Help wanted: Waterslide tester
Looking for a career that involves plenty of curves and being surrounded by scantily clad tourists?
Not that we're looking for a new job, but this vacant position got our attention: UK resort marketer First Choice is on the hunt for a skilled waterslide tester to put its SplashWorld water parks through the paces.
The contract is for only six months and the successful applicant will get £20,000 (US$32,000) plus a week-long holiday at one of the operator’s all-inclusive properties at the end of the stint.
Most of SplashWorld's parks the tester will be sent to experience are in Europe, with the exception of a handful in Egypt, Tunisia and Thailand.
As for job requirements, the ability to fearlessly fly down steep waterslides headfirst isn't essential. Being able to read and write is.
First Choice says the ideal slide tester needs to have strong written and verbal skills, experience in social media use, be willing to travel and remain flexible at all times.
The applicant also has to be excited about water parks, comfortable in swimwear and happy to get wet at work. Which means body-conscious individuals need not apply (via the First Choice's Facebook contest app).
It's unclear exactly what, if anything, will result from the slide testing, but the job posting is yet another eye-catching bit of marketing in the travel industry.
These types of career-tourism-social-media-viral-marketing campaigns have increased after the hugely successful Tourism Queensland “Best Job in the World” campaign in 2009. (Read about that campaign's winner, Ben Southall.)
Even developing travel markets such as China have subscribed to the theme, with an online travel agency offering the "best job in China" in 2011.