If you're seeking a quiet, simple life, nothing beats a remote cabin in the woods. Lucky for you, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is looking for someone to live inside its "historic guard stations" in Colorado's San Juan National Forest. A.k.a. you'll get paid to live in an adorable cabin for free.
There are two homes and both are picturesque, so you can't go wrong. One is the Guard Station at Mancos and is a three-bedroom log cabin with a kitchen, propane tank, well water, solar system and wood-burning stove. The other is the Glad Guard Station near Cortez and is a small white cottage with similar interior amenities, as well as a barn with newly installed corrals.
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In order to get paid to live amongst 597,373 acres of untouched forest, the person will have to take care of all waste and garbage management, maintain the home and utilities and make sure the grounds are kept up to code. The other job is to oversee vacation rentals of the home, but any leftover revenue from rentals after paying "fair market value" to the government is yours to keep (score!).
Here are some photos of what the National Forest looks like:
If you're interested in this unique opportunity, it's a two-year commitment with the option of extending for five more years. But you have to apply by mail by Friday, October 27 to be considered for the role. Colorado, here we come!
But it's not just Colorado that's stunning. From state parks to vast prairies, every state across America is full of beauty — and here's proof:
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