Six Figure Salary for Fun and Sun
Is it real? Or just a huge hoax? Judging by the speed of the website, it appears that a lot of people are at least checking it out. The AFP followed up with acting Queensland Premier Paul Lucas, who confirms that Queensland is seeking applicants who want to be "paid to explore the islands of the Great Barrier Reef, swim, snorkel and generally live the Queensland lifestyle." The best job in the world pays 150,000 Australian dollars (US$103,000) for six months of this demanding labor. So what is this job, really? And how do you apply? The Best Job in the World is Not a Hoax
The official job description includes job responsibilities such as:
- Exploring the islands of the Great Barrier Reef - to discover what the area has to offer
- Feed the fish - There are over 1,500 species of fish living in the Great Barrier Reef. Don’t worry – you won’t need to feed them all.
- Clean the pool - The pool has an automatic filter, but if you happen to see a stray leaf floating on the surface it’s a great excuse to dive in and enjoy a few laps.
- Collect the mail – During your explorations, why not join the aerial postal service for a day? It’s a great opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the reef and islands.
But this is not a hoax. The truth behind the best job in the world is that it is a tourism marketing gimmick. The lucky winning candidate will be blogging, reporting through various media outlets, and generally acting as a poster child for the Great Barrier Reef Islands.
How to Apply for the Best Job in the World
Applicants must make a 60 second video telling why you are "the best person for the job and demonstrating your knowledge of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef." The video and a brief application form must be uploaded to www.IslandReefJob.com before 11:59 UTC 22 February 2009.
You can probably guess that the successful applicant will have excellent interpersonal skills, good English capability, and at least a year of relevant experience. But there is good news for you even if you don't meet Queensland's expectations: although ten finalist candidates will be selected by the tourism board, an eleventh lucky winner will be voted in by all visitors to the Island Reef Job website. The eleven finalists will be flown to Hamilton Island, their potential future base of operations, for final interviews. "Work" starts on the first of July, 2009.
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