Welcome to the next installment from our Tourism Australia, Best Jobs in the World blog series. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been catching up with the lucky winners of the 6 Best Jobs in the World competition from last year, and this week, allow us to introduce you to Greg from Canada, who won the much sought after position of Wildlife Caretaker in South Australia. Here’s his story…
Six months ago I was on Copacabana Beach in Rio, trying to sort my life out. I never would have thought that come 2014 I would be swimming with Australian Sea Lions off Hopkins Island in 40 degree heat, in January! It is one of those moments when you think; wow is this for real, someone pinch me! When I applied for one of the Best Jobs in the World I honestly didn’t think I could ever win it, it was just fun to apply for, you know, in a ‘this would be cool’, ‘why not go for something crazy’ kind of way?
At the time, I was working as an adventure tour guide in South America. I led small group overland trips through Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Patagonia. It was a pretty awesome job and one I absolutely loved. That being said, it is full on, with no time off, no sick days, no down time. After 12 months this kind of lifestyle can becoming slightly draining. Getting paid to travel is awesome, but after 2 and half years it was time for a change. Enter Australia.
Shark Selfie! Image credit Greg Snell.