Breaking free of a cubicle isn’t solely about leveling up skills, working remotely, or starting one’s own business; it’s also about opting for employment in the Great Outdoors.
German poet Rainer Marie Rilke was onto something when he stated, “If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.” There’s loads of evidence that spending more time in nature in beneficial for our health. It boosts our immune systems, elevates our mood, increases our ability to focus, lowers our blood pressure, facilitates our recovery from injury or illness, heightens our energy, and improves the quality of our sleep. Spending time outdoors not only improves our mental and physical health, but it’s also been shown to boost children’s academic performance and amplify people’s creative abilities.
For those seeking to unite these benefits with the activity that occupies most of our waking hours—paid work—you’ve come to the right place.
In 2017, the United States sent 139 million tons of trash to landfills. In our age of innovation and awareness, the United States recycled or composted only 35.2 percent of its municipal solid waste (MSW), according to the EPA.
Life’s too short to be spent indoors, or waiting in traffic. If you’re curious as to what opportunities are out there, we’ve got the list for you. Read on to get the details of the top outdoorsy towns hiring in 2020 and leave the smog in your rearview mirror.
Nature enthusiasts say that even a bad day outdoors is better than a good day indoors. Even when conditions aren’t ideal, some people simply prefer an occupation or lifestyle allowing them to avoid four walls and a ceiling.
Local plant expert and owner of Fox Hollow Creek Nursery in Eugene, Oregon, Michael Kaszycki recommends that novice gardeners looking to beautify their properties, decorate their homes, or grow their own veggies, think carefully about what they want to do before planting.
The landmark constitutional climate change lawsuit, Juliana v. the United States, was filed in 2015 by 21 youth plaintiffs from around the U.S. The case against the federal government targets national fossil fuel programs, claiming that ignoring the harmful impact of fossil fuels on climate change is a violation of the constitutional rights of children and a failure to protect public trust resources.
Animal tracking not only provides an in-depth knowledge of animal behavior and movement, but it also allows a broader understanding of how societal development could hamper or benefit animal populations. And while animal tracking has changed drastically due to advances in modern technology, the human element remains of critical importance.
To anyone caught up in the jagged gears of modern capitalism, leaving the rat race and becoming entirely self-sufficient is very appealing. There’s a beauty in returning to our earthbound roots, trading the glow of a computer screen for a radiant sunrise and living by the land’s clock—plowing, planting, pruning, and harvesting.
Going out and experiencing the raw power of nature can lead to downright epic activities, as opposed to simply sitting around feeling so-so in an office or home. In some cases, there are opportunities to get outside, explore nature, and get paid for it.
Making. DIYing. Handcrafting. The rise of makers and crafters may seem like a departure from the traditional nine-to-five career with benefits, but as the Economist points out, the notion of the “company man” (or woman) is really just a post-war construct: self-sufficient artisans are the labor market’s historical norm
As the great outdoors becomes the “next workspace frontier,” the average employee’s happiness may increase. And aside from telecommuters who have the freedom to work outdoors, there are many careers in which the fieldwork requirements can prove to be one of the best perks of the job.
It’s rarely about the money. Ask someone with a job that keeps them outdoors why they’re there, and very few put “earning a steady, sizeable paycheck” at the top of their priority list.