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Top Jobs for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Outdoor jobs can offer incredible perks: beautiful natural settings, physical activity, and lots of fresh air. No surprise that so many people want to work in an office without walls! Although the competition can be tough, combining your passion for the outdoors with a rewarding job can lead you down many successful career paths.

Get to the heart of nature as a River Guide, Forest Conservationist, or Park Ranger. Or work closer to home as a Construction Manager, Turf Manager, or Athletic Coach. You could even capture the beauty of nature as a Wildlife Photographer, or learn the earth’s secrets as a Geologist.

And the list doesn’t end there. So many other careers can get you out and about. Dig into the jobs below to get some outside the box (and office) inspiration!

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Careers You May Like

Acting Coach

Teach new actors the power of gesture, speech and theatrical timing.

Advance Scout

Spy on your team’s rivals to uncover their weaknesses.

Agronomist

Develop techniques for improving crop production.

Animal Trainer

Teach pets obedience, train circus animals, or consult on animal problems.

Arborist

Operate on sick trees to remove disease, dead limbs, and sagging branches.

Archaeologist

Dig up ancient relics of past societies.

Athletic Trainer

Keep athletes healthy and performing at peak level.

ATV Racer

Drive All Terrain Vehicles in competitive races.

BASE Jumper

Parachute from a fixed location thousands of feet above the ground.

Baseball Coach

Help players hone their baseball skills by leading drills or giving advice.

Baseball Scout

Root out the nation’s best baseball players for your college or league.

Basketball Coach

Keep your players in shape and their on-court skills sharp.

Basketball Referee

Call traveling violations, fouls, and more as you enforce B-Ball rules.

Beekeeper

Nurture bees for the purpose of selling honey and other bee products.

Bodybuilder

Bulk up and hit the gym hard to impress the Judges with perfect muscles.

Botanist

Study the wide world of plants.

Boxer

Compete in boxing matches all across the country.

Brownfield Redevelopment Specialist

Breathe new life into the land where industrial sites used to be.

Camp Counselor

Supervise camp activities and develop recreational activities for campers.

Cheerleading Coach

Guide your team through cheerleading routines.

Clerk of Scales

Record the weights of horse racing Jockeys with an unbiased eye.

College Coach

Mold promising high school athletes into a well-oiled collegiate team.

Conservation Scientist

Guard against environmental damage.

Diving Coach

Motivate promising divers to perfect their form and reduce splashes.

Dog Handler

Train police and seeing eye dogs or show off your pup at a dog show.

Dolphin Trainer

Teach dolphins how to perform for an audience.

Elephant Trainer

Teach elephants tricks for circus performances.

Entomologist

Discover how small bugs affect the world in big ways.

Environmental Coordinator

Organize programs aimed at protecting the environment.

Environmental Engineer

Develop engineering solutions to ecological problems.

Environmental Manager

Make sure nature is healthy enough to sustain the needs of people.

Equestrian

Entertain crowds at rodeos and circuses with daring horse-back stunts.

Exploration Geologist

Travel to remote places to tap oil and gas deposits.

Fisheries Technician

Help monitor and maintain marine habitats to protect fish.

Floral Designer

Make flower arrangements for weddings, funerals, and other events.

Football Coach

Run drills, go over plays, and lead your football players to victory.

Football Scout

Travel the country to discover promising new football talent.

Forensic Entomologist

Analyze insects found in victims’ bodies for clues to their death.

Forest Fire Fighter

Battle to put out forest fires.

Forestry Technician Fire

Keep forests safe from fires.

Gardener

Cultivate plants, trees, shrubs, and lawns.

Habitat Specialist

Create zoo exhibits that mimic the animals’ home in the wild.

Head Coach

Make the final call about plays, starting line-ups, and team strategy.

Heli-Ski Guide

Jump off helicopters and ski down mountain slopes with clients.

Hitting Coach

Teach Baseball Players how to control their swings and hit smart.

Horse Show Judge

Rank and rate horses and riders in various events.

Hydroponics Grower

Grow plants in soilless mediums.

Ice Hockey Coach

Teach hockey players to skate, shoot, and work as a team.

Ice Skater

Perform with grace and courage as a professional ice skating athlete.

Ice Skating Coach

Show skaters how to glide effortlessly and stop safely on the ice.

Ichthyologist

Learn all there is to learn about fish.

Integrated Pest Management Technician

Evict pesky rodents and insects from buildings with traps and chemicals.

Irrigation Consultant

Equip clients with systems for watering crops or gardens.

Jockey

Coax your million-dollar horse into a winning position at the races.

Landscape Architect

Create parks and gardens as a licensed professional.

Landscape Designer

Beautify spaces by planting greenery and erecting garden structures.

Mineralogist

Know all there is to know about minerals.

Nursery Manager

Manage a nursery and oversee the development and growth of plants.

Oceanographer

Explore the mysteries of the ocean.

Park Naturalist

Educate people about the natural world.

Physical Volcanologist

Gain enough knowledge of volcanic eruptions to be able to predict them.

Plant Geneticist

Improve plants by experimenting with their genes.

Professional Athlete

Participate in professional competitive athletic events.

Professional Mountain Climber

Scale mountains for sport or exploration.

Professional Skateboarder

Pay the bills with kickflips, ollies, and insane skating tricks.

Rancher

Raise cows, pigs, chickens, and other livestock for their meat.

Restoration Ecologist

Work to reverse any harm done to the environment.

Rock Climber

Teach new climbers about hand-holds and the dangers of loose rocks.

Seismologist

Serve as an expert on earthquakes.

Soccer Coach

Motivate and manage your players to work as a team.

Soccer Referee

Enforce the rules of the game of soccer.

Soil Conservationist

Keep the land safe from erosion and other damage.

Soil Science Professor

Teach university students about soil science.

Stormwater Management Designer

Design structures that help businesses deal with excess rain.

Sumo Wrestler

Overpower your opponent as a member of Japan’s elite sumo-athletes.

Sustainability Manager

Head up an organization’s environmental sustainability program.

Swim Coach

Manage all levels of swimmers and get them in-shape for the meets.

Tennis Coach

Help tennis players swing, serve, and return with power and grace.

Tobacco Farmer

Produce tobacco for cigarettes and cigars.

Tour Leader

Organize complete travel packages for tourists.

Track and Field Coach

Motivate track stars to work hard and excel at their chosen event.

Tree Climber

Ascend trees using climbing boots and a harness for timber companies.

Tree Trimmer

Lop off unsafe or diseased tree branches and keep shrubs healthy.

Umpire

Enforce baseball rules and call strikes on the diamond.

Vegetable Farmer

Grow and harvest vegetables.

Viticulturist

Study how to grow the best grapes for wine.

Volcanologist

Travel to volcanoes in search of scientific data.

Wilderness Guide

Take campers on journeys into the wilderness.

Wind Turbine Engineer

Sketch out and build turbines to convert wind power into energy.

Wolf Biologist

Observe how wolves behave and live.

Zoologist

Research animals in the wild or in captivity.