Cool Jobs: Work In The Great Outdoors

Spring has sprung! Snow is melting, buds are sprouting, and you've once again consigned your winter boots to the back of the closet, where they will sit untouched until you remember you own them sometime next February. Also, sun. Remember sun? It's that big, warm, glowing thing you see when you go out on your lunch break. It's nice, sun. It's a shame it's stuck outside all day.

You can't bring the sun to your job, but you can always bring your job to the sun. There are tons of jobs out there for lovers of the great outdoors, and we've rounded up a few of them to celebrate the end of the polar vortex. Without further ado...

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1. Animal Interaction Guide
What it is: Do you like dolphins? Of course you do; everybody likes dolphins. Dolphins are the puppies of the sea. Well, here's your chance to hang out with dolphins and educate fellow dolphin-lovers, as a guide at Vallejo, California's Six Flags. You'll also be working at the park's "Sharks in the Dark" attraction. That's right: Sharks. In the dark.
Who it's for: Dolphin wranglers

> Apply for a job as an animal interaction guide

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2. Oilfield Services Field Technician
What it is: If you haven't been following the news, the small town of Williston, North Dakota has been completely transformed by a recent oil boom that has drawn comparisons to the California gold rush. Want to get involved? Check out this job, or many others like it, many of them physically demanding but potentially highly lucrative. However, be prepared for Williston's brutal and Twilight Zone-esque housing situation.
Who it's for: Followers of this guide

> Apply for a job as an oilfield services field technician

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3. Ranger Helper, Girl Scouts
What it is: Here's a job that serves as a sort of meeting point between park ranger and camp counselor. Girl Scouts campsites are their own little microcosms, and it'll be up to you to make sure everything is running smoothly. This is a seasonal job, but with a major perk: you get easy access to Girl Scout cookies whenever you want.
Who it's for: Scout leaders

> Apply for a job as a ranger helper

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4. Landscape Architect
What it is: Okay, this one's a bit of a cheat. Landscape architects still occupy offices a lot of the time, but they still get to venture out into the big, green world (or big, pavement-colored world, if you're in a city) to survey building sites and provide feedback. So you can get a bit of color beneath your hard hat, then venture back to your air-conditioned office when the heat picks up.
Who it's for: Land artists

> Apply for a job as a landscape architect

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5. Head Grower
What it is: As a head grower, you'll be tasked with planting and cultivating the finest human heads available for commercial or personal--whoops, sorry. Wrong kind of head grower. Costa Farms, a producer of houseplants, is seeking an experienced grower to lead their team in Miami, Florida. As the person in charge, you'll work with over 100 species of plants, including orchids, succulents, human heads...Sorry! We nodded off for a second, there. Where were we?
Who it's for: Plant fans, orchid thieves

> Apply for a job as a head grower

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