In Sydney, Australia, a job advertisement in a major newspaper is offering 150,000 Australian dollars ($100,000 US) for an island caretaker. The duties listed include lazing around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for six months and blogging.
The tourist website’s blog billed it as the “Best Job in the World” and one lucky candidate will spend a lot of time lounging around Hamilton Island and updating the blog. Among the perks are free room and board in an ocean front luxury villa, combing white sand beaches, swimming, and snorkeling.
The job initiative, sponsored by Tourism Whitsundays, is part of a AU$1.7 million project to increase tourism to the area.
Thousands of applications are expected and due by February 22, 2009. The only skills required are creativity and the ability to post photos and videos on a weekly blog. The URL for submitting applications is http://www.islandreefjob.com
I had a similar government job once, except the pay was low and the sandy beaches were sawdust covered warehouse floors; most of the swimming and snorkeling took place under an avalanche of red tape and bureaucracy. The only perk was a tiny renegade mouse named Pepino. Pepino was a trusty scout among his peers and knew the Backplanes of every PC in the office. He and his friends would run around the inside of desks and filing cabinets at night stealing pretzels and trail mix.