Get a Rockin' Outdoor Job Next Summer!
Lifeguarding and working at a camp or park are not your only two job options if you want to spend your days outside. For high school and college students alike, there are plenty of jobs for working outside during the summer. Here are just a few of your options:
- Lawn Care: Any business or home that has a yard is your potential client if you work in lawn care. You can go into business yourself by printing up fliers and distributing them to neighbors, or you can seek employment with a local grounds crew. They're usually hiring during the summer because of the extra tasks that need to be completed. Your job here will mainly revolve around mowing grass, pulling weeds, laying down fresh sod, trimming trees, and planting flowers.
- Dog Walker: Walking dogs in your neighborhood is something you can do for some spare change even if you're not yet old enough for most other jobs. Again, make some fliers to circulate and pull clients from your community. You can charge per dog or by the hour, depending on what works best for you. Note that many dog owners who don't know you will be wary about having someone take their dog for even an hour, so be sure to have references.
- Pool Maintenance: Everyone loves having a pool (or desperately wants one), but few people enjoy the work it takes to keep the pool clean. You can work to do the job for them, offering both general skimming and full vacuuming services. Either go into business for yourself or look for a local pool company that may be hiring for the summer.
- Produce Picker: If you like in a rural area, chances are that farmers in your neighborhood will need some summertime help. Your workload will differ according to the season and the weather, so having a flexible schedule is key.
There are a number of other outdoor jobs that may become available in your area. Head to the local businesses and ask if they are hiring, even if they don't have a sign in the window. You may be surprised by who could use the extra help.