I will throw out the main idea of the question before I go into detail so I don't waste anyones time. I have been through a few jobs and schools now, but have not found anything that stuck with me. My main criteria, which I know is vague and almost pathetic, is I want to work outdoors. I am asking if there is anyone on the forums who may have a job in forestry, parks, etc. how they may have gotten there or any tips for starting out.
A bit of background..
I was born in California, and moved to Maine for my high school years. I shipped off to Bootcamp in Paris Island one month after I graduated High School. I was enlisted for four years in artillery, with one tour in Afghanistan. I was stationed in Hawaii and also went on a UDP to Japan for six months. I enjoyed the Marines but ultimately I knew it was not for me in the long run. I moved to Colorado (where I still am) for college at University of Northern Colorado. I attended one year with the major Recreation, Hospitality and Tourism Management. Again, not what I ended up wanting. After that first year I went to Colorado School of Trades (gunsmithing school). I graduated from there and had a blast, however, still did not appeal for a pursuit. I now work at a Sportsman's Warehouse as an archery department "Lead," which means doing a lot of manager duties without getting the manager pay. All I wanted you to get out of this was that I am open to a lot of change and am not afraid to try new things/places.
I am the first person in my family to get involved in firearms and hunting, so I never grew up with it. My stepdad is a great fisherman but I never enjoyed fishing until I caught my first trout on a dry fly in RMNP.
So again back to why I wanted to make this post. I thoroughly enjoy my HPG original KB, and enjoy the other threads here on the forums. This forum seems to have many level headed people so I figured I'd give it a shot to see if anyone has any advice. I have thought about the Park Ranger idea but still don't know exactly what that entails. I do understand that having a degree drastically helps finding such jobs in forestry, but not sure which ones to pursue. As for me I thoroughly enjoy working alone, however easily work with others. I am not interested in being any such tour guide. I like behind the scenes and again, want it outside as much as possible. I would honestly like a job that involves a lot of physical labor also. I know forest fire fighting is not really a full time gig (I think?) but would like information on that if anyone is or has been involved. As I stated I do live in Colorado and mostly plan to stay here, so any state specific info would be awesome too.
I guess it boils down to I love the outdoors. I want to be involved with it daily and help keep it enjoyable for mine and other future generations. I just have a hard time deciding what exactly I would want in that job line. So I try to ask as many people as I can who are there or have been there so I can narrow it down.
For anyone who replies, thank you. Any info is welcome even if only a sentence long.