What is the most important factor if you have to walk for eighteen months in the Scandinavian wilderness: Good shoes, patience, madness? (Illustrating photo: Mari Kolbjørnsrud/ Norwegian Trekking Association)
More than 1,000 persons have applied for the position as Explorer and Product Tester for the traditional Norwegian ski and hiking boots producer Alfa. The full time job means that you have to wander in the Norwegian wilderness for eighteen months. Sounds tempting?
Alfa that was established in Oslo in 1931 writes on Facebook:
“We are both overwhelmed and very excited about so much interest and are now working hard going through the applications. With so many applicants, we will not have picked the candidates going forward in the application process until after Christmas.”
In the job advertisement, it is written that the person being hired “will walk in all kinds of weather and under all conditions. Some traveling must be expected. Strictly speaking – all the time. The job is demanding and it is therefore important that you are positive.”
“It’s a long way home….” (Photo: Alfa.no)
In addition, the person must be “solution oriented and have the capability to sleep well in a cottage, a tent or in the bush.”
On their website, Alfa have tempted potential candidates with the following words:
“This is Norway’s most extreme shoe-test. Alfa’s “Explorer” will live in the outdoors together with, and against, the elements. The office will be wild valleys with chirping birds, as well as raging rivers and the biting wind. Alfa will hire one person to walk (…).”
In 2016-17, the “Lucky Winner” will give us feedback via social media, so that those who do not love wild animals and dangerous mountains can follow the testing from a warm and safe place indoors.
Happy New Year!
By: Thor Lanesskog, ThorNews