Position vacant: island caretaker

Are you passionate about the Great Barrier Reef and island conservation, living sustainably, and possess high-level people management and engagement skills?

Could you live and work on an isolated tropical island in the beautiful Great Barrier Reef Marine Park?

Australia’s lead management agency for the Great Barrier Reef is now seeking submissions via a merit-based tender process for caretakers on Low Isles, located 15 km offshore from Port Douglas within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority appoints caretakers to this sustainable island in the Marine Park to ensure its natural and heritage values are maintained.

Marine Park Authority Assistant Director Reef Conservation Actions Dr Mark Read said the caretakers played an important role in protecting, preserving and educating the values of the island.

“The caretakers live in paradise on a tropical island surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef — but maintaining an island is hard work and remote island living means limiting electricity and water use which may not suit everyone,” he said.

“The caretakers are involved in everything from maintaining buildings and infrastructure including the solar power system and sewerage treatment system, liaising with tourist operators, cleaning toilets, managing weeds and grounds works, and counting bird populations like the pied imperial pigeons.

“We’re seeking people with a passion for sustainability and natural heritage, experience in maintaining infrastructure and who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and live remotely.”

Low Isles is a Commonwealth-owned island, managed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The caretakers live and work on the island full-time.

The caretakers play an important role in protecting the values of the Great Barrier Reef, including the Commonwealth Heritage Listed light station.

The approach to market documents are available on the Australian Government’s AusTender website (reference ID: ATM000045).

Submissions must be lodged before 3 pm (ACT local time) on by Friday 25 September 2020 through the process outlined on AusTender.


Image: Low Isles, Copyright: Karen Hofman