so tiny and harmless.
11. Ostrich babysitter
Maybe it sounds weird, but the only thing you need to do is sitting in a field and watching the ostrich. At the same time, you will enjoy nature, breathe the fresh air and look at beautiful landscapes. Ostrich babysitters are often hired by farms, zoos, and safari parks to make sure the birds stay out of mischief. You need to make sure that their territory is safe and that they’re not peaking each other. What a lovely job!
12. Sheep herding
This job can be one of the most valuable jobs of today! In Norway, it’s well paid and you don’t need to have any degree except the will and love for the animals. Looking at a flock of sheep with their lambs on a green pasture makes us feel peaceful and calm.
13. Animal stylist
There are pet owners who want their dogs or cats to look perfect. They don’t like to show them to the public until their hair is groomed, or if they are not dressed in the latest fashion. You need to know one thing – dressing up and hair doing of pets is not cheap at all! If you belong to this type of people, be ready to spend an average salary every month!