Helen Hatzis
Helen Hatzis
June 17, 2020 ·  2 min read

$20K to Hike the Appalachian Trail in 2021 + Beer!

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!

And if you need to get some practice in, check out these articles on drinking beer while hiking.