Faceman's post has as lot of really great advice in it.
Also, you mentioned "There are a lot of things I'd like to do, outdoorsy type jobs, but at least out here, only the very select VERY lucky get any chance at those jobs."
Are you set on staying near home after you graduate college? If you're looking for outdoorsy things, let's just say as a wildlife biologist, there are plenty of opportunities out there. I get several emails a month, often several a week, about job openings related to wildlife fieldwork - usually as a wildlife technician. Granted many of these jobs are temporary or seasonal, but these aren't your only options.
I would do a little more probing and look beyond the generic, well-known occupations and see you if you can find something more practical that also piques your interest.
If it's any consolation, my friend recently graduated with a history major and has a pretty good job working in the archiving (or something along those lines...) sector of a company. She says it's incredibly boring, but hey, it's a job.