📺 Stream EntrepreneurTV for Free 📺

This Zoo in England Will Hire You to Dress In A Bird Costume and Scare Away Seagulls That Have Been Terrorizing Guests Do you have what it takes to be a "Seagull Deterrent?"

By Emily Rella

entrepreneur daily

Seagulls can be pests for beachgoers trying to enjoy time near the sea — and at their worst, absolute terrors, attacking food and joyful moments.

And at a zoo in England, the birds are such a "nuisance," it's hiring a seasonal "Seagull Deterrent" worker to stop the perky flyers from wreaking havoc on the park.

Blackpool Zoo, a seaside attraction in Lancashire, England is seeking a group of enthusiastic workers to dress up like an eagle in a blow-up costume and scare away the birds before they attack visitors, their meals, and other animals in their enclosures.

Yes, this is a real job.

"We need to do what we can to keep the seagulls away from our main visitor dining areas, which is why we are looking for a team of people to join our Visitor Services team as 'Seagull Deterrents'," the listing reads.

Interested applicants must, of course, be "comfortable wearing a bird costume" as well as friendly and energetic, the listing says.

"The seagulls are proving to be a bit of a nuisance when it comes to trying to steal food from our visitors and our animal enclosures," the zoo explained.

The salary for the position was not listed.

The job listing, and the photo of the human in the eagle costume, gained so much popularity that Blackpool Zoo decided to start a competition to name the mascot on their Facebook page, offering the winner a family ticket to the park and a meet and greet with the human bird.

The listing is not the first "unique" job posted recently that asks for specialty workers to assist with animals.

Last month, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish in the U.S. posted a listing for "professional bear huggers" whose requirements include being able to "hike in strenuous conditions, have the courage to crawl into a bear den, and have the trust in your coworkers to keep you safe during the process."

Blackpool Zoo is roughly 32 acres large and is home to over 1,350 animals from around the globe.

Emily Rella

Entrepreneur Staff

Senior News Writer

Emily Rella is a Senior News Writer at Entrepreneur.com. Previously, she was an editor at Verizon Media. Her coverage spans features, business, lifestyle, tech, entertainment, and lifestyle. She is a 2015 graduate of Boston College and a Ridgefield, CT native. Find her on Twitter at @EmilyKRella.

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Side Hustle

These Coworkers-Turned-Friends Started a Side Hustle on Amazon — Now It's a 'Full Hustle' Earning Over $20 Million a Year: 'Jump in With Both Feet'

Achal Patel and Russell Gong met at a large consulting firm and "bonded over a shared vision to create a mission-led company."

Business News

These Are the 10 Most Profitable Cities for Airbnb Hosts, According to a New Report

Here's where Airbnb property owners and hosts are making the most money.

Side Hustle

How to Turn Your Hobby Into a Successful Business

A hobby, interest or charity project can turn into a money-making business if you know the right steps to take.


Want to Be More Productive? Here's How Google Executives Structure Their Schedules

These five tactics from inside Google will help you focus and protect your time.

Starting a Business

This Couple Turned Their Startup Into a $150 Million Food Delivery Company. Here's What They Did Early On to Make It Happen.

Selling only online to your customers has many perks. But the founders of Little Spoon want you to know four things if you want to see accelerated growth.