Working in the US during summer
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Feb 11, 2013 5:08 PM Last Post By: yofletch
Feb 10, 2013 4:10 PM
Working in the US during summerHi all,
Im a US citizen travelling back to the states from New Zealand. I will be there for about 4 months from april through july. My goal is to earn as much money as possible for a trip to Thailand, Lao, Vietnam & Cambodia.
I have extensive experience in the hospitality/service industry and am wondering where I should go. Again I will be there during summer so I was hoping to get some advice on where there would be a high season..? Im from florida but its so bloody hot that most intelligent people stay away during these months :)
Feb 10, 2013 5:03 PM
1Consider ....Dixville Notch in New Hampshire
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Is this what you had in mind ?
Feb 10, 2013 5:17 PM
2Consider Alaska. The season is mid-May to Mid-September. Princess, Holland America and other have hotels, restaurants, busses, and trains for which seasonal help is needed..
Feb 10, 2013 5:18 PM
Feb 10, 2013 5:26 PM
Feb 10, 2013 6:01 PM
5If your looking just to make money head to Williston North Dakota, big oil boom going on and big bucks. They are begging for workers like you.
Feb 10, 2013 6:14 PM
Feb 11, 2013 3:26 AM
Feb 11, 2013 7:53 AM
8Resort jobs are your best bet. Summer is the season. Lots of websites online cater to this. Try http://www.coolworks.com/resort-jobs/
Feb 11, 2013 9:29 AM
Feb 11, 2013 10:24 AM
10I'd go to a beach area full of bars and try to get a job bartending or serving.
Rehoboth/Dewey Beach, Delaware
Stone Harbor/Avalon, New Jersey
Ocean City, Maryland
April-July isn't ideal, though--May-August/early Sept is. You may have to lie about your availability...
That's why a lot of E. Europeans and Russians are popular employees in these towns--they can stay longer because school starts later.
Feb 11, 2013 11:47 AM
11I second DutchUncle - Alaska is a great place to work in the summer. Southeast Alaska (specifically Juneau, where I'm from!) is super touristy in the summer, and getting a job in the tourism industry for a summer isn't hard. The pay is great, too, considering the cost of living is higher. If you like outdoorsy things, it's perfect. Be prepared for moderate temps and more rain than most other places in the States (yes, I'm looking at you, Seattle--Juneau gets twice as much rain as Seattle). If you liked New Zealand, I think you would love Alaska. Though I've never been to NZ, I've heard from friends who have that it's a lot (in scenery and climate) like Alaska, or at least Southeast Alaska, as the state is HUGE.
Feb 11, 2013 3:27 PM
12Many Australians love Alaska -- Southcentral Alaska. Many international and American students work in the salmon fishing industry in Alaska during the season. Salmon harvests start in Bristol Bay and the mouth of the Copper River/Prince William Sound in May. In June, salmon harvests start in the Kenai Peninsula, out of the city of Kenai and city of Seward. Those jobs could last until September. Otherwise, salmon runs start in Southeast Alaska, out of Excursion Inlet and Ketchikan in July through September.
The money is in the overtime pay and if you are not close to a city, then the fish processor includes room and board for free, usually. If you have sealegs, then you could work on a fishing boat or a fish tender or as a dock worker. There are quality control jobs if you are experienced. Caviar processing racks up the most overtime hours -- during a heavy salmon run, as many as 20 hours of work/day/7 days/week. You do have breaks (1/2 hour) for meals. Even Hillary Clinton put in a summer stint working near the city of Kenai during her school years.
Feb 11, 2013 5:08 PM
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