Three Irish in the running for ‘best job in the world’

Three Irish people have been shortlisted from almost 350,000 entries across the globe for the “best job in the world”.

Richard Cullen, Allan Dixon, and Heber Hanly are amongst 150 candidates from 35 countries still in contention for Tourism Australia’s six dream jobs Down Under — wildlife caretaker in South Australia, chief funster in New South Wales, park ranger in Queensland, taste master in Western Australia, outback adventurer in Northern Territory, and lifestyle photographer in Melbourne, Victoria.

Applications for the global competition closed on Apr 10, with more than 600,000 expressions of interest submitted by close to 350,000 people from 196 countries. Entrants were asked to complete a 30-second video explaining why they should get the job, with the three Irish lads making the grade with their mix of snappy, witty, and imaginative entries.

Richard and Heber applied for the role of lifestyle photographer and Allan for outback adventurer. Each will now be asked to provide supporting job references which, if successful, would see them invited to a final assessment in Australia in mid-June, with the six successful job candidates announced on Jun 21.

The six jobs each come with a six-month salary package worth A$100,000 (€79,000) including living costs.

In 2009, Tourism Queensland ran a highly successful “best job in the world” competition for the chance to be an island caretaker on an island in the Great Barrier Reef.

Andrew McEvoy, the managing director with Tourism Australia, said he was delighted to see three people from Ireland progress to the final stages.

“The Irish entries are all fantastic. Now it’s time for the short listed contestants to show the Irish public what they’re made of. We’re looking for great storytellers, someone adventurous, inspiring — a person eager to jump into the role and soak up all Australia has to offer.”

The competition is part of a major international marketing push to promote tourism opportunities provided by Australia’s working holidaymaker programme.

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