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]

Sweet Gig: Cadbury Is Hiring Chocolate Tasters

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Matt Cardy, Getty Images

If you’re tired of waiting around for Cadbury Creme Eggs to reappear on store shelves in the lead-up to Easter, you might want to go directly to the source instead. As Insider reports, the maker of Cadbury, Milka, and Toblerone chocolate is looking to hire four part-time chocolate tasters.

The company, Mondelēz International, also produces Oreos and Chips Ahoy!, as well as non-chocolatey brands like Ritz, Sour Patch Kids, and Trident. In its job post, Mondelēz says it’s looking for someone with “a passion for confectionery and taste buds for detection” to sample new products and provide honest feedback. Applicants who make it past the initial review stage will be subjected to several “choco-challenges” to see if they can distinguish between confections with subtle differences.

While chocolate testers would certainly need to have a taste for sweet treats, the job isn’t demanding enough to spoil your appetite. Only about eight hours per week are required, making it an ideal side gig, college job, or opportunity for stay-at-home parents to get back into the workforce. The position is based 39 miles west of London, in Wokingham, England, but the post doesn’t say anything about citizenship requirements, so it’s presumably open to Americans, Canadians, and other English speakers.

New recruits to the 12-person team will be paid an hourly wage of about $14.30 (comparatively, the UK’s current minimum wage is about $10.40 for workers aged 25 and up). While it’s not going to make you rich, it’s a job many chocoholics would be willing to do for free. The company is expecting a high number of applicants, and explained that there's no use in following up if you haven't heard back within 14 days of applying.

Last year, the company advertised a similar role and received 6000 applications from around the world. If this sounds like a pretty sweet gig to you, you can apply on Mondelēz’s website. The deadline to apply is March 8, 2019.

[h/t Insider]

Locana, Italy Is Paying Families $10,000 to Move There

Not long after Sambuca, Italy enticed people to move there with $1 houses, a different quaint Italian village is offering an even better deal. People reports that Locana, a town located in the Italian Alps, will pay you $10,300 over three years to move there—but the catch is that you have to have at least one child.

Locana is one of many towns in rural Italy that has seen its population age and decline in recent decades. There are roughly 1500 residents in Locana today compared to the 7000 that lived there a century ago, and with 40 deaths and only 10 births per year, the downward trend isn't stopping.

By paying people, specifically families, to move to town, Locana mayor Giovanni Bruno Mattiet hopes to rebuild the community and renew hope for its future. A new population of young people would help keep Locana's school open (the institution comes close to shutting down each year). New residents can work remotely, but Mattiet also welcomes them to take over one of the dozens of defunct shops, bars, and restaurants in town.

Candidates can be foreigners or Italian residents, and they should make a salary of at least $8000 a year. When they're not working, they can partake in the many activities the Gran Paradiso mountain reserve has to offer, such as rock climbing, ice skating, and fishing.

If for some reason getting paid to move to a picturesque town in the Italian Alps isn't your thing, similar offers are sometimes made in the U.S. Last year, both Tulsa, Oklahoma and Vermont lured remote workers with $10,000 checks.

[h/t People]

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