New Job for the New Year: Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge Operator Wanted
If you're looking for a new career opportunity for the new year, try this one on for size: lift bridge operator. Duluth's iconic Aerial Lift Bridge is in need of a full-time operator, and this rare opportunity is closing soon.
Imagine your office being one of the area's most iconic landmarks, watching ships coming and going, and taking in the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets Lake Superior and the Duluth Harbor offer. While this may sound like a fun job, it isn't for everyone. As the job description on the City of Duluth's website explains, you do need some specialized experience before you can take the reins of the bridge. Beside obviously not being afraid of heights, here are the minimum qualifications for the job:
A. One (1) year of specialized electrical training, plus two (2) years of experience working with large electrically operated machinery; or three (3) years of experience working with complex mechanized equipment; or one (1) year of experience working with computer controlled electrical equipment; or a combination of education, training, and experience in the above areas which is accepted as equivalent
The gig comes with the normal job benefits of a paycheck (between $42,444.00 and $49,680.00 annually, as the job posting explains), insurance, paid holidays and paid vacation; but also comes with those breathtaking views and a unique perspective on the area's shipping traffic.
It isn't often there are openings for this job. Beside an opening earlier in 2015, most of the operators have been in the role for nearly two decades.
As WDIO-TV's Baihly Warfield found out, the job does come with some stress. Lift Bridge Supervisor Dave Campbell told Warfield that it isn't as simple as a button or leaver to lift the bridge. Dealing with mechanical and electrical issues, various commercial and recreational watercraft, and lines of vehicles waiting to cross the bridge can be a challenge to balance.
If you feel like you have what it takes, the listing says applications are being accepted through the end of the day on Monday, January 4. You can see the posting and submit your applications by hitting the button below.