There are odd jobs, and then there are odd jobs.
Warwick Castle – situated in the center of England and promoting itself as ‘Britain’s Ultimate Castle’ - is currently recruiting for a Consultant Dragonologist.
The ideal candidate, according to recruitment website Monster, "must demonstrate extensive knowledge of dragon myth and legend, with particular reference to dragon summoning and dragon powers and riddles."
"The desired candidate will have at least five years’ experience working with or in relation to mythology and folklore preferably dragons and sorcery," the job description adds.
With a history stretching back over 1,000 years, Warwick Castle already counts a Resident Falconer among its staff.
“Just as the resident falconer knows all about birds of prey, the ideal Dragonologist candidate will have a large wealth of knowledge in regards to mythology… and some experience in dealing with the realm,” said Tim Harrison-Jones, general manager at Warwick Castle.
In the week following the job posting, over 3,000 people had viewed the Dragonologist position and twenty had applied - with one even submitting a senior thesis on dragons with his application.
Other Odd Job Offers
In 2009, a tourist attraction in the west of England advertized at a local job centre for a resident witch to teach visitors about witchcraft and magic, after its previous employee had retired.
With a salary offer of £50,000 ($80,645), the successful applicant had to "be able to cackle" and "not be allergic to cats."
Then there was the British man who won the "Best Job in the World" as caretaker of an Australian tropical island.
He was chosen after finalists spent four days on Hamilton Island on Queensland's Great Barrier Reef undergoing a rigorous selection process involving snorkeling, barbecues and time at a spa.
The position at Warwick Castle closes on March 25th, so if you have a love of all things dragon and consider yourself an expert in mythology, this may just beat the best job in the world.