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50KalI’ve worked a lot of different outdoor jobs over the years. The list goes like this for me: Summer Canoe guide, winter camping guide/dogsled guide, state park night security guard, BLM range aid, lifty, county park worker, lifty, BLM recreation aid, lifty, helicopter ground crew member, lifty, helicopter ground crew member, lifty, helicopter ground crew member, highlands bow cat driver, helitack wildfire crewman, aspen mountain snow
Cat driver, helitack wildfire crewman, currently working again as snowcat driver on aspen mountain.
Planning to back to wildfire this summer and trying to get in with a work program for Antarctica next
You could say I’ve made a career in outdoors.
If you want to work outside you don’t necessarily need a outdoor degree. Maybe if you want a certain specific job like be the park manager of Yellowstone NP.
But if you work on a business degree and just take on summer work as fishing guide or fight wildfire, it would probably look better on a resume.
I have two year degree in park and recreation. It might of helped me get my first couple jobs but I could of easily gotten those jobs with a high school education or liberal arts degree.
The big thing is see with people who say they want to work outdoors is once they are in the field they hate it.
Get a outdoor job like conservative corps or a guide job and see if you really like working outside all the time. It would also help you decide what kind of field you want to go into.
philipcBy the time you're ready to graduate you will probably find that criteria such as how fulfilling the job is, the pay, are you learning skills for your future, ect.. are going to be more of a deciding factor than: is my job outside.
50KalPlanning to back to wildfire this summer and trying to get in with a work program for Antarctica next
DirtYStylEThis guy gets it. So you now work outside which is what you love doing. This can make you hate being outside all day everyday till the weekend. The weekend hits and you want to spend more time outside? Spending a week inside working makes the outdoors that much more enjoyable.
You got two sides to the coin. Best of luck
mmccarthy81So I’m heading to college in the fall and am plagued with the decision of what to do with my life. I’m indecisive and there are plenty of majors that sound cool, although I’m leaning towards civil and environmental engineering. Out of curiosity, does anyone on here have a cool or unusual job that they could consider their career or know of some cool ones I could look into for some inspiration/influence? I’ve been looking into outdoorsy, in the field type jobs to see what I can possibly study and environmental engineer constantly comes up, but I’m curious to know what other types of options are out there.
mtbakerpowBeing a pro might work too,good luck;)
theabortionatorQuints or gtfo!!!
CaseyI work as an engineering technician for a city Storm and Surface Water utility. It's kind of like what you are talking about. On one end of the spectrum there is like full on construction crews that dig up pipes and make repairs in the road, contract management for maintenance and replacement, etc. At the other end of the spectrum we have biologist that monitor stream health, track salmon runs, water quality, basically try to figure out if what we're doing actually makes a difference. Wouldn't hurt to have a civil engineering degree or a BS in environmental science, or public administration minor, something like that.
50KalI don’t speak jive. What?
theabortionatorWhats the deal, what are the details, what's the story, got information? Sounds pretty dope.
Casey"This sign isn't going to hold itself"
50KalThere’s Not to many details. I’m going back to my wildfire job in Minnesota. Look at thread this to learn more on wildfire.
And I’ve been trying for two years to get a job at PAE ((pacific architecture and engineers)the main work contractor in Antarctica). I’ve gone through the background process and many other job required procedures. Was on the extras list this year. I hopefully I get a job offer this summer and can go down there this next winter. I know a couple people down there and they all say it’s dope as fu.
humptySnowmaking... picture walking down a ski trail 11 hrs into a 12 hr shift its pitch dark in the middle of the night and all you have is a headlamp with tired battery's. its dumping natural snow and you are getting blasted in the face with a mixture of man made and natural snow cause its windy af. Digging out everything because of the natural snow burying shit quick. Not to mention your pants are now frozen solid because a hose blew and sprayed water all over you. Fuck i miss work
theabortionatorPicture a real mountain with vroommobiles and just going like braaappppp over piles and hitting the jumos in the park becauee mother fucking yolo bitches
humptyNothing like holdin er wide up closed trails. At pc though its like they dont want us to ride sleds. So much bull shit you gotta do before you can drive em
B.GillisMy best advice would be to stay undeclared for as long as you can or major in something that's very open ended like a basic environmental science degree or biology, whatever. The way I see it the more specific you get now the more specific you have to be while searching for a job. Keep it broad now and you open yourself up to a wide variety of job choices down the line.
Don't focus a ton of time and energy on figuring out your future job right now. What you think you want to do now and what you think you'll wanna do at the end of college will most likely be completely different. Just go to school and enjoy the time for what it is. Say yes a lot and try something new everyday because you never know what you'll fall in love with along the way.
eheathThis so much. If you're going to college in the fall for sure, just take gen-ed classes, stuff you take no matter what your major is, you can spend 2-3 even 4 semesters doing this before you declare your major.
mmccarthy81Yeah I applied undeclared because I’d rather do this than try to pretend I know what I want to do for sure and hop into a program. And if I can’t find something I’m sure about maybe I’ll even get the basic requirements done and then take a gap year or something idk. The reason I even made a thread like this is because I’m not comfortable just sitting back and assuming a desirable major will just jump out at me once I get to college. I’d rather at least get an idea as to what I might like to do rather than wait until the last second and potentially screw myself over or have to end up taking longer to graduate. Either way I’m not worried about it now and am going in undeclared, but I feel obligated to explore some possible options and to get thinking as to what I may choose to do.
K-Dot.Like people above have said, take a bunch of different classes to see what you like.
I would strongly advise steering clear of business if you give the slightest shit about the outdoors. STEM or humanities/arts will be much more personally rewarding, unless all you're looking for is a way to make some money when you leave school, which is a very short sighted approach imo
theabortionatorI just found out taco bell is hiring and starting at the same wage I get. Time for a career change lol
B.GillisMcDonalds hires for more than just about every position at our spot. And you get a free meal