Seasonal work is temporary work done during a busy time of year, like retail sales around Christmas, being a lifeguard during the summer, or harvesting a crop in the fall. Seasonal jobs may pay well but often require long days and flexible hours. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour but many states have a minimum wage that is higher than that. Search sites like Cool Works, Indeed.com, and your local newspaper’s website for opportunities near you. Review our list below to find jobs that you can make a quick buck during seasonal busy seasons.
1. Accountant/Tax Preparer
2. Political Campaign Staff
Working on a campaign requires total dedication for several months before an election but it can be thrilling.
During the holiday season Amazon hires everyone from warehouse workers to customer service representatives.
4. Flower Shop
5. Construction Worker
In climates with harsh winters, construction work becomes a spring and summer job rather than year-round.
When the kids are out of school for the summer but the parents still have to go to work, quality childcare is in demand. Become a baby-sitter or parents’ helper for one family or look into jobs at daycare centers and summer camps.
It’s not just sitting by the pool. Being a lifeguard is a great way to get a tan but it also comes with a lot of responsibilities.
8. UPS and FedEx
Most landscaping gets done in the spring and summer, especially in parts of the country with harsh winters.
10. Warehouse Worker
Most retail warehouses hire extra help around Christmas, and some that sell landscaping and construction supplies may also hire more staff during the spring and summer.
The summer is the high season for moving companies and they hire extra staff for packing, moving furniture, and driving trucks.
13. Ski Resorts
During the winter and over spring break in some areas, there’s a boom for skiing and other cold-weather sports. Some ski resorts become hiking and mountain biking destinations in the summers, too.
14. Beach Clubs
Once the weather gets warm enough to lie out on the beach, beach clubs need support staff, from restaurant jobs to lifeguards.
15. Festival Jobs
Join the summer festival circuit. Join the staff of one festival and tour the country or plan to work at them individually as they come to your town. Jobs range from security to food service to promotion and accounting.
16. Tour Guide
When the height of tourism season hits your town, get out there and show tourists the sights.
17. Commercial Fishing
Whether it’s lobster in New England, crab in Maryland, or a variety of fish in Alaska, there are peak seasons for the commercial fishing industry.
18. Temporary Office Work
Office workers take vacations around Christmas, during school breaks, and over the summer, leaving temporary jobs open. Apply with temp agencies like Manpower.
19. Farm Jobs
From planting to harvesting, jobs abound on farms from spring through fall. And not all of it is manual labor. Some farms need retail help in their farm stores and at farmers’ markets.
When vacationers flood in, hotels and restaurants need help. Be warned, some of these jobs pay less than minimum wage because of the opportunity to collect tips but with different local laws, they are worth looking into.
21. Country Clubs
With golf courses, tennis courts, pools, restaurants, and a busy front desk, country clubs need support staff during their high season.
22. Amusement Parks
The majority of amusement parks operate from spring through fall, with the most demand in the summer.
23. Summer Camps
Find a camp that suits your interests, like art camp or space camp, or go for an overall outdoor experience.
24. Sports Jobs
Summer sports events bring a need for ticket takers, ushers, security personnel, and food vendors at your local stadium or with your local team.
25. Golf Caddy
Once the golf courses open for the summer, they hire caddies and other support staff.
26. Town Hall
Check your town for government jobs from seasonal park maintenance to temporary administrative staff.