5 great outdoor job sites
For those that work in the outdoor industry, one of the hardest tasks can be finding the next job. Here’s 5 of the best outdoor job sites, to help you in your search for that dream job…
The Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL)
The IOL website has a regularly updated job section, advertising mostly UK-based jobs (often with good salaries), as well as having an overseas section. This is one of my first ports of call when looking for another job in outdoor education. It’s worth noting that teaching and lecturing jobs are often posted here too.
Blue Dome has lots of different categories of outdoor jobs, from entry level positions through to management jobs. The site also has a category for outdoor trade jobs, for those wanting to work in retail and beyond. Much like IOL, most of the advertised jobs will be UK based, but there are regular overseas postings too.
Explorers Connect is where you will find mostly overseas work in interesting conditions. There’s often adverts on the site for work in the Arctic, desert and jungle, if you’re looking for something different to the norm. Also, you’ll find requests for team members to join research expeditions all over the world.
Outdoor staff s a great site to find work in the UK, but most of the big companies in Europe will advertise here too. The site has a search function as well, allowing you to search for the area or type of job that you are looking for.
Season workers has lots of different jobs – not all in the outdoor industry, but many that will appeal to outdoors enthusiasts and those that like to travel for work. As well as both summer and winter season jobs, there are also adverts for TEFL vacancies.
iboutdoors’ top job hunting tips:
Google is your friend!
When I look for a new outdoor job, I start by working out where I’d like to live – usually by looking at where I’d like to paddle next! Then I search for companies in the area and send off a prospective email, with my C.V. Just because a company isn’t advertising, doesn’t mean there aren’t positions available.
It can be about who you know…
The outdoor industry is a pretty small world, even on a global scale. Ask around, friends may know when jobs are coming up, or can give some insight in to what it’s like to work for a particular company.
Don’t be disheartened.
Outdoor companies may receive literally thousands of applicants each year. If you are not accepted, take it in your stride and keep up the search. The end result will be worth it!