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6 Jobs That Utilize Outdoor Skills

Most of us just spend our weekends in the wilderness, but for lucky people out there this is their profession, they live it every day. Here is a list of some of the careers that are out there for you to have the opportunity to make the wilderness your office space.

1. Adventure Travel Leader.

From hiking the Sonoran Desert during spring wildflower bloom to spotting grizzlies gorging on Alaska’s summer salmon run, from paddling with a pod of killer whales or watching wolf pups frolic on a deserted Alaskan beach. While solid outdoor chops are a must for adventure guides, social skills are equally important. You have to be able to listen to people and be sincerely interested in their stories.


2. Wilderness Guide.

These life hackers get paid to show others how to do the things they love most, be it rock climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, or fly fishing. Regardless of your chosen expertise, you’ll need patience, people skills, and a mastery of the craft.


3. Park Ranger.

If income were measured in views per hour rather than dollars, NPS rangers would be wealthier than Warren Buffet. They clock in at our country’s most sanctified natural spaces, working in the shadow of Half Dome, the rain forests of Olympic, the depths of the Grand Canyon.


4. Archaeologist.

If solitude tops your list of backcountry must-haves and your powers of perception rival a CSI sleuth’s, consider becoming an archaeologist. Archaeologists are routinely in the middle of nowhere, and are usually loners, as they scarcely have colleagues and most of the people they’ll see at work have been dead for ages.


5. Wildland Firefighter.

Think of your current job title. Now consider this one: Hotshot. Heady stuff, right? So is the job description for hotshots, the elite group of wildland firefighters who deploy to fire zones around the country to defend wild spaces. Though the goal is the same, the job description varies depending on the type of firefighting crew, including helitack crews and smokejumpers who attack from above, truck-based engine crews, and hand crews that construct fire lines.


6. Research Geologist.

90 percent of our energy still comes from the ground beneath our feet. The upshot for geoscientists? Job security. The market is strong for earth science experts—which include not just geologists, but also oceanographers, geophysicists, and seismologists. Newer energy exploits such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing are primarily driving demand

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