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The “Best Job in the World”

According to Yahoo! News, Australia is making the world a very sweet offer: get paid a 6-figure ($105K) salary to live on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef for six months. What are you expected to do in exchange for such a generous deal?

In return, the “island caretaker” will be expected to stroll the white sands, snorkel the reef, take care of “a few minor tasks” — and report to a global audience via weekly blogs, photo diaries and video updates.

Sounds stressful. Any other requirements?

The successful applicant, who will stay rent-free in a three-bedroom beach home complete with plunge pool and golf buggy, must be a good swimmer, excellent communicator and be able to speak and write English.

“They’ll also have to talk to media from time to time about what they’re doing so they can’t be too shy and they’ll have to love the sea, the sun, the outdoors,” said acting state Premier Paul Lucas.

Open to anyone and everyone, you can apply for this opportunity here (you may have to refresh due to high traffic).

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January 13, 2009 - Posted by | Travel | , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. What a creative way to promote tourism to the Great Barrier Reef and Australia in general! But why stopping there? Think big! Hire an obese individual, run the show a la ‘Biggest Loser’ meets Survivor meets Lost, enjoy yourself in watching The Apprentice island-caretaker while he (or she) transform himself in a Bachelor and send him back to the US for a chance to become a millionaire. Sounds stupid? Not as stupid as having Joe the Plumber as a war correspondent in Israel (http://www.usnews.com/blogs/robert-schlesinger/2009/01/13/joe-the-plumber-now-joe-the-war-correspondent-in-israel-is-still-joe-the-clown.html).

    Never mind my sarcasm. I still believe it is an original and cheap way to promote tourism in beautiful Australia. Kudos to the PR firm!

    Comment by GR | January 13, 2009 | Reply

  2. Being multilingual will help to communicate with a larger audience. ;)

    Comment by GR | January 13, 2009 | Reply


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