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06 May 2009 09:10


Offbeat, World: Reason to hate Ben Southall: He just won a dream job

  • I just can’t wait to start. There’s a lot of different things to do over the next six months. I hope I can sell the reef as much as everybody is expecting.
  • British dude Ben Southall • The winner of the Australian Great Barrier Reef dream job contest. Southall has a long history of being adventurous – including ostrich-riding and scuba-diving – as well as prior experience with being a tour guide in Africa. Which means, simply, that he’s overqualified and will not do the job properly. If he’s not slacking off, he’s doing it wrong. • source

06 Feb 2009 08:29


Offbeat: How many people have applied for the Aussie dream job, anyway?

  • 10,000+ applications have been submitted for the job, which would be fun in the sun in the Great Barrief Reef for six months
  • $100,000 size of the contract the winner would get. The job was designed as an antidote to the global economic meltdown source

13 Jan 2009 17:01


Offbeat: Laid off? This dream job would be a good rebound

  • Island living, nice salary … … ever wanted to live by the ocean, spend your days snorkeling, feeding fish, delivering a little mail and scuba diving? Look no further than the job being offered by the state of Queensland, Australia. They created the job as an antidote to the economic slump, because they’re awesome.
  • The requirements? Cake. The job, which last six months, pays $150,000 Australian dollars and accommodation in a luxury house, is open to anyone with a passion for the Great Barrier Reef. All you have to do is send a video application and beat out the hundreds of other people assuredly applying. Good luck. source