Roadmap for a 21st Century Outdoor Workforce

Outdoor Workforce White Paper

by Outdoor Recreation Roundtable

In 2022 and 2023, ORR surveyed a diverse array of industry experts on the core opportunities for further research, data, and resource development in building an outdoor workforce that works for everyone. Based on a year of convenings, conversations, trainings, virtual webinars, and a digital survey, ORR has identified four core areas of focus in order to invite more Americans into our workforce, dispel stigmas around outdoor careers, and set education institutions, businesses, and prospective employees up for success by connecting the dots between job skills needed by the industry (today and into the future) to what is being taught. Importantly, these efforts must emphasize the advancement of communities that have been historically underrepresented in the outdoor workforce.

Attached document published January 2023

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The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) is America’s leading coalition of outdoor recreation trade associations and organizations working to promote the growth of the outdoor recreation economy and outdoor recreation activities.

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