Do you remember the Best Job in the World campaign from 2009? The one that offered one lucky individual the chance to get paid £70,000 to live on a tropical island in the Great Barrier Reef somewhere off the coast of Queensland.
The only requirements being that the successful candidate must be — and this is important — willing to swim, snorkel, dive and sail. In whichever order they want. Whenever they want.
Sounds great, right? Well imagine if it was back. But instead of one job for one person on one island, there are six jobs, in six states, for six people.
Well, it’s back.
Tourism Australia has six incredible jobs up for grabs – each with a six-month contract and salary package worth AUD $100,000 (£65k). If you’re successful, you could be paid to live a life most people can only dream of, working in one of six extraordinary areas of Australia.
Your daily duties could include waking-up kangaroos, taste-testing boutique beer and wine, patrolling pristine beaches or sleeping in a swag under the stars in the Outback.
Coming up, we’ll tell you exactly how you could be spending your days down under, if you land one of the Best Jobs in the World.
Swimming with Sea Lions, Baird Bay, South Australia
Here’s some more information about the jobs…
Chief Funster, New South Wales
Listen up social butterflies and fun junkies – Sydney is on the hunt for a Chief Funster.
Harbourlights, Sydney, New South Wales
Nowhere knows how to party like Sydney, and part of your job will be assisting putting on some of the state’s biggest and boldest parties, festivals and events.
Based in Sydney, you’ll be a VIP at the swankiest soirées in the state; working behind the scenes at the Mardi Gras, the Sydney Festival and — the biggest party of them all — the massive New Year’s Eve fire-works on Sydney Harbour.
Outback Adventurer, Northern Territory
If you’re desk bound and dreaming of wide open spaces, imagine soaring across the Australian Outback in a hot air balloon. That’s just an average day in the office for the Outback Adventurer.
Uluru, Northern Territory
The winner of this intrepid post will feel the breeze in their hair every day, as they roam around the Northern Territory’s radiant and robust landscapes.
The role is to unearth the best adventures and experiences for working holiday makers, like watching the sun set over Uluru, or sampling traditional bush food like green ants – which taste a bit like lime sherbet, in case you were wondering.
Park Ranger, Queensland
Hiking through ancient rainforests, scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, testing the water at spectacular waterfalls. Wait, is this a job?
Yes it is – and Mother Nature is your boss.
Lizard Island, Queensland
As a Park Ranger, your job is to work across Queensland’s national parks, protecting and promoting Australia’s natural wilderness.
All that’s required is an adventurous spirit, a love of the great outdoors and a connection with nature. And maybe some sunscreen. After all, Queensland is famous for its sunny days.
Wildlife Caretaker, South Australia
Like a zoo without fences, Kangaroo Island is a wildlife haven for some of the country’s cutest and quirkiest native species.
As Wildlife Caretaker, your job is to get better acquainted with the wildlife and educate visitors about Kangaroo Island’s remarkable ecosystem.
Swimming with Sea Lions, Baird Bay, South Australia
Of course, no two days in ‘the office’ will be the same. Monday could include swimming with dolphins, Tuesdays could be spent sunbathing beside seals and Wednesday nights could see you monitoring Kangaroo Island’s little penguin colony.
Lifestyle Photographer, Melbourne
Working as a lifestyle snapper with Time Out magazine, this role will use your standout photography, film and writing skills to showcase all the coolest things this sizzling state has to offer.
Hosier Lane, Melbourne, Victoria
Find out how Victorians live, eat, drink, play and escape. A typical day could see you exploring Melbourne’s hip laneways, visiting hidden rooftop bars or reviewing a music festival.
Plus, you’ll be required to take regular jaunts out of the city to sniff out fun stuff like surfing along the Great Ocean Road or skiing at Mt Hotham.
Taste Master, Western Australia
Western Australia is famous for produce, gastronomic cuisine and world-class vineyards and your job – should you choose to accept it – is to promote it.
All you need is a set of tastebuds.
Xanadu, Margaret River, Western Australia
A day in the life of a Taste Master could involve touring the state’s restaurants, pubs, wineries or breweries to quaff boutique beer and wine, or sample rock lobsters and black truffles.
Another day could see you working alongside master winemakers and brewers.
You’ll even get to discover indigenous delicacies – tukka that Aboriginal people have
survived on for thousands of years.
What else is included with the jobs?
Yes, it’s true… the six lucky candidates who secure these positions will be paid a salary of AUD$50,000, with another $50,000 thrown in for allowances to cover you’re accommodation and travel.
All you have to cough up is the cost of meals, beverages, utilities such as water, electricity, telephone and personal items.
While you’re in Australia you’ll fly around in style with Virgin Australia and get set up with a Citibank Plus Account. Keep your mates and the world up to speed on social media with your brand spanking new DELL XPS 12, which combines the performance of an ultrabook with the ease-of-use of a Windows 8 touch tablet.
We think you’ll agree, it’s a pretty good package!
How do you apply?
Simply visit Australia.com/bestjobs and submit your details online, or through the Facebook app.
Then, create and upload a video in English in 30 seconds or less, explaining why you’re the best person for the job, and why there’s nothing like Australia.
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Applications are open to anyone over 18, who is eligible to work in Australia. Check here to make sure you qualify.