We get it: looking for a summer job can be an overwhelming experience. There are a lot of choices out there, and finding the right opportunities can be tough. We put this list of summer job search sites together to help you discover some opportunities that are available to you.
Remember: getting a summer job can be extremely competitive. To give yourself the best chances to succeed, you should apply early. By the time summer break starts, it’s most likely too late. So be prepared, think of ways that your previous experience can be leveraged for work, and as always, make the most of your personal connections (you never know who can help).
Good luck with your summer job search!
Snagajob – Let’s face it: not everybody who wants a summer job wants to work outdoors or at summer camps. In fact, many people prefer to spend their summers working in retail or restaurant environments. Use Snagajob to find those types of opportunities.
Summer Job Search Sites
American Camp Association – The American Camp Association lets you search both seasonal summer jobs and year-round jobs at North American camps. The site also has a nice resource section that contains a lot of related tips and advice for people who want to work at a camp.
Backdoor Jobs – If you want a summer job that can double as an adventure, then Backdoor Jobs is a great site for you. Their jobs are all focused on working in the great outdoors, and include positions working in ranches, wilderness therapy, and environmental education.
Camp Jobs – Search summer camp positions like counselors, nurses, lifeguards, kitchen staff, camp directors, and activity specialists. It’s free to upload your resume, and the site seems to be actively used by employers and recruiters who need to staff their camps for summer.
Camp Page – This site provides job openings and resources that will be of interest to you if you’re looking for summer camp or wilderness jobs. Includes jobs in both the US and Canada. No registration is required.
Camp Staff – Browse jobs at summer camps and post your resume. The site seems to have direct relationships with a lot of summer camps, which is nice to see. It’s free to use, but you will have to register before you can search for jobs.
Cool Works – When it comes to finding a summer job, this is one of the best sites out there. Cool Works features recreational / outdoor jobs, camp jobs, volunteering jobs, volunteering jobs, national park jobs, and more. The site is free to use, and doesn’t collect any personal information until the application process.
Great Camp Jobs – Unlike most of the other sites on this list, you can’t search jobs here. Instead, you fill out a profile that camp directors can search when they’re looking for people to hire for the summer. It’s a little frustrating that you can’t learn more about the opportunities before you have to provide your personal information, but it’s still a good resource.
InterExchange – This site lists summer opportunities to work abroad. Typical positions include English teachers, volunteer opportunities, and Au Pairs. If you want to spend your summer working overseas, this can be a good place to discover some of the options available to you.
My Summers – The only down side of this site is that you have to register before you can search for jobs. The good news is that registration is free, and your account is used by camp directors who need to fill positions at their camps. There are also a lot of nice resources here that you can use to learn more about getting (and performing well at) a summer camp job.
Summer Jobs – This site lists a lot of available summer jobs, and the search functionality is pretty straightforward and easy to use. Registration is free, and they require to register with the site before you’re able to apply. The site also features a lot of articles and advice that you should at least glance through before you start firing off applications.
Summer Jobs+ – An initiative by the US Department of Labor, this site encourages businesses and government agencies to provide summer employment for youth. There are many part time, full time, and internship positions listed here, and no registration is required.