Australia names 'chief funster' in tourism jobs contest

The winners in the Tourism Australia Best Jobs in the World competition, in Sydney, 21 June 2013
Image caption The winners will be working as a taste master and wildlife caretaker, among others

Australia's tourism body has chosen six winners for its Best Jobs in the World competition to work across the country.

The six-month-long roles include "chief funster", photographer, outback adventurer, park ranger, taste master and wildlife caretaker.

The winners were chosen from 330,000 applicants in 196 countries, Tourism Australia said.

The six are from the US, Brazil, Ireland, France, England and Canada.

Airline Virgin Australia also chose a seventh winner to work as its new "high flyer" to criss-cross the country, Tourism Australia says.

The current campaign was launched following the success of Queensland Tourism's Best Job in the World campaign in 2009, which attracted global attention.

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Media captionRich Keam tells 5 live about his new "dream" job

In that contest, British man Ben Southall was chosen to be a caretaker on an island on the Great Barrier Reef for six months.

The new campaign is part of Tourism Australia's marketing push to promote its Working Holiday Maker programme.

The jobseekers were asked to upload a 30-second video explaining why they were suited to the job, then whittled down in a two-month judging period.

The winners will begin working between August and December 2013, Tourism Australia says.

American Andrew Smith, who will work as "chief funster", will go to parties and VIP events in New South Wales.

"In my opinion, chief funster is somebody who goes and discovers the passion behind what people do," he told Agence-France Presse news agency.

Briton Rich Keam gets to go to Western Australia as a taste master touring restaurants and wineries, while Allan Dixon from Ireland will spend time in the Northern Territory as an outback adventurer.

But Mr Southall, the 2009 winner, warned the new employees there was a "serious job" to be done.

"For me it was six months of hard work," he said. "It was great fun and new experiences and that's exactly what those winners are now going to have."

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