If you’re looking for a mental and physical boost this Spring, then getting outdoors is a great way to start. After a winter of hibernation, what could be better than planning ahead to make sure you get as much vitamin D and fresh air as possible during the sunnier months?
We’ve pulled together the top 7 outdoor job opportunities that will help put the spring back in your step.
If you’ve got green fingers and are in the market for a new job this Spring then why not consider applying for a job as a Gardener? There are plenty of sites around the country that rely on Gardeners to look after their grounds by doing tasks such as pruning, weeding and leaf clearing – you’ll also help with planting and maintaining trees, plants and herbaceous plants. So if you love interacting with nature in the great outdoors then this could be the perfect role for you.
Not only will you get to spend the warmest months of the year feeling the sun on your face and getting plenty of fresh air, but you’ll also reap a whole range of health benefits, including:
- Reduced stress levels
Research has shown that Gardeners tend to have lower levels of cortisone (“the stress hormone”) – which could be something to do with being in the great outdoors!
- A stronger heart
It’s easy to forget how much physical exercise you’re getting whilst gardening because your focus is on getting the job done, not on exercising. But gardening is a physical activity that will help you increase endurance and stamina, strengthening your heart and helping you lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Improved balance and flexibility
You’ll be on your feet a lot as a Gardener, and you’ll also be working at different levels, requiring you to bend and stretch. So if you’re not into yoga, then you can still enjoy some of the perks!
Gardening is also a fantastic opportunity to get in touch with your creative side and build something beautiful. There’s a lot to be learnt about different plant species and the more you learn, the more breathtaking the final result be.
So get those green fingers at the ready!
Alternatively, if you like the sound of being your own boss, then why not advertise your services locally and get paid to help people in your local community with their garden?
One of the best ways to get outside in the warmer months is to take on a role as a Dog Walker. Not only will you make some furry friends, but you’ll also get to work on your physical fitness. The great thing about dog walking is that you can choose how many dogs you want to walk, depending on whether you’d like a part-time or full-time role.
If you’ve got bundles of energy, you might want to walk more active breeds like Cockapoos or Border Collies who need a lot more exercise. Or if you’d like to start slow and build up your fitness, you could start by walking older dogs who don’t need to walk as far.
Dog Walkers get to spend a lot of time outdoors, increase their fitness and get social by chatting to other Dog Walkers and owners. A walk is often a dog’s favourite thing in the world, so you’ll love the greeting you get when you go to pick them up!
Dog walking is a job you could easily fall in love with, and there are plenty of dogs out there just waiting to be walked. If you’re looking for somewhere to start, then Tailster is a great Nationwide website that allows you to locate dogs that need walking in your local area.
Landing a job as a Tour Leader could be a breath of fresh air for those who fancy escaping the confines of a 9-5 office job. If you’re already a keen adventurer with a love of culture and heritage, then why not turn your hobby into a paid job?
Ramblers Walking Holidays are always looking for Tour Leaders to join their team and lead people on beautiful walks in the UK and beyond, whilst educating them about their stunning surroundings. Your main responsibility will be to make sure that people have a safe an enjoyable outdoor experience.
Not only will you increase your fitness levels, but you’ll also get to appreciate some beautiful landscapes and get social at the same time, making it seem less like work and more like play!!
The world is your oyster, so why not apply for a job that will give you the option to see as much of it as possible? Your next adventure awaits…
Rangers play a hugely important role when it comes to maintaining the beauty of natural outdoor spaces such as coastal or countryside areas – particularly those spaces that get a lot of visitors. A Ranger must carefully balance the needs of conservation and visitor management, to keep both people and wildlife happy.
Once in the role, you could be doing anything from planting trees and managing ponds, to leading guided walks, talks and educational visits. It’s an incredible opportunity to unleash your passion for the great outdoors and get others excited about it too.
You’ll be helping people to get the most out of their visit, whilst ensuring that their presence doesn’t cause harm.
The National Trust offer a variety of Ranger positions for people with differing levels of experience. So if you’re a people person with excellent customer service skills and a strong interest in geography, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give it a go.
If you’ve got some free time, then why not give it generously to your community by helping to clean up? Many charities run clean up events, especially during the spring and summer months when people are spending more time outside (and generating more litter).
The Keep Britain Tidy project runs clean up events where an army of volunteers come together to pick up litter in local communities and natural spaces e.g. beaches. Commitment is flexible, as you can pick and choose whether you attend an event as a one off, or whether you want to attend them all.
Not only will you feel great getting outdoors, after a long winter of being hunkered down indoors, but you’ll also get to experience the rewarding feeling that comes with looking after the world we live in. What’s more, these events are usually run as fun, sociable affairs where you’ll get to meet lots of other like minded individuals in your local area – so what are you waiting for?
If you’re passionate about maintaining the health of the natural world and creating a more stable environment for future generations, then conservation volunteering could be for you. Charities such as the National Trust and the Woodland Trust offer a range of opportunities and are always looking for willing volunteers to join them on their conservation mission.
There are plenty of ways you can get involved from bumble bee monitoring and seed collecting, through to being a Woodland Warden – and all take place outside! For example, as a Seed Collector you’ll be collecting tree seeds and cuttings using simple tools and equipment to improve the availability of certain plant species that are diminishing. The cuttings and seeds will be planted in a suitable environment where they can thrive and continue to reproduce.
Whatever you choose to do, you’ll be helping to preserve and protect the Earth’s natural resources. You can also decide just how much time you wish to give – whether it’s a few hours or several days a week.
If you’d be interested in a few one off outdoor activities, then it’s worth getting involved in some outdoor charity events. You have two options when it comes to taking part; you can either participate in an event directly to raise money for charity, or you can volunteer as support staff and help with the running of the event.
Many big events – including charity events like Race for Life – are attended by hundreds, if not thousands of people, which promotes an incredible sense of community.
There are plenty of different events to choose from with a range of different charities. For example, Blue Cross runs a series of Bark in the Dark events where you can take your dog on an after-dark walk along a glow-in-the-dark trail to raise money for disadvantaged animals. These kind of events are great fun on a warm summer evening, and you’ll get to bond with your furry best friend while doing something for a great cause.
The best way to get started is by picking a cause that’s close to your heart and finding out which outdoor charity events they run during the Spring and Summer months.
Have you found this page helpful? Do you have any outdoor work opportunities to look forward to this Spring or Summer? Email us at [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you!