Oxbow Bend, Snake River

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Take Your Life Journey in New Directions

Patty Ceglio
You’ve had a great career, or two, or three. What’s next? This is your time to dabble and explore and discover more about who you are and what you have to offer, pay attention to your own passions, and invest time and energy into things that matter. You, for instance. Yes, you.

Congratulations! You’ve already traveled to – that’s a terrific step in your journey. Jobs In Great Places. Insert yourself here.
Revisit Old Favorites
You visited Yellowstone National Park as a child. You remember feeding bears marshmallows and bologna out the car window. Later, you followed the 1988 “Summer of Fire” on the national news and could hardly fathom how 800,000 acres of Wonderland were impacted. And now, imagine yourself with a whole summer to see how Yellowstone has changed (marshmallows and bologna are only for humans, please!), and how it’s remained the same. Find a job, and then create the summer of your dreams – pack your watercolors, your camera, your binoculars. Prepare to meet people like yourself and people unlike any others. There are so many different options waiting for you here – check out Yellowstone Jobs!
Be Inspired By New Destinations
“I choose a place to visit, and I take photos and start collecting information about it,” the mystery writer Phyllis A. Whitney said of her technique. “I stay there until I get the emotional tug of the place.” Are you a mystery writer in the making? Phyllis said that one of her writing tricks was to set her books in places she had visited. She called her vacations book-hunting expeditions. What are you waiting for? Let your summer take you up close and personal with a historic sea-captain mansion, lighthouse, or misty mornings on the cliffs high above the ocean in Maine. Whatever landscape you’ve always been drawn to explore, plan an expedition in a new State!
Don’t Let Your “Things” Hamper Your Experiences
If your “stuff” and a house that needs constant attention is holding you back – don’t lose heart! Plenty of solutions are out there! Consider downsizing, rightsizing, transitioning, or taking baby steps to move in a different direction. Maybe you already own an RV or motorhome to use for long weekend getaways and slumber parties with your grandkids. Guess what? Seasonal employers are looking for you! Employee RV parks and full-hookup spots are options in many Great Places. If you love mingling with others who are explorers, consider a Campground Host position.
Use Your Encore Career as an Opportunity to Serve
Does this quote sound like you? “YOU – feel fulfilled if your work inspires someone to care about the national parks enough to make stewardship and appreciation a regular part of their life.” -Sequoia Parks Conservancy recruiting statement. Any of the many National Park Partners or other non-profit organizations would love to speak with you. Learn about these and other great opportunities to serve through Non-Profit Jobs.

There’s no time like the present. You might be surprised to learn that 30% of the job seekers who use CoolWorks are ages 50+. These Jobs in Great Places aren’t just for college students. If you feel the pull of a new journey calling to you, we encourage you to follow your heart!