KEY LARGO, FLA. -- Officials in the Florida Keys say they're getting an enthusiastic response to their latest "help-wanted" ad. They need two part-timers to help battle the growing crocodile problem plaguing the island chain.
As if alligators weren't enough, it appears that crocodiles have been fruitful and are multiplying like nobody's business in the Keys.
Officials say the numbers have gone from roughly 300 back in 1975 to anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000.
They need staffing to keep tabs on the population and help wildlife officials better cope with nuisance croc reports.
The positions are technically called "crocodile response agents," and the posts were established by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Authorities said they needed the extra help to cut down on the response times for calls about crocodiles in the middle and upper Keys.
The agents will be tasked with photographing, the critters, relaying information back up the chain, and helping with the relocation of the crocodiles.
Officials said the training will be on-the-job.
People are interested in the work, part-time though it may be.
One individual has sent an application from Australia, promising to relocate if he gets the job.