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
Our hands-on approach to learning Outdoor Recreation Leadership prepares you to enter the job market immediately following graduation, or to transfer to a four-year institution.
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), Life Guarding (non-moving water), Avalanche Forecasting Level I (evaluation of safe winter terrain), Leave No Trace (minimum impact camping and travel techniques), and an optional Swift Water Rescue certificate (moving water rescue). Graduates will also have practical work experience through 135 hours of required internships. All in all, you will be well prepared to enter the exciting world of outdoor leadership. Links to Outdoor Careers:
- The American Recreation Coalition
- The Outdoor Network
- National Outdoor Leadership School
- The Student Conservation Association
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’s Department of Natural Resources, Western State College’s Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Program, the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Southern Colorado. These agreements allow Outdoor Recreation Leadership graduates to transfer directly. Articulation agreements are also being developed with other institutions.