Wild and crazy and perfect for dream job

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 April, 2013, 5:42am

A wild man and a crazy man from Hong Kong have been chosen from the 330,000 applicants for Australia's Best Jobs in the World campaign to make it through to the shortlist of candidates.

There are now just 25 people from all over the world left fighting for each of the six jobs on offer in the Tourism Australia contest.

Chris Leung Yin-chung, 22, hopes to take the post of park ranger in Queensland after producing one of the 25 best videos submitted by applicants.

Raven Cheng, in his 20s, is up for the job of Northern Territory outback adventurer.

Some 11,000 other Hongkongers had also applied.

Leung, an ecology and evolutionary biology student at Princeton University in the United States, starts his video by saying: "The passport says I'm from Hong Kong, but that's false - I'm from the wild!" He then throws away his passport.

"I'm definitely excited but I wouldn't say I have 100 per cent confidence," Leung told the South China Morning Post. He has created a Facebook page to gather support.

Cheng, who calls himself a "crazy man from Hong Kong", is seen in his video apparently walking on water.

Their task for the next phase is to find "the ultimate referee" by May 8. Tourism Australia suggests celebrities or media personalities for the role. The judges will then select the three top candidates for each job, and the winners will be revealed on June 21.

The four other jobs up for grabs are chief funster in New South Wales, wildlife caretaker in South Australia, lifestyle photographer in Melbourne, and taste master in Western Australia.

Each comes with an annual salary of A$50,000 (HK$405,700) plus allowances and benefits worth another A$50,000.

Two mainlanders and two Taiwanese are on the shortlist.

Check out Chris Leung's video:

Check out Raven Cheng's video: