Jan 14, 2009

A Job as an Advertising Tool

It is being advertised as "the best job in the world" and depending on your ideal lifestyle it may well be the case. It is really a dream job for nature-oriented people: it pays around 100K and some of your duties are to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef, feed ocean fish and live in luxury accommodation.

It sounds too good to be true, I know, but this one is for real. Tourism Queensland is looking for someone to spend six months immersed in the culture and beauty of Hamilton and promoting its tourism to a global audience via weekly blogs, photo diaries and video updates.

Other duties include feeding ocean fish, cleaning a pool and collecting deliveries of mail that arrive by plane but the employee is also required to go scuba diving, snorkeling and hiking and to enjoy at least 25 nearby island resorts. S/he will also be provided with accommodation in a luxury three-bedroom house and transportation to and from the island.

It is a very interesting advertising/marketing move that also shows the power of the "new" (not so new, really) media, like blogs and vlogs.

I am sure they will have thousands (if not millions) of applications, specially considering they are advertising the job in 18 countries including the United States and China. The job by itself will draw attention to the island and the Coral Reef and once someone is selected I am sure the vlog will get some attention too.

If you think about it, not so far ago, to do something like this you would need a TV crew and a TV channel interested in airing it as a show. Now, all you need is a domain, some good programming, a reliable server and someone that wants to spend some months there.

I love to blog and I am little by little getting into editing video, but I am not an island person, (I love big cities and fast pace, South Florida is as slow as I can take. So I am not applying..., even though this may be the ideal job for the hubby: being him from Puerto Rico, he LOVES the idea of living in an island, fishing, snorkeling and you know having that kind of relaxed lifestyle.

If you are interested, you will be happy to know that no skills or experience are required for the job that starts in July and there is no age requirement. They are looking for someone who "is dynamic, charismatic and interested in the world of barrier reefs," said Shana Pereira, Tourism Queensland's Regional Director for the Americas. The other small requirement is that you have to be an excellent communicator and be able to speak and write English.

Applications are open until February 22. Eleven shortlisted candidates will be flown to Hamilton Island in early May for the final selection process and the six month contract will commence on July 1. If you are interested in applying, just go here. Now if I were you I wouldn't send this resume!

(Warning: yesterday the site was down, my guess is that it was due to high traffic, but today it seems to work fine)

Thanks Odra for sending the info!


Anonymous said...

There is no way in hell that you would ever take that job. Nature, no cities, no concrete, lots of water and beaches. But for sure lots of people would love that opportunity.

San said...

You are totally right... Too much nature for me!