Six of the ‘best jobs in the world’ go up for grabs down under

If you fancy being paid €78,000 to be a ‘chief funster’ then you had better dust off your CV, as Australia is now hiring.

Following on from the ‘best job in the world’ competition in 2009, which led to Englishman Ben Southall securing a position as caretaker of the Great Barrier Reef’s Hamilton Island, Tourism Australia has now advertised six similar roles.

For example, you could put yourself in the running for chief funster for New South Wales, based in Sydney.

“You will assist to develop events all over the state including food festivals, lifestyle, sports, cultural, entertainment and arts events,” according to the advertisement. “Work behind the scenes of Sydney Festival, Mardi Gras and Vivid Festival, all leading up to the spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks on Sydney Harbour.”

Pretty nifty work when you consider that €78,000 package for six month’s ‘work’ which primarily seems to consist of tweeting about your party-going experiences.

If that doesn’t suit, there is also a six month contract as ‘taste master’ in western Australia, or as the job spec puts it: “eat your way around the state”.

“You will tour the best restaurants, wineries, breweries, pubs and lobster eateries, while also heading off the beaten path to catch some of the freshest seafood on our undiscovered coastline,” the blurb adds. “You’ll also master the art of wine and beer making along with discovering finest indigenous delicacies.”

Don’t fancy Sydney? Fine, have a bash at being a lifestyle photographer in Melbourne, where you’ll work as a photojournalist for Time Out Melbourne documenting the wonders of the state of Victoria.

Then there’s park ranger in Queensland, where your duties would include checking the water temperature, beach patrols and plenty of rainforest walks, or the job of wildlife caretaker in Southern Australia, which includes monitoring Kangaroo Island and “playing with dolphins in crystal clear waters”.

Finally, there’s the job which might present slightly more of a challenge, that of outdoor adventurer in Northern Territory: “sleep under the stars in a bush camp, soar across postcard-worthy landscapes in a hot air balloon, immerse yourself in indigenous culture, taste traditional bushfoods and gaze upon breathtaking sunsets at Uluru.”

Given that 35,000 applied for the job eventually secured by Southall, the competition will be tough for the jobs, each of which come with a salary of Aus$50,00 and an additional Aus$50,000 living expenses.

Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy is encouraging people from Ireland and the UK to apply. He shouldn’t have any trouble attracting candidates.

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