Oscar Mayer has put out the call for the next class of Wienermobile drivers to take the giant hot dog replicas across the United States. The famous Wienermobile fleet tours the country, bringing joy and Oscar Mayer hot dogs to people nationwide. Now you can get paid over $35,000 a year to drive one!
Wienermobile Driving Job Details
As reported this week by multiple news outlets, Oscar Mayer is currently accepting applications for a 12-month stint as a Wienermobile driver. The job entails driving the giant 27-foot-long hot dog vehicle across the country and making appearances at events, fairs, parades, and more.
According to the job posting on Oscar Mayer’s website, duties include:
- Driving the Wienermobile across the Midwest region
- Coordinating media interviews and appearances
- Creating social media content documenting your travels
- Supporting sales objectives and activating store partnerships
- Engaging with consumers in fun and creative ways
It’s a full-time job traveling coast-to-coast that pays $35,600 per year. You’ll be paired with another new graduate hire, taking turns driving the Wienermobile and making public appearances. Housing, per diem, and travel expenses are covered.
The job begins with a two-week training session called “Hot Dog High” at Hot Dog Headquarters in Madison, WI. After that, you hit the hot dog highways!
The deadline to apply is January 31, 2024. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in public relations, journalism, communications, advertising, or marketing, along with experience in content creation and event planning. Exceptional communications and public speaking skills are a must!
History of the Wienermobile
The Wienermobile has brought smiles to people’s faces since 1936 when Oscar Mayer’s nephew, Carl Mayer, built the first Wienermobile from a used Chevrolet truck chassis. It was meant to be driven in the 4th of July parade in Chicago as a rolling advertisement for the meat company.
That first Wienermobile (also called “Wiener Number 1”) was smaller than today’s models. It was powered by a small motor and operated much like a tail-dragger airplane, with the wiener and bun body setting behind the cab.
Over the decades, new Wienermobile iterations were created. Larger models emerged, including some built on bus frames to accommodate more people. Custom features like Wiener whistles, horns and tail fins became signature components overtime.
Today, Oscar Mayer maintains a fleet of six Wienermobiles that are all based on Chevrolet vans or truck chassis. They each measure over 27 feet long and 11 feet high – and always command attention on the road!
Why Drive the Wienermobile?
In addition to the fun of driving a giant hot dog across the U.S., the job offers recent college grads invaluable life and career experience.
As reported by NBC Washington DC, former Wienermobile drivers praise the networking, public speaking skills and brand ambassador know-how they gained from the position. Many parlayed it into entertainment, sports and communications careers afterwards.
The role allows creative freedoms too. Teams of Wienermobile drivers, called Hotdoggers, map out their own routes and itineraries. You get to meet new people everywhere you go while seeing different parts of the country.
Sure, it’s an unconventional gig – but one that serves up memories that last a lifetime.
What Happens Next?
The month-long application window closes on January 31st. After that, Oscar Mayer will select top applicants to participate in virtual interviews.
The company expects to make final Hotdogger selections by the end of March. New hires will attend Hot Dog High training in Wisconsin before hitting the streets in June 2024 in their assigned Wienermobiles.
Until then, prospective applicants have about three weeks left to tailor their resumes and cover letters to showcase why they have the right stuff to represent Oscar Mayer on the road.
We’ll soon find out who gets to sport a hot dog hat and drive the iconic Wienermobile this summer!
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