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Reef Report for Saturday, October 21, 2006

Dream Job for Robinson Crusoe Types opens on the Great Barrier Reef

Ever wanted a job where you can get away from the rat race, where your commute to work is both pleasant and short, one where you are not stuck in a tiny office cubicle, and where your office has a great view? Well, there just might be such a job for available, as caretaker of a sandy tropical Island on the Great Barrier Reef; Low Islet.

This past month the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority announced an opening for what some would consider this dream job. © GBRMPA The successful applicant would be required to live in a three bedroom cottage on a tropical island on the Great Barrier Reef. The commute to work would be a short one, just walk out of your home and there you are at work. Low Isle has no roads or cars, hardly even a walking track. The office view is good one, imagine looking down a sandy beach, across the fringing coral reefs and on to the rainforest clad coastline north of Port Douglas. There are crowds here, but not humans, mostly seabirds, sea turtles and the like.

To be fair, there is real work involved, and the Marine Park Authority and Bureau of Meteorology will be screening out applicants that envision the day at work to be catching up on their reading, working on their tans and going snorkeling to make sure the water is still wet.

The actual job description includes taking weather readings, helping supervise the visits of dozens of day visitors, and maintaining the water, sewage and electrical facilities on the island.

We just leaned that they are no longer accepting applications for this position, but if you want to do a quick scouting trip so you can polish up your resume to be ready for the next time the job opens why not come for a visit? Quicksilver Cruises runs a one-day sailing adventure to Low Islet , which departs from Port Douglas. Hop aboard, and have a great day scouting and networking for your next dream job!

(C) DiveTheReef The weekly reef report is written by Joel Groberg of DiveTheReef.com, who compiles them from the many conversations he has with dive staff in the area, as well as  many other local sources in the dive community.

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