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Australia Best Job contenders inspired by nature, travel and ... Pokemon

Hongkongers shortlisted for Australia's dream jobs contest are keen to see more of the country

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 29 April, 2013, 7:52am

Two Hongkongers shortlisted for Australia's Best Jobs in the World campaign are a step closer to having their dreams come true - and they're still pinching themselves.

Chris Leung Yin-chung and Raven Cheng Ho-lam got the news on Wednesday.

Leung wants to take up the post of park ranger in Queensland, while Cheng wants to be an outback adventurer in the Northern Territory.

Leung, an ecology and evolutionary biology student at Princeton University in the United States, said he hoped to gain more experience in the field and learn more about other cultures.

The 22-year-old has already had some up-close encounters with wild animals during an exchange programme in Kenya for three months. He has also spent time in Queensland on a similar programme.

But his inspiration comes from a more unlikely source - Japanese animation Pokemon. "It sounds stupid, but it's the real reason," he said. "I felt [the creatures in it] were magical, and I kind of project them on other creatures in the real world."

Cheng, who is in his 20s, is familiar with Australia. He has already joined the country's working holiday scheme and says he wants to explore the country's central region.

"I have been to many places in the country, from the east to the south, but I have yet to travel to the central part. I want to see if it's as beautiful as others say," Cheng said.

The former manager of Chinese University's library said he wants to write a book about his experience if he gets the job.

The two were chosen from a field of 330,000 candidates.

Now they compete against 23 others on the shortlist, from all over the world.

And to do that they will need the support of celebrities, media and the community.

Both candidates have set up dedicated Facebook pages to promote their bids: www.facebook.com/Raven7215 and www.facebook.com/chrisleunggogoparkranger.

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.

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