This list is not all that is out there! yet it's a good start to get you aware and excited of the possibilities. Many of these and other career/jobs do not take a college degree in the area you'd work in, so don't get caught up thinking you will have to go back to school for years. Will you need to educate yourself? of course, yet with todays internet and acess to books online much of it can be done outdside traditional universities.
1. Ecotourism- one of the easier ways to get going in the exciting outdoor world of work. Be involved in showing people natural places, nature and wildlife to inspire them to get involved in saving our natural world. There's a wide range of options you can build a career in from day trips or longer into national, state, city parks to backcountry guide.
2. Travel Writer/Blogger/Journalist- specializing in nature, wildlife destinations, conservation locations in the US and around the world. There are many online courses you can take to improve your writing skills and connect with other aspiring writers. Nature and Wildlife can't speak for themselves so you can help tremendously by being an advocate they desperatly need.
3. Ranger/Warden- this career is hands on working with the public and nature to protect natural resources. Get your hands dirty in the outdoors making a difference for the natural world. Help implement rules and policies in parks as well as wild places that protect wildlife.
4. Wildlife Photographer/Film Maker- use your creative skills to speak for nature and wildlife in a show and tell way. This is more of an entreprenuer route vs job yet jobs do exist in the field. Use your creative skills to speak for nature and wildlife in a show and tell way. You'll be outdoors doing your work most of the time so a love of the outdoors, different weather, nature and wildlife is a must.
5. Animal Welfare- it's going to be tough getting any more hands on than this career option. Caring for and helping wildlife animals heal and return to the wild. No wildlife career has more hands on with wildlife obviously so if you're a true animal lover this is for you.
6. Marine Conservation- there are many faucets to this area of work. One that is relatively easy to get involved in is becoming a scuba instructor basically a tour guide under water. Many scuba instuctors are also heavily involved in ocean conservation efforts.
7. Create Your Own Outdoor Career- start creating your own wildlife, nature, outdoor tours from walking, hiking, backpacking to day trips to spot wildlife and nature. Begin a non-profit for wildlife animal rehabilitation.
Here's a few action steps I did that made all the difference... and I know can help you do it also!
First, if you don't get your mind right then the rest will be much more difficult to ever achieve.
Believing Mindset-begin daily visioning of yourself in the career you are wanting. If you don't know exactly the career then focus on some aspect you'd like to be a part of it. Ex: being outdoors, travel, helping people or animals, location independence, more creativity. Create a vision board... it made a huge difference for me, our minds and therefore our lives go towards what we think and see daily.
Why-determine your why...why is different than want to. Sit preferably in nature and brainstorm around what's important to you. Ex: I “want” to have a job outdoors. “Why” because it makes me happier, healthier, more alive and then I'm a better person to my family, friends and myself. This will be a huge motivator to lean on when challenges arise on your journey.
Clear out the Life Clutter- what are you spending time on that is not serving you getting to your new career? Clear out habits that are wasting your time, you know what they are. Remove time commitments that do nothing for you moving forward. Decrease time with friends and/or family that are not supporting your transformation. For me I sold my TV and devoted the time to planning my new career and world travel.
Financial Clarity- put together a budget of your expenses, income and debts...all of it. Now look through the expenses and determine which ones could be holding you back. Is a newer car, expensive apartment or home what you'll remember on your death bed? Or that amazing career/job you loved and the difference you made in the world. Taking Financial Peace University through Dave Ramsey made all the difference for me...check it out.
Research-you don't know what you don't know when it comes to career opportunities. Do research around what you'd like in a new career take notes of what you find...create new career notebook. Then reach out talk to others doing anything you may think you'd like to do. This will open up other possibilities you don't even know about that could be your dream career.
Setting an End Date-for me it was...I'm selling my practice by this date. Whatever feels right for you yet you really need an end date / a goal date that you set that you'll be in your new career or doing whats needed to get into it. This goes well on your vision board it's a huge motivator.
Get out into Nature often- this is a must as nature will calm your nerves, help bring clarity to your thoughts, a place to brainstorm around the above steps in a loving calm environment. I made it a priority and it made a massive difference in my ability to sort through the above steps faster more clearly.
I really hope one or a few of these steps get you moving in the right direction. Only you can make the decision to take baby steps toward your career and lifestyle dreams.
Dr Scott W Poindexter
Let Nature Be Your Nurture
"BoldlyExplore is blazing a trail not well taken, and I accept the underdog status. I believe meaningful adventure experiences, will lead to postive life changes for my clients."
Dr. Scott W Poindexter
Chief Adventure Officer/Founder, BoldlyExplore
Have you ever heard of Kaplan's attention restoration theory? How about Plutchik's psycho-evolutionary theory of emotion? Both of these theories stress the importance of bringing nature into one's life.
The attention restoration theory, hypothesizes that exposure to nature helps us to renew attention after challenging mental endeavors, improving our focus and ability to concentrate.
The psycho-evolutionary theory takes us back to our ancestral development. Plutchik theorizes that primary emotions are evolutionary, and that our responses to these emotions are likely to deliver the highest level of survival possibility. For our ancestors, this would be things like open spaces enabling us to be alert to predators, and water... things you can find in nature. Since these are hard to come by in our urban societies, it makes sense that city residents are prone to higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression.
Not only is spending time in nature enjoyable, but research shows, that it really helps us.
I was lucky to grow up in an environment where nature was all around me, and with my dad's job with the Environmental Protection Agency, I understood the importance of conserving nature.
However, life landed me in the doctor box, and eventually in real estate. I had accumulated debt over the years, and found myself missing out on the nature that had graced my childhood. When I became debt free in 2012, my life finally opened up, enabling me to experience the world as I had always imagined it.
I took myself off to new pastures, travelling through the Americas, Europe and Asia, hiking, diving and experiencing the best that these places had to offer me. All the while, sharing my travel stories with people I met along the way. I discovered that my true passions are a love of the outdoors, taking part in physical activities, and promoting healthy living, all while learning more ways protecting our vulnerable planet.
My life was turned around, and I realized that what had helped me, was pushing aside my fears and having the confidence to get out of the rut.
Returning to the US, I knew that I had to help others acquire their adventure dreams by passing on my new found knowledge and passion. This led me to create BoldlyExplore, and offer up Adventure Coaching opportunities to others.
Adventure coaching you say? What on earth is that?
There are many different coaching offerings out there. However, my adventure coaching focuses on bringing nature into your life, through my customized life planning, with an ultimate goal of helping you to discover yourself and making your life more positive, with complete personal fulfillment.
This is a achieved through outdoor adventure, travel, and fun activities, all personalized to suit you, while improving your mental, emotional and physical well-being, and helping planet earth along the way.
But why choose BoldlyExplore?
Although I have an accomplished academic background, with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business/Food Science, and a Doctorate of Chiropractic Natural Healthcare, plus I'm a certified personal trainer through CSCS (Certified Strength Conditioning Association), what truly sets me apart from other coaches, is my life experiences, after turning my back on the doctor life.
In the past, I coached other doctors to build their businesses, having had three practices of my own, and I coached hundreds of patients in health, wellness and nutrition. Now, I've brought together my passion for nature and adventure, with my vast coaching experience, to help you achieve this incredible zest for life that I now have.
Check out my Adventure Coaching page, or get in touch to take the next step towards a life that others only dream of.