5 Incredible Seasonal Employment Opportunities for Travel Lovers

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Are you looking for adventure? Ready to make money while exploring somewhere new? For adventurous travel lovers, seasonal employment can prove to be a great financial choice!

What could be better than getting paid to live in and experience a beautiful place, surrounded by interesting people? While seasonal jobs aren’t for everyone, but they are ideal for those looking for a change of pace and something out of the ordinary. Here are some of the awesome opportunities available for adventure seekers:

National Parks

Our national parks here in the U.S. hold some of the most treasured natural beauty in the country. Imagine living and working in a place that inspires and excites, drawing thousands of visitors every year. Not only can you be a part of other people’s experiences, but you can have your own life changing experience, too. There are dozens of parks to choose from, including:

  • Acadia
  • Badlands
  • Crater Lake
  • Death Valley
  • Denali
  • Everglades
  • Great Smokey Mountains
  • Mount Rushmore

The types of jobs that you can do at a national park range from retail to tour guide to food service. You can be right out there in the elements, or you can play a more behind the scenes role. There’s something for everyone!

Guest Ranch

ranch jobIf the Wild West appeals to you, a summer at a guest ranch could be right up your alley. Located in picturesque places, guest ranches offer a variety of jobs, from wranglers to housekeeping to gardening to guest entertainment. It could truly be a unique, once in a lifetime experience out West.


Ski Resorts

snowboarding ski resort If you’re a lover of cold weather and winter sports, a ski resort could be the ideal winter job. There are all kinds of things that you can do at a resort, from hospitality to snow making to ski lift operator. Spend your free time learning to ski and snowboard. Not a bad deal!


Summer Camps

canoeSummer camp isn’t just a great experience for kids; it can be an awesome experience for the staff, too. If you like being around younger people, organizing activities, and having fun in the great outdoors, a job at a summer camp could be perfect. Camp counselors play an important role in kid’s lives, even if only for a few weeks out of the year.


Anything in Alaska

alaskaAlaska is really the ultimate destination for adventurers, and luckily, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs to be had in the Last Frontier. You can do anything from hospitality to guiding tours to driving coaches. I may be biased, but I think that Alaska is hands down, the coolest place to try out a seasonal lifestyle.


I spent 3 summers working in a small town in Alaska, and it was truly life changing! I met my husband, embraced a more minimalist lifestyle, and learned to truly appreciate and enjoy simplicity. The money that we were able to earn and save was like an added bonus!

Seasonal work can open up a whole world of possibilities, and introduce you to people from all walks of life. If you’ve been seeking a change of pace and think that a seasonal job could be right for you, check out CoolWorks.com.

This is not a sponsored post and I’m not affiliated with them in any way, but I wanted to share the link because they are the ultimate resource for seasonal employment opportunities. Happy adventuring!

Have you traveled for a seasonal job? Is it something that you would ever consider?

About Lauren

Lauren May is a freelance writer and full-time mom living her best life on a budget.

15 thoughts on “5 Incredible Seasonal Employment Opportunities for Travel Lovers

  1. HI there , I am actually going to go to Alaska this summer was thinking Denali, or where would you recommend? Thanks a million.

  2. A friend of mine spent a summer working in Alaska and had a blast doing so. Her and a group of friends from college went up there and lived with one of their friend’s families. The best part is how she would randomly run into people she knew, because she was from Vancouver and the cruise ships leave from there.

  3. I also regret ot being able to travel and save more before our son was born and we bought the house. I did try to get a job at a ski resort once, but I was turned down 🙁

    I’d love to just sell up and move to Berlin for a while, be an English tour guide, or work in a youth hostel or something like that.


  4. I wish I saw this post 10 years ago before I had my son, not traveling more before he was born is one of my regrets. I would LOVE to go to Alaska and taking an Alaskan cruise is a huge bucket list item for me.

    1. When I worked and lived up there, it was in a cruise ship port town, and I met so many people taking their bucket list trip. It was nice to have a little part to play in that! Always made me feel good seeing people finally getting to take that trip of a lifetime.

  5. If you can take the time off to do it I think seasonal employment outside of your regular routine can be awesome. I remember as a kid reading ads in the newspaper for summertime work on Alaskan tuna boats. The ads always seemed alluring as the promise of working on a boat on the open water and being paid some pretty serious money for just a couple months worth of work always sounded appealing to me. Alas, I never did that. Perhaps I romanticized the idea a bit. I’m sure it would have been crazy hard work. Thanks for sharing.

    1. You are definitely not too old! I worked with people of all ages in Alaska, which made the experience that much better. So many adventurous people from all walks of life. I can see my husband and I going back there once our daughter’s all grown up.

  6. What a fun list! I’d be all about the guest ranch! I always loved City Slickers (am I dating myself? I feel like that movie is really old!) I think this would have been fun to do while in college. I always thought about doing a seasonal cruise ship gig, but never went through with it.

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