Get paid for bicycle touring the East Coast this summer

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Pinch me; I must be dreaming.

The East Coast Greenway Alliance has a job opening for a bicyclist to field-check the 1,250-mile route from Calais, Maine, to Washington DC this summer.

The candidate must have road bicycle experience and be prepared to ride 40 to 50 miles a day while collecting data. The route-checker will spend several days at a time travelling the route and can expect to camp or use hostels to get the most out of the fixed stipend.

That's right. This isn't a volunteer position, but pays $5,000 for 10 weeks of work at 40 hours per week. The stipend covers all works hours and expenses.

There is some office work involved in the job as well, such as inputting data and formatting cue sheets.

The trail field analyst position is an important one for the alliance, which is piecing together a trail from the Canadian border to the Florida Keys. The route, when finished, would link major cities on the East Coast by an off-road path with no vehicular traffic. It's been compared to an urban Appalachian Trail.

When finished the route will stretch about 3,000 miles; it's about 21% complete now. This year, the alliance plans to unveil a continuous route that uses on-road routes to link the off-road sections.

The application deadline is June 11. Email or snail mail:

East Coast Greenway Alliance
Attn: Kitty Carter
27 North Road
Wakefield, RI 02879

Check the website for more information about this position, and a part-time office assistant and researcher.

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