Job Opportunities at OutdoorGearLab

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Last Updated:
March 20, 2017

We're Hiring! Help Us Create the World's Best Product Reviews

We're a start-up internet company with a bold mission to create the world's best outdoor gear reviews. To get a sense of the kind of reviews we create and publish, please look at our website. Our recent reviews, such as our Enduro Mountain Bike 2016 Review, will give you a sense of the level of detail and depth we strive for. You can also read about our company philosophy on our About OutdoorGearLab page.

We're currently accepting applications for:
  • General Reviewers, but we are not hiring at this time.

Read all about the job and how to apply below.

Freelance Reviewers

Our ideal freelance reviewer has a college degree, is an expert in one of more outdoor activity domains, has strong writing and analytical skills and uses online reviews extensively his or herself.

Our freelance reviewers work as independent contractors out of their own homes on a part-time basis.

The general scope of work involves testing all the products we select for a category (like backpacking water filters, or fleece jackets), rating each, then creating a detailed written review of each product. Note that unlike a lot of other websites, we don't review just one product but rather have a reviewer take on the entire category and test all products side-by-side). You will use and test each product with a critical eye toward scoring it against four to six rating criteria. As our reviews are detailed and long, only prolific writers need apply. We will provide you with the products to test and a set of rating metrics on which to evaluate each product.

Your job as an OutdoorGearLab reviewer is to familiarize yourself with the category as a whole as well as each product, research existing user-reviews on each, rate each product on the category metrics, take photos/videos of the products in use, help select the award winners, write up the review for each product, write the best-in-class award overview review, write the buying advice article, and write a description of how we test. We'll be particularly interested in looking at your longer and/or more technical writing samples. Compensation varies depending on each category's complexity and the number of products to be tested, but typically ranges from $1,700 to $2,500 for a full category review project.

Current openings in the following areas of expertise. Eligible candidates must be located in the Lake Tahoe region:
  • None at this time

Current openings outside of the Lake Tahoe region:
  • None at this time

If you have expertise outside of the above, and would like to be considered should a freelance review opportunity arise in other categories, please don't hesitate to send in an application and let us know of your area(s) of interest. We will keep your information on file.

How to Apply
If you are interested in applying to become a reviewer for OutdoorGearLab, please send to
  • Your resume
  • Information on your areas of expertise
  • 2-3 examples of your writing


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