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Don't wait until your career is in trouble to look at new opportunities. Exploring other jobs is not a criminal offense and it is not grounds for termination unless you are doing it during your work day to the detriment of performing your assigned duties.
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Outdoor Industry Career and Job Resources

The Outdoor Industry is comprised of companies who distribute and or manufacture outdoor apparel, gear, equipment, climbing technology, footwear, ski mountaineering, camping, backpacking, cycling, water and paddle sports, hunting, shooting, and fishing, rescue, outerwear, fitness gear and accessories. Providing services to these companies are consultants and independent contractors and independent outside sales reps. Retail stores sell outdoor gear, equipment and apparel to the outdoor enthusiast. The retailers are range from small, locally-owned stores to national chains such as REI or L.L. Bean. Consumers, outfitters, travel and tour companies and even the military purchase the inventory.

In addition, outdoor jobs and careers are available as guides and instructors in the paddlesport industry, climbing industry, fishing industry, hunting and shooting industry, action sports industry, bicycling industry and winter sports industry. Initially, one can gain experience and learn about a specific outdoor industry by becoming a guide, tour leader, bicycle mechanic, instructor or as a retail sales or customer service person for an outdoor travel or tour company, outfitter or outdoor retail store. This experience will be beneficial when seeking a job with an outdoor product manufacturer or service. When hiring a potential candidate, employers are often looking for an outdoor mentality or passion and some some experience in the outdoors or with an outdoor business. There are an abundant number and variety of jobs available in the outdoor industry. Act on your passion and make it happen! Get a job in the outdoor industry.

Paddlesports /Watersports Industry Climbing/Mountaineering Industry Wilderness Travel Industry
Extreme Sports Industry Adventure/Active Travel Industry Bicycle Industry
Action Sports Industry Winter/Snow Sports Industry Hunting/Shooting Industry
Fishing Industry Specialty Travel Industry Fitness Industry

Industry Organizations

Outside Sales Rep Associations

Trade Shows

Trade Magazines, Newsletters, Directories

Outdoor Blogs

Executive Search Firms & Recruiters

Job Related Sites

  • Coolworks.com: Job board for seasonal jobs, ski resorts, summer camps, theme parks, tour companies, national parks an more.
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