Wanted: Island Caretaker. Location: Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Job Description: "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." Job requirements: Must love the sea, the sun, and the outdoors, be a good swimmer, excellent communicator and able to speak and write English. Salary: 150,000 Australian dollars (105,000 US dollars). Perks: Rent-free stay in a three-bedroom beach house and complimentary round-trip airfare. This isn't a too-good-to-be-true opportunity; just read more.
Intrigued? That's just what the Australian state of Queensland is hoping for in its search for someone to fill "the best job in the world." The job will only last for six months, but Premier Paul Lucas and the Queensland government is hoping the buzz will attract more tourists during the economic downturn. He said, "Traditional tourism advertising just doesn't cut it sometimes and we are thinking outside the box by launching this campaign."
Everyone is welcome to apply for the job and applications will be accepted on Islandreefjob.com until Feb. 22. The pool of candidates will be narrowed to a small group of 11, and those best-job-in-the-world hopefuls will be flown to Hamilton Island in early May for a chance to impress. July 1 will be the first day on the job.