Ok, here's the dealio:
The position is an island caretaker in Hamilton Island, which is part of Australia's Whitsunday Islands. Basically all you have to do is spend your days on the beach and promote the island on a weekly blog, posting photos and videos of your experiences. Yep, that's right - getting paid to blog about your adventures snorkeling and living it up at this place!
Ohmygosh, sign me up! And I haven't even gotten to the pay!
It's a six month position and in exchange for hanging out around Australia's Great Barrier Reef, one lucky duck will be paid 150,000 Australian dollars ($100,000). Um, yeah. I think $100,000 should cover it.
As unbelievable as it sounds, this job is really, really, really for realz. The position was cooked up by the tourism department in Australia's Queensland state and billed as the "Best Job in the World" as part of a AU$1.7 million campaign to boost tourism in the state.
Oh, and the job also includes free accommodation in an oceanfront villa and airfare from the winner's home country. Does it get any better than that?! No way Jose! Australia, you weren't kidding when you named the position the "Best Job in the World."
Dude -- I've been blogging for almost a year now so the blogging will be easy as pie. Posting photos and videos of my experiences? As Virgania Horsen would say, "I think I can handle it." Having six months with nothing to do but hang out and blog will give me a nice chunk of time to work on improving my photo skills. Maybe I'll use a bit of my sweet salary to buy a fancy-pants camera and fly one of the Tacos out to the island so they can share some of their wisdom and give me some awesome photography pointers. And video blogs? I mean, you've seen "My Noisy Jacket," right?! Need I say or vlog more?! Ha.
And you guys know I love the beach! Plus, I've always wanted to go to Australia and I can't think of a better opportunity. Oh, and the job starts this summer which is perfect because I haven't made any plans yet and I was really hoping to do something special this year. Hmmm ... the teeny tiny issue that I already have a full-time job and will have to break the news to my company? I'm sure my boss will be AOK with this; I mean, he's the one that forwarded the article about the position to me! Ok, not really, but I think I'll use this as my excuse. Right, Joe? :)
I can see it know ... me, Johnny and the cats chilling on the sand. I'll use part of my freakin awesome paycheck to fly my friends and family out for a visit. And don't worry about accommodations, you guys -- of course you can totally sleep on the couch at my oceanfront villa!
Applications are open until Feb. 22 and 11 finalists will be flown to Hamilton Island in May for the final selection process. The job begins on July 1.
Seriously, no joke - I kind of want to apply!
(photo credit goes to http://www.austravel.ie/)