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Old March 7th, 2015, 12:51 PM   #1
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History jobs that involve outdoor work?


I'm nearly at the end of an undergraduate degree (in media, nothing history related unfortunately) and I'm trying to better direct myself toward something I could build up to a career I'd enjoy. Like most people here, I love history, but unfortunately lecturing in a classroom all day or sitting inside a museum office don't really appeal to me.
My preference for work would be something more physical, which is why I considered archaeology but am feeling a bit put off by the maths (something I've always been pretty bad at) and the rumours I've heard about low wages and uncertain job security.
It might sound like an odd question, but if anyone here has suggestions about a career where you could incorporate a love of history with some kind of outdoor/physical work (and still afford to feed yourself) it'd be great to hear. Cheers!

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Old March 7th, 2015, 02:08 PM   #2

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Check out historical building conservation and construction, Europe has plenty of old buildings but not many stone masons or historically skilled construction workers.

That'll give you pretty good pay, a lot of outside work for inspecting and historical interest. Not to mention a trade that you can take anywhere.
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Check out historical building conservation and construction, Europe has plenty of old buildings but not many stone masons or historically skilled construction workers.
That's an interesting one! Thanks. I'll have to read up on it a bit, see what the training/trade schools might require.
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There is also live-action historical reconstructions, model villages or farms or castles where you dress up and live for a day like the historical personage, educating visitors. I'm not sure where you are in Europe, but by your name I'm guessing Poland? Im sure there are a few museums that are reconstructions.

There is also archeological research, although you yourself would need to have a degree in archeology to do anything, there are always need of historians of particular areas to consult and do field visits. Look at the show TimeTeam

There is also leading walking tours. This is a very good way of being outside, you gather together a group and lead them around a historic neighbourhood or street, or what have you. Good presentation and oral skills are needed.
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There is also live-action historical reconstructions...

There is also archeological research...

There is also leading walking tours....
Thanks for the ideas! I'd have to look up what kind of prospects, pay-wise, the living history or tour jobs might offer. There's probably a lot of variety, but I always assumed that a lot of the people working those jobs did it on a volunteer basis?

As for archaeological consulting, TimeTeam has always been a favourite of mine.
I was a bit put off archaeology by the stories I'd heard about the difficulties some newcomers experience trying to make it a paying career, but I imagine, as you say, that with the right specialisation you'd have enough valuable knowledge to be in demand as an expert on certain digs. I'll have to see if I can get a hold of anyone who's actually gone in to the field. It'd be great to hear a bit of first-hand information.

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Thanks for the ideas! I'd have to look up what kind of prospects, pay-wise, the living history or tour jobs might offer.
If you don't mind a diet of pogos and tinned soup and being unemployed and on the dole half the year...
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If you don't mind a diet of pogos and tinned soup and being unemployed and on the dole half the year...
That's kind of why I assumed most folks doing it were volunteers. It didn't seem, from what I'd heard, to be something you could really support yourself on.
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Have you considered the National Park Service? Many of those jobs involve outdoor activity but are related to history and historic sites. Also, I've heard (but have not verified) that you can get student loan forgiveness with certain government jobs and the NPS might be one of those. (If anyone knows whether this is true, please let me know!)
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Have you considered the National Park Service? Many of those jobs involve outdoor activity but are related to history and historic sites. Also, I've heard (but have not verified) that you can get student loan forgiveness with certain government jobs and the NPS might be one of those. (If anyone knows whether this is true, please let me know!)
OP is in Europe.
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Writing for history magazines is always an option, kind of goes with the reenactment villages idea mentioned earlier. As I am launching a magazine I know I am always looking for someone who will go to reenactment events, or living history sites, or museums and write an article for my magazine.
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