Queensland’s ‘Best Job’ Park Ranger finalists arrive for final challenge

21 Jun 2013 4:36 PMJann Stuckey

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The final three candidates for Queensland’s Best Job, the ‘Park Ranger’, were today welcomed to the State by Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey as they complete their applications and embark on a final quest for the dream job.

The ‘Best Jobs in the World’ is a Tourism Australia campaign targeting global youth travellers, involving six of the country’s state and territory tourism organisations, including Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ).

Ms Stuckey said the Queensland finalists, who came from France, Hong Kong and Scotland, would spend the next four days undertaking a series of tailored ‘Park Ranger’ challenges which form the final stage of the recruitment process.

“The challenges will assess the candidates’ aptitude for the job as well as their social media, presentation and communication skills, whilst also showcasing the State’s tourism attractions,” Ms Stuckey said.

“From nature-based adventures involving treetop rope climbs and Tarzan swings and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, to orienteering, and abseiling the banks of the Brisbane River, the candidates will have to put their skills to the test.”

Ms Stuckey said more than 100,000 expressions of interest and almost 10,000 applications were received for the ‘Park Ranger’ role.

“The final three candidates bring a diversity of skills to the role including degrees in ecology and political sciences, as well as performing arts and online marketing talents,” she said.

“In the months leading up to their arrival they conducted hundreds of media interviews, developed strong social media followings and sourced high-profile endorsements from wildlife filmmakers, pop stars and environmental groups.

“They have proven their passion for Queensland, performed as great ambassadors for the State and I wish them luck as they embark on the final stage of this selection process.”

The ‘Best Jobs in the World’ is one of many initiatives supported by the Newman Government through TEQ and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) to grow eco-tourism opportunities and assist in reaching the Government’s goal of doubling annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.

The successful candidate for Queensland’s Best Job ‘Park Ranger’ will be announced in Sydney on Friday 21 June, and is expected to take up their six month contract from August.

The successful candidate will have the enviable task of exploring Queensland’s natural attractions including the world’s oldest rainforest, largest coral reef and ancient fossil sites, and then report back on their experiences.

TEQ has worked with the State’s regional tourism organisations, Adventure Queensland, QPWS and industry to develop an itinerary which incorporates an array of adventure and nature-based tourism experiences throughout the State.

Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ competition builds on Queensland’s internationally-acclaimed 2009 Best Job in the World campaign.

It is part of a major international marketing push to promote tourism opportunities provided by Australia’s Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program.

To subscribe to media daily updates, including vision and images, visit www.bestjobsintheworldmedia.com (external site)

[ENDS] 15 June 2013