Based in Sunderland, VT, Orvis is more than just a sporting company -- they are also very dedicated to conservation work.

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If you consider going fishing after work and being in bed by 10 a night well spent, then working at Orvis will be perfect for you. Ditto if you enjoy helping your co-workers train their dogs on your lunch break. How do I know? I spent the summers after my sophomore and junior years as an intern in the Human Resources Department. Why did I pick Orvis? Because I am a life long fly fisherman and I love their products.

Distinctive Country Living

Orvis has been around since 1856, which apparently makes them the oldest continuously operating catalog company in the country. They have an extremely rich history, which is still a significant factor in the way the company operates today. You should be familiar with this history because it will help you write an impressive cover letter and interview well. The single best resource on Orvis’ history is The Orvis Story, but that costs money, and if you get an internship, then you can use Orvis’ generous 50% employee discount to buy it. So what about web resources on Orvis’ history? There’s this page on the history of Orvis, a timeline of Orvis’ accomplishment, and a very detailed Wikipedia entry on Orvis.

Orvis’ storied history is based on sporting traditions (mostly hunting and fishing), and with that has come their modern focus on distinctive country living. As much as they are known for their fly fishing equipment, Orvis is not just a sporting company; however, their product selection is targeted at people who enjoy the sporting life. Orvis also puts a huge emphasis on environmental conservation, so they are constantly involved with projects that protect the resources, like cold water fisheries, that drive their business.

Drop Them a Line

Orvis doesn’t have an entry-level hiring program by any means, but they are certainly an employer that is friendly to young people (as long as those young people enjoy the outdoors). A few positions that we identified as being well suited for a new college grad are: Web Liquidations Merchandise Specialist, Application Developer / Analyst Merchandising Systems, and Web Developer. It appears that Orvis would prefer candidates with experience for these positions, but there’s no reason that you can’t impress them enough to get hired.

Beyond their regular job listings, Orvis also lists positions at Orvis Endorsed Operations on their Job Openings Page. These aren’t actually Orvis jobs, but they do offer the opportunity to work for an amazing resort at a big name destination. A lot of these jobs are as fishing guides, but a few are in hospitality management as well.

What Vermont Has to Offer

Orvis’ corporate office is in Sunderland, VT on the edge of a 377-acre natural black bear habitat. The office is absolutely beautiful and fits perfectly with both the surroundings and Orvis’ mission. There’s a small gym on-site, hiking trails, a casting pond, and a cafe with great food. With that said, it’s in the middle of nowhere – the Orvis office doesn’t even have a zip code. The Manchester area of Vermont is not the most happening place. Yes, they have outlet shopping, but beyond that it’s all about the outdoors. Restaurants are closed by 9, and gas stations close by 10. So if you’re out fishing after that, you’re not going to find anything to eat except what’s in the refrigerator.

Orvis also has a service center in Roanoke, VA and retail locations across the United States; however, the jobs that best suite new college grads will be mostly located in Vermont. Like I’ve said, Orvis isn’t for the city slickers, but for the right people it’s a dream come true. If you’d like to know more about working at Orvis, feel free to contact me by leaving a comment. I’ll be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

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3 responses to “Orvis”

  1. Ryan says:

    Iam coming to the end of my junior year of college at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I have already completed an AS of science and been fly fishing and waterfowl hunting for years. I currently employed by a River Sports Outfitter a locally owned store (listed top 10 ind. outdoor stores in the US). I will be majoring in retail and consumer science with a minor in business. Do you think that I could get set up with someone for a 2009 internship…Thanks for your time

  2. Ryan,

    Orvis doesn’t usually get their internship program together until just a few months before the interns are expected to start (they appear to be still hiring 2008 Summer interns now); however, I recommend that you contact Orvis directly now at careers@orvis.com and see if there is anything that you can do to make yourself a better candidate for an internship next Summer. There’s no guarantee that they’ll hire you next year, but it’s definitely worth a shot to get things in motion now. Retail is a big part of their operation, and I’m sure that someone like you would be valuable to them as an intern.

    Give that a try, and let me know how it works out for you. If you don’t hear anything from them, get back to me and I’ll see if I can get you a contact.

  3. Nick says:

    Willy,

    I have just begun my senior year at Bucknell University, a small liberal arts college in Lewisburg, Pa. I am a political science major, and the reason I chose such is because I had planned on attending law school after graduation. However, after much thought, I have decided law school is really not for me. From your description, it sounds like the Manchester area is the right place for me. I have spent the last few years in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds region, and I spend most of my time outdoors. I have been fly fishing since I was 14 (I’m now 21), and in my free time I can be found at places such as Penns Creek or Spring Creek. I have spent the last few months trying to figure out my future, and I have come to be certain that a career at Orvis is what I want to pursue. I would like to work somewhere in the realm of product development, but I am very flexible. The opportunity to hold a position at Orvis would literally be a dream come true. Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated. I have included my e-mail address with this submission. Thank you very much.

    Nick

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