J. Money over at Budgets Are Sexy has put together a great list of crazy jobs that we frugal folk have held over the years. My days as a dishroom girl in a dorm cafeteria are chronicled, along with plenty of other good jobs that will either make you grateful for your 9 – 5 or make you want to think outside the box and find creative employment. One of my friends had a job a few years ago that involved finding dead sheep for the Division of Wildlife. She lives in a rural mountain area, and when bears kill sheep, the ranchers are entitled to a payment from the DOW. But they were having problems with excessive claims, so they hired my friend to verify that bears had killed the sheep in question. Ranchers would find the dead sheep, report them to the DOW with GPS coordinates. Then my friend would head out with her GPS, trekking over the mountains to find the dead sheep and verify that they had been killed by bears (yes, she had to go through a class to learn how to determine if a sheep had been killed by a bear). I think she got $150 per sheep, and basically got paid to go hiking, although there was quite a bit of bushwacking involved. Apparently bears don’t stick to the hiking trails.
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