May 4, 2009

Candidates vie for ‘Best Job in the World’

A contest to find a winner for the Best Job In the World, caretaking a tropical island in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, is nearing a winner, officials say.

Among the finalists for the job of living on Hamilton Island are a television personality from New Zealand and a charity fundraiser from England, CNN reported Monday.

Tourism Queensland officials say the six-month caretaker job pays $100,000 and among the job duties are feeding fish, cleaning the pool and filing weekly blog and video reports on what is happening on the island, the U.S. broadcaster said.

Finalists were chosen from a pool of more than 34,000 applicants from around the world. The winner will be announced Wednesday.

For four years, we've been doing exactly what the job requires "¦ sharing our life online, producing video and blogging on a daily basis, wrote Cali Lewis, a finalist from Dallas, CNN said.