Best summer job ever? French resort seeks paid workers to apply sun cream to tourists

Are you free for a few weeks at the height of summer? Good with your hands? Fancy a temporary job and don’t mind getting your hands dirty? Then walk this way.

Or, at least, head to Les Sables D’Olonne, a resort on France’s Atlantic coast, where an unusual paid position is up for grabs – applier of sun-cream to holidaymakers.

Woman, sun cream, beach

Tough day at the coalface: Workers are being sought to apply sun cream to tourists in Les Sables D'Olonne

The town has made the unusual move of advertising for two people – a man and a woman – to rub lotion onto tourist backs and necks between mid-July and late August.

The successful applicants will be paid €5000 (£4410) for six weeks’ employment, working 35 hours a week – and while no prior experience in the competitive field of lotion-application is necessary, candidates should be outgoing, be able to speak both English and French, and have ‘a proven taste for the beach and the sunshine’.

The ‘creamers’ will be based on the main beach between July 10th and August 22nd.

"We are recruiting two young people who will apply crème solaire and, above all, advise tourists on protection," François Boche, the director of the town’s tourist office, told the Times Online. The roles are officially described as ‘creamers’.

Interested parties can apply online at The final decision on who lands the two posts will be taken by a jury in June after an internet vote.

Beach, Les Sables D'Olonne

Welcome to the office: Successful applicants will be based on Les Sables D'Olonne's main beach

Sounds too good to be true? Well, as you might expect, things are not quite what they seem. Although the jobs are real, the campaign is a promotional push for the seaside town – and has been set up in partnership with a leading manufacturer of suncream.

Nor is Les Sables D’Olonne – pinned between Nantes and La Rochelle in the Vendée department of France – averse to trying unusual tactics to boost its visitor count.

In 2009, it took the brave step of guaranteeing sunny holidays by offering to give refunds to tourists who cancelled their stay in the town due to a bad weather forecast.

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