Dream job living and working on Low Isles up for grabs


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The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is on the hunt for new caretakers to live and work on Low Isles. Image:Karen Hofman
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If living full time on and caring for an isolated tropical island in the Great Barrier Reef sounds like a dream come true, then this could be the job for you.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) is on the hunt for new caretakers to live and work on Low Isles, 15km offshore from Port Douglas within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

GBRMPA is now taking submissions via a merit-based tender process for caretakers to ensure its natural and heritage values are maintained.

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.

“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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