Greg Snell named South Australia's "Wildlife Caretaker" in Global Youth
TORONTO, June 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Tourism Australia announced the six 'Best
Jobs in the World' winners in Sydney today with Canadian candidate Greg
Snell appointed as the "Wildlife Caretaker" based on Kangaroo Island
and around South Australia.
In his new position, Snell will swim with sea lions, feed echidnas, and
participate in environmental conservation efforts along the southern
coast, documenting his experiences through videos and blogs.
Snell competed in Australia against two other contenders - Nick Tilley
from the USA and Hsin Hsuan Hsieh from Taiwan - this week in a series
of challenges involving Australia's unique animals. All 18 'Best Jobs'
finalists have spent the past week undertaking a series of adventure,
nature-based, culinary, social media and photography assessments as
part of the rigorous final selection process.
"The successful candidates each demonstrated incredible talent, energy
and desire throughout the application process and will, I'm sure, take
these positive attributes into the job with them," Tourism Australia
Managing Director Andrew McEvoy said.
"Greg's ability to engage his followers on Facebook and Twitter helped him build a strong foundation of support and win the 'Best Job'
role. As the competition heated up, he consistently proved to be the
most passionate contender, naturally interacting with our loveable
wildlife and producing fantastic videos," added Tourism Australia Vice
President for the Americas, Jane Whitehead.
In addition to "Wildlife Caretaker," the other 'Best Jobs' offered by
Tourism Australia include:
Andrew Smith, USA - Chief Funster (Sydney, NSW)
Allan Dixon, Ireland - Outback Adventurer (Northern Territory)
Elisa Detrez, France - Park Ranger (Queensland)
Roberto Seba, Brazil - Lifestyle Photographer (Melbourne, Victoria)
Rich Keam, England - Taste Master (Western Australia)
A seventh job was awarded by Virgin Australia to Cameron Ernst from the
USA, who will fly the length and breadth of the country as the
airline's new "High Flyer" and champion Australia's best customer
All the successful 'Best Jobs' candidates are expected to commence their
new positions between August and December 2013. Each comes with an
attractive six month salary package worth A$100,000 including living
About 'Best Jobs in the World'
Tourism Australia's 'Best Jobs in the World' competition is part of a
major international marketing push to promote tourism opportunities
provided by Australia's Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program.
There were more than 600,000 expressions of interest made by over
330,000 individuals from 196 countries around the world.
In 2012, Working Holiday Makers contributed A$2.5 billion to the
Australian economy, each spending on average in excess of A$13,000
during their stay.
A recent Tourism Australia survey completed by nearly 15,000 of the
330,000 people who entered the global competition revealed: 72 percent
are planning to apply for an Australian working holiday visa and that
39 percent are seriously considering taking a working holiday within
the next six months.
Since the competition was launched, Tourism Australia's working holiday
maker Facebook page has tripled to more than 470,000 fans as more young
people around the world actively seek out information about a working
holiday in Australia.
The campaign is supported by Destination New South Wales, Tourism
Northern Territory, Tourism Victoria, Tourism Western Australia,
Tourism and Events Queensland and South Australian Tourism Commission.
In addition a number of key commercial partners are supporting the
campaign, including Virgin Australia, STA Travel, Citibank, DELL, IKEA,
Sony Music and Monster.com.
For downloadable print and broadcast campaign materials visit the
SOURCE: Tourism Australia
For further information:
Kristen Malaby, Tourism Australia Marketing Communications Manager, Americas, on +1 310 695 3214 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole McKnight, PR & Media Relations, on +1 416 355 7424 or email@example.com
For vision and images of all the 18 finalists, including the successful candidates, visit www.bestjobsintheworldmedia.com