Quick, when you think about working in a hotel, what do you think about? Being a receptionist? Part of the cleaning crew? How about a coin polisher, a mud manager and ... a duckmaster?!
Judy Mandell of the Los Angeles Times writes about the more unusual behind-the-scenes hotel jobs. Take for instance, Jason Sensat's job. He's the Duckmaster at the Peabody hotel:
At the Peabody hotel in Memphis, Tenn., five mallard ducks live in a penthouse on the roof. At 11 a.m. each day, they march to the lobby, where they splash in the fountain until 5 p.m., when the ceremony reverses. Duckmaster Jason Sensat feeds, cares for and trains the ducks.
"Many think this is a fun and glamorous job, and quite often it is with media interviews, travel and celebrity honorary Duckmasters -- but it's also a dirty job, as cleaning up after the flock is part of the job too," Sensat says.