Top 12 Careers For Outdoor Enthusiasts (Outdoor Jobs)

by Liberty Stembridge, Lifestyle Columnist

Published in Lifestyle and Money on 28th August, 2019

Sick of spending eight hours a day trapped behind a desk or a screen? Spend your time at work dreaming of all the exploring you'll do at the weekend, wishing you could be there now?

You're not alone. For naturally outdoorsy folk, desk jobs can be a nightmare, so if you're looking for a change of scenery - here are the top 10 careers for outdoor enthusiasts.

Dive Instructor / Master

If you're looking to traverse new depths, gain a unique insight and appreciation for the ocean and experience wildlife few others have ever seen, then diving is the job for you.

dive master

Divemasters lead recreational dives usually with tourists, to explore local reefs and points of interests. Dive instructors train and coach new divers, helping them to become safe and competent in the water.

If you're only interested in exploring the ocean and sharing your love for the underwater world with others, then becoming a divemaster is probably the route for you, but if you have a passion for teaching, then instructing other divers could also be an option.

Rock Climbing Instructor

If you're not afraid of heights and love being able to take on a new challenge, then this might just be the job for you. Lead other climbers in scaling indoor walls and outdoor challenges whilst pushing the limits of your own physical fitness.

Climbing is a very social and rewarding sport, so if you like chatting, helping others to achieve and developing your own abilities, you'll love this job.

Kayak / White Water Rafting Instructor

If you like a bit of adventure and don't mind getting wet, then becoming a kayaking instructor could be perfect for you.

You'll likely be leading small groups of people down rivers or canals, exploring the area from the water and getting up close and personal with local wildlife. If you like a bit more fun, venture into white water rafting or sea kayaking taking on fast rapids with skill and expertise.

Trail Leader

Trail Leading covers a variety of different activities, including hiking, mountain biking, climbing or 4WD. As a trail leader you will be taking groups of people on adventures through your local area, whether it be along the coast, through forests, mountains, or across lakes.

trail leader

You'll get to know the wildlife and landscape of your area thoroughly until you become an expert and can share that knowledge with the people who come to explore with you. If you love adventuring, leading others and sharing a love of the great outdoors, then this could be the job for you.

Conservation Scientist

Conservation Scientists or Conservationists study the ecology of certain regions that are under threat from human activities and work to mitigate or undo the damage we create.

If you have a passion for the environment and want to work outdoors whilst still making a meaningful contribution to saving our planet, then this could be the perfect job for you. You will likely need a bachelor's degree in biology, forestry, agronomy, agricultural science or environmental science.


Zoologists are a type of biologist who study a variety of animals, gaining insights into their behaviour, biology, habits and how they interact with their habitats.

They can be involved in research, animal management, conservation or education. If you love working with wildlife, educating others and learning more about how we can save animals, a career in zoology could be the right fit.

To become a zoologist you will likely need a degree in wildlife ecology, biology or zoology.

Park Ranger

Park rangers are on the frontlines of National Parks worldwide, maintaining, educating and rescuing in case of emergency.

park ranger

If you want to be active in taking care of these stunning sites of natural beauty and wonder, becoming a Park Ranger might be the right choice for you. You'll be active every day, assisting visitors, educating, rescuing a hiker or two and protecting the land from abuse such as litter or fire.

Landscape Architect

Are you design minded and love a challenge? Landscape Architects design, plan and oversee the construction of outdoor spaces, to create beautiful, functional spaces for people to enjoy.

The type of work you could be doing might range from designing residential gardens, community parks, agricultural farmland or industrial sites. There's a huge range of work available, and depending on what you get involved in, you could stand to make upwards of $100,000 per year.


Are you more creative and know your way around a camera? Photographers often get the opportunity to travel and work outdoors, especially if you work commercially.


Generally you'll be making your money by providing photography services to others, rather than selling your own work, which means you'll need to be skilled in using your camera to create quality photos in all sorts of situations. If you want to spend more time outdoors, specialise in areas such as travel photography, lifestyle photography or wildlife photography.

Swimming Instructor

As a swimming instructor, you'll get to be active all day long teaching kids and adults how to swim. If indoor pools aren't your thing, you may be able to specialise in wild swimming or triathlon training. You'll be able to work out all parts of your body and reap the rewards of being able to help others to remain safe in the water.

Yoga Teacher

Do you lean towards the spiritual side of life and love to bring together groups of people to relax and rejuvenate? Yoga Teaching might just be your cup of herbal tea. To become a yoga teacher you'll need to complete a yoga teacher training and get a bit of experience under your belt.

yoga teacher

As a yoga instructor, you'll be able to instruct your own classes outdoors if you wish, or work with a studio. This is an excellent option if you like to be active and want a non-desk job, but don't necessarily want to be hiking through mountains all day every day.

Surf Instructor

The coolest of all instructors, becoming a surf instructor is a dream for many. You'll be catching the waves every day, teaching others the physics and mechanics of surfing, as well as how to stay safe in the water.

You'll usually need to take a surf teacher training course in order to qualify, but once you have you'll be able to teach privately or join an organisation. Perfect for anyone who dreams of being at the beach instead of behind a desk.

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