SATISFACTION: Scott Brodie, acting senior ranger from the Byron Shire Council, with a number plate recognition camera at the Main Beach carpark.
SATISFACTION: Scott Brodie, acting senior ranger from the Byron Shire Council, with a number plate recognition camera at the Main Beach carpark. Patrick Gorbunovs

Being a parking inspector's great if you're in a nice place

WALKING the streets of the Byron Shire and getting paid for it would be a dream job to many people.

Byron Shire Council is giving two people the chance to soak up the shire's world renowned ambience, as council parking officers.

Council compliance ranger and parking officer Scott Brodie said he had one of the best offices possible, working around the Byron Shire.

"I work with good people in a great location and the job is really interesting," he said.

"I meet new people every day from all around the world, which is fascinating."

Mr Brodie said a good local knowledge and friendly manner was needed to be a parking officer.

"Every day you meet people who ask questions ranging from where is a good place to eat to information for international tourists and day trippers from Queensland."

Byron Shire Council Governance Manager Ralph James said the two successful officers would join the council's four person ranger team and help reduce the pressure on rangers.

"As Byron Bay is a major draw card for day trippers, there is a high need for 'ranger' presence in Byron Bay," he said.

"This has meant that the rangers can not get out as often as they are needed in other towns and villages.

"With the additional parking officers, our rangers will be better able to monitor and respond to other community requests on issues such as littering, responsible pet ownership, illegal camping and parking."

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The five best jobs

1. Actuary

2. Biomedical engineer

3. Software engineer

4. Audiologist

5. Financial planner

The five worst jobs

1. Newspaper reporter

2. Wood chopper

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4. Actor

5. Oil rig worker

SOURCE: McCrindle Research Australia



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