Researchers out to hire £400,000 polar bear counter

    Arctic researchers have faced a backlash from environmental campaigners after advertising work as a polar bear spotter in Siberia.

    The Arctic Research and Design Centre for Offshore Developments is looking for a researcher to count polar bears in up to 25 groups living in the Kara Sea.

    Applicants will be required to count bears, place collars on females and take blood samples in temperatures as low as -46°C.

    They have faced criticism however from members of Green Peace as the research is being backed by oil giants ExxonMobil and Rosneft.

    Speaking to the Daily Mail, Ben Ayliffe, Head of Greenpeace’s Arctic campaign, says: “If you look at the deal struck by Rosneft and ExxonMobil the drilling blocks actually impinge on protected areas.

    “In the Kara Sea the blocks that they will be drilling impinge on a supposedly protected Russian national park, an area that’s supposed to be sacrosanct.”

    He added that other planned drilling regions included polar bear breeding sites.

    “So it’s ironic that they are advertising for polar bear spotters when they are actually planning to drill in the nursery for polar bears in the Arctic.”

    Image courtesy of Flickr user Isteelight

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    Comments (4)

    • Yuan Xue
      Yuan Xue
      Sat, 29 Mar 2014 3:08am GMT
      This is Yuan from Shanghai, China, I love polar bear and really feel worried about their future. I'm wondering where I could have the access to the recruiting site.
    • Lewis Lien
      Lewis Lien
      Fri, 28 Mar 2014 6:47pm GMT
      I'm come from TAIWAN,I want this job,how could I get for it?
    • Sissi Li
      Sissi Li
      Fri, 28 Mar 2014 5:14pm GMT
      How to ask for the Polar Bear counter job?
      I am 42 years old. I am very interested in it.
      I will appreciate your reply me.

      Best Regards
    • ricky garthley
      ricky garthley
      Thu, 27 Mar 2014 8:22pm GMT
      i want this job and i want it yesterday email me ill deal with the frostbite

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