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7 Aspirational Outdoor Jobs

Working in the great outdoors is (mostly) a dream come true. Here are seven wilderness-driven careers that'll make any cubicle-dweller green with envy. Text by Shey Kiester.


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Smoke Jumper
Do you like heights? Fire? Adrenaline rushes? If the answer is yes, smoke jumping might be the career for you. These hotshots put their lives on the line to fight backcountry blazes and tragedy is never out of the question.  Still, for those brave enough to do it, it's a task that keeps hundreds of thousands of acres from burning each year.
[image: Wikimedia Commons]




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