In six months the chosen caretaker of the Great Barrier Reef can make close to 150,000 dollars , a coveted job offer by the Queensland Tourism company which will be hard to resist.
Queensland Tourism is offering an opportunity to work as the caretaker on Hamilton Island of the Great Barrier Reef with such a handsome salary.
AdvertisementCaretaking duties will not include litter-picking and sieving leaves and other detritus from the pool. The work would instead be more adventurous.
Island bosses insist that the eventual incumbent will be paid to explore the crannies - both on land and underwater - of 600 islands, and report back through a fortnightly Internet diary with photos and video.
The successful candidate will also get a rent-free 5m Australian dollars villa situated 80 metres up the ravine, overlooking the narrow azure channel where humpback whales migrate in September.
The villa includes two guest bedrooms and a spa pool deck. The distractions include the cacophony of cockatoos outside in the pine trees and the hum of the beer fridge.
The successful candidate will also get a golf buggy. The incumbent should also be accustomed to travel by powerboat, jet-ski and yacht.
"Everyone knows that the Great Barrier Reef exists but we've found that not many people know about the 600 islands you can visit," the Independent quoted the chief executive of Tourism Queensland, Anthony Hayes, as saying.
"So basically, this person will do as much they possibly can and tell the world about it. There are lots of jobs where you might earn a million dollars but life is very short and it's about living," he added.
The people interested in "the best job in the world" have until February 22 to apply at islandreefjob.com. They are suppose to submit a 60-second (or less) video clip explaining why they should get the job.
They must speak English and have "excellent communication skills", a "desire for adventure" and "passion for the outdoors".
The ten shortlisted candidates plus one wildcard, voted for online by the public, will then be invited to a four-day interview on May 3, on islands dotted along the Great Barrier Reef.
They will have to sail, dive, snorkel and perform a series of daunting tasks.