The three finalists in the global Best Jobs in the World competition have touched down in South Australia as they compete to win the role of Wildlife Caretaker.
American Nick Tilley, Canadian Greg Snell and Taiwanese Hsin-Hsuan “CC” Hsieh will perform a series of challenges and interviews across the state over the next four days, before the winner is announced in Sydney on Friday, June 21.
They have been chosen from thousands of candidates around the world as finalists for the Wildlife Caretaker position in South Australia – one of six roles being offered in the Best Jobs in the World campaign.
The Wildlife Caretaker will win a salary package worth $100,000 and spend six months caring for South Australia’s wildlife, working on Kangaroo Island with sea lions, dolphins and koalas. They will also be deployed to the Eyre Peninsula to work with seals, tuna and great white sharks, as well as visiting other regions.
The finalists undertake their first challenge at Cleland Wildlife Park today – introducing themselves to the media while holding a snake. Other challenges will include swimming with sea lions off the Eyre Peninsula and acting as a tour guide on Kangaroo Island.
Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said the successful candidate will also act as an ambassador, promoting the state as a working and holiday destination to thousands of young people across the world through blogs and social media.
“The aim of this campaign is to boost knowledge of South Australia overseas and increase the number of international visitors to Australia who apply for the Working Holiday Program,” Mr Bignell said.
“It has already proven successful, with more than 330,000 people worldwide expressing interest in the Best Jobs in the World positions.
“A recent survey by Tourism Australia showed more than 70 per cent of them planned to apply for an Australian working holiday visa.
“Our three finalists have been chosen not only for their passion and experience with wildlife, but for their savvy social media skills and ability to promote our state as an attractive travel destination overseas.”
They will travel to Sydney on Wednesday ahead of the winners of all six jobs being announced on Friday, June 21. Visit Best Jobs in the World to find out more information.
Note: Interviews and footage of the finalists performing the challenges will be uploaded to Best Jobs in the World media page - each day over the next week. Media will be able to subscribe to the site to receive daily updates.