Wanted: Polar bear spotter on Norwegian islands

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Associated Press

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 30 at 8:04 AM

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Do you enjoy the outdoors and have strong vocal cords? If so, Norway might have a summer job for you: three weeks in the Arctic wilderness spotting polar bears.

The governor's office on the remote northern islands of Svalbard is seeking a polar bear spotter to warn researchers doing projects in the region.

The job starts July 8 and also requires previous experience with the outdoors, good polar bear spotting skills and a competence with firearms. But Helge Solli from the governor's office says the successful candidate likely won't have to use a gun "just as long as they have a loud voice" to scare off any bears.

There are an estimated 3,000 polar bears in the Svalbard archipelago, which has a human population of about 2,400.

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