Virtually everyone out there has a list of some fairly ambitious things they’d like to get around to before they die, which often include activities like skydiving, visiting some exotic location, or running a marathon (even though you can just put one of those “26.2” stickers on your car and most people would be none the wiser).
However, some of these goals are much loftier than others, as while plenty of people are perfectly satisfied with things like catching a wave on a surfboard and reading Infinite Jest, you’ve got others who are deadset on climbing Mount Everest or quitting their job to travel the world.
Another fairly popular bucket list item is hiking the Appalachian Trail, a 2,200-mile footpath that stretches between Maine and Georgia. However, when you consider the journey can take up to seven months to complete, there’s a bit of a barrier of entry for people who aren’t in a position to spend more than half of a year wandering the wilderness, as even companies that give their employees unlimited time off probably aren’t going to approve that vacation request.
However, if you’ve ever wanted to make this particular trek, you may never find a better opportunity than the one being offered by Devils Backbone, a Virginia brewery that’s currently on the hunt for a “Chief Hiking Officer,” a position whose responsibilities include hiking the trail, documenting your travels, and throwing some parties along the way while getting hooked up with all of the gear you need and paid $20,000 for your troubles.
When you consider how much of an undertaking this adventure is, anyone who wants to apply needs to have ample hiking experience, and when you considered you’ll be employed by a craft brewery, you’re going to need some expertise in that realm as well.
Multiple parts of the Appalachian Trail are currently closed but will hopefully be reopened by next year, which is when the CHO will kick off their journey. If you think you have what it takes, you can apply here.