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Columbia Sportswear looking for new ‘Directors of Toughness’

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The “Directors of Toughness” will travel around the world testing the latest Columbia Sportswear products, chronicling the experience on social media. (Columbia Sportswear) The “Directors of Toughness” will travel around the world testing the latest Columbia Sportswear products, chronicling the experience on social media. (Columbia Sportswear)
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Columbia Sportswear is looking for two new outdoor enthusiasts to claim the coveted title "Director of Toughness,” and they are doing interviews right here in Oregon

The unique job would have applicants traveling the globe to test gear and writing about their adventures on social media.

Columbia is changing up a few things in the application process this year, extending the program outside the U.S. and allowing people in Canada and the United Kingdom to apply.

The interview is as unique as the job itself, pushing job seekers out of their comfort zones.

Interviews will be held in four locations, the first which is the Mount Hood wilderness.

The exact details on the other three interview locations, one on the east coast, one in Canada and one in the Great Britain, have not been released quite yet.

From hiking mountains to climbing glaciers, the job as Director of Toughness is not an easy one.

Lauren Steele and Zach Doleac were chosen last year. The pair left their office jobs to take on this special adventure with Columbia for six months.

Zach said he wouldn't trade his experience in the role for the world, adding that Alaska was one of the most beautiful places he's ever visited.

“That was the most incredible landscape I'd ever been to in my life,” he told FOX 12.

According to the company, the main goal of the job is testing Columbia gear in the most unforgiving conditions in the world. Columbia is also extending the job from six to nine months of globe-trotting.

Anyone interested in applying for the position can visit Columbia.com/ToughJobs.

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