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Marine ranger has the best job in the world

Marine park ranger Andrew Congram says he has the best job on Earth.
Marine park ranger Andrew Congram says he has the best job on Earth. Brenda Strong

LIFE as a national park ranger isn't all it's cracked up to be. It's far better.

Going to the office each day is a pleasure for marine park ranger Andrew Congram, filled with coral life, sea birds and a plenitude of marine and coastal wildlife.

"I've got the best job in the world," he said. "There is never a dull moment in this job."

From maintaining campsites, to monitoring Crown of Thorns starfish, each new day brings with it a new challenge.

And, with an office spanning from Lady Elliott Island to the Keppel Islands, Mr Congram has arguably the most beautiful workplace in the world.

Rangers across the world are today being honoured on International Rangers Day.

It is a celebration of the dedication of rangers, and a commemoration of those who have died while fulfilling their roles.

In comparison to rangers in Africa, Mr Congram says he is blessed to be exempt from threats of danger in his role.

"I definitely take the time to appreciate other rangers in the world who do it tougher," he said.

"We donate out-of-date uniforms to countries who can't afford uniforms, as well as raising money to go overseas."

From snorkelling in coral cays to observing the skies, Mr Congram's job does seem to be a dream one.

A word of advice to those looking to usurp him from his role: "do well in school".

Topics:  gladstone, great barrier reef, marine park, ranger



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