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5 of the craziest jobs on the Las Vegas Strip

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FOX5's Jon Castagnino got to "dive with the sharks" at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. FOX5's Jon Castagnino got to "dive with the sharks" at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay.

Many think they work an interesting or crazy job in Las Vegas, but there are several on the Strip that take the cake.

From the odd hours to the unique sets of skills required, the Strip is home to plenty of crazy jobs.

FOX5 selected five of the craziest for our countdown, and Jon Castagnino attempted to do each one.

Firefighter at Station 32:

Station 32, under the shadows of CityCenter, Bellagio and The Cosmopolitan, is the only station in the world built into a high-rise hotel.

Constructed into the side of Vdara, it employs 18 Clark County firefighters.

Three crews of six work 24-hour shifts.

At Station 32, the call volume is extremely high. Crews respond to about 3,000 calls per month, according to Capt. Troy Jepson.

The average fire station in the United States will respond to 3,000 calls each year. The majority of calls come after 9 p.m., according to Jepson.

The station has specially designed fire engines and water pumps for specific challenges, such as tight spaces on the Las Vegas Strip.

Gardener at Bellagio Conservatory:

The Bellagio Conservatory can have 8,000 flowers at one time which need to be meticulously arranged and cared for.

A team of 12 gardeners work shifts beginning at 5 a.m. to make sure tourists and locals have an amazing experience at the one-of-a-kind exhibit.

Getting this job requires a background in gardening and horticulture.

Depending on the type of flower, each usually lasts for about two weeks before needing to be changed out.

The flowers actually sit on a bed of rubber mulch and excess water drains into the hotel's basement, which is recycled.

Aquarist at Mandalay Bay Shark Reef:

Fourteen aquarists are responsible for the care of 2,000 animals, including 15 species of shark, who call the Shark Reef home.

Shifts start with prepping meals such as squid, mackerel and sardines.

Fish used for feeding are cleaned, cut and some are stuffed with vitamins to give the animals nutrients they lack in a reef environment.

The public can participate in a "Dive with the Sharks" program, and there are special rates on general admission for locals.

More information can be found at www.sharkreef.com.

Gondolier at The Venetian:

Since The Venetian opened its doors in 1999, gondoliers have serenaded thousands of couples and families on 13-minute trips through the canals that are spread throughout the hotel's mall.

Casting calls are held for this job that usually requires a singing or acting background.

If selected, gondoliers go through 40 hours of training on how to steer the gondola.

Those who work this job must stay in-character at all times and aren't allowed to sing songs by artists like Justin Bieber.

During a typical day, gondoliers make about 20 trips with passengers.

Performer in Cirque du Soleil's Zarkana:

Cirque has multiple shows on the Las Vegas Strip, but its newest is Zarkana at Aria.

Its performers are made up of world-class gymnasts, several of whom have been a part of Cirque du Soleil for a majority of their lives.

Zarkana's banquine act is a group of 10 performers that propel themselves through the air only using their bodies and no safety devices.

Zarkana also offers discounts for locals. More information can be found here.

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