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Old 04-09-2010   #1
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What's your job?

Well it must be nice to be sponsored or a pro kayaker, but not all of us are fortunate and gifted. So what's your job/career that allows you time to get out on the water and to afford gear?

As for me, Im in the military. It allows time almost like any other job if not deployed. Pays is decent for gear, but it's the military and I'm looking to get out. So really I'm just looking for ideas for jobs/careers when I get out. Thanks!

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Old 04-10-2010   #3
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my job is to spend as much time not working as trying to work 14hr shifts so i only gotta work 3 days a week....this 4 day work week really cuts into my ski and boat a desiel mechanic....
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Old 04-10-2010   #4
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I am an independent contractor who does carpet, upholstery, tile steam's difficult to have an outdoor related job and stay in one place. I know many who push rubber in the summer and bump chairs in the winter, but they generally have 2+ months off in the fall.
I only work when people call and make appointments, so I get lots of powder days off in the winter, and get lots of 4-5pm launches on the river in the summer + weekends.

I would like to personally thank you for your military service and wish you luck in the job search.
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I'm a playground safety inspector. Now that your done laughing. Seriously it's a real job.
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Old 04-10-2010   #6
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I'm a fly shop monkey.
Shitty pay but good hours and great perks
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Old 04-10-2010   #7
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Become a teacher, get summers off. Or a job like a nurse (or diesel mechanic) that lets you do 3x12's for your work week.
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I'm a full time father, and a part time bad ass.
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Old 04-11-2010   #9
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Lots of paddlers/skiers I know are RN's. Godd pay, lots of time off, flexible schedule, live anywhere, always in demand....
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Yeah, my life is pretty crappy for a few months (don't want to think of the number of hours I've put in this weekend and how many more I still have left tonight), but I get flexibilty back the rest of the year. I will probably never be able to do the Salt, but I have been able to take multi-week trips most Novembers... great time for exploring Australia, paddling Mexico, rowing The Grand and sailing the BVI's. And, when the water is good, work slows... this will be four years straight headed to Idaho for a 1-2 week trip in May/June. Plus, it's paid time off (25 vacation plus 5 personal). And job security... 'death and taxes,' as they say.

I decided on this path before living in CO and enjoying the outdoor world, but it isn't too bad. If I could do it over again, nursing school would be calling. I've looked into making a change, but I'm a bit too vested in my current career.

Best of luck!


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