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29 August, 2020

Island job up for grabs

One of the most sort after jobs in the world has just hit the market.

By Phil Brandel

One of the most sought after jobs in the world has just hit the market.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) is advertising for two caretakers to live and work on Low Isles which is about 15km off Port Douglas.

Marine Park Authority Assistant Director Reef Conservation Actions Dr Mark Read said the caretakers played an important role in protecting, preserving and educating the values of the island.

“The caretakers live in paradise on a tropical island surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef — but maintaining an island is hard work and remote island living means limiting electricity and water use which may not suit everyone,” he said.

“The caretakers are involved in everything from maintaining buildings and infrastructure including the solar power system and sewerage treatment system, liaising with tourist operators, cleaning toilets, managing weeds and grounds works, and counting bird populations like the pied imperial pigeons.

Low Isles is a Commonwealth-owned island, managed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The caretakers live and work on the island full-time.

We’re seeking people with a passion for sustainability and natural heritage, experience in maintaining infrastructure and who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and live remotely.”

Application documents are available on the Australian Government’s AusTender website.

Submissions must be lodged before 3:00pm on by Friday 25 September 2020.


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