I Love Nature…Can I Make That Into a Career?
Do you find yourself dreading having to be kept inside for hours at a time? Are you the one looking at bugs and rocks in the park while the other kids are on the playground? Does your Christmas list consist of ways to get around nature or study it? An early love of nature can lead to wide variety of outdoorsy and exciting careers; here are a few to get you thinking:
Are you strong in sciences and math? If you love rocks and volcanoes, or perhaps have always been curious about the ocean floor—you might like geology! As a geologist, you would study the different materials that make up the earth. In order to study these things, companies who hire you will often send you traveling.
Do you love both art and nature? Nature photography is meticulous and exciting work involving either animals or plants. Take a look at the movie Planet Earth or read National Geographic to see the work of some of the world’s top nature photographers. Most of these artists are freelancers, and all of them focus on capturing images of what many of us have never seen.
Conservation science means forestry. Trees and forest life are some of the earth’s coolest things to see, and as a conservation scientist you would be involved in protecting the land and taking care of its natural resources. It would be your job to help landowners and governments make the right decisions on how to protect our earth’s precious land and natural resources.
Farmers who are particularly focused on food or raw materials make a living by growing field crops or working in orchards or vineyards. It is very hands-on work and requires a love of the outdoors and putting in that extra effort to make your product grow and be the best of its kind.
As a park ranger it would be your job to protect and watch over park and forest area. Park rangers patrol the grounds and make sure visitors are following safety rules and that they do not disturb the natural environment. They are basically sheriffs of the woods.
A botanist studies plants, from algae to mosses to flowering plants. Plants are so important because they convert sunlight into energy that we can eat and use for fuel. And most importantly, they release the oxygen we breathe! As a botanist, you would study plants to figure out how all of this works. Botanists research on how to power vehicles, clean up contaminated areas, make crops grow better and create medicines.
Raking, mowing, planting and digging…all these things to create art out of plants space. Do you love making things beautiful? Then this is the job for you.
Want to be Indiana Jones? Archaeologists get to investigate and preserve physical proof and clues of ancient cultures. This is how we comprehend and learn more about our links to the past.
Tree planting is a great way to make money for college. Reforestation is extremely important—especially in British Columbia, which produces large quantities of lumber—and involves hard work and a sense of importance.