Four years ago, Tourism Australia launched a campaign called The Best Job in the World, in which they invited candidates to apply for a fantastic opportunity to live and work in Australia, as a highly paid care-taker of a tropical island in The Whitsundays. A massive 35,000 people applied, and the eventual winner was a British candidate, one Ben Southall. Ben has been literally living the dream, working on the island for four years, and now he is helping Tourism Australia to relaunch their next phase of the campaign – The Best Six Jobs in the World.
This new campaign is part of a $4 million youth tourism campaign to be launched in Cairns today. Each of the six jobs aims to highlight the very best tourist attributes of each Australian state. Each of the jobs comes with a six month salary package worth $100,000, including living costs, and Ben has agreed to star in a in a two-minute video to promote the campaign.
Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy said he was prepared for criticism that the idea for the new campaign was not original. He said: “You don’t have to reinvent the wheel,” he added: “The Best Job in the World was one of the great tourism marketing ideas of all time. We spoke to them about licensing that to us but expanding it and bringing in more commercial partners. If anything our industry walks away from great ideas too soon; I’m pleased and proud to say we have taken something developed in Queensland and made it national.
1. Chief Funster in Sydney – New South Wales
You’ll be based in Sydney and be responsible for checking out all the major tourist hot spots, PR events and industry functions, then you’ll have to report back via social media. You will also be called upon to assist behind the scenes at such events as the Sydney Festival, Mardi Gras and Vivid Festival, all leading up to the spectacular New Years Eve fireworks on Sydney Harbour.
2. Park ranger in Queensland
As the Park Ranger, it will be your job to make sure the flora and fauna of Queenslands park are protected, this includes the native plants and animals, rainforest walks, spectacular waterfalls. Ensure that the beaches remain untouched, preserve dinosaur fossils, indigenous culture and marine life. A real life time dream for native lovers.
3. Lifestyle photographer in Melbourne
Working with Time Out Melbourne, you should be already skilled in photography, videography, and will be expected to write features that can capture the essence of Melbourne’s unique lifestyle. Spend your days snapping Melbournes laneways, cool cafes, hidden rooftop bars, hot air ballooning, major festivals, music events and life beyond the city.
4. Wildlife Caretaker – South Australia
Want to spend your days waking up with kangeroos, swimming with sea lions, staring at great white sharks and assisting with conservation projects? This is the job for you. On Kangaroo Island you’ll converse with adorable wallabies and cute koalas and play with dolphins in the beautiful waters.
5. Outback adventurer – Northern Territory
If you have a real sense of adventure, consider applying for this job. Working as an outback adventurer, your tasks will include uncovering the best adventures, experiences and jobs for working holiday makers across the Northern Territory Australia’s Outback. Fancy sleeping under the stars in gorgeous landscapes? Then get your application in pronto!
6. Taste Master – Western Australia
Foodies will love this job, if you have a real passion for tasting and enjoying what you eat, check this out. You’ll be expected to search out Australia’s extraordinary produce from across Western Australia. master the art of wine tasting and discover what Western Australia has to offer.
If you want to apply for any one of these jobs, visit the Tourism Australia website – http://www.australia.com/best-jobs.aspx