Wanted: Polar Bear Spotter – Thinking outside the box in a job search

So you may be separating from the military and wondering where your military career fits in the civilian world. Very often your career doesn’t fit neatly into a civilian career field unless they are working for the military or in another government agency.

In those cases, focus on your skills, see how they fit into other career fields, and think outside the box when looking for jobs. We found this job posting on the Associated Press web site.

800px-Polar_Bear_-_AlaskaWanted: Polar bear spotter on Norwegian islands

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.

While this job may not be attractive to some, break it down into how your skills fit their required skills. I know as military members we all have competence with firearms. Are you observant? How many times have you had to walk the flight line looking for FOD (Foreign Object Damage)? If you can find can find a rock or bolt on a large cement pad you most likely have the skills to spot a polar bear. Now if you can just sell how much you enjoy the outdoors or have experience in the outdoors, the job could be yours!

Take you military career and break it into your extensive skills you have picked up during your time in service. Make them your strengths and sell yourself to the jobs that are out there. By looking outside the box you may find a career that you desire and actually fit despite your past careers.

Deadwood Biofuels, LLC- Plant Operator (Rapid City, SD)

Position Title: Plant Operator
Location: Rapid City, SD
Salary: DOE
Job Description:
Reports to the Shift Lead Operator.
Receive, internalize and safely implement industrial operations training
Work effectively and efficiently as part of a 7-8 person crew.
Work and operate at heights, be able to adapt to one of three 8-work shifts to keep the plant operating 24 hours a day and be able to meet call-in requirements as needed.
Implement problem solving method as directed by the Shift Lead Operator
Primary responsibility is to operate equipment for an industrial process line powered by control panel, screens and medium voltage electricity to include but limited to:
Debarking and Chipping Equipment
Belt and Chain Conveyors
Hammer and Pellet Mills and Screens
Rotary Drum Dryer
Packaging Equipment to include bagging and palletizing machinery
safely operate material handling equipment to include:
Warehouse forklifts
Variable reach forklifts
Front end loaders along
Excavator with bucket and grapple attachments
Skid steer with bucket and fork attachments
Log loading equipment to include central loaders and log trucks in and around the yard.
Work with hand and power tools and analytical equipment as directed by the Shift Lead Operator.
Perform operator level preventive, scheduled and unscheduled equipment maintenance all while adhering to safety policy and equipment maintenance directives.
Safely load rail cars with bulk and packaged end products while following company and federal rail safety regulations. Must be able to manage confined space entry, climb steps, ladders and scaffolding; operate man-baskets, scissors lifts and lift up to 60 lbs.
Perform quality control tests on product streams as directed by the Shift Lead Operator. Fill out reports and logs as required to maintain data to include moisture content, feed rate and temperatures all in an effort to maintain quality control.
Complete any and all tasks as appropriately assigned or requested by the Shift Lead Operator.
Maintain plant cleanliness and work with peers in support of the Shift Lead Operator to maintain a clean, safe and mechanically efficient plant.
Brief oncoming shift peers on activities during shift, plant manager/maintenance directives and any programmed activities during the next shift.
Maintain a positive and motivated attitude-no gossip.
Company Web Site: http://www.deadwoodbiofuels.com
Email resume to info@deadwoodbiofuels.com

Reinhart Food Service- CDL-Class A Driver (Rapid City, SD)

Company: Reinhart Food Service Location:  4200 N Interstate 90 Service Road, RFS Sales/Driver/s Helper Rec Territory, Rapid City, SD 57701
POSITION TITLE: CDL-Class A Driver Job Requisition Number: 100948 Application WebSite: https://secure.jobappnetwork.com/apply/c_rfs/hourly.go Details: CDL Class A drivers transport products from distribution center to customer locations, conduct pre/post trip inspections, unload cased products from trailer to desired customer location, and other duties as assigned. Drivers must be willing to operate a Tracscan unit and be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds frequently and lift and/or move up to 100 pounds occasionally. Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills are required. Qualifications include: High school diploma or equivalent preferred…. For complete information about this job, please visit http://v2.maxoutreach.com/job.aspx?1497808

