Employment and Career Opportunities

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What Can You Do With an ORTM Degree?

The Nature-Based Tourism degree and Wildland Conservation and Recreation Major will prepare you for a fantastic career and an awesome lifestyle in Canada or overseas. Our Faculty and students have worked here in BC, across Canada, and around the world. Conservation, outdoor recreation, and nature-based tourism offer amazingly diverse employment opportunities in pretty cool places. Moreover, these fields are filled with people passionate about the issues they are working on and solutions they are contributing to

Students and graduates work in a variety of sectors including Federal, provincial or state, and municipal governments, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), quasi-public agencies such as YMCA and Girl Scouts, industry or employee services, arts and culture, events, as well as university or college teaching, and private commercial business operations. Employment in recreation, parks and tourism is as broad and diverse as your interests and passions, and fulfills some basic human needs and desires. In addition to non-profits (e.g. Yellowstone to Yukon, WWF) and private businesses (Fairmont Hotels, mountain resorts, etc…) students and alumni have worked with BC Parks, Parks Canada, and various government ministries (e.g. Ministry of Environment, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development; BC Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture). Some job titles include:
  • Outdoor Instructor, Guide, Educator, Coach (e.g. climbing, biathlon, backcountry skiing, fly fishing, mountaineering, cycle)
  • Bear, whale and other wildlife viewing guide
  • Sales Manager (e.g. ski hill, zip line, climbing company…)
  • Recreation Director for a city, town, or private company (e.g. hotel like Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge)
  • Tourism Destination marketing and communications managers
  • Economic Development Officer
  • Nature-based tourism and adventure photographers and filmmakers
  • Environmental and Experiential Educator
  • Park Interpreter
  • Environmental and/or social research consultant
  • Park Operator
  • Recreation technician
  • Park Warden, Area Supervisor

2019 Job Listings

Past and Potential Employers and Job Search Links

Tourism /Adventure Businesses

Canadian Outback Adventures and Events

Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre. Assistant Marketing Position in Aboriginal Cultural Tourism
Huble Homestead -- Store Manager
Zipzone in Peachland: guides and assistant guides
Conservation/Parks Jobs
AB Tourism, Parks & Recreation -- Land Use Framework Planner
BC Conservation Foundation: Dean River Guardian Program
Fraser Valley Regional District -- Parks Assistant
Tourism Dawson Creek - Visitor Information Counselor
Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre- Visitor Information Counselor
Tourism Jasper -- Travel Counselor
Recreation Planning
Barkerville National Historic Site - Special Events Coordinator
Interpretation Jobs
BC Parks Interpreters
Outdoor /Environmental Education Jobs
Stanley Park Ecological Society - Environmental Educator
Island Mountain Arts Outreach Assistant
Camp Ouareau (Quebec)
O.A.R.S. Guide School and Seasonal Internships