Dirty Jobs celebrates unsung American laborers and highlights those who make their living doing the most unthinkable, yet necessary vocations. Host and apprentice Mike Rowe scours the country to find hardworking men and women who overcome fear, danger, and sometimes stench to accomplish their daily tasks. With his hands-on approach, Rowe takes on such jobs as Snake Researcher, Bloodworm Digger, Bell maker, Mosquito Control Officer, Fainting Goat Farmer, Bug Breeder, Poo Pot Maker, Baseball Groundskeeper, Salt Miner, Cattle Rancher, Wine Maker, Billboard Installer, Snake Wrangler, Leather Tanner, Bridge Painter, and Alligator Egg Collector. Mike also celebrates his 150th job--working as a yak farmer.
Snake Researcher - Mike Rowe wrangles some water snakes, steps into the shoes of hard working bait and lobster fishermen in Maine, and opens the viewer mail bag which results in some seaweed trimming.
Penguin Keeper - Mike Rowe joins a rowdy construction crew in California and learns the art of concrete stamping, as well as taking care of some penguins and digging for blood worms.
Bell Maker - Mike Rowe rolls up his sleeve and gets dirty making giant bells at the McShane Bell Foundry. He also gets down and dirty with the US Army Corps of Engineers as they conduct yearly maintenance on a hurricane barrier that was raised from the ocean's floor.
Mosquito Control Officer - From gutting mold infested houses to exterminating disease ridden rats and mosquitos, Mike has got his work cut out for him. He gets dirty helping New Orleans locals restore, rebuild, and revive their city in the aftermath of Katrina.
Bug Breeder - Mike gets dirty with some fainting goats, breeding exotic insects, while helping remove tree stumps. They are dirty jobs but somebody's got to do them, why not Mike?
Poo Pot Maker - Just when Mike thought he had seen it all, he is hired at a cow farm that specializes in making gardening pots out of cow manure. Mike count dead salmon carcasses and opens up the mail bag and answers a viewer's question and gets bitten by a snake.
Mule Logger - Mike Joins forces with a master-cooper, or in laymen's terms, a barrel maker. Mike also teams up with some mule loggers.
Well Digger - Mike joins the Bowie BaySox team acting as a groundskeeper. Mike gets wet and dirty helping secure boat moorings. He then joins Watson Water company to dig deep through mud, rock, gravel, sand and water as they drill for heating and water in Tennessee.
Cave Digger - Mike helps dig tunnels that are used as underground wine caverns. Then he is off to the airport where he does the dirty jobs behind the scenes.
Salt Miner - Mike gets dirty underground packing explosives into a wall of salt and blowing it up in order to break up the salt into small blocks. Mike masters the dirty job of salt mining and gets a new respect for the people who get dirty to get us salt.
Wine Maker - Mike gets dirty in Napa Valley as he takes on the dirty job of making wine. Mike then rolls up his sleeves and gets dirty at a Kansas Cattle Ranch where he gets a lesson on how dirty the cattle business can be.
Steam Ship Cleaner - Mike joins forces with two dirty guys from San Diego who have mastered the art of hydro-seeding. Then he rolls up his sleeves and gets dirty on a steam ship ferry that's over 100 years old. Mike delves into the mailbag and answers a viewer's question.