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A US govt agency will pay up to R1.6 million for a 'grizzly bear conflict manager'

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  • The US Fish and Wildlife service is hiring a "grizzly bear conflict manager".
  • They could be paid up to $103,000 – equivalent to R1.6 million – and will be based in Montana.
  • Expect wild camping and multiple forms of transport including foot, boat and air.
  • Only American citizens need apply, though, and they need significant experience with bears.
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Fancy escaping the daily commute and dread of a 24 hour news cycle? How about moving to Montana in the United States of America to keep grizzly bears out of trouble?

The US Fish and Wildlife Service — a government agency that manages wildlife habitats — is currently seeking a "grizzly bear conflict manager". 

Rather than stepping in to resolve territorial disputes between bears, they'll be working with local wildlife agencies to manage bear populations and mitigate their contact with humans. 

The successful candidate will be paid between $79,363 and $103,176 per year (some R1.6 million at the top end), according to the advert, and will have to be located within 100 miles of either Missoula, Bozeman, or Kalispell in Montana, in the United States.

In return, they should expect a physical job with no two days likely to be the same. 

The candidate will split their time between camping in the field and an "adequately lighted, heated and ventilated" office. They'll be expected to use a variety of transport to navigate often harsh terrain, including on foot, snowmobile, boats and small aircraft. They'll also supervise a small team. 

"The incumbent may be subject to large numbers of biting insects and may be required to work in close proximity to large animals such as a bear and moose," according to the advert.

They may also need to carry a firearm for protection, it says.

The deadline for applications is 8 March 2022. Applicants must be a US citizen and possess "significant grizzly bear handling experience", per the description.

Bear attacks remain relatively rare, but risk becoming more frequent due to human expansion into remote regions across the US and Canada and the effects of climate change.  

Earlier this year, residents of South Lake Tahoe, California contacted wildlife authorities more than 150 times over a 220kg Black bear that kept breaking into properties to steal food. 

'Hank the Tank' — as he was nicknamed — was later found to in fact be three different hungry bears

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