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Friday, January 16, 2009

Good lazy job vacancy

Hamilton Island. Queensland, Australia

Position: Island caretaker. Duties: Lazing around Australia's Great Barrier Reef for six months. Salary: 150,000 Australian dollars($123,000).

It sounds too good to be true, but it's for real.

Billing it the "Best Job in the World," Australian tourism officials say they are seeking one lucky person to spend six months relaxing on Hamilton Island, part of a $1.1-million campaign to publicize the charms of northeastern Queensland state, to boost the country's Whitsunday Islands, while promoting the destination on a blog.

The job is still genuine at the time of posting this article here. Applications are open until Feb. 22 2009. The job begins July 1. Applicants must submit a 60-second video application, and 11 finalists will be flown from their home countries to Hamilton Island in May for the final selection process.

More than a million unique visitors logging onto the website that advertises the gig since it was posted Monday 12 January 2009. One Queensland woman's video shows her walking into a tattoo parlour and walking out with an apparent tattoo on her arm that reads, "I (heart) islands of the Great Barrier Reef." A woman in Greece promises - via a scroll of words across the screen - to wash all of Australia's laundry and even clean up up after the kangaroos. Another video shows a woman standing on a street belting out an original song. Some applicants simply stare at the camera and beg.

In exchange for the plush salary, free accommodation in an oceanfront villa and airfare from the winner's home country, the employee will be required to stroll the island's white sand beaches, snorkel, maybe take a dip in the pool - and post photos and videos of his or her experiences on a weekly blog. VIA

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