TITLE: [APPLY+PARTICIPATE] Island Reef Job – The Best Job In The World
About the Job
The Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef is a newly created position. There are a few minor tasks that need to be taken care of, but the most important duty is to report back to Tourism Queensland (and the world) and let us know what’s taking place on the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.
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Below the water, you’ll find a World Heritage Listed natural wonder – the Great Barrier Reef. And above, the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef offer an abundance of wildlife to appreciate and activities to enjoy. The Island Caretaker will be based on Hamilton Island – the largest inhabited island in the region. It’s located just off the coast of Queensland with a wide range of restaurants, activities, shops and tours. The temperature is warm all year round and the combination of blue skies, crystal water and pure sands forms the backdrop to an ideal island life.
Terms & Conditions
The following conditions must be satisfied and agreed to in order for your application to be accepted.
1. You must be 18 years of age or over as at 1st January 2009.
2. The successful applicant will be required to undertake activities and tasks which require excellent physical and mental health. Therefore, if shortlisted you must submit to physical and psychological examinations by Tourism Queensland selected medical professionals and meet all physical and psychological requirements.
3. You must be of good moral character and not be under the influence of any medication, drugs or other substance which may impair your ability to undertake your employment responsibilities. By applying for this position, you authorise Tourism Queensland to conduct civil, criminal, financial, driver-history and other background checks deemed necessary by Tourism Queensland.
4. You must be willing to be employed by Tourism Queensland or its nominee, for a period of six months pursuant to an employment agreement and otherwise act in accordance with the reasonable directions of Tourism Queensland during the employment period.
5. If you are shortlisted by Tourism Queensland for an interview, you must be willing and able to travel to Queensland for approximately one week to be interviewed at a time as scheduled by Tourism Queensland for the final selection process. Interviews are expected to occur in early May 2009. Economy travel (return to and from the interview destination and the airport in your closest capital city) and hotel accommodation (in Australia) will be arranged and paid for by Tourism Queensland. Tourism Queensland recommends that all shortlisted interviewees obtain comprehensive travel insurance (at their own expense) prior to attending interviews.
6. Applicants must be eligible for a short term business visa to Australia for the interview event and a Temporary Business Long Stay visa for the employment period. For business visa information visit http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled.
7. You must be willing to participate in a formal interview and various activities during the interview process. Activities may include team challenges, physical, skill based and aptitude tests.
8. Tourism Queensland shall be entitled to use your application, name, likeness, appearance, voice and biographical information for its promotional and publicity purposes.
9. Your involvement in the selection process and your employment is entirely at your own risk. You agree to release Tourism Queensland and its nominees, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, and all others connected with the selection process and your employment, from any and all claims, actions, damages, liabilities, losses, costs and expenses, in any way arising out of or resulting from your involvement in the selection process and your employment, including, without limitation, any and all claims, actions, and liabilities for injury, loss or damage to you, to anyone else or to any property, regardless of whether or not such injury, loss or damage was caused by the negligence or misconduct of Tourism Queensland, its nominees or any of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives or employees, or anyone else connected with the selection process and your employment. You agree to indemnify Tourism Queensland and its nominees and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, and all others connected with the project and hold them harmless from any and all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, expenses and losses (including, without limitation, legal fees) of any kind or nature whatsoever in any way caused by or arising out of your involvement in the selection process and your employment.
10. Shortlisted candidates will behave in an appropriate and professional manner as befitting their potential representation of Tourism Queensland.
11. Any inappropriate, illegal or immoral behaviour on the part of the shortlisted candidates will result in immediate exclusion from the selection process.
12. All applicants will be subscribed to receive email communications from Tourism Queensland.
13. The closing date for applications is 22nd February 2009, however this date may be brought forward at Tourism Queensland’s discretion should more than 30,000 applications be received.
The successful applicant will be required to enter into an employment agreement incorporating the following conditions. All applicants must confirm their acceptance of these conditions.
1. You must be available for a six month employment period from 1 July 2009 to 31 December 2009. However if unforeseen circumstances arise you may withdraw from the employment contract after a minimum of 3 months, in which case the salary will be paid pro rata up until employment ceases. It is an employment requirement that you are to reside in Queensland, Australia for the extent of your employment under this contract.
2. You are responsible for making any necessary arrangements with your employer and family in anticipation of an extended absence from home.
3. Employment responsibilities will include the following:
· Providing weekly internet updates/blogs;
· Travel to various Islands of the Great Barrier Reef as required;
· Represent Tourism Queensland at various functions;
· Be an Islands of the Great Barrier Reef ‘Ambassador’ and participate in media interviews as required;
· Act responsibly at all times and in accordance with the reasonable directions of Tourism Queensland.
