With the steady growth of ecotourism over the last few years jobs within the eco travel industry and related fields have become more common place. Various bodies within the travel sector are seeking employees with a genuine interest in responsible, sustainable and culturally aware travel to fulfil roles that will meet the demand for eco-friendly trips.
Eco Tour Guide
To become a guide you need to have a sense of fun and adventure as well as demonstrate depth of knowledge of the area, local habits and culture and be environmentally-conscious.
Dive Master/Dive Guide
The one and only way to truly appreciate the underwater kingdom is to be submerged in it. Dive companies are constantly on the look out for dive guides; there is a generally a quick turnover in the career as many people use it as a way to see the world, but never to make money. Diving is all for the love of it.
Marine ecotourism is one of the busiest sectors of the travel industry with people wanting to spend their vacation whale watching, diving with sharks or swimming with dolphins so it’s important to have someone around that has in-depth knowledge of the animals and the marine environment and what people ideally should and should not do when in the water.
With thousands of national parks needing managed and maintained world-wide there is no shortage of opportunities for rangers. Check with your local national or state park for employment opportunities.
Many eco lodges around the world run wildlife walks as part of the package; working with a lodge is a great way to impart your knowledge on those eager to learn about the environment and wildlife around the holiday spot.
Spa Retreat Worker
Spa breaks are becoming more and more popular as people seek to unwind from their hectic lifestyles and now that the luxury sector has gone eco in many countries spas prefer to employ those with a holistic approach to people and the environment. Jobs include yoga teacher, masseuse, nutritionist or aerobic instructor.
You don’t need to have a scientific qualification to be considered for a researcher position on many conservation projects; a willingness to learn along with a keen interest in the animals/environment you’d like to be involved in is a must. As is a hefty bank balance; those not directly employed by the researching universities or employers generally have to pay for the privilege of becoming a researcher.
If you can look past their often radical movements, Greenpeace engages in some wonderful projects with various villages and tribes, empowering them to help themselves. They’re often looking for people who can give their time and efforts to help with various projects worldwide; having a knack with chains and handcuffs is desirable but not essential.
Useful websites for eco-orientated jobs: