Working outdoors is a great way to spend your time and when you work for the federal government it is truly awesome. You could study pine beetles, track wolves, dive with manatees, answer questions for tourists, lead hikes, patrol campgrounds, build trails, or anything else that needs to be done in the wilderness.
You will find yourself working for organizations like National Park Service, The US Forest Service, The US Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Bureau of Land Management.
Getting a job with the federal government does require some minimum standards.
And as it is the government, there aren’t really any loopholes to get around these requirements, unless you are a volunteer. First, you must be 18 years old when you begin work. Second, you must be a US citizen. And third, you must be in good physical condition and health. Now none of that is too hard to accomplish, especially if you’re a young, energetic worker. These rules may change if you work for the state government, but it is best to check with each individual state.
The government does require a physical exam and drug test. Beyond those requirements, they will consider everyone that applies for the jobs regardless of race, color, creed, handicap, sex, national origin, marital status, age, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, political or personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor. That’s how it works. It’s the law.
As a permanent federal government employee you are also up for sweet perks that make these incredible jobs look even better. Think about having job security, health insurance, and a pension. That’s a pretty sweet deal for working outdoors all the time.
Seasonal work is also popular. In fact it may be one of the best ways to spend your college break and get some great recommendations at the same time. Working seasonally is awesome. It’s a great way to learn more about your college major or maybe if you play your cards right, you could even get college credit for a course or two.
With outdoor tourism reaching record numbers in current years seasonal workers are in demand. As with any amazing job, you will have to face some competition at getting your dream job…so instead of managing or patrolling the parks in the Virgin Islands, you may have to settle for diving on coral reefs or swimming with dolphins. All these jobs are pretty cool options.