Techno-geek dream job up for grabs in Central Okanagan

An unnamed company is advertising positions for local street view drivers.

KELOWNA - For some people, mainly techno-geeks, it would be a dream job — driving around the Central Okanagan in a computer-equipped car or truck tricked out with commercial grade still and video cameras plus an array of eye-safe lasers.

It doesn’t say Google on it, but the job-hunting website Adecco is advertising for “streetview project drivers”  who are bondable with a spotlessly clean driving record.

The bloom comes off the rose a bit when it comes to the job description and remuneration.

Drivers will work a 40-hour week with no overtime and must be able to physically climb onto the roof of the assigned vehicle to cover and uncover camera lenses. Ability to deal with routine automobile maintenance is also a plus.

The high-resolution cameras on board the vehicles produce gobs of data which must be sent to clients via mail, email or cellphone.

Would-be streetviewers must be thoroughly familiar with local roads and something called “traffic trends” while making themselves available on a moments notice for extended periods of time.

The ad suggests successful applicants must not have any “family responsibilities” to distract them during those time periods for the duration of the six-month project.

It also hints at some of the boredom the job entails. The driver will specifically target commercial districts and historic sites and may be asked to drive over the same area repeatedly if poor weather or lighting conditions interfere with photography.

For all that the job demands, the company will pay the princely sum of $15.50 an hour.

To contact the reporter for this story, email John McDonald at jmcdonald@infotelnews.ca or call 250-808-0143. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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