Do you only think of seasonal jobs as those end-of-year retail positions? Think again. Check out these nine seasonal jobs that are perfect for the summer months.
Whether you’re a gardener or work for a developer, landscaping work is incredibly popular in the summer when the weather is good. You can pick up opportunities to plant, fix a garden, or even cut somebody’s grass.
Landscaping work rarely requires formal qualifications. However, you should be prepared to do lots of heavy lifting, be outdoors all day, or work early or late (particularly in desert climates).
2. Home Maintenance
Home repairs, in general, may not be limited to summer, but some jobs are certainly more common in the summer: after all, nobody’s going to repaint their siding in the middle of a snowstorm. You can find these jobs anywhere if you’re skilled in carpentry or other manual labor.
The requirements for maintenance jobs depend on the job. Some jobs, like house painting, don’t require much (if any) formal education; however, you may need to be licensed in the trade. Other jobs, like HVAC repair, typically require certification from an accredited trade school.
Many maintenance jobs also require that you have a license, and you may be required to drive your own car.
3. Tourism-Based Positions
Tourism may not always be popular with the locals, but tourism-based work is another story. If you live in or near a popular tourist location, there’s a good chance they have a significant uptick in tourism-based positions.
New York City regularly hires summer tour guides, for instance, but these jobs can also be as typical as working at a gift shop or festival ticket booth.
The requirements for tourism-based jobs vary depending on the position. Still, no matter what you’re applying to, it’s always a good idea to be familiar with the area (including the non-touristy parts). Check the job description for details on a specific job’s requirements.
4. Hospitality Careers
Summer means more people are traveling, which means more people are staying in hotels. Plenty of hotels offer summer roles at the front desk, as housekeepers, or in an attached restaurant or bar, allowing you a closer look into the world of hospitality jobs.
Requirements for working at a hotel depend on the position, but many are entry-level. For instance, working as a front desk clerk typically only requires a high school diploma and good customer service skills, and you’ll receive relevant training on the job. Hotel housekeepers may not even need a high school diploma, just a driver’s license.
Some hotels have stricter requirements for certain parts of their establishment. For example, working in a hotel bar will require you to be at least 21.
5. Table Busser or Fast-Food Employee
Like hotels, business at restaurants and fast-food chains often picks up during the summer (especially in tourist areas). It may seem cliché, but it’s guaranteed to be an open position.
Working in food service requires strong customer service skills and mental math abilities. Delivery drivers will also need a driver’s license.
6. Camp Counselor
When school is out for summer, camps provide structure and fun activities for kids, as well as plenty of opportunities to become a camp counselor. Many of these positions are aimed at teenagers and college students, requiring little to no experience.
It’s not just an entry-level job, though: adults with specialized skills may be able to work as counselors for less mainstream summer camps, like camps for kids with disabilities.
All camp counselors must be certified in CPR and pass a background check. You’ll also need to be capable of heavy lifting. Depending on the camp, there may be other requirements in place: sleepaway camps will likely require you to be able to swim, for instance.
The average camp counseling job for teens doesn’t require formal experience and just needs you to be good with kids and have a positive, encouraging attitude. Specialized summer camps may require prior training or certification; for instance, camps for kids with disabilities may require counselors to have relevant medical certifications.
Whether you live near the beach or a public pool, somebody needs to keep a lookout for any less-than-strong swimmers. That’s where the lifeguard comes in. You’ll watch the waves for signs of problems or monitor the students of the swim instructor, making sure that everyone is safe in the water.
The Red Cross’ minimum age requirement to become a lifeguard is 15, although some states and facilities have higher age requirements. Regardless of age, you also must pass a lifeguarding training class, be a strong swimmer, and be attentive.
8. Child Care
School lets out for summer vacation, but work doesn’t! If you enjoy working with children, there are undoubtedly many working parents who need someone to help supervise and care for their children until school starts back up. The most well-known form of this is babysitting, but you can also work as a nanny or in childcare centers like daycares.
When it comes to hard skills, everyone who works with children should be certified in basic first aid and CPR. Other than that, hard requirements often depend on the job: traditional babysitting jobs usually don’t have formal requirements. Nannies must often be at least 18 and have prior childcare experience. Working at a daycare or preschool summer program may require you to have a certificate in Early Childhood Education.
Someone who works with kids should be good with children, patient, and adaptable.
9. Summer Internship
If you’re still working your way into the work world, an internship is a great way to get your foot in the door. Some companies post internships on job boards or the company website, while other internship opportunities are offered in partnership with a school or educational institution.
Keep in mind that not every internship is paid. The Department of Labor doesn’t have universal guidelines on whether interns must be paid; it depends on the work.
The requirements for an internship vary between fields. However, most internships are intended for high school or college students studying a relevant field or people who graduated less than a year ago.
Find the Best Summer Job for You with JobsFuel
There are a wide variety of summer job opportunities out there. JobsFuel can help you find the right role for you, and our blog provides tips on how to get the job you’re looking for. As long as you’re working a job you enjoy, summer will fly right by.