With cost cutting here and there, and first ever official layoff and retrenchment of 100 recruiters job in Google, do you still think that Google and Microsoft offers the best job in the world? Well, at least not in the mind of Tourism Queensland, a statutory authority for the Queensland government in Australia, which is recruiting a lucky person on 6-month contractual employment as Island Caretaker with a salary package of AUD$150,000 (about USD$100,000). At this rate alone, it’s probably better pay that most employed by Google or Microsoft.

Great Barrier Reef

The job responsibilities of the Island Caretaker is pretty ‘hard’ though, as it’s described as:

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.

Are you sure? Check out the video to see how’s the job of Island Caretaker should be done.

Well, it’s actually part of Australia Queensland government $1.7 million global marketing campaign to promote the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. But the job is for real, and someone is going to get employed for six-month, and exploring one of the best tourism spot in the world, and get paid to do what other tourists have to pay to do – post a weekly Islands of the Great Barrier Reef experience blog, photo diaries and create video updates, interview with media, travel to other islands (job taker or the lucky winner will stay on Hamilton Island of Great Barrier Reef), and enjoy activities such as sailing, kayaking, snorkelling, diving, picnics, bushwalking and more.

To apply for the job, make sure you’re over 18 years of age, and then create and upload a less than 60 seconds with file size under 100 MB short, yet entertaining and engaging video explaining why you’re the best person for the job and demonstrating your knowledge of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Then, fill up the application form on http://www.islandreefjob.com/#/apply-now, and submit the video.

All travel expenses such as return air tickets and insurance for Island Caretake and one of his or her partner will be included. Even travel costs and accommodation for candidates selected for an interview (11 in total, with 1 voted by visitors) will also be covered by Tourism Queensland. To entice you further, Great Barrier Reef is truly a nice place.

And, what’s people who now working at Great Barrier Reef saying about their job.

The application for the job closes at 11:59pm UTC 22nd February 2009. If you want to enjoy some fun watching application videos of the applicants (know your competitor is good), head to http://www.islandreefjob.com/#/about-the-job/latest-applicants or http://www.youtube.com/user/islandreefjob. All videos will be opened for public viewing.