Monthly Wrap: Popular seasonal jobs in the US

Philip McHugh May 21st 2022 - 3 minute read

By Currencies Direct on May 27, 2022

Fancy a working holiday? Try these popular seasonal jobs in the US

From students on the hunt for adventure between studies to people looking to expand their career options, seasonal jobs provide short stints of employment that can diversify your skillset.

There are a range of seasonal jobs available throughout the country, suitable for those who seeking flexibility in their work life. These positions offer the versatility that traditional, full-time work simply can’t.

In this article we will be look at some of the temporary jobs across the US which have proven to be rather popular with seasonal workers.

5 popular summer season positions

The most popular summer season jobs in the US are found at summer camps. Roles include:

  1. Activities Leader

There is a long list of activities that summer camps offer children. For these activities to occur however, the camp needs activity leaders… That’s where you come in. Are you experienced and knowledgeable in a certain area? Camps require many activity leaders, from swimming to performing arts to football, and everything in between.

  1. Lifeguard

Almost every camp has a lake or a pool nearby which campers use throughout the summer, and it’s imperative the campers are kept safe. If you are a confident swimmer and have the relevant lifeguarding qualifications, you could spend your summer beside the water.

  1. Camp Counsellor

As a camp counsellor, you will be responsible for the smooth-running of the camp. This is a hands-on position, ensuring campers are ready for the day ahead and taking them to the organised activities. You will also be able to get involved with the various activities yourself as you encourage campers to participate.

  1. Special Needs Counsellor

As a special needs counsellor, you will have the same responsibility as a camp counsellor outlined above, only you will be supporting campers who have special needs. This is an extremely rewarding position as you encourage campers with special needs to flourish.

  1. Support Staff

The support staff is the backbone of the summer camps. In this position, you will have a diverse range of responsibilities from maintenance to kitchen duties to admin.

5 popular winter season positions

The most popular winter season jobs in the US are usually found at ski resorts. Roles include:

  1. Ski and Snowboard Instructor

As a ski and snowboard instructor, you will enjoy your winter on the slopes teaching others how to improve and harness their skills. To be hired in this position, you will require the relevant qualifications and experience.

  1. Ski Patrol

Similarly to a lifeguard, you will be looking out for the safety of others. For this position, you’ll need to be a confident skier and will require relevant first aid qualifications. This is because you’ll often be the first to attend any skiing-related incidents.

  1. Chalet Host

A chalet host is responsible for the guests during their stay. In this role, you will have a diverse range of duties, from picking guests up from the airport to settling them into their hotels, to taking them on ski trips around the mountains.

  1. Chef

Ski resorts offer high-end food and they are always on the lookout for highly skilled chefs who are capable of working under pressure. This can often be a challenging environment, with quality food expected to be prepared within a short space of time.

  1. Nanny and Childcare

This involves looking after children whilst parents/guardians head out onto the slopes. This can be a lucrative job as parents often tip generously, grateful that their children are being looked after. This role can be both rewarding and exhausting!

The paperwork particulars

There is a diverse range of opportunities to work seasonal positions in the US. To turn the dream into reality, you need to fill out the relevant paperwork and gain the appropriate visa.

If you are aged over 18 and in full-time study at university, you can apply for the J1 visa.

With the J1 visa, you can be employed in the US for up to four months and will be able to travel the country for 30 days after your employment ends.

A J1 visa costs £145 from the UK and you will have to attend an interview at the US Embassy. You will also have to provide evidence of sufficient funds for the duration that you’re in the US ($800-$1200).

Of course, you are able to leave the US before your visa officially ends if you wish.

Another option is the H2B visa. This is open to both students and non-students.

To gain the H2B visa, you will need to be aged over 18, be able to speak English and not be a skilled worker in a specific industry.

With the H2B visa, you will be able to work in the US for up to three years across various sectors, including seasonal positions.

There are also a number of international companies which support individuals with finding employment across the US, as well as provide visa sponsorship.

Overall, there are a number of seasonal employment opportunities across the US which can diversify your skillset whilst you create unforgettable memories.

Written by
Philip McHugh

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