4. During the employment period, you must:
· Reside on the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef for the period of your employment contract maximum 6 months, minimum 3 months
· Act responsibly and demonstrate good moral character.
Should these requirements not be met, Tourism Queensland shall be entitled to terminate the employment agreement at its absolute discretion.
5. You must be willing and able to participate in the various tourist activities available on the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef, including but not limited to sailing, kayaking, swimming, snorkelling, island picnics and bushwalking.
6. The gross wage of AUD$150,000 is inclusive of superannuation, allowances, benefits and an amount of applicable income tax will be withheld. The wage will be paid on a fortnightly basis during the period of employment.
7. Accommodation will be provided by Tourism Queensland or its nominee during the period of employment. However, you will be responsible for the cost of all meals, beverages, utilities such as water, electricity, telephone and personal items.
8. The employee, as a representative of Tourism Queensland, will act in an appropriate and professional manner and not engage in any activity or undertaking which brings disrepute or cause damage of reputation to Tourism Queensland.
9. The employee will exercise reasonable skill, care and diligence in the performance of the services in accordance with the standards of Tourism Queensland
10. Tourism Queensland will own all intellectual property in reports, diaries, blogs, photos and other material created by the employee in the course of their employment.
11. Tourism Queensland reserves the right to monitor and edit material produced by the employee in line with its corporate communication and marketing guidelines.
Explore and report back
There’s so much to see and do, so you’ll have plenty to write about in your weekly blog. And with so much life above and below the water, you’re sure to capture some entertaining moments for your video diary and photo gallery. To keep you busy, Tourism Queensland will organise a schedule of travel and events on the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Your schedule could include sampling a new luxury spa treatment at qualia on Hamilton Island, trying out new snorkelling gear on Heron Island, or bushwalking on Hinchinbrook Island.
Feed the fish
There are over 1,500 species of fish living in the Great Barrier Reef. Don’t worry – you won’t need to feed them all.
Clean the pool
The pool has an automatic filter, but if you happen to see a stray leaf floating on the surface it’s a great excuse to dive in and enjoy a few laps.
Collect the mail
You’ll have some time on your hands, so why not join the aerial postal service for a day? It’s a great opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the reef and islands.
In between travelling to various islands of the Great Barrier Reef, the Island Caretaker will live at Blue Pearl, a beautiful three-bedroom home on Hamilton Island featuring stunning views of the Whitsunday Islands, modern facilities and exquisite furnishings.
The bright, airy interior features three spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, state-of-the-art entertainment system, ceiling fans, air-conditioning and laundry facilities.
The Island Caretaker will enjoy Blue Pearl’s outdoor areas including a private plunge pool/spa with exceptional views, sun lounges, large balconies and the traditional Aussie barbeque. A golf buggy is also included with the house, so you can explore the island with ease.
This is the best of life above the Great Barrier Reef.
Living above the Great Barrier Reef for six months is a pretty unique benefit, but you’ll also be well-paid – a salary package of AUD$150,000 for a six-month contract. Plus, your accommodation will be provided on Hamilton Island. And there’s plenty of room if you choose to share your experience with a friend or your family.
We’re looking for someone with an adventurous attitude, passion for the outdoors and good communication skills. A broad range of experience is considered and Tourism Queensland will be selecting applicants based on:
– Enthusiasm for the role
– Entertainment value (personality and creativity)
– Presentation skills (being media-friendly)
– At least one year’s relevant experience
Tourism Queensland, the statutory authority for the Queensland government, was established in 1979 and has become Australia’s premier destination management organisation. We maintain a network of thirteen international offices to promote and market Queensland as a tourist destination.
* Applications close 22 February 2009
* Voting on 50 short-listed candidates from 2 March to 24 March 2009
* 11 short-listed candidates announced 2 April 2009
* Interviews take place in Queensland from 3 May 2009
* New employee announced 6 May 2009
* Island Caretaker starts work 1 July 2009
Application & Selection Process
1. Applications to fill The Best Job in the World, Island Caretaker on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef open at 2:00pm UTC (formerly known as GMT) 9th January 2009.
2. To apply potential candidates need to create a 60 second or less application video in English, explaining why they are the best person for the job in an entertaining way. You’ll also have to complete a short online application form and upload the video to http://www.islandreefjob.com
3. All applicants must be over 18 and eligible for a visa.
4. By applying for this role applicants accept the full terms and conditions.
5. Applications close at 11:59pm UTC 22nd February 2009.
6. Once received all video applications will be reviewed by Tourism Queensland representatives for quality assurance.
7. Applications containing nudity, profanity, obscenity, poor sound and vision quality or submitted with an incomplete or inaccurate application form, will not be accepted.
