Resort Host

May 2, 2008
Outside Magazine

WHAT YOU DO: Make sure the guests have fun. "It could be a fly-fishing trip in the morning or a hike or getting someone on a bird-watching trip," says Jacob Ott, director of outdoor pursuits for West Virginia's private Greenbrier Sporting Club. Depending on the resort and your precise title—adventure concierge or director of outdoor pursuits, for example—responsibilities can include arranging trips through local guides, testing said trips, leading activities, and maintaining equipment.

WHY NOW: This job was virtually unheard of before 2000; now major resort chains like Four Seasons and Fairmont are adding positions in dreamy spots around the globe.

THE NUMBERS: Figures vary wildly, but our survey suggests a range from $20,000 to $70,000, with a select few making more. Six-day workweeks and extended hours are likely during busy seasons.

BREAKING IN: The formal route is to get an undergraduate degree or master's in hospitality from top schools like Cornell or Rhode Island's Johnson & Wales. Some people start as independent guides. Simply working at a resort in customer service is a good way to get a foot in the door. Scout positions at

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