Wanted: candidates seeking the opportunity of a lifetime

6 Mar 2013 10:29 AMJann Stuckey

Monday, March 04, 2013

Queensland is on the lookout for candidates from around the globe seeking the opportunity of a lifetime – the job of a Park Ranger and a $100,000 salary and benefits package.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said Tourism and Events Queensland, in partnership with Tourism Australia, would offer one of six dream jobs as a tourism ambassador.

Each state involved has selected a “job” which showcases the particular state, and reflects the many and varied tourist experiences available throughout the country.

“The successful Queensland applicant will experience what life is like as a Park Ranger, exploring the state’s natural attractions and reporting back to a global audience,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Tourism Australia initiated the $4 million campaign, which builds upon Queensland’s internationally-acclaimed “Best Job in the World” promotion.

“It’s targeted at travellers between 18 and 30 years of age who are eligible for an Australian working holiday visa, and Australian residents are also invited to apply.”

Ms Stuckey said Queensland had always been a popular destination for international youth, with the State welcoming 650,000 international youth travellers in the year ended September 2012.

“What better place to take a gap year, be paid in Australian dollars, and experience Queensland’s vast natural wonderland,” she said.

“Our State boasts hundreds of national and marine parks and amazing nature-based tourism adventures. We are also home to the 2,300km long Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.”

Ms Stuckey said the many expected initial applicants would be narrowed down to a shortlist of 150, then further reduced to 18 finalists from whom the six winners would be chosen.

The successful Queensland applicant is expected to take up the position from 1 August.

Other participating states and territories are New South Wales, Victoria, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia.

[ENDS] 4 March 2013