Jobs by Category
Whether you enjoy sand beneath your toes, the smell of pine in the air, or snowflakes on your eyelashes, we’ve gathered jobs from great places across the globe. We hope these categories will make your job search easier and show you some possibilities that you might not have otherwise considered. Click around to start exploring your next big adventure.
Finance, Human Resources, Accounting, Operations Management … yes, you’re still at CoolWorks, and yes, these roles are needed in National Parks and Ski Resorts alike. We can’t guarantee they’ll come with a cubicle and a dress code, but, that’s not really why you’re here, is it?
Make memories that last longer than mosquito bites and poison ivy. After all, you’ll never be too old for rope swings and canoe races. Change lives, including your own.
You’re a pro with a pickaxe and a champ with all things conservation. Whether you’re volunteering on a trail crew or educating a youth crew, you like making positive change in the world. Give back to the places that give you so much joy.
Your best ideas always come when you’re on the open road with the wind in your hair. (Or in some cases, where you used to have hair.) Whether you’re delivering goods to a remote location or knowledge to a tour group, you find solace in being behind the wheel. You’re ready for the ride.
You bleed green. Conservation is your middle name, and you love sharing your passion and knowledge with others as much as you love fixing trails or counting prairie dog colonies. Get your green on in great places.
Beautiful flowers and delicious vegetable don’t magically grow themselves. Luckily, you know a thing or two about getting food from the ground to a plate or what accent flowers to plant that won’t get eaten by the local wildlife. Some even call you the eggplant whisperer. Or at least, that’s what you call yourself. Find your garden.
You know your way around a frying pan or a hostess station almost as well as you know the local trail system. You like working nights because you believe that daylight is for adventuring. Combine your passion inside the restaurant with an outdoor landscape for a lifestyle that fuels your soul and your belly.
Nothing phases you. Not oversold rooms. Not piles of dirty towels. Not even six tour buses at once. You can handle anything, and you do so with grace and a smile. Help guests enjoy the great place where you get to live.
A class four rapid or a hairy mountain traverse doesn’t make you sweat. You enjoy sharing your passion for adventure with others, even if they don’t know the difference between an inflatable kayak and a cataraft. When you talk, people listen, and that makes you the perfect guide. Find your calling.
Learn the ropes. Or the migration patterns of Canada Geese. Or the leadership skills it takes to run a summer camp. Sometimes, gaining experience can be more useful than gaining a paycheck. And sometimes it’s more fun than sitting in a college classroom. Grow your mind.
When you picture your dream horizon, you're gazing out at big water. The Gulf of Mexico, the New England Atlantic, the rocky Pacific Coast, the Great Lakes - your home is along the shore. And so is your next dream job.
You laugh in the face of rapids. You like looking for whales. You have a red swimsuit with LIFEGUARD on it. No matter what the activity, your sea legs are strong. Dive in to your next adventure.
Fish have a three second memory. Luckily, your memories last a lifetime. Whether you’re on an Alaskan fishing boat or teaching fly fishing along a peaceful river, you seek the next big catch. Drop in and see what bites.
You own chaps. You're most at home in a bunkhouse. In fact, the stallion is your spirit animal...or at least the mechanical bull. Saddle up for your next adventure.
Home is where you park it. You appreciate the simplicity of RV life, and so do these employers. Explore your next move.
You like to live where people vacation. You’re a jack or jill of all trades, and you are as comfortable in an alpine cabin as a waterfront hotel. You love exploring great places in all seasons of the year. Start your next adventure.
Even in paradise, things break down from time to time. Whether you’re a jack-of-all-trades handyman or a seasoned specialist looking for a change of scenery, operations in the wildest corners of the country need skilled tradesmen to keep the lights on.
You can delegate, organize, and manage like a boss. That’s because you are the boss. You’ve got a knack for this, and it shows. Find your next team to lead.
Your life looks like a page from National Geographic. You wake up to some of the most stunning scenery the country has to offer, and you work and play where people dream of visiting. Help make the visitor experience as good as your every day. Find your park!
Some call you a tree hugger. Others call you an environmentalist. Or a hippy. Or a change maker. Whatever you call yourself, you believe actions speak louder than words. Be the change you want to see by teaming up with one of these non-profits.
If you rest, you rust! Your energy is as abundant as the creases in your smile. Ready for your encore career? If you want to work, live, or volunteer in a great place, we can help you make it happen. Check out the jobs below or get some inspiration and ideas from our additional resources for Older and Bolder folks found on our social network, My CoolWorks.
Not ready to head out to a park? Looking for a job near home? Check out our partner, Retired Brains.
Let’s be honest—you’ve never really fit into a box. Maybe you photograph adventure trips. Maybe you know how to fix bicycles on the fly. Maybe you can mush a sled dog team with the best of them. Discover your niche.
Your skill set tends toward river running and rope rigging. You’re an outdoor activities guru - or you’re hoping to be - and we’ve got plenty of positions for those of you who aim to spend your shifts on a zipline or gleefully piloting a raft full of exhilarated guests down class IV rapids.
You're up with the roosters. You pitch in wherever necessary to get 'er done. You end your day with a community softball game or a square dance. Ranch life is for you! Find your next home on the range.
You can connect with anyone you meet. You could sell a cape to Superman. You love all the toys associated with great places, and you know how to get customers excited about them, too. Share your knowledge and passion.
You know that old dogs can learn new tricks. Like downward dog. Find a retreat that embraces your curiosity and desire to grow every day.
This isn’t your first rodeo. It’s not even your fifth. In fact, you kind of put the season in seasonal. You have the experience and special skills to make this a lifestyle that will last as long as you do. Take another trip around the block.
You live and breathe powder days. Your goggle tan doesn’t fade until June. You love the camaraderie, the competition, and the cold that comes with living in a ski town. Jump on, and keep your tips up.
Sometimes the best treasures are hidden right in front of you. Don’t overlook these hidden gems scattered across some of the best, undiscovered places on the map. Mosey on over to your next adventure.
You have summers off. Except your brain never turns off. Share your knowledge while making some extra income this summer. Classrooms can be outside, too.
Paper route? Boring. Babysitting? No thanks. You want a more unique job. Spend your summer making friends, doing something exciting, and making some hard-earned cash. Check it out.
Giving is your mission, and your altruistic nature can take you on some exciting adventures where you get to put your humanitarian self to work. Learn more about about giving back in great places.
Maybe you weren’t born in the USA, like a Bruce Springsteen song. Maybe you don’t know know who Bruce Springsteen is. Hey, that’s okay. As long as you have a work visa, you can explore jobs in great places within the USA. Learn more about work visas HERE.
Your sense of adventure can’t be contained in one country. You opted for the “extra pages” option when renewing your passport. You might even speak a few languages. There’s probably a quote with the word “wanderlust” on your social media profile. It’s time to dig out that old money belt and get travelling.
You’re no stranger to seasonal work but sometimes it’s nice to sleep in the same bed for more than three months at a time. It’s time to put down a few roots - your new home is waiting!