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fuzzbox 11-06-11 09:44 PM

Seasonal Jobs
 
Has anyone ever had a seasonal job? And by that I mean where you work for a few month at some place for example ski resort. It sounds like a fun change of pace.

gitarzan 11-06-11 09:51 PM

I used to pick up trash in the mornings at a drive-in-theatre. I guess that was seasonal. It wasn't fun.

This one http://www.forgottenoh.com/DriveIns/linden.html It's shut down and derelict now.

jdon 11-06-11 10:14 PM

Yep. Tree planting for 3 summers in BC.

This kind..
http://www.tree-planter.com/?navigation_id=89

Artkansas 11-06-11 11:30 PM

One Christmas season I sold Internet connections from a cart in a mall. It would have been good, but their registration procedure took so long that it killed 2/3 of our sales. It was great salesmanship experience because they required us to go out about 50 yards from the cart and strike up conversations with potential clients who were walking in the general direction of the cart. We were selling dialup, but the cart had a T-1 line. It was also very difficult to get the service turned off.

But the company was having problems. And our Manager told us of how once she had been busted driving a dead man's car the day he was murdered.

Then the Palm Springs PD put out an APB on her; supposedly she had been playing some NTN games in a bar and took this fellow home to collect her winnings. The fellow said that she stole his money and pushed him out of the car.

After that, she had no control over the sales force because if she tried to push, she knew we'd rat her out to the PSPD. Sales predictably dropped. My last night was Christmas Eve. I don't know what happened after.

Machka 11-07-11 05:46 AM

November - January 2009 ... worked in a cherry packing shed for the Christmas cherry season. It was harder work than what I thought it might be ... standing all day long and cold because they almost freeze the cherries ... but it wasn't a bad job. It paid quite well, and I'd consider doing it again.

In fact, it was my intro to the Harvest Trail. :)


I've also worked retail during the Christmas season several years. It's a great way to pick up some extra cash for things like new bicycles and trips to somewhere tropical. If that's what you're thinking of doing, however, you're a little late. You've got to line those jobs up mid-September.

IntoTheWild 11-07-11 06:38 AM

I've had jobs for a season, but they weren't seasonal jobs. One seasonal job I would like would be working in Antarctica for the Antarctic summer (Oct-Feb).

pgoat 11-07-11 09:33 AM

I drove an ice cream truck in between HS and my first year of college. It was okay. At least I was outside all day.

eofelis 11-07-11 09:40 AM

When I was a student I did a seasonal job with the Colorado Geological Survey one summer as a field assistant. I got paid to hike around and look at rocks. Good times.

jsharr 11-07-11 10:02 AM

I managed a boat rental business for years. Tons of hours in the summer. Not many at all in the winter and salaried. Worked out okay for a single guy.

Shifty 11-07-11 10:08 AM

I worked for the forest service for two summers doing maintenance at campgrounds in Colorado. Most campers were pretty good, but some were horrible....how can they drink so much hard liquor over a weekend??? There was also a correlation between the number of empty booze bottles to the amount of trash left around the campsite. This was the beginning of my lasting impression of ......let's just say "visitors from a certain state south of Colorado". But it was great work in a beautiful place.

RUOkie 11-07-11 01:46 PM


Originally Posted by fuzzbox (Post 13461565)
Has anyone ever had a seasonal job? And by that I mean where you work for a few month at some place for example ski resort. It sounds like a fun change of pace.

If you can get a job, and I mean ANY job at a ski resort that pays enough for your room and board, you need to take it ASAP. It will be the best winter of your life.

RUOkie 11-07-11 01:47 PM


Originally Posted by Shifty (Post 13463015)
I worked for the forest service for two summers doing maintenance at campgrounds in Colorado. Most campers were pretty good, but some were horrible....how can they drink so much hard liquor over a weekend??? There was also a correlation between the number of empty booze bottles to the amount of trash left around the campsite. This was the beginning of my lasting impression of ......let's just say "visitors from a certain state south of Colorado". But it was great work in a beautiful place.

damn Texicans

jsharr 11-07-11 01:49 PM


Originally Posted by Shifty (Post 13463015)
I worked for the forest service for two summers doing maintenance at campgrounds in Colorado. Most campers were pretty good, but some were horrible....how can they drink so much hard liquor over a weekend??? There was also a correlation between the number of empty booze bottles to the amount of trash left around the campsite. This was the beginning of my lasting impression of ......let's just say "visitors from a certain state south of Colorado". But it was great work in a beautiful place.

