Working as a Backpacker in the Outdoors
When it comes to work, there seem to be two different types of people in the world; there are those who don’t mind sitting in an office and earning a paycheck, and there are those who want to be outdoors and enjoying all that the outdoor life has to offer. For those individuals, finding a career in the outdoor recreation fields is of vital importance. Not only does it help them earn a living and take care of a family, but it also provides them with an enjoyable career that they can love for a lifetime.
Of course, the decision as to which of the careers in outdoor recreation fields you will choose is going to depend mainly on your particular skill set and desires. For example, there may be specific careers that would put you in charge of caring for groups of children, perhaps working at a camp or a similar type of job. Others are going to put you on your own, maybe even spending days on the job without running into another human. In either of these cases, it can be considered to be an outdoor job but, quite apparently, the person that does the work is going to be entirely different.
To be sure, there are so many different options available for outdoor jobs that it is difficult to list all of them in a single article. What we can do, however, is talk about some of the outdoor recreation fields that could make an excellent career and then have you explore the issue even closer by contacting those that are involved in the hiring process.
Outdoor Guides – This is a rather exciting career, and it’s an excellent opportunity for somebody to spend some time outdoors while earning a paycheck. This is not the type of job where you will be alone, however, and it is likely that you are going to continue to meet new people on an ongoing basis. It is essential that you have both outdoor and interpersonal relationship skills at your disposal. After all, you’re going to be working with the public and educating them on any one of some different activities.
Some of the jobs that fall into this category include working at summer camps or a National Park. You may also work at a camping facility helping backpackers and hikers work through the park trails. Or your post could be another outdoor location, such as a hunting guide or even a job as a whitewater rafting guide. Your responsibilities would include organizing a variety of activities, creating activities when necessary, educating individuals and ensuring that they are cared for properly and communicating with those people regularly.
Skiing – Another option that you may want to consider, particularly if you love the cold weather, is to get involved with a skiing career. These types of winter sports activities are quite popular, and as an employee in the outdoor recreational field, it will be your responsibility to teach others how to ski and to make the proper selection as far as gear is concerned. When incidents do take place, and they are likely to take place, it will be your responsibility to report them.
These are just scratching the surface of some of the many outdoor recreation careers that may be available. To choose one of these jobs, you would want to make sure that holding a position in the field of the great outdoors is the right choice for you. Ask yourself questions such as do I love being outside? Do I feel it is essential to stay in good health? Do I enjoy working with people and am I ready to be outdoors, regardless of the weather?
Spending your day outside is something that is a dream for many people, especially for those who would love an outdoor career but find themselves stuck in an office working in a cubicle. When you have the opportunity to work outside, it puts you one on one with nature in a unique way. Not only are you able to enjoy everything that the great outdoors has to offer, but you also get to meet new and exciting people and collect a paycheck at the same time. It indeed is a win-win situation.