Lonely Planet Writer

Want to travel the world and test out sportswear? We might have found the job for you...

If a regular day-job can no longer offer you enough challenges – or travel – it may be time to consider applying for an open position at Columbia. The sportswear company is looking for two new “director of toughness”, who will travel around the world for nine months to test their products in extreme conditions.

Columbia's Directors of Toughness in Alaska.
Columbia’s Directors of Toughness in Alaska. Image by Columbia/Business Wire

The first challenge will be actually arriving at the job interview, which will be held at four remote locations, two in the US, one in Canada and one in the United Kingdom.

 

But the adventure to get there will just be the beginning, as those selected for the role will effectively be beta-testers for the company’s gear through inclement weather and harsh terrain. In addition to trying out Columbia’s products, they will also serve as brand ambassadors and share their stories on social media.

Columbia's Directors of Toughness on Mt. Hood in Oregon.
Columbia’s Directors of Toughness on Mt. Hood in Oregon. Image by Columbia/Business Wire

The Portland, Oregon-based company has already had one run of the programme, with Lauren Steele and Zach Doleac, who were chosen from thousands of applicants to travel for six months. The pair ended up at incredible places like the summit of Ecuador’s Cayambe volcano to the Arctic coast in Manitoba, Canada.

Columbia's Directors of Toughness in Ecuador.
Columbia’s Directors of Toughness in Ecuador. Image by Columbia/Business Wire

This year’s recruits will get a full-time salary and benefits, as well as a nine-month trip around the world. Candidates must be eligible for employment in the US, Canada or UK, and must register online for an interview. Registration for the first interview is open, and there are only limited slots available. The first round will take place in the Mt. Hood Wilderness outside Portland, while the additional locations will be announced over the next few weeks.