Capable of ‘Frequent Fingering’ & ‘Occasional Feeling’? City Might Hire You


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If you’re capable of “frequent standing, walking, sitting, fingering, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions of hands and wrists,” along with “occasional feeling,” the City of Burien may want to hire you as its new Assistant Public Works Director.

Those are some of the qualifications for the recent job listing, which pays between $94,164 and $114,456, depending on experience.

An astute BTB Reader pointed out the job listing to us, adding “I don’t know that it’s newsworthy, but it’s pretty damn funny. Check out the section on ‘Physical Abilities'”:

Frequent standing, walking, sitting, fingering, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions of hands and wrists; occasional feeling; and rare stooping, crawling, kneeling, climbing, handling, bending, and repetitive motions of feet. Position requires the ability to lift, push, pull, and carry ten pounds.

“The City of Burien believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success,” reads the posting.

While we’re not quite sure how ‘fingering’ qualifies as a significant contribution to the city’s success – if you can do that, as well as stoop, crawl, kneel, climb, handle, bend and repeatedly move your feet (and don’t forget the ‘occasional feeling’) – you should apply.

The deadline is Jan. 9, and you can apply online here, or use your fingering skills to snailmail your resume to:

City of Burien
Attn: Human Resources
400 SW 152nd Street, Suite 300
Burien, WA 98166

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4 Responses to “Capable of ‘Frequent Fingering’ & ‘Occasional Feeling’? City Might Hire You”
  1. SR says:

    As an HR manager, I often find some of the necessary language pretty hilarious. But it’s just a standard BFQ (bona-fide qualification) for most desk positions. It’s necessary to include basic physical standards, so that candidates have a clear understanding of a job. I had a manager once ask why “stooping or crawling” should be in a secretary’s requirements. “They never do that.” Really? So if said secretary drops his/her pencil or a piece of paper under the desk, or has to plug or unplug an electronic device at the workstation, do you have another employee whose job it is to do that? If so, I want to work there. And now that I think of it, I’m fingering my keyboard as I type…

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  2. JC says:

    I totally agree with SR. I’m in Human Resources as well – it’s just part of what’s required for posting so someone knows if they can do with job. It is very funny though!

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  3. John Poitras says:

    Apparently its a pretty lucrative skill…

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  4. Eaton B. Verz says:

    That must be how the city manager retains his position. He looks like a proficient fingerer.

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