The Best Job in the World

To the 2.6 million Americans who lost their jobs in 2008, a bit of good news: Australia has an opening for “the best job in the world.” The lucky hire will find themselves with six months of employment at a $105,000 salary. The responsibilities? Hop around the country’s tropical locations kicking up sand, snorkeling, and taking care of a “few minor tasks.” Applicants should know how to use computers (blogging is required), be a good swimmer, an excellent communicator, and be able to write and speak English. "The fact that they will be paid to explore the islands of the Great Barrier Reef, swim, snorkel, and generally live the Queensland lifestyle makes this undoubtedly the best job in the world," said Queenzland’s acting state Premier Paul Lucas. The position is the creation of the state’s tourism board, which admitted that traditional tourism advertising “just doesn’t cut it sometimes.” Applications are due on February 22.