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Panda Nanny

Giant panda cubs lie in a crib at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, Sichuan province, September 23, 2013. Fourteen new joiners to the 128-giant-panda-family at the base were shown to the public on Monday, according to local media. REUTERS/China Daily (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

Do you have a dream job? Many of us do. Some of us want to be firefighters or astronauts, actors or rock stars, award-winning authors or even just retired (I’m not sure that last one counts though). In all your future planning have you ever considered becoming a Panda Nanny? Yes you heard me right. It’s every bit adorable and exhausting as those two words would suggest. And guess what, China’s Giant Panda Protection and Research Center is hiring!

Panda’s are one of the most iconic endangered animals. Their plight is so well known that they’re even part of the logo for the WWF (World Wildlife Federation.) Needless to say, taking care of these animals can be challenging. Sometimes though, it’s necessary to chaperone them so they can enjoy themselves and make friends. Which in turn hopefully leads to them making babies.

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The mission statement for the position reads “Spending 365 days with the pandas and sharing in their joys and sorrows.”

Giant panda cubs lie in a crib at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu

Applicants should be over 22 years old and “have some basic knowledge of pandas”.

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The position offer $32,000 a year but has the fringe benefit of getting to play with Pandas.

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You’d be surprised what these little guys can get up to.

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Even at an early age there’s no mistaking them for Pandas.

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And before you ask, yes, hugging them is a part of the job.

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Truly, a job that lets you change the world, one life at a time.

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So what if you’d have to relocate to China?

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Wouldn’t it be worth it to spend time with these adorable little guys?

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Shh! They’re sleeping.

For a look at what this job is really like check out the video below. It can get really hectic.

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