Career Options

Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership provides the outdoor leadership, business, communication, and other skills necessary for success in various sectors. Students learn the technical and group leadership skills needed to be an outdoor guide, educator, or trip leader. Students also learn the concepts, theory, and business skills needed to move beyond guiding and into management or creation of their own business.

Degree: BS in Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership
Options: Adventure Leadership and Education; Nature, Eco and Adventure Tourism
Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership Faculty

Potential career options in Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership

Use the career planning resources to learn about the potential career options below.
(some occupations may require further education/licensure)
Activities Coordinator
Brand Manager
Camp Director
Client Services Rep.
Ecotourism Guide
Event Manager
Facilities Manager
Guest Relations
Head of Experiential Learning
Lodging Manager
Marketing Manager
Mountain Guide
Operations Manager
Outdoor Educator
Outdoor Guide
Park or Forest Ranger
Park Naturalist
Program Director
Property Manager
Promotions Manager
Public Relations Specialist
Recreation Manager
Resort Manager
Rock Climbing Guide
Sales Manager
Tour Guide
Travel Agent
Travel Writer
Whitewater Rafting Guide
Youth Counselor

Where are OSU Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership alumni working?

(Data obtained from LinkedIn)

General Manager, Wanderlust Tours
Operations Manager, Tetherow Resort
Industry & Visitor Services Manager, Travel Oregon
Director of Sales, The Allison Inn & Spa
Lead Back Country Ranger, Student Conservation Association
Wilderness Ranger, US Forest Service
General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
Senior Client Engagement Manager, Ventana Research
Director of Marketing, JC Resorts
Recreation Associate, Seventh Mountain Resort
Outdoor Recreation Planner, Bureau of Land Management
Ranch Manager, Cascades Camp & Conference Center
Videographer/Editor, TeamPeople @ Intel
Adventure Planning Concierge, Brasada Ranch Resort

Where have OSU-Cascades students participated in experiential learning (internships/research/etc.)?

Tumalo Kayak and Canoe
Sun Country Tours
Athletic Club of Bend
United World Colleges - Southeast Asia
Bend Visitor and Convention Bureau
First Ascent Climbing Services
Ouzel Outfitters
Little Planet - Malaysia
Timberline Mountain Guides
US Forest Service
Seventh Mountain Resort

Job Search

In addition to our general job, internship, and volunteer search resources, below are some industry specific resources to help you search for opportunities in Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership. Don't forget the important process of researching employers and networking with professionals in companies/organizations that you are interested in.

Graduate School

In addition to our general Graduate/Professional School resources, utilize the following resources for researching advanced degrees in Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership.

Professional Associations

Involvement in professional associations can expand your network, keep you up to date on current trends in the field, and give you access to additional job and internship opportunities. This is a sampling of professional associations that you could get involved in.

Additional Resources

Career Development Center

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