You may have heard of Columbia’s “Director of Toughness” position last year – an absolute dream job for the outdoorsy, adventuring gentleman. The pair of people they would select would be more than just brand ambassadors, they are beta-testers of new gear, social media connoisseurs, and all-around tough-guys (or girls). They would set out on a six-month long adventure across four continents to help Columbia apparel and accessories live up to their #testedtough guarantee.


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If the realisation that the position was only open to U.S. applicants last year saddened you, this is your year. The company has announced that this year’s Directors of Toughness will be selected from four casting calls: two in the U.S., one in Canada, and one in the U.K. So if you’re passionate about pushing yourself to the limit mentally and physically and exploring the world in a rough way, then strap on your hiking boots and charge up your GoPro.

The position is not for the faint of heart, though. The role is designed to put Columbia gear to the test in the world’s harshest conditions. Last year’s Directors found themselves on the Artic Coast of Manitoba and on the peak of Ecuador’s Cayambe volcano. However, in response to the huge success of last year’s expedition, Columbia is offering this year’s new hires a full-time salary and benefits during their now nine-month long trip. Even the interview itself will be difficult. Difficult to get to, that is: The U.K. casting call will be held in the remote Isle of Skye in Scotland. And there’s no telling what you’ll have to do during what Columbia calls “The Toughest Interview”


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Columbia Sportswear Company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Richelle Luther, says: “The Directors of Toughness have become integral employees, not only testing our products but also sharing compelling stories. We are excited to identify and hire two new outdoor enthusiasts, and to put a spotlight on the effort our employees go through to ensure our products keep people comfortable, regardless of the conditions.”

If you think you have what it takes, apply to attend the U.K. interview from 3 October at: www.columbia.com/toughjobs


Words by Ashley Cusick (Images via twitter @columbia1938)