You could also work at evangelizing Scala in your current (presumably) Java shop. I've found success with this approach by getting other developers interested in the language and mentoring them, especially during the steeper parts of the learning curve. If you can pique the interest of a good portion of the development team it's often not too difficult to get a new language introduced through smaller non-critical or non-production systems, which is a good foothold with which to get the benefits visible to the wider group. YMMV of course.
Even this low bar eliminates 90% of candidates so it won't take much for you to shine at this level.
If you're snr then you might find yourself actually having to introduce Scala at a Java shop. Run dojos, lunchtime lightning/brown bag talks and lever it in as a testing framework or throwaway prototype. If that doesn't work, start questioning what you did to deserve being called snr.
jared at nestlabs dot com