United Blood Services- Medical Technologist I or Clinical Laboratory Scientist (Rapid City, SD)

Position Title: Medical Technologist I or Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Vacancy Number: 2013-12
Location: Rapid City, SD
Wage: $ 19.66/hour with additional weekend shift differential and call pay
Open: 26 April 2013
Close: 10 May 2013
Job Description:  United Blood Services, a leader in the blood banking industry, is now accepting applications for the position of Medical Technologist or Clinical Laboratory Scientist.   We need people experienced or interested in the challenge of advanced immunohematology, as well as routine transfusion medicine workups. This position will also perform center tests and qualification of components.
****Apply in person, or send resume to HR, United Blood Services, 2209 W. Omaha St, Rapid
City, SD, or e-mail resume to ubssdhr@bloodsystems.org  Fax:  605-342-6662.

VA Black Hills Health Care System- LPN (Rapid City, SD)

Position Title: LPN
Vacancy Number: BH-13-094-CC-881487
Location: Rapid City, SD
Grade: GS-0620-06
Open:  04/25/2013
Close: 05/15/2013
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VA Black Hills Health Care System-Registered Nurse (Fort Meade, SD)

Position Title- Registered Nurse (Home Based Primary Care)
Vacancy Number- BH-13-096-CJ-88152
Location- Fort Meade, SD
Grade- VN-0610-00
Open- 04/25/2013
Close- 05/10/2013
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Oddball Interview Question for the Week

“If I put you in a sealed room with a phone that had no dial tone, how would you fix it?” Asked at Apple

Oddball-Interview-QuestionsOddball questions may seem to have nothing to do with an open job position, but companies are increasingly asking these types of brainteaser questions to determine a candidate’s ability to think on their feet, think critically, problem solve, and effectively talk through a response. Keep in mind, there aren’t always right or wrong answers to these questions, but they can still be tricky.

If an interviewer asks you a wacky question, try not to get knocked off your feet. The point of such questions is to see if you can keep it cool under pressure, so don’t be afraid to answer in a creative way. You want to make the interviewer remember you -and these types of oddball questions offer a great opportunity to do so. Good luck!

Source: www.glassdoor.com

ASI- Appliance Delivery Coordinator (Rapid City, SD)

Position Title: Appliance Delivery Coordinator
Position/Vacancy Number: 10-12
Location: Rapid City, South Dakota
Salary or Wage: $9.70 per hour plus comprehensive benefits package (including tuition reimbursement, appliance rebates and 401K company match)
Open: 4/22/13
Close: 5/17/13
Position Description: Support one of the largest appliance businesses in the world! Coordinate the delivery of appliances by partnering with companies, stores & customers.
Employer Contact Information: Please contact Lora Kambestad at 605-388-4047 with any questions
Position Web Link: To Apply please visit www.asicontactcenters.com

Schwan’s Home Service- Assoc Material Handler (Rapid City, SD)

Company: Schwan’s Home Service
Location:  Rapid City, SD
POSITION TITLE: Assoc Material Handler
Job Requisition Number: 13002543
Application WebSite: https://schwans.taleo.net/careersection/external/jobdetail.ftl?lang=fr&job=13002543 Details: This position under general supervision is responsible for successfully moving materials supplies and finished goods through the facility including unloading frozen food product from semis into warehouse freezers and loading frozen food from warehouse freezers into delivery trucks. Moves materials supplies and frozen food products through facility. Stacks skids or pallets in designated areas. Cleans up and disposes of scrap bracing cardboard and strapping and places in proper containers or designated areas…. For complete information about this job, please visit http://v2.maxoutreach.com/job.aspx?1496140

VA Black Hills Health Care System- Recreation Therapist (Hot Springs, SD)

Position Title: Recreation Therapist
Vacancy Number: KB-13-AFe-876090
Location: Hot Springs, SD
Grade: GS-0638-10
Open: 04/19/2013
Close: 04/25/2013
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