Get Paid $20,000 (and free beer) to Hike the Appalachian Trail As a 'Chief Hiking Officer'

05 June, 2020

Would you hike 14 states, 2,190 miles in 5-8 months for $20,000 and free beer? Virginia based brewery Devils Backbone Brewing Company is seeking a CHO (Chief Hiking Officer) to fulfill the ultimate socially distanced "workcation." The job, which begins in spring 2021, comes with all kinds of perks — in addition to the $20,000 salary.

“At Devils Backbone, we’re all about living ‘Slow by Nature,’” Hayes Humphreys, the Chief Operating Officer at Devils Backbone Brewing Company, explained to T+L. “We’re located just off the Appalachian Trail at mile marker 842 and since opening, we’ve hosted thru-hikers who want to rest and recharge on their zero-day. These folks really understand how life-altering it is to slow down and take in what’s going on around you. They’re the ones who inspired our Chief Hiking Officer position."

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“This is a great opportunity for a hiker who loves beer and is looking to shake up the pace of life by spending next summer on the Appalachian Trail,” he added. “Given the state of things today, we could all use some restorative time in the great outdoors.”

All the hiker has to do for their paycheck is camp out, complete the journey and post photos to social media along the way. Still, the company warns that you should probably only enter if you really like hiking.

In addition to all the free beer, the brewery (whose own Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows sits at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains) will supply hikers with free backpacking gear and transportation along with the $20,000 stipend as well as a number of parties thrown in their honor along the way, including one at the company’s mountainside brewery.

The hiker, who should be experienced in the wilderness, will camp out under the stars and share their experience with fellow beer lovers through social media.

The job is open to residents 21 years and older in the areas Devils Backbone sells its beer: Washington, D.C., Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

To apply, applicants need to post a link to a quick one-minute video on the brewery's website here telling their story and why they want to take on the challenge by July 31.