If you're an outdoor enthusiast, you might be considering a career change to combine your love of nature with your vocation. If that's the case, there are a number of ways for you to get more fulfillment out of your 9 to 5 job. Working outdoors doesn't always mean manual labor, so, if you are looking for a change, consider these options.
Children's Swim Instructor
This is a great option if you love children, have a passion for teaching, and like the idea of hanging by the pool. This is something you can do on your own, after taking a brief training course of your own. Courses, such as the one offered by Infant Swimming Resource, will prepare you for instructing infants, toddlers, and pre-teen children on safe swimming practices. Each one of your students will require a 10-minute lesson, given five days per week over a three to five week semester. Each student typically pays $85 for one week of lessons, so, depending on how many students you teach, you could build a generous flow of income, while working outdoors.
While many people engage in ride sharing to earn extra income, similar food delivery services are also growing popularity. Companies like Uber and Postmates are always looking for delivery personnel. The nice thing about Postmates is that you can deliver on a bicycle or scooter, which lets you spend more time taking in the sunshine and fresh air. Between your share of the delivery fee and yips, you can make as much as $25 per hour.
Find Work at a Winery
There are a number of jobs that fall under this category from wine taster to vineyard supervisor. The positions for which you may qualify will largely depend on your willingness to get your hands dirty. Some positions may require more physical labor than others, but the experience will educate you about this fascinating industry and prepare you to move up in the ranks. Salaries will depend on your position.
Certainly, travel writing is one option, but there are plenty of other industries looking for good writers. If you want to find out what writing jobs are available in your area, just do ask Google how to become a blogger and you'll receive plenty of options to consider. While this isn't typically an outdoor job, you can write from anywhere. All it takes is a laptop or tablet and a wifi connection. Salaries vary and writers can be paid per piece or per website hits, so it's important to find out the compensation terms in advance.
Forest and Conservation Worker
This might be something to consider, if you love forests and walking in nature. Conservation workers are responsible for monitoring tree health within a given area. They make routine inventories of the trees on the property and identify which trees are diseased. In addition to marking trees for removal, conservation workers are also responsible for planting new seedlings. While higher education isn't necessary, applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent. New hires receive practical training on the job and start out with an average salary of $26,190.
You might work at a day camp or become a camp counselor for summer camps. Additionally, local parks, retirement facilities, and recreation centers all employ people to help organize outdoor activities and build fun experiences for others. This is the perfect job for people who consider themselves extroverts, as well as outdoor enthusiasts. After receiving a high school diploma and on the job training, you can earn around $23,320 per year as a recreation worker.
There are a number of other options for nature lovers. If you're looking for a career change, check the local want ads and you're sure to find even more options. Spending time outdoors is great for your health, so there may be no better way to make money than to find a job that lets you work outside.
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