I am applying for a job in Australia

  • Timbales

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    Jan 13, 2009 3:17 PM GMT
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090113/od_afp/lifestyleaustraliatourismoffbeat_20090113032028

    [quote]SYDNEY (AFP) – An Australian state is offering internationally what it calls "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 winner'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, snorkel the reef, take care of "a few minor tasks" -- and report to a global audience via weekly blogs, photo diaries and video updates.

    The successful applicant, who will stay rent-free in a three-bedroom beach home complete with plunge pool and golf buggy, must be a good swimmer, 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.

    "Traditional tourism advertising just doesn't cut it sometimes and we are thinking outside the box by launching this campaign."

    Queensland 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.[/quote]

    I'll need a 50 gallon drum of sunblock, but it would be worth it.
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    Jan 13, 2009 3:20 PM GMT
    I already checked into that job. The article didnt mention that Pattison will be your boss. ... icon_eek.gif ... I suddenly remembered that I had to wash my hair the day of the interview. ... icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 13, 2009 5:09 PM GMT
    Do you get tiger sharks as unwanted pets? icon_eek.gif
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    Jan 13, 2009 5:12 PM GMT
    Thanks Timberoo! I just sent my application. I love Australia. icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 13, 2009 7:18 PM GMT
    I applied, I can already dive, been to hamilton countless times, know gawd knows how many species of fish, can handle a camera and be articulate icon_biggrin.gif

    Ugh I could do that job!
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    Jan 13, 2009 7:38 PM GMT
    lilTanker saidI applied, I can already dive, been to hamilton countless times, know gawd knows how many species of fish, can handle a camera and be articulate icon_biggrin.gif

    Ugh I could do that job!

    ok, now I might be interested in working there again ... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 13, 2009 11:13 PM GMT
    Problem is you report to Minister Martin Ferguson, who is a totally wank head assclown.

    And you would have to watch Nicole Kidman "act" in Australiaicon_eek.gif
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    Jan 13, 2009 11:17 PM GMT
    cronker saidProblem is you report to Minister Martin Ferguson, who is a totally wank head assclown.

    And you would have to watch Nicole Kidman "act" in Australiaicon_eek.gif

    Bitch you better not be hating on Nicole or I will crush you between my thunderously large thighs!!! icon_evil.gif
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    Jan 13, 2009 11:18 PM GMT
    I was once recruited for a project in which, although the working conditions would be miserable, I was promised an equal amount of time to relax on an Australian beach. Then I found out that in fact, the beach in question, like quite a lot of Australia's beaches was in Antarctica...
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    May 06, 2009 11:15 AM GMT
    UPDATE: Briton wins ‘best job in the world’ on island

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30593497/
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    May 06, 2009 12:48 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidI was once recruited for a project in which, although the working conditions would be miserable, I was promised an equal amount of time to relax on an Australian beach. Then I found out that in fact, the beach in question, like quite a lot of Australia's beaches was in Antarctica...


    Urghhh which of these 'quite a lot of beaches' are in Antarctica,icon_question.gif I've lived here my whole life and have yet to see any ice anywhere near our coastline???