Sunset view of Turret Arch looking through the North Window at Arches National Park


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No one should quit their job and blow up their life on a whim. But if you’re tired of plodding away at a desk job, CoolWorks may have an out. The online job board specializes in adventurous entry-level gigs in picturesque locations. You could work as a cabin attendant on a ranch in Montana, support a dogsled camp on a glacier in Alaska, or work at one of the national parks.

“Jobs are EASY to get and come with inexpensive housing. I work at the Grand Canyon now and worked at Yellowstone in the past,” one Redditor shares in an r/PovertyFinance post, adding that applicants are nearly guaranteed to be hired at retail, restaurant, and hotel jobs on the platform.

The website lets you search for jobs by category, state, season, national park, and more, and there are some employers who need help right away. Many of the positions include room and board, but the pay won't be much higher than minimum wage, commenters write.

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But before you send in your resignation letter, be sure to know what you’re getting into. While many of these jobs may sound amazing on paper, other Redditors noted that so many of these low-skill gigs are available because it’s hard work.

For example, a commenter who worked at a CoolWorks job for four years writes that these establishments are “usually so understaffed that you’ll be doing the jobs of multiple people with no breaks,” though they add that the experience is worth it if you enjoy meeting new people and exploring the outdoors.

If CoolWorks seems unappealing but you still want a shot at an outdoorsy position, you can also try your luck applying for seasonal government jobs at national parks, many of which also come with housing.

Either way, it can’t hurt to apply.

“You can change the trajectory of your life if you want to,” the original poster writes.

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