Careers in Outdoor Recreation Leadership

Prepare for a career or move on to a higher degree with the Outdoor Recreation Leadership program at Colorado Mountain College

Student snorkeling in Sea of CortezOur hands-on approach to learning Outdoor Recreation Leadership prepares you to enter the job market immediately following graduation, to transfer to a four-year institution, or stay right here and complete a Bachelors degree in Sustainability Studies or Business.

Colorado Mountain College ORL students become:

  • Adventure travel planners
  • Nature and outdoor center guides
  • Wilderness instructors
  • Forestry technicians
  • Outdoor recreation retail business owners or managers
  • Resort recreation or camp leaders

With education beyond Colorado Mountain College, you can work toward other outdoor positions in research, management and academics.

The field of Outdoor Recreation Leadership is booming. From humble beginnings, the American outdoor field has expanded from one high-adventure school in 1963 to over 10,000 today. The outdoors is big and you can be part of it! The demand for leisure and recreation is increasing and qualified people are needed to facilitate trips and activities all over the country, and the world.

Find a job after graduation

The ORL program prepares you to enter a variety of outdoor careers directly after graduation. Graduates have certificates in Wilderness First Responder (medical), Avalanche Forecasting Level I and Level II (evaluation of safe winter terrain), Leave No Trace (minimum impact camping and travel techniques), and a Swift Water Rescue certificate (moving water rescue).  All in all, you will be well prepared to enter the exciting world of outdoor leadership.

Transfer to a four-year institution

Graduates of this program have the opportunity to continue their study at a four-year college or university. Articulation agreements have been completed with Colorado State University, Pueblo and Western State Colorado University. These agreements allow Outdoor Recreation Leadership graduates to transfer directly. Articulation agreements are also being developed with other institutions.

Stay at CMC for a Bachelors degree

Stay at CMC to pursue a Bachelors degree in Sustainability Studies or Business Administration.  Once you experience the Rocky Mountains, believe me you are going to want to stay around.