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The Best Job in the World


That could be you, guys. Here’s your chance to snag a prime job that starts this summer and is being billed as “The Best Job in the World.”

The position: Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef

The location: Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

The duration: July 1, 2009 – January 1, 2010

The salary: Approximately $100,000 U.S.

The duties: There’s so much to see and do, so you’ll have plenty to write about in your weekly blog. And with so much life above and below the water, you’re sure to capture some entertaining moments for your video diary and photo gallery. To keep you busy, Tourism Queensland will organise a schedule of travel and events on the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Your schedule could include sampling a new luxury spa treatment at qualia on Hamilton Island, trying out new snorkelling gear on Heron Island, or bushwalking on Hinchinbrook Island. (From the job description)

The accommodations: The Island Caretaker will live at Blue Pearl, a beautiful three-bedroom home on Hamilton Island featuring stunning views of the Whitsunday Islands, modern facilities and exquisite furnishings.

That’s about it. Oh, you might have to pick a leaf out of the pool, feed some of the 1,500 species of fish, or collect the mail through the aerial postal service.

This is a real opportunity, created by Tourism Queensland as a way to drum up publicity. And has it ever worked. As of a few days ago, the website (www.islandreefjob.com) had more than a million hits, with about 2,000 applications from all over the world. The application period opened January 9 and closes on February 22.

To apply, submit a 60-second or less video explaining in an entertaining way why you’re the best candidate. They’ll create a 50-person shortlist, then narrow it down to 10, plus one wild card chosen by the world. After interviews and testing (on Hamilton Island!), the winner will be chosen and will begin on July 1.

Check out the website for more info, photos and videos. You can also watch other applicant videos. This is a real job. Seriously, go apply if you’re over 18 and don’t have anything else lined up for the second half of 2009. And if you manage to get the job, congrats and don’t forget to invite your (ahem) best friend along ….

A video showing how it all works:

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