If you’re stuck at a desk job and really only yearn to be outdoors, there may still be hope for you. Whether you love the mountains, oceans, parks or points in between, one of these jobs might be the perfect one for you.
These are the cool hat-wearing rangers you see at the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Niagara Falls and other national parks, cities and protected areas. They deal with wildlife safety, scientific research, search and rescue support, law enforcement and interact with the public via tours and visitor information. Generally, degrees are not required, although you might have to pass fitness exams or weapons training.
While archaeology is a field where you’ll need at least a master’s (if not a doctoral) degree, it’s a specialty that will have you working outdoors constantly. Believe it or not, archaeologists aren’t just called on to dig out ancient Egyptian burial grounds; they’re needed whenever new roads, bridges or buildings are built, especially if sacred lands are suspected.
They’re really called brick masons, but they don’t just work with bricks. They also work with blocks and stone and construct all manner of walls, sidewalks and other structures. There’s lots of heavy lifting with not a lot of time to sit unless you’re taking a lunch break; and while a degree isn’t required, multi-year apprenticeships are usually required.