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Dream job alert: You have 12 days to land this insane job on the Great Barrier Reef

Anastasia Santoreneos
Low Isles, Queensland. Source:
Low Isles, Queensland. Source:

Wage growth is stagnant, and the government has told us who’s to blame: those of us not switching up our jobs.

So what better time than now to up sticks and move onto something different?

Good news.

An insane career opportunity has opened up for those of us who love the sun, sand and surf.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is on the hunt for new caretakers for an island, Low Isles, around 15 kilometres off the coast of Port Douglas.

Low Isles, Queensland. Source:
Low Isles, Queensland. Source:

Its last caretakers have just quit their dream job after calling the island home for a year.

Low Isles is a 1.6 hectare coral cay famous for snorkelling tours, but applicants have been warned it’s not all bumming around in your bathers.

The authority’s project manager, Stephanie Lemm, told The Cairns Post the applicant needs to be willing to get their hands dirty - and be fine with using some elbow grease.

“The caretakers are involved in everything from maintaining the light station buildings, liaising with tourist operators, cleaning compost toilets, managing weeds, and counting pied imperial pigeons,” she said.

Low Isles, Queensland. Source:
Low Isles, Queensland. Source:

“On face value, this looks like a dream job in paradise, but maintaining an island is hard work and island living means limiting electricity and water use which may not suit everyone.”

This means the authority is after Aussies with experience in infrastructure maintenance, and an ability to maintain the natural and heritage values of the island.

Hurry - submissions close 3pm on Monday 29 July.

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