Slideshow: Hospitality Jobs You Wish You Had

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Slideshow: Hospitality Jobs You Wish You Had

Sure, every hotel has a concierge and general manager, but as properties continue to compete for travelers' business (and leave a lasting impression) they are continuously adding more unique positions to their employment opportunities. Not only are these jobs some of the most interesting we've seen, they're geared at helping improve guests' overall experience at a given hotel. U.S. News got the inside scoop on what duties these employees perform and what it's like to have such a cool job. Read More:
Hospitality Jobs You Wish You Had
Fairy Godmother

Fairy Godmother

Barnsley Resort
Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo — the Barnsley Resort fairy godmother will plan anything you can dream up. Fairy godmother Denise Webb said the best part of her job is "being allowed to come in and use my imagination to create anything I want to." From her signature "love spells" and elaborate engagement proposals to kids' birthday party planning and kits for bug identification, Webb uses a little magic to create special experiences for hotel guests of all ages. Read More:
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Sure, every hotel has a concierge and general manager, but as properties continue to compete for travelers' business (and leave a lasting impression) they are continuously adding more unique positions to their employment opportunities. Not only are these jobs some of the most interesting we've seen, they're geared at helping improve guests' overall experience at a given hotel. U.S. News got the inside scoop on what duties these employees perform and what it's like to have such a cool job. Read More:
Hospitality Jobs You Wish You Had

Fairy Godmother

Barnsley Resort
Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo — the Barnsley Resort fairy godmother will plan anything you can dream up. Fairy godmother Denise Webb said the best part of her job is "being allowed to come in and use my imagination to create anything I want to." From her signature "love spells" and elaborate engagement proposals to kids' birthday party planning and kits for bug identification, Webb uses a little magic to create special experiences for hotel guests of all ages. Read More:
Hospitality Jobs You Wish You Had

Running Concierge

The Westin New York Grand Central
The running concierge at The Westin New York Grand Central leads hotel guests on a scenic route through midtown Manhattan to see some of New York City's top sites. A few Westin hotels boast running concierges, but this property's designated running concierge is also the food and beverage director, Cristian Vasquez. Vasquez, who likes to treat guests to fresh-squeezed juice after their run, said the position allows him to get to know guests better and help the hotel promote a healthy lifestyle. Find out more about:
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Duckmaster

The Peabody Memphis
Getting all his ducks in a row — literally — is the duty of The Peabody Memphis duckmaster. In addition to feeding, training and the overseeing the well-being of Peabody's quacky critters, duckmaster Anthony Petrina leads the hotel's infamous residents on a daily march from their rooftop "duck palace" to the lobby's red carpet and into the fountain. The role itself has a reputation for longevity (the first duckmaster held his position for 50 years before retiring). As for Petrina? "Two years down … 48 to go," he quipped. Find out more about:
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Marshmologist

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Capturing the essence of a campsite tradition at a slopeside retreat, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe's marshmologists aim to bring out everyone's inner child. The marshmologists, exclusive to this Ritz outpost, help hotel guests craft their perfect s'more with a variety of chocolate (milk, dark, cookies and cream etc.) and marshmallow flavors (original, raspberry, mint, black currant, caramel and vanilla). Find out more about:
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Boating Butler

The Westin St. John Resort
The Westin St. John Resort's boating butler helps guests customize sailing excursions on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Boating butler Conor Thomas says the scuba trips are the most fun to plan. "There are so many amazing dives on the wrecks and reefs of the Virgin Islands," he said. Find out more about:
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Guacamologist

The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Using the ripest tomatoes, avocados, red onions and jalapeños among other ingredients, the guacamologist at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas treats guests to a daily dose of the delicious dip. The tried-and-true concoction is guacamologist and executive sous chef Todd Sabo's own recipe, which he shares with guests so they can make it at home. Sabo said the best part about being a guacamologist is seeing everyone's face when they try the first bite. "I've been doing this for six years, seven days a week, and that has never gotten old," he said. Find out more about:
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