Winner of Reynolds Wrap Contest Will Get Paid $10,000 to Sample the Country's Best BBQ

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Which American city has the best barbecue is the root of one of the country's oldest culinary debates. As Thrillist reports, Reynolds Wraps is looking for one unbiased individual to travel the United States sampling barbecue ribs to determine which location makes them best—and the aluminum foil brand will pay them $10,000 for their trouble.

The winner of the 2019 Reynolds Wrap contest will take a two-week trip to "some of the most notorious BBQ cities," which last year included Nashville, Memphis, Kansas City, Dallas, and Austin. As Chief Grilling Officer, the smoked meat connoisseur will be tasked with identifying the best barbecue ribs in America, with Reynolds providing travel, lodging, and a $10,000 stipend for them and a guest to make the journey as smooth as possible. In return, the company asks that the CGO share grilling tips, techniques, and photos of their feasts to its website and social channels.

According to Reynolds Wrap, the position is perfect for anyone who doesn't mind "being paid to taste test some of the most delicious BBQ ribs across the country, posting envy-inducing pictures of your food and falling asleep every night dreaming about your next rack of ribs." Anyone can apply by submitting a photo of themselves grilling their favorite recipe along with 100 words pitching themselves for the job to careers@ReynoldsWrapCGO.com. The application deadline is June 19 and the barbecue tour starts sometime in August.

If you're not selected the contest winner, that shouldn't stop you from planning your own barbecue-themed road trip this summer. Here are some of the best barbecue cities in the country and where to eat in each one.

[h/t Thrillist]

Hotels.com Wants to Pay You $10,000 to Test Out Some of America’s Fanciest Hotel Pools

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Getting paid to hang out by the pool all summer may sound like a job that's too good to be true. But popular hotel booking site Hotels.com is looking to hire one lucky "Poolhop" to do just that—and pay them $10,000 for their efforts.

According to the official job application, "The Poolhop’s responsibilities are simple; travel to some of the most incredible hotel pools across the country, sip on fruity drinks, snap some photos, sport a hotel robe, and report back to reward-loving Hotels.com fans."

Along with the $10,000 stipend, the Poolhop's perks will include paid airfare and accommodations at six hotels across the country, one year of Hotels.com Gold Rewards member status, and “eternal bragging rights.” The only serious requirements are that applicants be at least 21 years of age and a U.S. resident. They must also, of course, know how to swim.

Thrillist reports that the chosen hotels aren’t your average accommodations, either. The Poolhop will get to dive into luxury at Hawaii's Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, the Mondrian Los Angeles, the SLS Las Vegas, Colorado's Garden of the Gods Club and Resort, The William Vale Hotel in New York City, and Miami Beach's National Hotel.

“No one wants to be sitting at a desk all summer,” Katie Junod, general manager of the Hotels.com brand in North America, said. "There are so many incredible hotel pools to explore across the country, and we want to give travelers a first-hand look at the crème de la crème. And who better to live the hotel life than our very own Hotels.com Poolhop?”

The trip will take place during two weeks in August. All applications must be filled out and submitted by Tuesday, June 25th. And don't forget your sunscreen!

A Luxury Resort in the Maldives Needs an Intern to Look After Its Sea Turtles This Summer

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Located roughly 500 miles from Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is a popular vacation destination. A luxury experience on the tropical island usually comes with luxury prices, but this summer, one lucky visitor will get an all-expenses-paid stay at the Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu resort. In exchange, they'll be asked to look after the resort's sea turtles, Departures reports.

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is seeking a summer intern to work at its turtle rescue center for 14 days in August 2019. During that time, they'll be responsible for feeding the animals, cleaning their tanks, and being present for surgeries. They may also have the opportunity to help release rehabilitated turtles into the ocean and go on rescue missions to collect vulnerable specimens in need of care. In their free time, the intern will be expected to post about the gig on social media.

The internship is unpaid, but it comes with many valuable perks that aren't offered by typical summer jobs. Flights, meals at the hotel's restaurant, and accommodations in a villa will be provided. When they're not working with turtles, the intern can take advantage of some free activities offered by the resort, such as a sunset cruise, a beach BBQ, and a snorkeling tour of the Baa Atoll.

If you're 18 or older, you can apply for the internship by submitting a two- to three-minute video and a 500-word cover letter explaining why you're the best person for the job. One candidate will be selected to fly out to the resort at a negotiable date some time in August.

[h/t Departures]

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