Want to be a wombat walker? Tasmania is hiring

It’s the off-season in Tasmania, and things are getting odd. In a good way, of course.

During the off season, as winter sets in, the Tasmanian tourism board is getting busy. And they need some help. Recently, they announced a new ‘Odd Job’ campaign featuring 10 classic Tasmanian experiences as “the antithesis to the daily grind.”

And the odder, the better, it seems. You won’t find a hodgepodge of usual side hustles here, but you might get the chance to play paranormal investigator, at Willow Court, Australia’s oldest continually running asylum. Alternatively, you could organize oysters at Great Oyster Bay or conduct musical performances for tour groups venturing within the depths of Gunns Plains Caves (BYO instrument). Other open ‘positions’ include ‘Sauna Stoker,’ ‘Puffer Nut’ on the West Coast Wilderness Railway, and, most adorably, ‘Wombat Walker’.

Unfortunately for anyone who really would like to trade in their day job for the dream variety, these are not actual full-time positions. Rather, Tasmania is offering a set of all-expenses-paid trips to do a short workcation on the island. Wombat walkers, for example, will spend one day volunteering at East Coast Natureworld, tasked with keeping wombats “motivated with encouragement and snacks.”

You’ll also be responsible for making sure they get out of bed, as they would sometimes prefer to sleep in. The winners for each experience will get roundtrip flights to Tasmania, two nights’ accommodation, and a gift basket of local, artisan goodies.

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