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Watch These Videos of Exploration Jobs You Wish You Had

No big deal, just another day driving a submarine in the Galápagos Islands.

What's it like to submarine dive a thousand feet underwater to an unexplored region of the Galápagos Islands? Marine conservationist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Jessica Cramp takes us on a journey to find out.

Do you wish every day were an adventure? For these people, it is.

In the video above, marine conservationist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Jessica Cramp takes you on a tour of her underwater office as she journeys through an unexplored area of the Galápagos Islands. Below, other Nat Geo explorers traverse the wilds of Patagonia, explore Greenland’s remote caves, and conquer the world’s largest glaciers. (Watch more #BestJobEver videos.)

Hiking Patagonia Is a Job

Ross Donihue and Marty Schnure are creating the first map of Chile’s future Patagonia National Park with a National Geographic Young Explorer grant. That means they’ve been exploring every inch of its vast landscapes, “scrambling through deep brush or crossing tons of streams that are ice-cold,” says Schnure.

“The real goal was to give people an on-the-ground perspective of what it’s like to stand in the park itself,” she says.

Exploring Remote Caves Is a Job

Geologist and National Geographic grantee Gina Moseley is constructing the first cave-based record of past climate change for Greenland. She thinks that part of the reason this work has never been done before is because the caves containing calcite are so remote.

“More people have been to the moon than to some of the places that I’ve been to,” she says.

Conquering Glaciers Is a Job

Young Explorer Vincent Colliard and National Geographic grantee Børge Ousland have made it their mission to cross the world’s 20 largest glaciers over 10 years to document climate change.

“Listening to Tom Waits and crossing an ice cap—there is nothing better for me,” Colliard says.


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