Top candidates in the running for best job in the world
WHAT do a biologist, a graphic designer, a photographer, ecologist and comedian all have in common?
Well, they're all in the mix of the 25 shortlisted candidates for Queensland's Best Job in the World "park ranger" position.
Tourism minister Jann Stuckey said the top 25 candidates for the Queensland job came from 14 countries across the globe including the US, France, Kazakhstan, the UK, Germany, Finland, South Africa, Italy, Hong Kong, Netherlands Antilles, Spain, Canada, Belgium and Australia.
"More than 100,000 expressions of interest were received for Queensland's Best Job in the World "park ranger" position, with almost 10,000 video applications uploaded for consideration by the judges," Ms Stuckey said.
"The large amount of interest in the Queensland job demonstrates the state's appeal as a tourism destination amongst international youth travellers."
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.
Ms Stuckey said each state and territory was offering a "Best Job in the World" as a prize.
"I understand Tourism Australia's assessors had a tough time determining the top 25 shortlist and it came down to the motivation, professionalism and creativity of the applicants and their fit for the 'park ranger' job," she said.
"The candidates will now be tasked with demonstrating why they deserve the job, sourcing supportive job references and publicity to support their applications."
Ms Stuckey said the successful candidate for Queensland's Best Job in the World "park ranger" would work alongside experienced guides and tourism operators to showcase the state's natural assets to the world through blogging, photography and social media activities.
"Queensland boasts hundreds of national and marine parks, with amazing nature-based tourism experiences. The successful candidate will have enviable tasks such as exploring the underwater wonderland of the Great Barrier Reef and learning from the custodians of the world's oldest rainforest," she said.
The top 25 will be narrowed down to a final shortlist of three candidates who will travel to Queensland to take part in the final selection process.
The successful candidate will be announced June 21.