A Canadian adventurer who beat thousands of entrants from around the world to become South Australia’s Wildlife Caretaker will hang up his hat today.
Greg Snell has spent the past six months travelling across South Australia and road-testing our best wildlife and tourism experiences.
The South Australian Tourism Commission and Tourism Australia chose Greg for the role last June – one of six positions offered as part of the Best Jobs in the World campaign.
The campaign, launched by Tourism Australia in March last year, was a global competition involving six of the country’s state and territory tourism organisations, each offering their own Best Job in the World as a winning prize.
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said Greg had been a great ambassador for South Australia, uploading photos and videos to his blog and sharing his adventures with the world via social media.
“Greg has not only done a great job looking after our wildlife, but has also spent the past six months promoting our state as a working and holiday destination,” he said.
Greg won a $100,000 salary package to spend six months caring for South Australia’s wildlife, including working on Kangaroo Island and the Eyre Peninsula with sea lions, dolphins, koalas, seals and great white sharks.
The former adventure tour leader - who listed shark cage diving and swimming with sea lions among the highlights - said he was amazed by the experiences and landscapes South Australia has to offer.
“It is truly a hidden gem. The intrepid travellers will research the off-the-beaten track destinations to look for the real Australia and will find it here. South Australia has so many incredible experiences possible and the people who know about it love it. The ones who don’t are simply missing out,” he said.
The Best Jobs in the World competition attracted 620,000 entries submitted by 330,000 people from 196 countries, with more than 46,000 videos uploaded for consideration by the judges.
Greg won the position after a lengthy recruitment process, which involved submitting a video, campaigning in his home country and competing in a series of wildlife challenges against two other finalists in South Australia.
Greg’s love affair with South Australia and Australia will continue over the coming months when he embarks on The Great Australian Road Trip, travelling from Adelaide to Perth, Broome, Darwin and Cairns.
To see Greg’s adventures across South Australia, visit his blog at www.greggoesglobal.com