Living the dream working outside

Ideal jobs for outdoorsy people

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Do you hate the idea of being stuck in an office all day? Do you spend most of your spare time outside? Sounds like you’re an outdoorsy person and may enjoy a job working outside. There are lots of possibilities – imagine planting seeds, being an outdoor adventure guide or maybe detailing cars while earning an income.

Working outside can sound like a dream, but there are some pros and cons to consider.

Working outside, how bout dat?

Pros of working outside

  • Health benefits  – There are lots of health benefits associated with being outside in the fresh air.  Studies  have found spending time outside can improve memory, mental health, vision, and boost your immune system.
  • Variety in your surroundings – often outdoor jobs involve different locations or sites which will keep your job more interesting.
  • Exercise – Getting outside gets you away from the office chair and gives you more opportunity to be active.

Cons of working outside

  • Weather – unfortunately you are at the mercy of the weather – the good, the bad and the ugly. Working outdoors in some cities or seasons could be hazardous.
  • Irritants – if you suffer from hay fever or other allergies, working outside may not be practical. Air pollution and smog in some cities can also be problematic.
  • Physical health – if you have problems with balance or mobility, working outside may not be easy. You are more likely to encounter uneven terrain like dirt, potholes and steps. Physical labour can also become tiresome over long periods.

Outdoor jobs

Adventure tour guide talking to a group of people

Here is a list of possible jobs and some information about what the job involves.

Adventure Guides

Outdoor adventure guides are guides for outdoor adventure activities like rafting, hunting, bungy jumping and hiking. If you have a keen sense of adventure and enjoy working with people, this job might be a good fit. Often a certificate and on-the-job training is required.

Aquaculture Worker

If you think you’d enjoy breeding and raising fish then this job is for you. Aquaculture workers help with feeding fish and monitoring their growth.  In this role you would also need to test water quality and record data. You may need your Year 10 Certificate for this role.

Car Detailer

This entry level job is great for people who have a good eye for detail. You will need customer service skills and be able to wash and clean cars for an extended period of time. On the job training is usually all you need to become a car detailer.


The construction industry has many different jobs from bricklaying, to carpentry, through to safety inspectors. Jobs in this industry could involve working with your hands and would involve a range of manual labouring tasks. You could get this job through an apprenticeship or informal on the job training.


Being a photographer is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while earning an income. This role is a good way to put your creativity to use. You usually need to have a Bachelor Degree or at least 5 years of experience.

photographers get to work outside


You won’t always be outdoors in this role but you could still enjoy the fresh air while delivering goods. Types of businesses that might need couriers include florists, hardware stores and supermarkets. You would need a current drivers licence and be able to work to deadlines.

Crop Farm Worker

You don’t need to have a formal qualification to be a crop farm worker but on the job training is sometimes needed. Tasks would include planting trees, watering and looking after crops, and picking and packing produce.

Need more inspiration?

There are heaps of other jobs you could be doing while enjoying the outdoors. Check out:

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