Applications open for the best jobs in the world

For most people, the drudgery of work is something to be endured rather than relished, but for a lucky few the words employment and enjoyment can sit happily in the same sentence. (Featured image by nigelhowe)

This is definitely set to be the case for the six winning candidates of what are being described as the “best jobs in the world”, with applications now open for the adventure-packed roles advertised by Australian Tourism.

Building on the success of the original competition in 2009, which saw Briton Ben Southall take up the post of Caretaker of the Great Barrier Reef, a role that attracted a staggering 34,000 applications, the latest round of vacancies are designed to entice young people into visiting the land Down Under.

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef. Image by latch.r

The range of roles includes Lifestyle Photographer in Melbourne, Outback Adventurer in the Northern Territory, Park Ranger in Queensland and Wildlife Caretaker in South Australia.

The vacancies are open to anyone aged between 18 and 30 in the UK and Ireland who is enthusiastic about taking on the challenges of one of the above roles.

“For many young people, Australia’s Working Holiday Maker visa programmes provide the economic means to fund travel plans,” said Andrew McEvoy, the managing director of Tourism Australia.

Australian outback

Australian outback. Image by lawmurray

“We recognise the high levels of youth unemployment in the UK and Ireland, and encourage young people from both countries to apply for one of the roles and to find out more about experiencing our country on a Working Holiday visa.”

Some of the more unusual roles in the line-up include ‘Chief Funster’ in New South Wales, a social commentator on the work of the tourist industry in the lead up to key events such as Mardi Gras and New Year’s Eve at Sydney Harbour.

New Year's Eve in Sydney

New Year’s Eve in Sydney. Image by jo3hug

The job of ‘The Taste Master’ in Western Australia may also attract its fair share of CVs, with those taking up the role spending their time blogging about sampling the best in Western Australian food, wine and more.

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Article by Alex Francis (116 posts)

Blogger and travel writer, I like my holidays either really cold or really hot. If I'm not flying down an icy mountain or relaxing on a scorching-hot beach, I'm not interested!