Friday, April 28, 2006

Job Opening - Associate Editor, Trail Runner Magazine

Talk about a dream job! Run, write, test shoes - this is as good as it gets. Feel free to contact Michael Benge if interested.



TRAIL RUNNER IS NOW HIRING. For the first time in several years, we have a coveted editorial position open. While we will greatly miss our current Senior Editor, Garett Graubins, as he pursues new adventures in the Bay Area, we are looking to fill his large trail running shoes.

If you (or any of your running partners) are a professionally trained editor and writer and looking for a special opportunity, please check out the job description below.

Thank you in advance for your help and happy trails.

Warmest Regards,

Michael Benge, Editor


Full-time position for Associate Editor at Trail Runner magazine. Write, assign, edit stories for bimonthly magazine; copy edit all content; contribute story ideas; solicit and evaluate outdoor gear and equipment, with an emphasis on twice-annual shoe review; collaborate on production of magazine; write and edit monthly e-newsletter. Casual office environment.

Position based in beautiful Carbondale, Colorado, in the central Rockies.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must possess the following skills and experience:

- Journalistic experience and an eye for objectivity. A writing style that educates and entertains while displaying a sensitivity toward the marketing needs of a growing publication.
- Intimate knowledge of the people and events that make the sport of trail-running tick. Who is Scott Jurek? Why does the Dipsea sell out year after year? Where's the Long Trail? You should know the answers to these questions.
- Familiarity with trail-running gear and manufacturers, including shoes, hydration systems, apparel (high-tech fibers), shells, sunglasses, etc. You don't need to be a gear geek, but it would help to know the following terms: bite valve, anti-microbial, medial posting, upper, polarized, wicking, waterproof-versus-water resistant.
- An ability to work well in a collaborative setting. Communication skills are a must. No introverted prima donnas, please.
- Familiarity with other publications in the outdoor industry, including those against whom Trail Runner competes directly.

A personal zeal for the sport. If you work here, we'd like for you to walk the walk, run the run, and talk the talk. Some our best brainstorming takes place on a seven-mile jaunt up the nearby mountains.

Please send resume and writing samples to: Michael Benge, Editor, Trail Runner magazine, or by regular mail to: Big Stone Publishing, 1101 Village Road, Suite UL-4D, Carbondale, CO, 81623.


  1. Do you already write for them? It sounds perfect for you. What an opportunity.

  2. Wow, now that is a dream job.

    Your blog is excellent, you should go for it.

  3. Scott, I would like to interview you for my podcast. Send me an email, if you are interested?

  4. Scott, you're made for this.

  5. Scott, please interview Garret. I always enjoyed his work and it would be interesting to hear about his time at Trail Runner and his new future plans. Chris

  6. Good luck to whoever gets it! Definitely a job for someone with real passion -- lot of work for low pay. Been there, done that, created the magazine.

  7. As much as I would love this job, I'm a die-hard Californian. Too bad - Garett tells me that Carbondale is a great place for an outdoor enthusiast.

    Good idea to interview Garett. He's moving out soon, so I'll take him out to some Cali trails and interview him there. It will be great to have him in the neighborhood!



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