A Finnish Tourism Company Is Hiring Professional Christmas Elves

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Finland isn't quite the North Pole, but it will be home to a team of gainfully employed Christmas elves this holiday season. As Travel + Leisure reports, the Scandinavian country's Lapland Safaris is looking for elves to get guests into the holiday spirit.

Lapland Safaris is a tourism company that organizes activities like snowmobiling, Northern Lights-gazing, skiing, and ice-fishing. The elf employees will be responsible for leading guests to their buses and conveying important information, all while spreading holiday cheer. The job listing reads, "An Elf is at the same time an entertainer, a guide, and a mythical creature of Christmas."

Each Lapland Safari elf will receive training through Arctic Hospitality Academy prior to starting the job. There, they will learn "the required elfing and communication skills." Training will be conducted in English, but candidates' knowledge of French, Spanish, or German is a plus.

To apply, aspiring elves can fill out and submit this form through Lapland Safaris's website. The gig lasts from November 2018 to the beginning of next year, with employees having the option to work at any of the company's Finnish destinations (Santa's workshop is unfortunately not included on the list).

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

Attention Remote Workers: Tulsa Will Pay You $10,000 to Move There

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Work at home and need a change of scenery? Moving to Tulsa could net you some extra cash. A new program called Tulsa Remote is offering $10,000 to remote workers willing to move to Oklahoma’s second-largest city for a year or more.

To be considered, applicants must either be self-employed or work full-time for a business located outside of Tulsa County. Grant recipients will be given $2500 upfront to cover relocation fees. After that, they’ll receive $500 per month, plus $1500 at the end of the year.

In addition to a stipend, remote workers who move to Tulsa will receive discounted rent (to the tune of 33 percent off) and free utilities for the first three months. The offer applies to new, furnished apartments in the Tulsa Arts District. Participants will also be given a membership to a local coworking space (valued at $1800), and invites to various events in the community tailored to remote workers and entrepreneurs.

The program is sponsored by the City of Tulsa and the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Tulsa’s cost of living is low compared to other U.S. cities—the median cost of a home is $157,200—but some would like to bring a little more innovation to the Midwestern city. “We hope that this sparks more tech talent and gets entrepreneur-oriented people to make Tulsa their home and pursue their career further or ultimately start new businesses," Ken Levit, executive director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation, told Forbes. "It could diversify our workforce."

To apply, visit TulsaRemote.com. Applicants may be asked to participate in a video chat, and they’ll have the chance to visit Tulsa before accepting an offer

Not ready to move to Oklahoma? Tulsa isn't the only place looking to attract new residents. Vermont launched a similar program last May to attract remote workers from other states, and New Haven, Connecticut, recently began offering first-time homeowners in the city up to $80,000 in incentives to buy property there.

A Dog-Friendly Restaurant in Texas Will Pay You $100 an Hour to Pet Puppies

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If it’s a publicity stunt, it’s an adorable one. MUTTS Canine Cantina, a dog-friendly restaurant and dog park with locations in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, recently announced they would be taking on a fall intern.

Their job? To pet puppies. Lots and lots of puppies. For $100 an hour.

A representative for MUTTS told Thrillist that the offer is legitimate and that the intern will be expected to work up to four hours a week for eight weeks giving effusive praise and belly rubs to dogs visiting the business. Presumably, candidates will need to be fond of dogs, able to raise their voice a few octaves, and skilled in interrogating the animals in the matter of who exactly is a good boy.


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MUTTS has a fairly streamlined application process: All you need to do is create a post on your Instagram page that makes a case for why you’d be a great “Puptern,” tag the MUTTS Cantina page, and use the hashtag #MUTTSpuptern. Applications will be accepted through November 12, 2018.

Don’t live in or near Dallas? You still might get your chance. MUTTS, which provides canine-friendly seating and dog menu items, is looking to franchise and may soon show up in a city near you.

[h/t Thrillist]

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