A summer job is a great way to earn some work experience, while making some extra money. It’s also a good way to test out different job fields that pertain to your major, or to try something completely unrelated to give you new insights. Searching for a job can be daunting, but there are all sorts of employers with special summer job opportunities.

Camp jobs are available all across the nation. There are sports-specific summer camps, nature camps, camps for the fine arts, and many local community centers like the Boys and Girls Club and YMCA offer summer camps. Some camps are just in the morning, but many are overnight camps. Overnight camps offer counselors room and board, in addition to payment. Camp Page (www.summercampstaff.com) offers a list of various summer camp job positions in the United States.

National Parks are great places to work for people who love the outdoors. Everywhere from Yellowstone to Acadia National Park and the Grand Canyon offer summer employment for entry-level jobs. You can work as a line-cook, a housekeeper, or retail sales associate.

Working at a fishery in Alaska can serve for an interesting experience. Salmon season is prime during summertime, and a variety of jobs open at local canneries and processing plants. There is also the opportunity to work as a deck hand. The days are long, but the pay is great. Some companies even offer a travel stipend.

Farm or ranch work is another option. Sites like WWOOF (www.wwoofusa.org) and Grow Food (www.growfood.org) are dedicated to connecting prospective workers to local farms.

If you want to spend your days in the water, lots of lifeguard positions are available. Another option is to become a river guide. After attending whitewater guide training, you’ll be ready to take clients out on fun, safe adventures.

The Conservation Corps is great for environmental enthusiasts or people who don’t mind getting dirty. The national website can be found at www.conservationcorps.org, but local branches also exist in various regions and states.

Two websites that offer job listings for neat seasonal and outdoor opportunities are www.Backdoorjobs.com and www.CoolWoorks.com. You can search by category or location and read through a huge variety or job descriptions that you might not have ever known existed.

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