Yeah, New Mexicans are not to be trusted with hard liquor.

fuzzbox 11-07-11 06:50 PM


Originally Posted by RUOkie (Post 13464084)
If you can get a job, and I mean ANY job at a ski resort that pays enough for your room and board, you need to take it ASAP. It will be the best winter of your life.


Have you tried it before?

Tude 11-08-11 08:02 AM

Ran a catering service for a Cajun BBQ restaurant - long hard hours, and I gained weight. :D

Also for 4 Summers I was the "gopher" for a woman who sold glass jewelry, witch's balls, and some awesome tall paperweights (she was from Floriday - so she would leave her husband there most of the Summer while he blew the glass - and she traveled art festivals in NY). I went along to unload/load the truck and set up - then sell the stuff - we were all over NY - first thing I did when we came into a town - motel (check), restaurants (check), convenience store (check), liquor store (check, check, check!). Kinda fun but that glass was heavy and the boss kinda weird - so I would enjoy my forays into the town.

RUOkie 11-08-11 12:56 PM


Originally Posted by fuzzbox (Post 13465462)
Have you tried it before?

I spent a month at Breckenridge, but had a few friends who were "ski bums" for a winter and said it was the best year ever. My one month was.

gitarzan 11-08-11 03:26 PM


Originally Posted by Tude (Post 13467038)
Ran a catering service for a Cajun BBQ restaurant - long hard hours, and I gained weight. :D

Also for 4 Summers I was the "gopher" for a woman who sold glass jewelry, witch's balls, and some awesome tall paperweights (she was from Floriday - so she would leave her husband there most of the Summer while he blew the glass - and she traveled art festivals in NY). I went along to unload/load the truck and set up - then sell the stuff - we were all over NY - first thing I did when we came into a town - motel (check), restaurants (check), convenience store (check), liquor store (check, check, check!). Kinda fun but that glass was heavy and the boss kinda weird - so I would enjoy my forays into the town.

I didn't that fact about witches.

steve0257 11-08-11 09:31 PM

Short term job- Cleaning up Brainard International Raceway of the Nationals. I was filling 32 gallon trash cans with crushed cans without moving more than 5 feet from where the trash can was put down.

Seasonal- Walking beans and detasseling corn. Had some friends worked the pea pack and corn pack seasons.

fuzzbox 11-09-11 11:26 AM

Has anyone done one of those out of state national park jobs?

no motor? 11-12-11 11:48 AM

Spent a couple of summers in college driving around all night spraying for mosquitos. It was kind of weird working with someone from the WHO (they wanted to start their own program in Africa to prevent malaria) when the main requirements for the job where the ability to show up on time regularly and follow some poorly drawn maps while driving a little faster than 10 MPH. The day I realized one route started right outside the prison gates used in the Blues Brothers was pretty interesting too.

jdon 11-12-11 12:28 PM

Want a fun summer? Go to Banff and work in any of the pubs, resaurants, shops or with the park. You will meet and party with students and hippies from all over the world doing the same.

surfrider 11-14-11 08:28 PM

Back in late high school / college days: Lifeguard at two neighboring State beaches here in Southern California. It definately wasn't what you see on Baywatch! Worst days were holiday weekends - you were constantly pulling drunks out of the surf (they've since banned alcohol consumption on the beaches). Pool cleaner: a neighbor acoss the street from my parents was a pool construction contractor who also ran a maintenance business. He'd hire my brother and I during the summer when a lot of folks wanted extra cleaning services. Nice job cleaning some pools in back of fantastic houses on Orange County, CA. Also did retail during the Christmas season for a few years. Great way to get 50% off discounts on enough clothing to last you for the next year.

Mr Danw 11-14-11 10:36 PM

I worked as a produce tourist for a few years. OK, I was technically a migrant farm worker. That's about as seasonal as it gets.

wethepeople 11-15-11 12:21 AM

Planted in Nelson B.C for a season, and liked it enough i'm going back next season. Also did a season of snow removal there, wasnt so great. I also worked in a bike shop for two seasons but it was mostly the summer season, winter died right down and most days were spent wrenching our own bikes.

bikecrate 11-15-11 09:44 AM

I used to work in retail year round. I donít any more. Every once in a while I get amnesia and think it would be fun to work some retail place for the holidays (that I could use a discount for). Then reality sets in when I remember all the holiday retail nightmares.


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