While many of us may be stuck working indoors and within cubicle walls, there are some jobs out there that allow you to discover if the grass is really greener on the other side. We compiled a list of ten jobs that we think sound like a fun way to earn a paycheck, see the great outdoors and soak up the sun:
10 Cool Outdoor Jobs
For anyone who dreams of working in paradise, has a keen sense of direction and an appreciation for history, island tour guides get to do it all. This job is full of possibilities too, from kayak tours along a tropical river, to riding atop an open-air vehicle pointing out volcanoes and native wildlife. You’re a fit for this job if you have excellent customer service, knowledge of the area, and great communication skills.
Like spending your time on the putting green? You can do it full-time with this job. Golf directors are often responsible for managing tournaments, recruiting pros, and ensuring the quality of their course. In addition, they get time to meet with guests and hit the links. Passion and expertise in golf is a must, along with a diversity of business skills.
Love gazing at the stars and getting mesmerized by bright colors bursting in the night sky? If so, you can directly get involved in designing and executing all that goes into a successful fireworks show as a pyrotechnic operator. However, depending on where you live, you’ll need to get a special license allowing you to legally transport fireworks. If you can’t deliver them, the show won’t go on.
If you want a rosy job, why not consider a career creating stunning landscape designs, potentially ranging from avant-garde floral parks at major resorts to colorful public gardens in your own city? If you’re ready for your creativity to flourish, plus you have experience with building codes, lighting and planting, you might want to consider this career.
While this job is typically inside of a plane, what better way to experience the great outdoors globally than by traveling and taking time for relaxing walks or fabulous dinners outdoors in a new city? No previous airline experience is typically required, but great customer service skills are a must, along with the ability to lift objects up to 35 pounds. If you get the job, you’ll enjoy travel benefits, too, including discounted flights or the option to grab a free seat flying stand-by.
Think there’s nothing better than soaring through the sky over water? If so, you can help others experience the same thrill as a parasail captain. While you’ll spend the majority of your day on the water under the sun, this job isn’t for everyone. Parasail captains do it all – from providing customer service to guests to managing finances to cleaning the boat. A captain’s license and CPR certification are required.
It’s no easy job, especially when you’re tasked with pulling off a huge summer wedding or banquet, but putting your creativity and organizational skills to the test under pressure can be extremely rewarding. At the end of each event, you may just get to enjoy some tasty treats under the sun or stars. If you’re a self-starter, multitasking extraordinaire and have a sense of humor, this job might be a fit.
3. Park Ranger
It doesn’t get much more ‘outdoorsy’ than this job. As a park ranger, you’ll spend your days helping others have fun by a lake, atop a mountain or anywhere in-between. Within the U.S. alone, the national park service has more than 22,000 employees and 221,000 park volunteers. An environmental degree or experience in environmental education is typically required. You’ll also need to pass a written and fitness exam.
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Whether it’s studying marine life under the depths of the ocean, managing a natural resource infrastructure project along the coast, or educating others at a theme park, marine biologists can enjoy a diverse career path. In addition to a passion for science and a related degree, marine biologists also have excellent project management and communication skills.
Thinking Baywatch? In reality, what you see on TV is far from the everyday duties of a pool, lake or beach lifeguard. With this job, you’ll save lives, prevent accidents and ensure families are having a good time safely. You’ll have to learn water safety and lifesaving skills, pass a swim and written test, and earn your CPR certification. However, there’s no denying it – if you want to spend your days under the sun and by the water, this might be the quintessential job.
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