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Are You Qualified For The Best Job in the World?

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


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 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.


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shydcgirl28 shydcgirl28 8 years
I am so qualified to lay around and swim all day and be on the computer blogging. Bring it on!
katiedid0985 katiedid0985 8 years
I so want this job, but I agree smiley there has to be some kind of catch. It can't be that good!
gemsera gemsera 8 years
I can only imagine its true. Hamilton island is beautiful, however I think you would be required to know how to swim at the very least, and it would be a shame to the job if it was given to someone without a diving license. Not only that, it would probably get boring (no friends, family unless you pay to take them with you), and very little to do unless your thing is partying with honeymooners and tourists. I'll save this sort of thing for when we go home (australia) and can do it at the weekends!
smileylo smileylo 8 years
sounds to like it would be some kind of reality TV show... out of millions of applications 11 people have been chosen to go to a dreamy island where they "interview" for the best job in the world... it's a matter of time before they mention that there would be cameras involved lol! anyway... if this was would be AMAZING!!!!
stephley stephley 8 years
I've got it all but the swimming!
hibiscus96818 hibiscus96818 8 years
I want this job!!! I actually tried to go to the website yesterday and it would not load. I tried it from my computer at work and my home laptop, but nothing :~( I don't know how to snorkel but I would learn real quick to qualify for this job!
Lilavati Lilavati 8 years
But I thought the best job in the world was mathematician... and I'm so close to graduating in math...
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
krae85 krae85 8 years
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I'm in!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
Oh my gosh....I may have to apply!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I saw this article yesterday. It sounds amazing. I just keep thinking there has to be a catch!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i would SO LOVE this job - even if it's just for 6 months - i'm great at blogging and i'm great at just relaxing on the beach.
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