Arctic Norway needs polar bear spotter

A sign warning of polar bears outside of Longyearbyen, the main settlement in Norway's Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. (John McConnico / AP Photo)
A sign warning of polar bears outside of Longyearbyen, the main settlement in Norway’s Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. (John McConnico / AP Photo)

OSLO, Norway — 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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