Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Best job in world!

Australia offers 'best job in world' on paradise island

SYDNEY (AFP) — An Australian state has launched a global search for candidates for "the best job in the world" -- earning a top salary for lazing around a beautiful tropical island for six months.

The job pays 150,000 Australian dollars (105,000 US dollars) and includes free airfares from the successful applicant's home country to Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland's state government announced on Tuesday.

In return, the "island caretaker" will be expected to stroll the white sands, soak up the sun, snorkel the reef, "maybe clean the pool" -- and report to a global audience via weekly blogs, photo diaries and video updates.

The winner, who will stay rent-free in a multi-million dollar three-bedroom beach home complete with plunge pool and golf buggy, must be an excellent communicator and be able to speak and write English.

"They'll also have to talk to media from time to time about what they're doing so they can't be too shy and they'll have to love the sea, the sun, the outdoors," said acting state Premier Paul Lucas.

"The fact that they will be paid to explore the islands of the Great Barrier Reef, swim, snorkel and generally live the Queensland lifestyle makes this undoubtedly the best job in the world."

Lucas said the campaign was part of a drive to protect the state's 18 billion Australian dollar a year tourism industry during the tough economic climate caused by the global financial meltdown.

While the campaign has elements of some reality television shows, a candidate's looks will not be a prime requirement, Tourism Queensland chief executive Anthony Hayes told AFP.

"No, I don't think beautiful is what we want, I think charismatic is what we want," he said. "The reality is we are looking for a fantastic communicator.

"What we want this person to do is travel throughout the Great Barrier Reef and just try every experience, every adventure they can find and report back via blogs and video to tell the world why Queensland is a great place to come for a holiday."

Tourism Minister Desley Boyle said some people might question whether it was risky to let an unknown person become an unofficial tourism spokesperson for the state.
"I think the biggest risk will be that the successful candidate won't want to go home at the end of the six months," she said.

"This is a legitimate job which is open to anyone and everyone."
Applications are open until February 22. Eleven shortlisted candidates will be flown to Hamilton Island in early May for the final selection process and the six month contract will commence on July 1.
Job-seekers can apply on .
On the Net: · Islandreefjob.com: http://www.islandreefjob.com/en/

Επιστάτης σε νησί: η καλύτερη δουλειά του κόσμου!

800.000 υποψήφιοι για την «καλύτερη δουλειά στον κόσμο» Οι περισσότερες αιτήσεις προέρχονται από το Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο και τις ΗΠΑ

Πάνω από 800.000 άτομα από όλο τον κόσμο ενδιαφέρθηκαν για την «καλύτερη δουλειά του κόσμου». Το ενδιαφέρον ήταν τόσο μεγάλο με αποτέλεσμα να διακοπεί η λειτουργία της ιστοσελίδας που δέχεται τις αιτήσεις.

Μεταξύ των 200 ατόμων που έχουν ήδη στείλει και ένα προσωπικό βίντεο με τα προσόντα τους, είναι ένα χρυσός Ολυμπιονίκης από την Ελβετία και ένας νεαρός από τη Βρετανία. Σύμφωνα με τον Οργανισμό Τουρισμού του Queensland που κάνει την σχετική καμπάνια θα επιλεγούν έντεκα άτομα από όλο τον κόσμο από τα οποία θα γίνει η πρόσληψη του φροντιστή του Hamilton Island.

Ο ετήσιος μισθός θα είναι περίπου 75.000 ευρώ και το άτομο που θα προσληφθεί θα έχει δωρεάν παραμονή στο τροπικό νησί σε βίλα με τρία υπνοδωμάτια και πισίνα, με βασικά καθήκοντα το κολύμπι, τις καταδύσεις και την ιστιοπλοΐα.
Επίσης, θα ταΐζει τα σπάνια ψάρια της περιοχής, θα φροντίζει το ταχυδρομείο του νησιού, θα δημιουργήσει ένα blog, ένα φωτογραφικό ημερολόγιο, και υλικό video για να προσελκύσει τουρίστες στο νησί.

Το νησί βρίσκεται στο σύμπλεγμα τροπικών νησιών Whitsunday Islands ανοιχτά των ακτών του Queensland. Σημειώνεται ότι το νησάκι έχει ζεστή θερμοκρασία όλο το χρόνο και διαθέτει, γαλάζιο ουρανό, κρυστάλλινα νερά και καθαρές αμμουδιές.

www.kathimerini.gr με πληροφορίες από ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

18 comments:

Presbyterian Gal said...

I wonder if the wildfires there now will affect this contest.

the donG said...

the second to the last photo is so enticing. who would not want to be there?

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Presbyterian Gal. No fires there. The contest is going on very well!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

The donG. It's a temtation indeed!

Cheryl said...

Wow, what a fantastic opportunity! Did you enter the contest?

Lakshmi said...

i did read this in the local papers here and wondered what a dream opportunity it would be

Adamantia said...

Sorry guys, I just got the job!

cook said...

μια χαρα δουλεια...τι δουλεια...παραδεισος...αρκει να εχω και καλή παρεα βεβαιως :)

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Cheryl. I'm considering the to enter the contest, provided I have you as my assistant!!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Lakshmi. What are you waiting for? Fill your application!!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Adamantia. Congratulations. Consider us as perspective assistants!!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

cook. Εσύ πιάσε τη δουλειά και θα ροθύμε μαζί σου Αναστασία!!

chubskulit said...

Hello Philip, thank you so much once again for featuring us in your blogs' sidebar..

Happy Valentine's Day! How's the celebration there?

joops said...

I wouldn't mind living there but what is the catch for the dram job?

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Chubskulit. Hello Rose, I thank you for your kindness.Happy Valentine's Day! The celebration here is going well with a lot of flowers, gifts and parties!!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Joops. I suport your application Joops. I have already sent a recommendation letter for you!!
Happy Valentine's Day!

pDogg said...

Awesome vidy mate! Here's my best try with a cool rock song:
http://www.islandreefjob.com/#/applicants/watch/kQzXTMfDLpA

Phivos Nicolaides said...

pDogg. Than you very much for your kind comment!