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Dream job alert! How YOU could work in paradise on a stunning island with incredible sea views

‘Dream job’ opens up on stunning island with incredible views – but the remote holiday destination is far from a paradise

  • A dream job as a barista is being advertised on the idyllic Lord Howe Island 
  • A cafe on the pristine island is looking for someone to work 40-45 hours a week
  • However, paradise comes with a catch as the island has been riddled with rats

An opportunity to work on the idyllic Lord Howe Island is up for grabs as a cafe searches for barista, but the job comes with a catch. 

The pristine Australian island – renowned for its spectacular scenery and colonies of seabirds – is looking for someone to work 40-45 hours per week for four months.

However, the job may not be as ideal as it seems, as the world heritage-listed island is plagued with rats and mice.

If you're looking for your next job and want to work in paradise, look no further as a cafe on Lord Howe Island (pictured) is looking for a barista

If you’re looking for your next job and want to work in paradise, look no further as a cafe on Lord Howe Island (pictured) is looking for a barista

The pristine Australian island is renowned for its spectacular scenery and colonies of seabirds

The pristine Australian island is renowned for its spectacular scenery and colonies of seabirds

In a job listing posted to an Australian backpackers Facebook group, it details that the cafe is looking for a ‘serious person to work on the island’.

‘Three-to-four months on $24 an hour and 40-45 hours per week,’ it said.

‘You would be making coffee and serving/taking orders from customers, you need experience as a barista or willing to do a barista course before starting.’ 

Only 350 people permanently reside on the island, with the controversial plan of eradicating the pests deeply dividing the local community.

Black rats, which were introduced to Lord Howe almost 100 years ago, have overrun the island in recent years. 

They are blamed for the extinction of at least five bird species and 13 invertebrates on the small curved island, which sits between Australia and New Zealand.

There are fears the rats also pose a threat to 13 bird species, two reptiles and 51 plant species.

An eradication plan that was implemented in April had been in the works since 2002.

However the dream job has a catch - the world heritage-listed island is plagued with rats and mice

However the dream job has a catch – the world heritage-listed island is plagued with rats and mice

Black rats, which were introduced to Lord Howe almost 100 years ago, have overrun the island in recent years

Black rats, which were introduced to Lord Howe almost 100 years ago, have overrun the island in recent years

Member of the Lord Howe Island Tourism Association Committee, Ian Hutton, in April said the rodent eradication program was not a radical plan.

‘It is a very carefully designed program based on 40 years of very successful programs – originally developed in New Zealand, and some 700 islands worldwide have been treated to remove the biggest threat to all flora and fauna on islands – introduced rodents,’ Mr Hutton said.

Mr Hutton says the majority of the community are enthusiastic about the program and are looking forward to a rodent free island. 

However some residents were initally against the plan as negative publicity affected some local tourism operators.

‘I have had a couple of cancellations from this situation,’ a hotel owner told The Guardian. 

They are blamed for the extinction of at least five bird species and 13 invertebrates on the small curved island, which sits in between Australia and New Zealand

They are blamed for the extinction of at least five bird species and 13 invertebrates on the small curved island, which sits in between Australia and New Zealand

Member of the Lord Howe Island Tourism Association Committee, Ian Hutton, in April said the rodent eradication program was not a radical plan

Member of the Lord Howe Island Tourism Association Committee, Ian Hutton, in April said the rodent eradication program was not a radical plan

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