You’re probably asking yourself, “am I reading this correctly?” We don’t blame you, we thought so too. It sounds too good to be true – ‘get paid $20K to hike the Appalachian Trail!’ Prominently listed on their website, the Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Virginia is actively seeking a “Chief Hiking Officer (CHO).” They have a full job description on their site and this hilarious video.
“Hiking the AT is no joke. It’s 2,200 miles huffing your pack all over the Wild East. You’re sleeping under the stars and there’s no food delivery service (trust us, we’ve checked). Our CHO has to prove to us that they are prepared for this once in a lifetime adventure.”
I want to get paid $20K to hike the Appalachian Trail in 2021
Do you think you have the guts and stamina to do it?
Note: You must live in one of the following states to qualify: Washington, DC, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Are you a savvy social media person with a following? Because they will be checking out your platform. They don’t say it directly but the more followers you have, the greater the reach. They expect the CHO to post often.
The candidate must be passionate about beer as well. Who would have thought that would be included in a job application! And, you will also need to include a one-minute video explaining why you’re a good fit. This could be a good opportunity to show off your social media (and beer drinking) skills.
If you’re selected for the job, you’ll get free backpacking gear, free beer (with resupply days), Devils Backbone “swag,” and the $20,000 stipend. You’ll also get one roundtrip ticket and a $200 prepaid debit card.
Ready to take “Go for a hike” to a whole new level? Head over to their website and fill in the online application. You have from June 1 until the end of July 2020 to apply. Good luck and happy trails and drink responsibly!
Governor General Award recipient Helen Hatzis lives to travel. A xenophile at heart, she continues to travel the world and shares her experience on Trip Jaunt, an online travel community and hub she co-founded in 2016. Helen is a member of North American Travel Journalists Association and the Academy of Canadian Film and Television.