By the time you’ve finished reading this, three simple questions could inspire you to pack your bags, quit your office job, and live in a van. It has nothing to do with what the New Yorker calls the #vanlife trend. It has everything to do with being a Union Wine Co. “Canbassador.”
This summer, Union Wine is driving a 1972 Citroën van from the company’s home base in Oregon to the East Coast and back. The van is full wine bar, and will be making stops at music festivals, store openings, and events across the country. And, of course, there be plenty of wine — primarily the company’s canned Underwood Wine (hence, “Canbassador”).
It’s not for everyone. The perfect person for the job must be able to drive large, manual transmission vehicles with a trailer, be on the road for extended periods, and be able to lift 50 pounds repeatedly. He also has to consider the emotional toll.
“While traveling around the country promoting wines sounds incredibly fun (it is), often, this involved being away from home for extended periods of time (1-4 months at a time), working long hours, adapting to stressful and changing conditions — all the while providing a positive attitude and memorable experience for customers encountered during the trip,” the job listing reads.
If that only slightly deters you, maybe the benefits can change convince you otherwise. Being a Canbassador is a seasonal role for four to six months of the year, working five days a week for 30-40 hours a week. You get paid time off, health insurance, and a 401K. Did we mention wine?
As for those three simple questions, here are they are: “Are you adventurous, outgoing, and adaptable? Do you think living in a van is cool? Enjoy every day being different?” If you answered yes to all of the above, you should probably check out the Canbassador job listing.