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Jobs for Those Who Love the Outdoors

If you spend more time outside than you do inside, there is bound to be a perfect job match for you in the great outdoors. Don’t think there are that many outdoor jobs? Think again!

As an active person – perhaps you’re a home exerciser, but dream of taking it outside – and as someone who revels in the natural landscape – you’ve formed an affinity for the sun, the moon and the stars: you’re bound to find your ideal career in nature.

Adventures galore await you as an outdoor careerist.  Read on for a few ideas on how to never stop playing (or climbing or white-water rafting or hiking), while bringing home a paycheck.

Caveat:  A bit of caution is called for here.  Make sure you are fit—able to climb and bend and crawl and stretch and sometimes lift without issue, as called to do—and that you are able to withstand temperature extremes.

Also, depending on the job you’re going for, you are going to need to be able to work on your own for hours on end.

‘Nuff said?  Here goes:

Be an Environmentalist – There’s no end to the sorts of jobs you can apply for in the great outdoors with the moniker of environmentalist.  This career is for folks who make it their serious business to protect the precious resources on our green planet, and they do that utilizing their own particular brand of earth-love.

Being an environmentalist can take the form of any number of professions, and each job achieves the same ends: an environmental specialist functions in the capacity of an expert who is lending their skill sets to the cause.   (Unlike with many of the other nature-based jobs, this one doesn’t require much physical exertion.)

For instance, if you’re a lawyer, you can still be a lawyer; you’ll just hang your shingle either in or out of doors while working for the state or federal government, or while serving as legal counsel for a nonprofit… or any other organization.

Ditto if you’re a researcher who delves into the topics surrounding environmentalism, or a grant writer who seeks to research and construct grant requests, or proposals to preserve the place we call our great, green, beautiful home – earth.

Environmentalists also take the form of lobbyists.

Let’s Discuss What An Environmenal Lobbyist Does

Here we will explore what being an Environmental Lobbyist would entail.

Lobbyists, mostly well-financed and belonging to an extremely organized network,”work” the state, federal and private sectors, seeking to influence decision-makers. They are usually extremely knowledgeable about the technicalities and intricacies of their field.

Special interest groups and some trade groups pay lobbyists to represent their interests.

In the case of an environmental lobbyist, the job would entail bringing influence and persuasive information to those in a position to help. This might entail discussing the pertinent issues in the executive and legislative branches of government, to try to get laws passed which would help protect the earth, as well as clean the environment.

Private sector leaders, too, would be approached, as would environmental or “green” groups; the lobbyist would seek to advance the viewpoint of his or her employer.

Wildland Firefighter

This is a physically challenging career and requires exceptional levels of fitness.  As a Wildland Firefighter you are going to see days when you are up to your armpits in mud and swerving your vehicle around obstacle courses.  Once you land a job as a professional firefighter on a wildland crew (or on what is sometimes referred to as Interagency “Hotshot Crews”), you’ll be in a group whose tasks are the equivalent of the Special Forces division in the military.

Before the 1930’s, these special wildland firefighting crews were brought together as they were needed.

Nowadays, these groups are specially selected (in a much coveted role); extensively trained and on call. This elite group is usually assembled in groups of 20. The term “Hotshot” comes from the group’s having been sent to extinguish the hottest part of fires during dangerous assignments in Southern California in the late 1940’s.

Of course, another usage of the term “Hotshot” might be attributed to the slang connotation meaning someone possessed of exemplary, out-of-the-ordinary skills.

Farmer

The venerable farmers are still an integral part of our earth – and an important part of the economy upon which much of industry hinges.  Farmers can work as their own boss, hiring help as needed… or they can hire themselves out for seasonal work on farms.   Either way, the serene agricultural setting is indisputably enjoyable. If you love rural life, and making green plants and edibles grow, you’ll find farm life beautiful.

Remember that when crops are ripe on a farm, the hours can become quite arduous and long. The produce simply must be picked.  The good side to this is that longer hours mean a bigger paycheck!  Looking for a job picking fruits, vegetables and other crops?  Go to www.pickingjobs.com

Lifeguard

There are so many rewarding aspects to being a lifeguard. An absolute love for the beach and the ocean (or at least for water and water sports, if you’re working in an indoor pool) is essential.  The job has a seasonal connotation to it, unless you are living in a part of the world where it’s always swimming weather!

Of course, whether you’re going for a job in a Hawaii resort or at the ASPCA, you’ve got to have a passion for ensuring swimmers’ safety.  No hobnobbing when there is swimming activity going on in your allotted area.  Keep your eyes and ears peeled. You just may save a life.

State or National Park Ranger

As a Park Ranger, you have your pick of what sort of breathtaking scenery you’d like to call your work-home.  Would you like to be situated near a mountain, a lake, a forest, a coastal town, a glacier or a desert?

You can even opt to be surrounded by complete wilderness, and make the hooting of owls and howling of hyenas the backdrop to many of your workdays.

The idea is to help preserve our natural resources, as well as the important legacy of our cultural history, which is inherent in our parks.

In the U.S., there are over 400 national parks. These parks see numerous visitors on a daily basis, and park rangers preserve the wildlife and plant species; collect scientific data and sometimes act as a law enforcement official.   The National Park Service’s site  (www.nps.gov) states that applicants have the opportunity to work anywhere from: “Maine to Guam, the Virgin Islands to Alaska”.  More info here: http://www.wikihow.com/Be-a-Park-Ranger

Other opportunities for those who honor the outdoors are: Marine Biologist; a Geoscientist or Geologist; a ski/surf/snowboard instructor; an Urban Planner or Landscape Architect and an Adventure Tour Guide (or Outdoor Program Leaders).

If you’d have no problem making lakes, mountains, forests, animals and wilderness your full-time office, now you know that you can do that very thing.

Go for it.

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