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Senior citizens who want to work at seasonal resorts rather than all year round can find jobs helping residents with their daily needs and activities. These service-oriented positions require a polite and friendly personality, a willingness to help others and the ability to troubleshoot and address customer complaints when problems arise. Most positions don't require a degree or a specific educational background, and do involve on-the-job training. Pay varies by geographical location, the type of resort, the specific job duties and previous work experience. Most seasonal jobs pay by the hour, but some also include tips.
Consider a job in the hospitality department if you enjoy interacting with residents and visitors and want to help make their stay a pleasant one. Positions such as greeters, concierges, valets and fitness attendants are available to most seniors, according to AARP. Some of these jobs are in high demand in warm states such as Florida -- especially during colder months, when retirees head south for the winter. However, some are also available during the summer in colder states such as Alaska. At the time of publication, the Alaska Tour Jobs website had multiple seasonal job listings for seniors, as well as for others who qualify, including clerk positions, guest service positions, room service attendants, drivers and guides.
Restaurant or Gift Shop Staff
Apply for a position at the resort's restaurants or gift shops. You might enjoy being a waitress or a waiter, bartending or serving as a host or hostess. If you have experience operating a cash register -- or are willing to learn how -- consider a cashier position. Light administrative tasks such as balancing the register or keeping inventory may be required. Your ability to work a flexible schedule, such as different shifts depending on the restaurant or gift shop's hours of operation, is a big plus. Some positions, such as bartending or serving food, typically include tips in addition to an hourly wage. As a senior, you'll be competing for seasonal positions against others who are looking for short-term employment, such as college students, However, you may have an advantage if you have a strong work history and previous experience in the workforce.
Opt for a tour guide position at a local attraction, museum, art gallery or historical landmark in a seasonal resort community. Even though you won't likely work for the hotel or the resort itself, your target audience will be visitors who are spending the winter -- or the summer -- at local resorts. Prepare to memorize scripts and historical sightseeing information so you can inform and educate patrons about local attractions. Tour guide jobs require you to be on your feet most of the day, and you may need to get a commercial-type driver's license if you'll be transporting visitors by bus. You may especially enjoy a tour guide position as a change of pace from the traditional desk job you held before retirement.
National Park Service Jobs
Consider a job with the National Park Service if you enjoy the outdoors and want to help visitors get the most out of their park experience. Summer is the peak season for national parks. According to AARP, the National Park Service hires about 10,000 temporary and seasonal employees every year. Jobs include collecting fees, reporting potential safety issues and handing out maps and brochures to visitors and answering their questions. For example, at the time of publication, Mount Rainier National Park in Washington had available seasonal jobs for cooks, expeditors, laundry workers, food line attendants and a cafe supervisor. If you qualify to be a park guide or an expeditor with the National Park Service, you must prepare educational programs for tourists. If you're up for the task, more rigorous employment opportunities involve trail maintenance and collecting biological field samples. To apply, you must be a U.S. citizen and pass a security background check; military veterans receive special employment consideration. Previous experience in tourism, botany, history, geology or another academic or scientific field could land you the job. According to AARP, the median pay range is $14 to $18 an hour.
- AARP: Great Jobs for the Winter Season
- Real Life Retirement: Get Paid While You Visit Resorts and Famous Sites
- AARP: 5 Great Season Jobs for Retirees
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Tour Guides and Escorts
- Alaska Tour Jobs: Why Alaska Summer Jobs Are Great for Seniors
- CoolWorks.com: Finish Your Summer Season at Mt. Ranier!
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