With much of the country experiencing warmer-than-average temperatures this spring, it's almost like summer is already here. If you're tired of being cooped up in an office, or you're a job seeker in search of a cubicle-free gig, check out these 15 jobs that will get you outside this summer.
1. Forest/conservation workers*: Forest and conservation workers are the ultimate outdoorspeople. They typically perform maintenance and upkeep of state parks and forests.
Mean hourly wages: $11.49**
2. Lifeguards: While these workers always have the best tans, they also have one of the most stressful summer jobs. They must constantly be alert and prepared to handle and respond to emergencies. Beach lifeguards go through physical tests before becoming certified.
Mean hourly wages: $10.70
3. Landscaping/lawn-care workers: Grounds-maintenance workers provide a pleasant outdoor environment by ensuring that the grounds of houses, businesses and parks are attractive, orderly and healthy. If you have a green thumb, start by working at a local greenhouse or nursery.
Mean hourly wages: $11.41
4. Bike messengers: Looking for a life of danger? Couriers and messengers transport documents and packages for individuals, businesses, institutions and government agencies. Not only do you have to know your way around a city, but you also must know local bike laws, be aware of traffic flow and delivery items expediently.
Mean hourly wages: $11.58
5. Walking food vendors: These vendors sell food and beverages to fans at sporting events, concerts and other performances. It's a physically demanding position that involves constant standing, walking, lifting, reaching and climbing stairs. Most positions pay on commission.
Mean hourly wages: Pay varies by position/location
6. Camp counselors: Camp counselors design and lead leisure activities for groups in recreation facilities, such as playgrounds, parks, camps and senior centers. Activity areas include arts and crafts, sports, games, music and camping. Some certification may be required but is often offered at the camp or center.
Mean hourly wages: $10.70
7. Nannies/baby sitters: Whether a casual baby sitter or a full-time nanny, you're caring for children's basic needs, such as bathing and feeding. In addition, some help children prepare for kindergarten or help with homework.
Mean hourly wages: Pay varies by level of experience and full-time or part-time status
8. Hospitality/cruise-ship workers: Want to make money while vacationing at sea? Working on a cruise ship can be the best of both worlds. Guest-service workers accompany tour groups and describe points of interest. They may assist tourists in itinerary planning, obtaining travel certificates and currency conversion. Since hours fluctuate, you may have time off to take in local sights.
Mean hourly wages: $22
9. Golf caddies: Golf caddies assist golfers on the course, helping with clubs and ancillary duties to ensure that the golfer has an enjoyable time.
Mean hourly wages: Pay varies by course, with some offering minimum wage, and others paying by number of rounds worked; tips are also often received
10. Amusement park workers: Amusement parks employ a variety of workers, including maintenance technicians, guest services and entertainers. Depending on experience and longevity, seasonal workers can move into full-time positions.
Mean hourly wages: $10.14
11. Event planners: Summertime is a popular season for events, especially when it comes to wedding planners. Meeting, convention and event planners coordinate all aspects of professional meetings and events. They choose meeting locations, arrange transportation and coordinate other details.
Mean hourly wages: $21.76
12. Tour guides: If you have a big personality, tour-guide work may be the right fit. Typically, this job escorts individuals or groups on sightseeing tours or through places of interest, such as industrial establishments, public buildings and art galleries.
Mean hourly wages: $12.82
13. Stable/ranch hands: If you're looking for a rural summer experience, many farms employ seasonal workers. Duties include dealing with livestock or assisting in crop maintenance and general labor.
Mean hourly wages: $29.21; pay may vary by farm size or employer
14. Servers/bartenders: Many restaurants and bars hire additional staff to help with summer crowds. Depending on previous experience, opportunities are available at different types of establishments, from family-friendly to upscale.
Mean hourly wages: Pay is typically minimum wage plus tips
15. Dog walkers: If you're not looking for a new career this summer but want to take advantage of the great weather, considering becoming a dog walker. Dog walkers may be self-employed or work for their local shelter or groomer.
Mean hourly wages: Pay varies based on whether you work independently or for a shelter/groomer