Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: What if your job were to lead others as they explore the natural wonders of the world? It can be.

Amava Take: As more people actively consider the delicate balance involved in keeping our planet healthy and habitable, it’s only natural that more of them want to get out there and enjoy nature’s bounty. It can be social, educational and physical and that’s quite a trifecta. Companies, municipalities and nonprofits are all involved in leading people to explore the natural world and they always need guides. If you’re looking for a way to combine your love of nature with a new career, think about working as a wilderness guide. The possibilities are vast!

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?

People who love biology, nature and animals do really well in these positions. Good judgment helps too!

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Invite questions. You will learn so much about your group if you listen.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

It’s all about where you’re taking your flock!

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?

No matter how many times I hike the same path, I always see something I’ve never seen before.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Fear of the unknown. We all have it.

What delighted you the most about the experience?

I’m so pleased to see that kids are still so fascinated by animals and nature.

Special Requirements: CPR and first responder training are the main requirements. Of course passion for the outdoors and wilderness experience are keys too. Find out more about what it takes to be an outdoor guide by reading some articles on the subject.

Finding a Position: If you live near state, county or national parks, check out their listings. There are also job sites dedicated to adventure jobs that are worth checking out.