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Regional Government Agencies: Outdoor Career Opportunities

This guide is a general overview of the regional opportunities working in and for the outdoors.

by Transforming Youth Outdoors (TYO)


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There are three main levels of government in the United States: Federal, State, and Local. Each level of government has its own benefits and opportunities for careers in outdoor recreation and conservation. While there are many amazing opportunities to work for the federal government, working for a state, county, or city agency may have appealing benefits including:

  • More accessible job opportunities
  • Opportunity to work in familiar places on issues that are more relevant
  • Greater flexibility in your job duties and environment
  • Better access and interaction with leadership at a given agency

Published November 2020

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