A Canadian adventurer, an American travel blogger and a Taiwanese social media expert are the three finalists in a global tourism competition to become South Australia’s Wildlife Caretaker.
They were chosen from thousands of entries worldwide after submitting a 30 second video and campaigning in their home countries, performing publicity stunts, earning celebrity endorsements and generating media attention.
The three finalists, Canadian Greg Snell, American Nick Tilley, and Taiwanese Hsin-Hsuan Hsieh, will travel to Australia next month, where they will perform challenges and be interviewed before the winner is announced a week later.
Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said South Australia has been attracting valuable media exposure all over the world since the top 25 candidates were announced last month.
“The shortlisted candidates have been campaigning hard over the past fortnight, appearing on television, radio, print and social media sites, so it has been a difficult decision for judges to make,” Mr Bignell said.
“The final three have been chosen for their passion for wildlife and their ability to promote our state as an ideal travel destination to people overseas.”
Insurance consultant Hsin-Hsuan, 25, launched a social media campaign attracting more than 118,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook and posting videos of interviews with Taiwanese celebrities.
American blogger Nick, 33, raised more than $3000 for the Australian Koala Foundation through his ‘Send the Thunder to Down Under’ event and connected with more than 36,000 people on Twitter and Facebook.
Canadian Greg, 27, would bring strong tourism experience to the role, through his experience as an adventure tour leader in Argentina for one of the world’s biggest tour companies. He also blogs and makes videos of his travels.
The successful candidate will win a salary package worth $100,000 and spend six months caring for South Australia’s wildlife on Kangaroo Island, the Eyre Peninsula and other regions.
The campaign, launched by Tourism Australia in March, is a global competition involving six of the country’s state and tourism organisations, each offering their own “Best Job in the World” as the winning prize.
The competition attracted 620,000 entries submitted by 330,000 people, with more than 46,000 videos uploaded for consideration by the judges.
The winners will be announced on June 21. Visit Tourism Australia's Best Jobs page to find out more about the competition.