ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Caroline Vetter just graduated from Florida State University, and isn't even unpacked yet. But she is ready to pack again to move halfway across the world to Australia.
She remembers the exact moment she learned that she beat out applicants from as far as Japan for the position of Wildlife Caretaker.
The position is part of a contest by Tourism Australia, and they sent her an email. "It said that I beat out more than 45,000 people. I was in shock," said Vetter.
There are actually six positions, and in all, more than 600,000 people applied.
Vetter is the only finalist from the state of Florida.
She learned about the contest in April and quickly put together a 30-second entry video. It said, in part, "Hi everyone, I am Caroline, reporting from Florida, USA!"
Some of it shot on her dock in St. Petersburg, it also included a video and photo montage of her life with animals, where she explained, "I am a life-long equestrian and cared for dolphins at a rescue aquarium."
Her mother, Deborah, is not surprised her daughter got this far. She knew early on that one day, Caroline would work with animals.
"One of the first signs was, instead of her first words being momma or dada, her first word was cat," said Deborah Vetter.
Caroline Vetter feels her passion for caring for animals is what Tourism Australia sees, that she doesn't just want this job, a job that lasts six months, but it's a life-long commitment to help animals.
"I want to be their voice and spread the word about conservation, and why it is important. We are the only voice they have," said Caroline.
And Australia would be a great first step.
"It would be the best graduation present!" she said smiling.
Vetter will find out on May 14 if she will be among the final three contestants. If chosen, she then heads to Australia for a face-to-face interview.
The job pays $100,000 for the six months of work.
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