Winner of the Best Job in the World

Best Jobs Winners!!

21 Jun Winner of the Best Job in the World

Day 12 – June 21st

I did it, and its official. I have been selected as Wildlife Caretaker in South Australia and am a winner of the ‘Best Jobs in the World’ contest.

It is difficult to put this feeling into words and onto the page. I am on cloud nine, sitting atop the world. I feel absolutely elated and am finding it difficult to realize the extent of the announcement that was made this morning in Sydney.  This has changed my life forever and I cannot express enough my gratitude towards everyone who supported my journey and made this opportunity possible! You are all absolute legends and I cannot wait to see you again or meet on the road ahead! Thank you, sincerely.

The Wildlife Caretaker position in South Australia is the chance to be an ambassador for all of the outstanding experiences awaiting us in this wonderful state. From diving with Great White Sharks, cuddling Koalas, swimming with Sea Lions, and waking up Kangaroos, there are endless possibilities to experience something that will reshape the way you view nature and Australian wildlife. South Australia is teeming with incredible stories and experiences and this young Canuck is completely thrilled to have the opportunity to share it all with you! So stay tuned because we are going to have the adventure of a lifetime!!

So what happens next…? Well, I am going to stay in Australia for at least two more weeks, travelling to Melbourne and Adelaide visiting friends, and seeing more of this stunning country. I will most likely stay in Adelaide for the longest period getting to know the South Australia Tourism staff and finding my bearings within the city. From there I will fly back to Brazil mid July and figure out what the next couple of months have in store.  I do plan on coming home to Canada before moving to Australia for good. The Wildlife Caretaker position starts the first week of December, so for those of you back home who are reading this, expect to see me in Oct. and Nov. and I’ll expect you to have a cold beer and a hug ready for me! 🙂

I cannot express how incredibly excited I am right now!! A huge shout out needs to go out for my two competitors CC and Nick, these two have been with me every day and have shared this crazy journey. I can honestly say that I have nothing but the upmost respect for them both and know they will do wonderful things in the future! A huge shout out also goes out to the other 17 finalists, the other 5 who have been successful today and those who have not. The 18 of us together are the most inspiring, creative, intelligent, and talented group of young people I have ever met in my life and may ever meet in the future. It is an absolute privilege to stand among them. Thank you guys for a memorable two week journey, it has been fantastic!

More thank yous have to go out to my references, Bruce Poon Tip (the owner and founder of G Adventures) and Ian Ord (owner and founder of Where Sidewalks End). Bruce, your support means more than I think you know. You are an inspiration and a leader like no other I have ever known. I look up to you on a personal and professional level and look forward to catching up with you again in the future. Ian, brother you are a true friend and another solid inspiration. The path you have chosen in life is one to admire and having your support was the backbone of my campaign. I cannot express enough my thanks for everything you have assisted me with and your guidance throughout the last two months.

Thank you to Tourism Australia and the South Australia Tourism Commission. Both organizations and staff have been incredibly supportive throughout the last two months and have been working beind the scenes to make this campaign possible for over a year!! Your hard work and determination has paid off! The Best Jobs is already a huge success and is only going to go further in the future!!  I am so incredibly excited to be a part of this and to be doing so in South Australia is a dream come true!!  Thank you for helping making this dream a reality!

Huge thanks to my mother, father, nana, two sisters and extended family both in Canada and the US. You guys are such an incredible sense of support for me and I can’t wait to see you all again soon!!  To all of my friends all over the world and a special someone in Brazil, you are the heart of why I do this, I want to share this lifestyle with you guys, sharing stories and experiences, creating lifelong memories that we can laugh and joke about till the end of our days!! Sharing this life is absolutely what I live for and I cannot wait to continue doing so in beautiful South Australia. As I have been saying all along this feels like just the beginning of something so much bigger. Are you coming along for the ride?

I’ll be in South Australia, come and say hello!



