Popular CQ tourist attraction on the hunt for new meat
THEY SAY never smile at a crocodile; however, Koorana Crocodile Farm's soon-to-be newest employee may not be able to help it.
The popular Coowonga tourist attraction is currently on the hunt to snap up a new and enthusiastic farmhand to join its ranks.
But while long days in the sun are an inevitable duty, it is the wider job description which has understandably caught the attention of Central Queensland residents.
Farm owner John Lever today confirmed that close encounters with the reptiles would all be considered a day's work for the successful applicant.
"We're looking for someone to work on the farm with the crocs, preparing food, feeding the crocs, cleaning the pens and doing regular maintenance on the pens, because they are crocodiles and they damage fences from time to time," he said.
Relocation of the animals, lawn care and plumbing maintenance will also be required.
Experience with crocs or formal qualifications are not a prerequisite, added Mr Lever, though an adoration for the reptiles and an eagerness to learn are a must.
"It's a general sort of job, it does involve a lot of outdoor work, so someone who gets the job will have to be fit, in love with animals and this shows throw on their attitude."
However, the successful applicant must hold a valid driver's license - even if it is just probationary.
Mr Lever revealed that since the advertisement went live on social media earlier this week, more than 150 hopefuls had already applied.
"We generally hire people on attitude rather than performance because we can always teach people the different things," Mr Lever said.
"The calibre of people applying for the job, we've got everything from civil engineer to station hands to retail, you name it."
The job opening comes following recent months of financial hardship for the same as direct result of COVID-19 shutdowns.
"We were in a desperate situation with the shutdown situation, prior to that we had a couple of people leave and we tried not to replace them just for economic reasons.
"But we still had 3500 crocs to feed so we were pretty desperate for cash flow and we hadn't replaced any of the people that had gone."
Mr Lever said local visitation to the farm had increased since restrictions eased, though it was not enough to be financially sustainable.
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