Reported by Aaron Solomon
NASHVILLE, Tenn.BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has made a massive mess that has to be cleaned up by someone, and that somebody could be anyone. There are various jobs paying anywhere from $10 to $35 an hour if you're willing to go to the Gulf.
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"BP's website is easy to remember: It's
. There's all kinds of information on that website about legitimate jobs, the skill set they're looking for and exactly how to go about an application," said Kathleen Calligan of the Better Business Bureau. "They pay good money. Some of them even include lodging."
The state of Florida's website is the easiest to get to and navigate. Friday, there were 28 jobs listed, and they aren't just for cleanup. They're looking for chemists, environmental engineering technicians and lab assistants. Those jobs are in Harriman, Tenn., and they pay a minimum of $20 an hour.
"Make sure you're on a legitimate website, first and foremost," Calligan said.
There are also scams out there, targeting people looking for work.
"There's a common thread in the ones that are scams: application fees, upfront fees to fill out an application, it may even look like the BP website, or up-front fee to pay for two-days' hotel room that will be waiting for you when you get there," said Calligan. "The last decider is that you don't pay any money in advance; these jobs don't cost you anything if they are legitimate offers."
The BBB also has reports of scammers posing as charitable organizations asking for donations in the name of Gulf coast relief; just make sure you know whom you're dealing with, said Calligan.
Jobs available directly with BP are posted at
website. For jobs through the state, such as Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, go to the states job websites.
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