Frum Outdoorsman: Rare but Possible

The wanderings and adventures of an orthodox Jew

I need a new job

Posted by Frum Hiker on November 12, 2007

So I quit my dead end job last week in hopes that I will finally be able to find something to do that I love. Seems unlikely considering the fact my resume is geared toward a political/legislative career in which my life would be surrounded by folks I dislike while I sat at a desk typing out constituent correspondence. In fact last year I searched with no luck for just that sort of job,now I am sort of stuck. Unlike most folks I actually need a certain amount of money to live, bare minimum is around 15k year for me to pay off my bills and rent. So money is not the issue, its peace of mind that is at hand.

So I obviously turned to the outdoors networks, but the problem is that my only experience in the outdoors is my own. I did not go to school for environmental science or a related field, so I am sort of screwed I think. A farmer I know may hire me, I will know in less then a month, but I am not expecting it and instead have been roaming sites in search of something Jewish and Outdoorsy at the same time. Yes its tough, because that is such a new concept.

My buddy Jason told me to contact the folks at Teva Learning center and find out about a job. The have program jobs listed on their site- you know- you work for 3 months get paid 250 bucks a week and get free rent. Problem is, what does one do after a few months, do we somehow just get another contract job, I have a feeling that only privilidged folks can afford to do such jobs. Judging by the way things really are, most environmentally aware Jews are from the upper middle class folks that go to baby Ivies and can afford to hop around locations.

I have also been thinking about doing the Adama program at the Isabella Freedman Center in Connecticut. I have some friends who did it and made some great connections. The problem is that besides only getting one day off per week- they work you like a dogs and dont bother to pay, once a again a job for newly graduated folks from wealthy homes who get gas money from mom and dad, what happened to us paycheck to paycheck guys working in these fields.

Sp once again I sit slightly depressed at my current situation, any suggestions on how to do what I love without spending more years in school or going bankrupt in order to work for pennies or even for free. Maybe you have a job for me.


5 Responses to “I need a new job”

  1. PaulHMA said

    Look on Teva Learning Center’s website. They have a job network where you can post your resume. Check it out.

  2. Nadav said

    You can work on a Dati or Poalei Agudat Yisrael kibbutz in Israel

  3. yipes... said

    ah, so i finally get to the place where you talk about this.. sorry for my comment on a later post where I ask about these things. …well, first off, the Jewish outdoors thing may end up being something you gotta do on the side… you might try to find a way to write a book about your photographs and prose about being outdoors.. you never know, someone might buy into it and be willing to give you money for it. besides that… you can find out what’s necessary to be a part of some ranger or national park staff. National parks do hire people… obviously as we wouldn’t have park rangers and folks like that if they didn’t. You could look into cruises, tours, etc. of various areas. The Alaska kosher cruises always want to hire mashgichim, though it isn’t a steady job.. still if you need dough, do that for three months while you figure something else out.on the figure something else out front, you might look for jobs working for landscaping, ecological reclaiming firms/companies, ecological restoration companies. There’s one in NJ I think based in Princeton. They do water testing of the soils and help to construct plans for restoring the land so it isn’t so toxic, etc. That might be work that is up your alley.
    Other similar jobs… working as a tech on a environmental or ecological biology team.. they hire people to go help count wildebeest, elephants, etc. they’re outdoors a heck of a lot and you get to see really cool things like pythons eating deer (ok, I thought it was pretty damn cool when my friend told me she saw a python trying to swallow a full grown deer, you might not think it’s as amazing as I did.)
    These are just a few ideas of what you might look into. Start working at the bottom, since you say you don’t need much to be happy. If it ends up being something you adore and want to climb further in you might have to go to school. If so, you’ll know a lot more about it and be more committed if you’ve worked for a while in the field. Northwestern has a program in plant biology and ecological conservation. She wants to be a park ranger/conservationist some day.

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