Do you have what it takes to be a paid gator wrangler?

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You know America is the best country on Earth when you can be paid to catch alligators all day.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is hiring “Alligator Technicians.” Successful job applicants will get $13.37 an hour, and will travel around the state catching, bagging, weighing, transporting and releasing captive-raised live alligators.

Your motel and meals on the road are paid for, which makes for a great entry-level job.

I’m not sure why Louisiana is raising captive alligators and releasing them into the wild when native populations are rising, but if it means $13.37 an hour plus a meal at Whataburger there won’t be a shortage of applicants.

The good news is you won’t have to handle anything like 15-foot-long monster.