Handling pythons, swimming with sharks and wrangling media—to some, this might sound terrifying. But for Canadian Greg Snell, it’s one of the best jobs in the world.
“I’ve always loved animals,” Snell explains. “I’ve never been afraid of interacting with wildlife and I’ve always been looking for that connection.”
The winner of Tourism Australia’s “Best Jobs” competition, Snell will be moving to South Australia in December for six months to help promote the country’s Working Holiday Visa program. But before he landed the coveted role of “Wildlife Caretaker,” Snell had auspicious beginnings as a tour leader for G Adventures. Sharing Verge’s value of “travel with purpose,” Snell spent nearly four years working with the company in South America, Central Asia and Africa, winning awards for tops sales in the process.
One morning shortly before his big win, Snell sat down with me over breakfast in Adelaide to discuss what life as a group leader is like—and his tips for how to land the top tour guiding jobs.