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There’s nothing like that off-the-grid vacation feeling; having your only worry be deciding the best way to enjoy the serenity and beauty of your surroundings is pretty dang great. Wouldn’t it be incredible if you could extend that feeling forever? Or, the foreseeable future, at least? If the idea of living a simple life in the forest tickles your fancy, then take note: the Forest Service is looking for two people to care for two historic cabins, located smack dab in the middle of the breathtaking San Juan National Forest.

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Allow me to paint a picture of these cabins. One is the Guard Station at Mancos, a three-bedroom log cabin; features include a propane tank, well water, a solar system and a wood-burning stove. The second property is the Glad Guard Station, which is about 30 miles from Cortez. This one is a small white cottage with propane, solar power, a well, and the wood-burning stove, along with a barn and corrals.

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Of course, there’s some work involved in this job. Those selected to be the stewards of the cabins get to handle “waste and garbage management, maintain the home and all utilities, ensure the grounds around the home are up to code, and oversee all vacation rentals of the home.” Your money will come from the vacation rentals; leftover revenue after paying the “fair market value” to the government is all yours.

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If you do land the job, it’s a two-year commitment, with the option to extend the deal for an additional five years. Here’s where to apply… get your applications in by October 27th!

More quaint escapes…

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This Alaskan island glamping resort looks like something out of a dream




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