Jobs by Category
"The summer I was a camp counselor in New York was one of the hardest, yet most rewarding summers of my life, and I wouldn't trade it for the world." - Emily B. Looking for a summer job where you will give much and receive even more in the process? There are some great choices here!
Working or volunteering at a Conference or Retreat Center often includes the extra perk of being able to take classes from a variety of disciplines. Jobs include Food & Bev, Hospitality, Gardening, Maintenance,and more.
Conservation service internships, paid year-round and seasonal jobs and volunteer opportunities in our National Parks & Forests, State Parks, and other public lands.
Whether you're transporting stuff or people, you will find some cool places to drive on this page.
Check this page if you want to do your part to take care of the health of the environment as an environmental educator, technician, conservation corps leader or member, or volunteer for the government, companies and non-profits.
Work or volunteer using your green thumb!
Front and back of the house positions including cooks, chefs and sous chefs, dishwashers, bakers, baristas, servers and waitstaff, bartenders, managers, bussers, hosts and more, located in high-end culinary restaurants, cafés, grab and go establishments, and standalones. This page also features dining jobs with camps, lodges, ranches and resorts in GREAT PLACES!
Tons of different types of Guide Jobs to choose from - white water rafting guides, sea kayak guides, adventure guides, ropes course guides, zip line guides, trek leaders, biking guides, tour guides, horseback guides, fishing guides, tour directors, naturalists and more!
Hospitality positions including front desk, concierge, bell staff, porter, valet, housekeeping and laundry
Internships in the U.S. with outdoor centers, conservation corps, resorts, national parks, summer camps, etc. Earn college credit and gain a world of experience. Humanitarian and environmental Internship opportunities also available in many countries around the world.
If water's your thing, get a load of this. Work as a rafting guide, fishing guide, on a cruise ship or in plenty of other guest service opportunities with a lake or ocean as your backyard!
Like to fish? Want to get paid for it? This is the place to look for all kinds of jobs with fish. Watch for fly-fishing guide jobs on Guest Ranches, fishing guide jobs in Alaska, or totally get your fish on by working in an Alaska fish processing plant!
These employers welcome Work Campers and have RV sites to accommodate your home on wheels. If you're a mobile adventurer, this is the CoolWorks page for you!
Check out all the jobs at beach resorts, National Park lodges, Alaskan fishing lodges, and more. And remember, ski resorts don't just hire for the winter!
If you want to lead a team, or progress in your career, this is the page for you!
Why not work at the best of the best? National Park jobs let you live and play in some of the most amazing places on the planet. Mountains, desert, seacoast, lakeshore, wildlife, geysers, glaciers and more. Picture yourself in it for a season - or a career.
Seasonal and year-round jobs with various non-profits. Make a difference in the world by volunteering or working for these employers.
Opportunities for retirees in great places! Employers value your experience, worldview and work ethic!
Keep in mind, employers have various housing accommodations - some have RV spaces, some offer private rooms, community living with extended "quiet hours", and more. You'll want to carefully read through the employer details to make sure you're asking the right questions for your situation. In most cases, if you are applying with a spouse or partner, you'll each need to complete an application.
Are you ready for your encore career? Check out the jobs below or get some inspiration and ideas from our additional resources for Older and Bolder folks found on our social network, My CoolWorks.
Here you'll find opportunities that don't quite fit our other established categories. These gigs can include jobs in accounting and reservations, photography, bike mechanics, building and vehicle maintenance, music festivals, sports tournaments, golf course jobs, dog mushers, and much more!
Guest ranch opportunities include food & bev positions, culinary, wranglers, fishing guides, children's counselors and more. Working on a guest ranch is like being a part of a family. and you can't beat the scenery of these beautiful spots where hiking, fishing and riding are right outside your bunkhouse or cabin.
Take your retail sales experience to all new Great Places!
These jobs generally require experience or specific training to qualify. Build your resume, build a career with great gigs in great places.
Find a job at a great ski resort or in a ski town this winter. Many positions are inside a lodge, resort, ski shop or hip ski town restaurant ~ you'll just be staying warm until it's time to shred! A ski/ride pass often comes with the jobs. Ski patrol, instructor, groomer and lift operator jobs may keep you outside all day - now THAT's Cool Work!
Internships & volunteer positions, camp hosts, and a wealth of guest service positions at resorts in various state parks. Check out some of these gems!
See what it's like & tell your story at My CoolWorks.
This page is for all of you educators out there! Find your next instructor gig or teaching job. Have summers off from your teaching Job? Check out our Camp Jobs page - these positions typically have short summer season dates, perhaps a perfect complement to your school year.
Are you a teenager between the ages of fourteen and seventeen and looking for a fun summer job with adventure? Interested in meeting new people your age? Have a look at what these employers have to offer.
Volunteer Positions in the U.S. and around the World - from Alaska to Africa - short-term and long-term. NOTE: some of these opportunities may require program participation fees; others offer housing or travel stipends. We encourage you to explore all the details!
If you are not a U.S. citizen, and you would like to work in United States, you will need to have the appropriate work visa. We have more information HERE.
The most common visa for temporary work in the U.S. is the J-1. You must be a full-time university student or within six months of graduation to qualify for this visa. Your home country must also authorize your participation in this program.
Contact any of the Designated Sponsoring Agencies below to obtain information on applying for the Work and Travel program to assist you in securing a job placement as well as your visa and other travel documents.
Additional information can be found here.
The organizations listed provide great opportunities for US citizens to work, study, and teach abroad.
Employers and Volunteer organizations listed on this page have year-round, full-time positions.