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New Zealand job pays more than $50,000 — and nobody wants it

It’s not the gig for people who love to work from home, but if you’re a fan of getting out in nature – and visiting some of the most picturesque parts of the world – this might be for you.

The Department of Conservation in New Zealand is looking for a ‘biodiversity supervisor’ in Haast, which sits on the western edge of Mount Aspiring National Park on the South Island.

According to local media, despite the job offering the successful applicant days of patrolling the most spectacular parts of New Zealand, a bit of jet boating and even a few trips in a helicopter – only 3 people have applied.

“It is working in one of the most amazing natural environments that the country has got to offer,” Wayne Costello, Operations Manager for DOC in South Westland, told Stuff.

“It’s just spectacular. But it is not for everyone. You’d have to be self-reliant and be able to work in the outdoors. If you’re interested in opera and theatre, it’s probably not for you.”

Due to the lack of applicants, Mr. Costello has cast a wider net – including luring Aussies to apply.

Early evening water skiing on Lake Wanaka.
The position’s salary is between $41,000-$53,000.
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“The locals are wonderfully friendly,” Mr. Costello said.

“There are some of New Zealand’s original families, who pioneered farming and fishing down in that part of the world. They’re really lovely.”

But the region isn’t for everyone – especially those who love a bit of city life, with only about 200 residents living in town and the closest supermarket sitting about a two-hour drive away.

However, where it lacks in shops and services the region booms in natural wonders, with lush rainforests, glaciers and towering mountains dotted throughout the park.

Early evening sailing on Lake Wanaka.
Haast has a population of just 200 residents.
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Mr. Costello said the main purpose of the role is “saving the kiwi and bringing the Haast tokoeka back from the brink.”

“Then also wildlife response with tawaki, normally when there’s been an injury or something like that. And we are doing some outstanding work with lizards, cascade geckos, and skinks, which are just stunning.”

Getting around in a helicopter and even a jet boat, the daily commute is about as thrilling as they come. And the wage? Well, not a bad gig for between $41,000 and $53,000.

“We’re looking for good team players, people who like working with other people and be part of a bigger team,” he explained.

“But you also have to be reasonably independent and have lots of initiative.”

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