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Spokane’s best slacker jobs

Calling all slackers. Worried about what you’re gonna do if those extended unemployment benefits ever run out? Options abound for the marginally skilled in Spokane. Some call them slacker jobs but you can call them non-traditional career paths if you want.

Sleep study participants This is not a joke. Scientists at WSU Spokane will pay you to let them study your sleep habits. You read that right. Sleep. On the plus side, it’s a job that doesn’t require any special training. On the down side, sometimes the best way for scientists to learn about sleep is to study what happens when someone doesn’t, which means you might end up getting prodded or poked whenever you begin to nod off. But if you’re willing to take your chances, you can make up to $560 for a four-day stint and tell your folks you’re doing your part for science.

Marijuana consultants

The Washington Liquor Control Board needs pot experts. Now that voters have spoken, the state agency responsible for figuring out how to regulate the production and sale of legal marijuana in Washington is advertising for consultants familiar with everything from growing techniques to regional demand for the newly legal product. Here, in fact, is how the agency’s request for proposals describes some of the expertise its newest consultants should possess: “how marijuana is grown, cultivated, harvested, cured and processed. How marijuana is infused into food and beverages. How marijuana should be packaged, labeled, transported and sold at a retail level.” Find out more about the state agency’s overall efforts here: I-502 implementation.

Confidential sex informant If you thought getting paid to let scientists watch you sleep was a good gig, check out this unconventional job. The Airway Heights Police Department, which led a multi-agency crackdown on suspected Spokane-area prostitution rings, hired at least 10 confidential informants to help collect evidence — which is to say have sex with alleged prostitutes and tell investigators all about it. One of those informants, identified only as “CI#9” in court documents, was what his co-workers might call a bit of an over-achiever, making 42 separate evidence collection visits to “alleged” brothels across Spokane and spending anywhere from $62 to $100 of our precious public safety dollars per trip. Police raided the alleged brothels last summer but no charges have yet been filed. Some authorities have suggested the investigation technically remains under way because the special inquiry panel created to direct the case is still active. And perhaps they’ll be needing some more confidential informants. Can you say, “Book `em Danno?”