Columbia is Hiring 2 People to Travel Around the World Testing Its Gear

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Do you like getting dirty? Hiking on volcanos? Exploring ice caves?

How about doing all of that on camera?

If you answered “no” to any of the questions above, you can stop reading right now.

Because, as outdoor gear company Columbia admits: “Some call this a dream job. Many don’t.”

The company is hiring two directors of toughness to be “testers, world travellers, glacier climbers, brand ambassadors, social media gurus, nature photographers and spelunkers all in one.”

If this adventure job sounds up your alley, er, mountain, keep reading…

Could You Be Columbia’s Next Director of Toughness?

Want to traipse across the globe, testing Columbia’s gear in some of the world’s harshest conditions? All while “creating compelling social content” and being awesome on camera?

Then you might have what it takes to be the next director of toughness.

“A good start is having a following online,” Columbia’s site explains. “Are you fun to watch? Do you like being on camera all the time? Even when you have mud in your teeth?”

Your predecessors are a former writer for Outside magazine and an adventure travel sports photographer, so fair warning: You’ll probably be up against some stiff competition.

In fact, it’ll be a challenge just to apply for the job — you’ll have to “hike, scramble, sweat and more.”

That’s because the interviews will definitely not be held in an office. Instead, you’ll test your toughness in one of four outdoor locations: the East or West Coasts of the U.S., Canada or the U.K.

So far, only the West Coast location has been announced: Mount Hood, Oregon, on September 15, 2016. To be the first to find out (and register) for the next interview locations, follow Columbia on Instagram.

The company hasn’t revealed much about the interview process, but it does say you’ll have to “complete challenges and create content along your way.”

Sounds a bit like “The Amazing Race” meets “Man vs. Wild.” In other words? I like.

And if you’re one of the two adrenaline junkies picked to become the next director of toughness, you’ll also get paid $39,000, plus benefits, for nine months of work.

You must be eligible to work in the U.S., Canada or U.K., and willing to “drop everything, go wherever Columbia asks and be a full-time Director of Toughness from November 15, 2016, through August 15, 2017.”

For many of you, this might not sound like your idea of a good time.

But if the mountains call you — like they do to me — this could be the (paid) adventure of a lifetime.

Your Turn: What say you — adventure or nightmare? Know anyone who’d be a good fit for the job?

Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

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