8. All applicants will receive email notification from Tourism Queensland upon receipt of the application video.
9. All accepted application videos will be uploaded to http://www.islandreefjob.com for public viewing.
10. Tourism Queensland and its representatives in international markets, along with media partners, will short list all applications to select the top 50 between 23rd February and 2nd March 2009.
11. Applicants being considered for the short list may be contacted between 23rd February and 2nd March 2009 to undergo online testing.
12. From 11:59pm UTC 2nd March 2009 the top 50 short-listed applicants will be displayed on http://www.islandreefjob.com
13. The top 50 short-listed applicants will be required to submit additional information to support their application including, but not limited to:
* Photo of themselves
* 300–500 words:
o What is your story? (Tell us a little about your background, previous employment, family, where you live.)
o What is most important to you in life?
o If successful in gaining The Best Job in the World with Tourism Queensland, who will be joining you on your journey to the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef (partner and/or children)?
o Tell us about them (partner and/or children).
o Anything else you would like to share about yourself.
14. From 11:59pm UTC 2nd March 2009 visitors to http://www.islandreefjob.com have the chance to vote for their favourite applicant.
15. Voting for the Wild Card candidate closes at 11:59 UTC 24th March 2009.
16. The applicant with the highest number of votes will be selected as the Wild Card candidate and will take part in the final interview event.
17. From the top 50 short-listed applications, Tourism Queensland and its representatives in international markets along with media partners will select 10 candidates for the final interview event.
18. The final 11 short-listed applicants (10 selected by Tourism Queensland, 1 Wild Card) will be invited to attend the final interview event which will be held on a number of Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.
19. The final 11 short-listed applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements: identification verification, health checks, police checks, visa eligibility, psychometric assessment and assessment of written English.
20. Details of the final 11 applicants who will attend the interview event will be displayed on http://www.islandreefjob.com from 11.00pm UTC 2nd April 2009.
21. From 3rd to 6th May the final 11 applicants will participate in an extensive interview selection process which will be held on a number of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.
22. Economy air travel (return to and from the interview destination and the airport in your closest capital city) and hotel accommodation (in Australia) will be arranged and paid for by Tourism Queensland. Tourism Queensland recommends that all short-listed applicants obtain comprehensive travel insurance (at their own expense) prior to attending interviews.
23. Visa applications and associated costs will be undertaken by Tourism Queensland for each of the 11 short-listed applicants.
24. The interview selection process will involve participation in a formal interview and various activities. Activities may include team challenges, physical, skill based and aptitude tests. All short-listed applicants must be willing to participate in these activities.
25. Tourism Queensland will announce the appointment of the successful applicant at a media function on the evening of the 6th May 2009 and details will be displayed on http://www.islandreefjob.com
26. The successful applicant will be required to extend an additional day (7th May) following the interview event to undertake their first official duty at the opening function of Corroboree (a tourism trade event for UK and European travel agents).
27. Following the interview event the successful applicant will return home on 8th May 2009.
28. From 8th May to 1st July employment and visa details will be finalised.
29. The visa application and associated costs will be undertaken by Tourism Queensland.
30. The six month employment tenure with Tourism Queensland commences 1st July 2009.
31. Whilst employed for Tourism Queensland the employee will be required to participate in a number of set itineraries that allow them to experience and immerse themselves in the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef and showcase their unique experiences through a video diary, plus submitting diary/blog entries of their experiences, which will also be uploaded to the website.
How to Apply
Want the best job in the world? If you enjoy new experiences and you can spare six months to enjoy life above the Great Barrier Reef, you’re already in with a good chance. It’s easy to apply.
Step 1: Create a video application (in English and in 60 seconds or less)
In an entertaining and engaging way, tell us why you’re the best person for the job and demonstrate your knowledge of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.
Step 2: Fill out a brief application form and upload your video
Tourism Queensland will create a short list of 50 candidates who will submit a short personal profile, to help us narrow the candidates for the interview stage.
Eleven candidates will be invited to the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef for an interview from 3 to 7 May 2009. So, if you want the best job in the world, make sure you’re available to travel to Queensland for the interviews. You’ll also need to be available to start work on the 1st July 2009. Tourism Queensland will select ten candidates and one Wild Card candidate will be selected by the world – so make sure you encourage all your friends and family to vote.
DEADLINE: 22 February 2009