Help Wanted: $100,000 to Be Island Caretaker

Tourism Queensland touts "world's best job."

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Looking for work? How about six months of island caretaking (i.e. tourism promoting) on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef--and a six-figure paycheck?

Yes, it's real. And yes, it's got everything to do with publicity. The "Best Job in the World" campaign is meant to "highlight the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef and showcase Australia's own unique Island experience to the global market," according to Tourism Queensland CEO Anthony Hayes.

The site is here, but it seems to be inundated at the moment. This is Tourism Queensland's site.

The details on this job (aside from the $104,000 or so in pay) include round-trip airfare, free accomodations (in a three bedroom house), travel insurance to go along with plenty of travel, and a highly public role.

The role itself: "The successful applicant will be required to report back on their adventures to Tourism Queensland headquarters in Brisbane (and the rest of the world) via weekly blogs, photo diary, video updates and ongoing media interviews," according to the tourism organization.

The agency says it is looking for strong communicators who can speak and write in English, and says applicants should be adventurous, willing to try new things, passionate about the outdoors, and a good swimmer who enjoys snorkeling/diving.

Update: Interested applicants need to submit videos to


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