The invasive Burmese pythons have destroyed the southern Florida ecosystem. In response to the epidemic, the South Florida Water Management District announced an experimental program. They are paying people minimum wage $8.10 per hour with a unique bonus system.
Each snake will be worth $50 with a $25 dollar bonus per foot for snakes over 4 feet. So an 8 ft snake would be worth $150 bucks. Also, a snake found guarding a nest with eggs is worth an additional $100.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has sponsored a similar program called the Python Challenge, but that was a contest with winners taking home prizes up to $5,000 depending on the number of pythons killed and length.
Last year, more than 1,000 people from 29 states registered for the challenge, which netted 106 snakes, including one that was 15-feet long. (That snake would have garnered a $325 bonus)
The district has set aside $175,000 for the program. A participant can earn the $8.10 per hour for up to 8 hours per day. Total compensation cannot exceed $6,000.
Bad news is that the deadline to apply is closed. But since it is a two month pilot program, there is a chance they will expand the program if it goes well.
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