Monday, 25 January 2016

First-person shooter fans wanted for £150 per hour sniper job

This is kind of mad and not exactly indie game related, but... I'm going to post it anyway.

One lucky member of the public will secure a £150 per hour job as a ‘hidden paintball sniper’ – a key and painful obstacle in the world’s first ‘mud run’ to be ran exclusively at night. The successful applicant will also be given pre-event sniper training by ex-SAS marksmen, in readiness for its first race on the 16th April 2016.

In a particularly unique job ad, Night Games Races hopes to recruit a paintball sniper to join its sniper team, for the first race on the 16th April 2016 at Deene Park, Northamptonshire.

The job listing, which might be of particular interest to first-person shooter video game fans, is being advertised and promoted online via social media. Hopeful candidates can apply for the role here, explaining in 100 words or less why they deserve the role:  
The role – a key and painful obstacle in the race – will include firing glow in the dark paintballs at runners as they pass through the sniper section of the course. The successful candidate will be in a team of five snipers and hidden within the shrubs of the forest in camouflage.

The chosen applicant will be provided with a state of the art paintball gun with glow in the dark paintballs and a pair of military night vision goggles to aid them in their task.

Night Games Races is particularly keen to recruit gaming enthusiasts for the race. The successful candidate will receive expert training in how to shoot at moving targets and the art of concealment from ex-SAS marksmen.

The sniper will be paid £150 an hour, with travel expenses covered as well. The successful applicant will be assessed by a trainer on the day of the event verifying the sniper’s hit rate, and will also be further incentivised should they manage to successfully shoot more than 80% of the racers, unlocking a £1,000 ‘Supersniper’ achievement bonus.

Hidden paintball snipers are just one of the many obstacles runners will encounter on the 10 mile course, with jet fuelled wind turbines, barbed wire and ice skips also between them and the finish line. Tickets have been on sale since September 2015 and more than 1,000 runners are expected to attend.

The applicants will be shortlisted by February 6th – women and men over the age of 18 years old are being encouraged to apply. The trial day is set to take place in early April. The successful candidate will be announced the week commencing 11th April 2016.

Robert Mason, founder of Night Games Races said,

“As the first obstacle race series to be ran exclusively in the dark, the successful candidate will get to be a part of something new and exciting as well as getting paid a great wage to shoot at consenting moving targets!

“This job offer is a unique and once in a lifetime opportunity. Games like Star Wars: Battlefront, Battlefield and Call of Duty have trained millions of sharp shooters for us – we’re just asking those same people – and others, of course – to experience shooting at moving targets for real for what is obviously a none-too-shabby wage!”

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