Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Career Toolkit provided by Transforming Youth Outdoors

Overview

There are many opportunities for a career in the outdoors. Here you can become familiar with the many types of careers that exist in both outdoor recreation and conservation. This may help you decide what kind career you could pursue.

 
Introduction and Overview to Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Careers
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Want to work in the outdoors but not sure where to start? Use this guide to learn about the many opportunities that exist in outdoor recreation and conservation.


Case Studies for Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Careers
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Learn about different career options from real life examples of people with outdoor recreation and conservation careers. This guide introduces many of the different outdoor and recreation fields that one might focus on to pursue a career in the outdoors.


Government Outdoor Careers

Pursuing a government job can be a great choice. There are many fields and jobs to choose from in the outdoors and recreation. This section will introduce both federal and regional government opportunities and help you navigate the sometimes complex process of applying for a government job.

 

Federal and Regional Government Outdoor Fields of Occupation
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This guide introduces many of the different outdoor and recreation fields that one might focus on to pursue a career in the Government Sector.


Federal Government Agencies: Outdoor Career Opportunities
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Get an overview of the federal agencies that provide a variety of outdoor career opportunities.


Regional Government Agencies: Outdoor Career Opportunities
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This guide takes a look at close to home outdoor career opportunities that can be found locally and on a statewide level.


Finding and Applying for a Government Job
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Government jobs often have their own unique process which is different than the hiring process for other sectors. This guide will help you understand and navigate this process.


Navigating the USAJobs.com site
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Understanding?USA Jobs is an essential part of applying for a job with the federal government. This guide will walk you through the process step-by-step and give you tips and tricks to help demystify the process.


Creating a Resume and Resources for Federal Government Jobs
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Resumes and cover letters for government jobs are unlike traditional job openings. Use this guide to help you navigate this unique landscape so you can put your best foot forward.


Nonprofit, Education and For Profit Outdoor Careers

While the government sector provides many outdoor career opportunities, there are a few more important sectors you should consider. The nonprofit, education, and for profit sectors offer great career opportunities to share you passion for the outdoors with others. Despite offering similar career options they are very different than working for the government.

 
Nonprofit and Education Outdoor Career Opportunities
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This guide will help you understand and navigate the many career opportunities within the nonprofit and education sectors that will allow you to work in or for the outdoors.


For Profit Sector Outdoor Career Opportunities
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There are many opportunities to work for companies in the outdoor recreation and natural resource sectors. This guide provides descriptions of potential positions and employers, example careers, and education and experience necessary to pursue a career in these sectors.


Resources for Starting an Outdoor Career
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This toolkit covers the basics you need to apply for and get the job you want. Get the advice on resumes, cover letters, interviewing techniques and more.


Additional Resources

Now that you have decided you want a career in the outdoors, how do you put your best foot forward? This section provides additional resources.

 
Finding and Applying for Jobs in the Federal Government
Watch Video | United States Office for Personnel Management (OPM)

Learn how to search and apply for jobs with the Federal Government using USAJobs, the main website for Federal employment information. This video is provided by USAJobs.gov OPM.


Resume Writing for USAJobs.gov
Watch Webinar | The American Military Partner Association (AMPA)

This webinar gives detailed information on how to write a federal resume. It provides many very specific examples as well as "tips and tricks".


"A How-to Guide for Pursuing a Career in Natural Resources"
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This comprehensive guide focuses on Natural Resource Careers in Colorado, but has lots of valuable information that is relevant to anyone wanting to pursue a career in natural resources, and working with federal, state and local governments.


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