The Best Job In The World Can Be YOURS!

The Best Job In The World Can Be YOURS!

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The Australian state of Queensland is now taking applications for "the best job in the world": Being paid huge sums of money to lounge around a Pacific island paradise.

The state is looking for a "caretaker" for Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, the government announced yesterday. The job lasts six months and requires no formal qualifications, and will eat up about 12 hours a month - yes, that's 12 hours each month - involving such chores as feeding fish and collecting the mail.

But that's not all. During off-hours, the employee will be allowed, and expected, to swim, snorkel, dive and sail in the warm, crystal-clear waters. The successful applicant will live rent-free in a three-bedroom villa with its own pool, in case he or she gets tired of splashing around in the sun-drenched Pacific I suppose, and will earn - get this - $105,000 for doing it.

"It doesn't sound too bad, does it?" asked Tourism Queensland Chief Executive Anthony Hayes. "We are looking for someone to tell the stories of the Great Barrier Reef and we have come up with what we think is the dream job." And therein lies the catch, albeit a tiny one: Whoever gets the job will have to maintain a blog, a photo diary and post video updates detailing his or her time on the island. There will also be occasional interviews with the media, added Queensland Premier Paul Lucas, "So they can't be too shy."

"There are hundreds of islands scattered along the Great Barrier Reef," Hayes continued. "We are looking for someone who can go and explore all the different islands, then report back to the world on what they see. We need a special person. They are going to be pretty busy having a good time."

Applications in the form of online video submissions are being taken at islandreefjob.com until February 22. On May 10, ten potential candidates and one "wildcard" chosen by visitors to the Tourism Queensland website, will be invited to the islands for a four-day final interview process. Predictably, the massive influx of applications has brought the site to its knees; an estimated 850,000 people tried to access it on Monday, leading to crashes and slowdowns, and Hayes himself said, "I'm having to beat my staff off with a stick at the moment because most of them want to apply too."

Sources: BBC, Yahoo! News

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The mere thought that someone will have this job for a year makes me smile with satisfaction.

Insanity. Considering the current temperature here in good old Chicago (what's that? sub zero temps again tonight??) the amount of jealousy I currently feel for whoever wins this is immense.

Honestly though, any job, even a "dream" job, has work attached to it. Rare is the job where you don't have to do at least something you are obligated to do but don't necessarily want to. This job, on some level, is probably going to be no different.

But it still sounds pretty neat.

I think I've just found my graduate job :p

fsanch:
Insanity. Considering the current temperature here in good old Chicago (what's that? sub zero temps again tonight??) the amount of jealousy I currently feel for whoever wins this is immense.

Honestly though, any job, even a "dream" job, has work attached to it. Rare is the job where you don't have to do at least something you are obligated to do but don't necessarily want to. This job, on some level, is probably going to be no different.

But it still sounds pretty neat.

I heard about that weather from my friend. He lives in Downers Grove.

Anyway, a dreamjob will always have work, but it's not that much. I'm definitely applying.

sounds to good to be true...

~tries to apply~

The first idea I had when I read this was a highly paid freeloader, but this is amazingly close to that...

sounds more like a reality TV show than a 'job'. That said, it also sounds AWESOME.

page won't load =[ lol

Best job in the world? Id like to be a paid beta tester more :P

I'm already working on my application for this. Of course the weather is not cooperating with what I want to do now...

HOLY SHIT, i need to blackmail Micheal Attckinson to get that job

sucks for me, I hate hot weather :D

Taawus:
Best job in the world? Id like to be a paid beta tester more :P

That's insane. You could get this job and be an unpaid beta tester for a lot of games. Seriously, I love video games, but who would pick video games over something like this?

Damn it people! I knew about this days ago but it keeps getting posted all over the internet, increasing traffic on the application site, making it harder for me to apply.
Awesome job though, I'll let you know how it is when I'm out there in June, when the position starts. ;-)

I live in America and I have SATs to worry about so this is out of the question for me "sobs."

Here in Madison, we have a wind chill advisory that started at noon today, and is predicted to last until late Friday night.

Want. This. Job.

wow, they weren't lying. i swear if i didn't have to study i'd drop what i have in my hands and go there... NOW.

This is not the best job ever.
Being a professional lego modeler is the best.
Ah what i'd give for that job!

Canebrake:
This is not the best job ever.
Being a professional lego modeler is the best.
Ah what i'd give for that job!

You work 12 hours a month, you can bring your own and spend most of your time doing that anyway.

Me wanty, me wanty lots. And wasn't there another thread about this?

Clemenstation:
sounds more like a reality TV show than a 'job'. That said, it also sounds AWESOME.

Me thinks I smell hidden cameras.

Would I have company in the form of beautiful Aussie ladies? If so, I demand that I be given this job!

I wish the occupation was permanent, And for me. My high school reunion would be pretty funny.

I just hope someone who actually needs it and not some activist veggie eating, peta loving hippie will get it. Like a Computer Science student or something.

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If the Australian government can pay for this, either everyone in Australia is fucking rich or you guys just have no social problems.
How I envy you.

Ronwue:
I just hope someone who actually needs it and not some activist veggie eating, peta loving hippie will get it. Like a Computer Science student or something.

Yes!! I decree that only Comp Sci students are eligible! So there.... :D

Man, it's just like same way as winning lottos.

Australia!
I love that country, seriously I want to retire there. Sadly as much as I would like to live and blog from there I have a problem with updates as my own blog (if it could talk) would tell you. So I'd fail at the job

Allow me to rain on everyone's parade by proposing the following - would it not be more ethical to offer this job first to an Aboriginal individual or family?

You're welcome.

 

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