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Melissa Locker
April 05, 2016

As if you need another reason to visit the Australian island of Tasmania, the island’s tourism organization is looking to fill the position of Chief Wombat Cuddler.

The job entails spending time on Tasmania’s Flinders Island and cuddling an orphaned wombat named Derek. "Non-cuddlers need not apply," the listing cautions, because Derek, the eight-month old wombat joey, deserves the best.

Kate Mooney—the “Wombat Lady of Flinders Island”—found Derek in his mother’s pouch after his mother was hit by a car in December. The adorable marsupial then became something of an Internet celebrity after a clip of him running along the racked up tens of thousands of views on YouTube last week.

To apply for the job, applicants must write a 25-word essay explaining "why you're the best person to fill the role of Chief Wombat Cuddler." Should you be chosen for the role, you’ll also win a wombat-filled three-night trip to Flinders Island for yourself and a friend.

Sadly, the job is only open to people who live in Australia. But, if you’ve been considering a move to Melbourne or Sydney, you have a few days. Applications are being accepted through April 16. 

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