After four intensive days of on-location challenges, we’re proud to announce Elisa Detrez from Paris as Queensland’s new Park Ranger.
After wiping out more than 330,000 applicants from 196 countries and raising publicity and support for her application, Elisa and two other finalists arrived in Queensland last Thursday for a packed schedule of challenges including reef snorkelling, rainforest zip-lining and social media assignments.
And it may be the Best Job in the World, but it’s not your average 9-5 gig.
Our former island caretaker Ben Southall called it “the world’s busiest job” for good reason. Arriving four years ago in his yellow land rover, he has since married a local, appeared in thousands of media interviews, kayaked across the Great Barrier Reef and luckily escaped a close call with the nasty irikandji jellyfish.
Elisa landed the $100,000 contract after impressing the judges with her enthusiasm and excellent ideas for how she will get people stoked on travelling to the sunshine state.
Originally from Paris, she has degrees in Business Management Tourism and Political Sciences, speaks four languages and has lived and worked in Spain, New Zealand and Germany.
Starting later this year, she will explore the world’s largest reef, ancient rainforests and fossil sites and report back to a global audience through social media.
Five other lucky people also scored the world’s next best jobs in our neighbouring states:
- Andrew Smith from the USA will be the life of the party as NSW’s chief funster.
- Allan Dixon from Ireland will get to know the ancient history of Australia’s red centre as Northern Territory’s outback adventurer.
- Roberto Seba from Brazil will explore Melbourne’s laneway bars and hipster culture as a lifestyle photographer.
- Rich Keam from England will wine and dine like a king as a taste master at the vineyards of Western Australia.