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Do you feel your heart rate drop once you cross city lines? I am a nature lover, and I feel peace when billboards give way to farm fields, hills, and forests. A recent online post waxes lyrical about being in nature, asking users about jobs that bring us closer to nature.
1. Park Ranger
Some of us are not driven by money but by a need to be in a landscape, we love. Those without enthusiasm for academics can always get their certification in park management. “My sister-in-law has been a park ranger in the U.S. for nearly 25 years,” claims a commenter. “She never went to college.”
2. Forestry Studies
If spending your days under a canopy of trees is appealing, forestry management can be a great career. The ominous threat of forest fires means forestry management is more critical than ever. “State schools are the best for this, and there are even a decent amount of community colleges that have two-year professional forestry degrees!” advises another forestry lover.
Tree surgeons are a fundamental part of forestry management, and knowing how to save or clear trees will never grow out of fashion. “My friend went to school to be an arborist,” claims an observer, “and he works from home now as the manager for the power delivery company to manage how the trees are cut for power lines.”
4. Landscape Architect
With all kinds of garden design shows on TV now, this trendy career can be highly lucrative if you can meet the right clients. I know someone who designs roof gardens in London for people wealthy enough to own penthouses. Suffice it to say my friend makes a seven-figure salary yearly.
5. Marine Corp
One retired Marine Corp. contributor mentions how she spent every waking minute in nature: sleeping, not sleeping, and even using the bathroom in nature. “Even when there’s no reason for you to be in nature, you’ll be in nature!” jokes the contributor. Something tells me this marine may not be a fan of nature!
If you are interested in golf, becoming a greenskeeper means you will spend nearly all your time outdoors. However, this comes with the caveat that if you love golf, you will spend most of your waking hours envying those lucky people who play every morning — and likely cursing their mistreatment of your hard work.
7. Campsite Management
Even though it may not be a lucrative career choice, working on a campsite in a stunning outdoor location could appeal to young learners for the summer. “You work for private campsites and care for the campgrounds,” says one commenter. “They do tend to move around a lot.”
8. Wildlife Management
Naturally, you will need a degree for such a specialist job, but nothing will stop you from getting experience to build your career. “I would start by volunteering with a local conservation group,” suggests a wildlife lover. “Every area has them for waterways, breeding grounds, and wildlife rescue. Get in and start learning.”
9. Marine Biologist
Although working your way up might be an option, you need a degree in this specialist field. “You can, however, maybe get some work as a technician on a survey crew,” argues another biologist. “If you’re very physically fit and good at working in tough terrain, you can probably get a position.”
10. Tour guide
Whether by horseback, on a fishing boat, or walking up mountain switchbacks, being some kind of guide will guarantee anyone access to nature. “In high school, I used to be a kayak guide for camps going down the river,” reflects a kindred spirit. “Some of the best times of my teenage years were working on the river all summer long.”
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