If you’re an emerging landscape photographer who dreams of following in the footsteps of the famed Ansel Adams, the U.S. Department of the Interior has the perfect job for you.
The government agency recently announced that they’re searching for an official National Parks photographer to document the nation’s protected wildlife areas, historic buildings, and engineering marvels. Considering that some of Adams’ most enduring works are his large-scale black-and-white images of natural wonders like Yosemite, which he shot for the NPS in 1941, whoever the DOI hires has large shoes to fill.
Wondering if you’re qualified for the position? According to a job listing posted on USAJOBS, eligible candidates must know “the principles and techniques of large format, black and white photography." They also have to be skilled in both film and digital techniques; well-versed in architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation; and be comfortable with the physical rigors of spending long hours outdoors.
The images will be logged in the HABS/HAER/HALS permanent collection at the Library of Congress, meaning if you get the job, your photographs will be immortalized in history. On a less exciting but more practical note, the job pays anywhere from $63,722 to $99,296 a year, and is based in Washington, D.C. It involves up to 10 days per month of overnight travel, and is currently open to applicants online.
[h/t The Verge]