'Dream Job' Put Up For Grabs By First Choice

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A holiday operator is looking for a thrillseeker with adrenaline in spades and who is happy to get wet at work.

Pitched as the "dream job" for "a fun-loving water park enthusiast", First Choice is hunting for a "slide tester" for its SplashWorld resorts this summer.

Applicants are required to have a good sense of humour, a passion for water parks, and good written skills to promote the experience through social media.

Luke Gaskins, from the company, said: "This is an amazing job for one lucky person who'll get to escape the 9-5 and instead spend their days rating slides and pools in the sun this summer."

The successful candidate will be given a six-month contract to test the flumes, slides and pools at destinations across Europe and North Africa including Majorca, Turkey and Egypt.

In addition to a salary of £20,000 per annum (pro rata), all overseas travel will be paid and the posting will end with a free seven-night holiday for two at an all-inclusive resort.

Those keen to take the plunge and don their swimwear for a living must apply by pitching their credentials in a 30-second video clip.

A shortlist of five will be whisked off to a water park to battle it out for the job in a series of challenges.

It is not the first time an organisation has drawn attention to itself by embarking on a very public search for a new recruit.

In 2009, the Tourism Office of Queensland advertised for a caretaker for Hamilton island on the Great Barrier Reef for six months.

Billed as the "best job in the world", the move aimed to promote and boost visitor numbers. The post was eventually filled by British man Ben Southall.

Mark Borkowski, a PR and brand expert, said travel firms were competing for attention in a "very aggressive market".

He said: "It is one of those 'money can't buy' jobs. It will certainly be talked about on the web."

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