C.O. Classifieds: Panda Caretaker WANTED

Panda Sanctuary and Research Center desires someone to snorgle Pandas. Free room and board. Salary 32K/200,000 yuan/yr. Free SUV to drive. Must be at least 22 and in good physical shape. Must love pandas. Oh yes, position is in China.

We’re not kidding, guys. NBC News says “China’s Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Ya’an, Sichuan province just announced a competition for a one-year job as a “Panda Caretaker.” Eight runners-up win a three-day trip to panda-watch at the reserve. China Daily helpfully notes, “Your work has only one mission: spending 365 days with the pandas and sharing in their joys and sorrows.”

Sorrows? With a fleet of Pandas? Impossible.

I’m in. Who’s with me? The application is somewhere on this site.

Thanks to The Furrtographer for the teep.



  1. dgerish says:

    Sign me up.

  2. How much will I have to pay them to let me have that job?

  3. I soooo wish I were 20 again and able to walk. I would pay them to let me do this.

  4. Chengdu is a lovely place to visit anyway. Great food (read Fuchsia Dunlop’s memoir!) with a lot of ancient culture spare from destruction during the war. I heard that it is very hard work. You are pretty much cleaning poop all day.

  5. Everyone will have to get in line behind me. 😀

  6. Rachael says:

    Salary 32K? I’m not sure I can come up with that much but maybe they’re willing to negotiate. 😆