Attention beer lovers: the National Museum of American History may have your dream job — traveling the country drinking brews, all expenses paid.
The job, which pays $64,650 a year, is no joke.
The Washington, DC-based museum, part of the prestigious Smithsonian Institution, wants to hire a beer specialist for three years to taste beer in breweries across the country.
“Brewing and beer have been an important part of the American experience since before the nation’s founding, and continue to shape industry and community life into the present day,” said Susan Evans, the Smithsonian’s director of Food History Programs.
The lucky historian would write articles, gather archive material and conduct research into the history of food and drink for use in exhibits.
Overwhelmed by a deluge of applicants, the museum’s online job site crashed after news about the position got out.
“Hundreds of thousands of people have been looking at the offer,” Evans said.
The job “has made a lot of noise because people are very excited that we are interested in something that concerns them (so) much,” she added.
Candidates have until August 10 to apply. Warning: competition is expected to be fierce.
The Smithsonian Food History project at the National Museum of American History, in Washington, DC, is seeking a professional historian / scholar to conduct archival and field research for a new initiative on American brewing history, with special emphasis on the craft industry. The position is located in the Division of Work and Industry and will be a three-year appointment. The successful candidate will have proven experience in scholarly research, organizing and conducting oral history interviews, writing for both scholarly and general audiences, and knowledge of material culture and archival materials. The candidate will work with members of the curatorial staff on collections work and develop content for a wide variety of programs and applications, including digital formats. Candidates with an advanced degree in American business, brewing, food, cultural, or similar specialization within history are encouraged to apply. Must be able to travel, work independently as well as within a team environment, to meet deadlines, and to communicate effectively with co-workers and the public.
To apply, send a CV, a cover letter, and names of three references to: NMAHApplications@si.edu.
Funded by the Brewer’s Association, a national trade group, the position will also be responsible for documenting the history of beer brewing in the United States.
And while you’re waiting for your acceptance letter, here’s a gallery of intoxicating images: