By Rachel Goldman on March 19, 2009
NEW YORK (Herald de Paris) – Angelene Orth is afraid of very few things.
In fact, as one of the 50 short-listed candidates for the opportunity to be a paid tourist/caretaker of the Great Barrier Reef, Orth is most excited about the possibility of going crocodile cage diving.
While the idea of descending into murky waters with only a metal cage separating you from crocodiles may seem terrifying to some, the Jacksonville, Florida native says it is just another experience to help her enjoy life â€“ undiluted.
â€śWorking as the islandâ€™s caretaker would give me the chance to do what I love to do everyday, undiluted,â€ť says the 27 year old.
Orth, who markets herself as Big Apple Angie, has lived in New York Cityâ€™s Hellâ€™s Kitchen neighborhood for three years, working at public relations firm Weber Shandwick. Her main client: the Bahamas.
â€śI take media professions down to the Bahamas and teach them how to relax,â€ť says Orth, who describes herself as a â€śsea-life nerd.â€ť â€śI like to show people what a travel destination has to offer.â€ť
As to what she has to offer to Queensland Tourism, which is running the Best Job in the World competition, Orth says itâ€™s simple: sheâ€™s never been there before.
â€śI can capture the immediate awe and sense of wonder,â€ť she says.
Plus, while not a polished television reporter, she has a hefty book of media contacts and a goofy personality â€“ for her interview tape she stood in Times Square in scuba gear â€“ that, she says, would help keep the publicâ€™s interest.
A candidateâ€™s ability to interact with the media and the public, says Mary Shammas of Tourism Queensland, will play a major factor in the selection process.
â€śWe will be assessing how the applicant engages with the media during this phase,â€ť says Shammas, the marketing communications manager.
Fellow short-listed candidate Anny Chih of Canada says her Internet savvy will allow for dialogue with potential tourists across the globe.
â€śIt wonâ€™t just be me reporting to the world about Queensland, Australia. Itâ€™ll be a two-way communication with the world about Queensland, Australia,â€ť says the 23-year-old medical clinic worker.
The top 10 finalists selected by Tourism Queensland be announced on March 24th.Â An additional wild card slot will be handed to the person with the highest number of votes to his/her application video. For more information, or to vote, go to www.islandreefjob.com.