Parks and Recreation
- With 46 state parks in South Carolina, there is abundant opportunity for a summer job. The Park Service hires about 350 seasonal employees throughout the year to fill various positions. You'll receive minimum wage for pay, and if you work at Hunting Island, Kings Mountain, Myrtle Beach, Santee or Table Rock parks, you may be able to stay in the employee barracks. Some of seasonal jobs are lifeguarding, maintenance, concession worker, park attendant and tour leaders. Pick up an application, fill it out and return it to the park you'd like to work at. Be sure to write which position you are most interested in. It's best to get this in by February, so the park manager has time to go through each application.
- South Carolina offers various summer camps for kids of all ages, abilities and interests. Many of these hire teenagers as counselors, counselors-in-training, kitchen staff, activity assistants and lifeguards. Though most seasonal camp positions do not require formal training, lifeguards generally need to be certified in lifeguarding, CPR and first aid.
Contact the camp you're interested in working at, or a camp you attended as a child. Ask what the application process is and let them know you are interested in summer job with them. Some camps provide housing or beds for the employees and a meal plan. Other camps may offer discounted meals or use of the equipment.
- If you enjoy being outdoors and meeting new people, find a job in summer tourism. There are several whitewater-rafting companies that hire seasonal employees. If you have experience on the water, you could apply to be a river guide. If you'd rather stay dry, apply to work concessions or in the gift shop.
Seasonal resorts also have a need for summer employees. They often hire kitchen staff, lifeguards, child care staff, cleaning crews, activity assistants, employees for gift shops and front desk personnel.
Call, write or visit the facility you would like to work and talk with a hiring manager about summer job openings. Fill out an application and let her know what position you are most interested in.
- In South Carolina, families need extra child care in the summer while the parents are working. Ask families that you regularly baby-sit whether they need a summer nanny or if they know of any families looking for one. You can also sign up with a nanny service that would place you with a family needing service.
As a nanny you'd likely tend to the children during the day when the parents work. You may be required to drive them to and from lessons, play dates and appointments. Some families may expect you to do light cleaning and laundry, prepare simple meals for the children or stay late on occasion.