Imaginary Jobs: Little-Known NYC Government Positions

Words and images by Lauren Barnett

Do you ever find yourself thinking, “No, I don’t want to be part of a dynamic team in a fast-paced environment”? You’re not alone! The recent Great Resignation was swiftly followed by the Great Scramble to Find a New Job, and by the universal realization that looking for a new job is less than no fun. But we are here to help! with a (hopefully) ongoing series of jobs you might not have realized existed (perhaps because they never did or have not for centuries). Find something to suit your skill set!

Lauren Barnett is a cartoonist and painter. Her work has been featured in The New Yorkerthe Washington Post’s The Lily, and Harper’s Bazaar Korea, among other publications. You can find daily comics and paintings on Instagram @laurenmarybarnett. Barnett is chief operating officer at Art21and lives in Lambertville, NJ with her wife and a cat named Louise. Her work can be seen at

Do you have an imaginary or outdated job you would love to do? A job you wanted as a child from some misheard line of poetry, like Catcher in the Rye? Do you want to tell us about it? We’re welcoming essays for the Imaginary Jobs series. Send submissions to

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