Greg Snell
  • Andrew
    Posted at 07:44h, 21 June

    Congrats man!! Again all the best for the future, and I hope our paths cross again!

    • gregorsnell
      Posted at 19:49h, 21 June

      Thanks Andrew! As do I. Cheers!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 09:35h, 21 June

    This is fantastic mate, couldnt have happened to a nicer or more capable dude. You rock!!


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  • Heidi
    Posted at 11:40h, 21 June

    I can not wait that you start the Job, i am so ready to go on that for me “virtual” Journey with you!! Keep writing keep posting my friend! You sooooo deserve that JOB!! 😉 biggest hug from AUSTRIA 😉

    • gregorsnell
      Posted at 19:50h, 21 June

      Thank you thank you H!!!!! Miss you! Lets do this!

  • SGC Admin
    Posted at 12:05h, 21 June

    We are so happy for you…. way to go following your dreams, for never giving up, for embracing all that life has to offer… you are an inspiration to many…it is a pleasure to say we “knew” you way back when….. big hugs sent your way….

    • gregorsnell
      Posted at 19:51h, 21 June

      Wow, thank you for such a great comment in so little lines! Cheers, really it means the world to know your watching! G.

  • SGC Admin
    Posted at 12:07h, 21 June

    Reblogged this on Serenity's Gift Cove and commented:
    We are so very happy for Greg… so full of life … well done 🙂

  • Lea-Lea
    Posted at 14:24h, 21 June

    I knew you could do it!!!!! Congrats buddy!

    • gregorsnell
      Posted at 19:54h, 21 June

      Thanks Lea!! It is amazing to have your support. Hopefully catch ya in Banff at some stage. Still need to rip a few turns eh.

  • Anna
    Posted at 07:15h, 23 June

    Congrats Greg! I can’t imagine how excited you would be! You deserve it!

    • gregorsnell
      Posted at 23:42h, 23 June

      Thanks Anna!! It’s so great to know you are following the story! Cheers from Sydney!! G.

  • Eliot L. Shimkofsky
    Posted at 12:49h, 23 June

    Congratulations! You should be proud of your accomplishment. I wish you all the best in this adventure and for a bright future.
    From one Canuck to another.

    • gregorsnell
      Posted at 23:43h, 23 June

      Eliot, thank you! I am very much looking forward to the upcoming experience in South Australia! Stay tuned because this is just the beginning of something so much bigger!

  • dawn
    Posted at 11:43h, 24 June

    Congratulations!! What an adventure!! Enjoy!! Dawn from Oshawa On

    • gregorsnell
      Posted at 08:17h, 25 June

      Thank you Dawn!! Be sure to keep following, this is truly only the beginning!!

  • Shaheen A.
    Posted at 12:43h, 24 June

    Just read your story in The Star and had to come and read your blog. Congratulations on such an amazing accomplishment, and sharing your journey on this blog. I look forward to living your adventure vicariously through your blog 🙂

    From a Canadian and former Oshawa resident, that now lives in Raleigh, NC.

    • gregorsnell
      Posted at 08:18h, 25 June

      Wow, Shaheen, this is what it is all about!! Thank you for the lovely comment! I am happy you are interested in the story. There is so much more to do and see in South Australia, this is truly only the beginning!!

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  • robert burcher
    Posted at 11:05h, 02 November

    YOU Won?
    How come it took until now – November 2 to hear about it!
    Your MOM let us down!

    I was wearing my KIcking Horse REsort hat last night with my friend Murray and I was telling him that you had been in the contest but hadn’t won – sure make a liar of me!

    Anyhow I have to go back to KHR to get a new hat (and ski the steeps!)

    robert in the beaver valley!

    • Greg Snell
      Posted at 15:34h, 02 November

      Rob, so sorry my mom failed to inform you. Yes, I won the position of Wildlife Caretaker in South Australia!! I start on officially December 07th. We’ll give you a shout this weekend and chat over the phone. Cheers and good luck rippin turns at Kicking Horse! G.

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