Five Thrilling Summer Jobs for Adventure Seekers

hiking guideNot every­one is work­ing for the week­end. Plen­ty of job oppor­tu­ni­ties exist that will cat­a­pult you into an adven­ture every day. Some are cus­tomer ser­vice ori­ent­ed, oth­ers are phys­i­cal­ly demand­ing and almost every great adven­ture job requires advanced cer­ti­fi­ca­tions and expe­ri­ence.

Get­ting the Gig
The best jobs out there are extreme­ly com­pet­i­tive. Secur­ing a few sol­id ref­er­ences is crit­i­cal, espe­cial­ly if they are con­nect­ed and respect­ed with­in the indus­try. You can also posi­tion your­self ahead of the pack by vol­un­tar­i­ly gain­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tions in advance. Basic CPR and First Aid serve as a base­line and are always required for field posi­tions. Wilder­ness First Respon­der is one that every out­door job posi­tion respects. The course is a great expe­ri­ence and one you will nev­er regret any­ways. Swift­wa­ter Res­cue is imper­a­tive for jobs on rivers and coast guard cer­ti­fi­ca­tions are often required for run­ning boats in coastal areas. Deck­hands and sup­port staff will have less strin­gent require­ments but man­ning a ves­sel comes with some seri­ous respon­si­bil­i­ty.

Work­ing Your Way Up
Every­one starts some­where and get­ting a foot in the door is impor­tant. Sup­port staff roles are eas­i­er to obtain and they present the oppor­tu­ni­ty to prove your work eth­ic and desire to grow with­in a spe­cif­ic com­pa­ny. When apply­ing for these jobs, make your intent for advance­ment clear. You can run shut­tles and row the gear boats before advanc­ing to guide sta­tus. Know­ing every aspect of the oper­a­tion is a bonus in the long run.


river guideWhite­wa­ter Raft Guides
Run­ning white­wa­ter on a dai­ly basis is hard to beat for adven­ture. Numer­ous out­fits pro­vide train­ing for rook­ie guides and start you on mild runs and day trips. The most cov­et­ed posi­tions are found on mul­ti-day trips in loca­tions like the Grand Canyon and Mid­dle Fork of the Salmon. Get your feet wet and this path can take you all over the world. You might run the Rogue Riv­er in Ore­gon all sum­mer then head south to Chile for a win­ter on the Futaleufú.

Back­coun­try Canoe Guides
If you pre­fer a slow­er pace and are an edu­cat­ed nat­u­ral­ist, con­sid­er lead­ing wilder­ness canoe trips. These jobs are few and far between so plan on research­ing heav­i­ly to find an out­fit­ter with open­ings. Active oper­a­tions are run­ning in Yel­low­stone Nation­al Park, the Bound­ary Waters, numer­ous areas in Cana­da and Alas­ka as well.

Back­pack­ing Guide Jobs
Spend a sum­mer lead­ing back­pack­ing trips and you will be in great shape. The major­i­ty of these posi­tions are locat­ed in Nation­al Parks and you are respon­si­ble for the safe­ty and well being of your guests. This means set­ting a com­fort­able pace for every­one, edu­cat­ing the group and man­ag­ing a num­ber of dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties. You will deal with logis­tics and meals in advance and have dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions like injuries in remote set­tings. Over­all, how­ev­er, you are back­pack­ing in some of the most beau­ti­ful places on earth.

Alas­ka Fish­ing Guides
Imag­ine run­ning jet boats upbraid­ed rivers and land­ing trout and salmon next to feed­ing bears. Inland fish­ing guide jobs offer true wilder­ness adven­tures. Expe­ri­ence fish­ing with con­ven­tion­al and fly gear is impor­tant. You will also need an OUPV (Six Pack) coast guard license to run boats under pow­er. Some out­fit­ters will pay for the coast guard license course ($1k+) and trav­el, oth­ers will reim­burse the expense for fin­ish­ing the sea­son and some expect you to show up licensed and ready. Pay varies but tips are where you real­ly make out in these jobs. Apply ear­ly as the posi­tions are com­pet­i­tive.

Wild­land Fire­fight­ing
Wild­land fire­fight­ers work extreme­ly hard to pro­tect our forests. Long hours, phys­i­cal work, dif­fi­cult con­di­tions, and adver­si­ty are part of the deal. You can make great mon­ey with unlim­it­ed over­time on big fires. Hot­shot crews are excel­lent but not easy to crack. For­est ser­vice and state jobs are pop­u­lar with tons of dif­fer­ent job roles. You might dri­ve a water truck, work the front lines, trans­port staff or cook at the camp­sites. Get start­ed by locat­ing a phys­i­cal test course. After pass­ing the phys­i­cal you receive a red card and can pur­sue advanced edu­ca­tion­al cours­es while apply­ing for pri­vate or pub­lic sec­tor jobs.