In this blog post, I will discuss five useful tips and tricks about finding a job and making money during your stay in a sunny place for the winter season.
How to be a working snowbird:
Tip 1: Use your contacts
Tip 2: Join a non-profit organization
Tip 3: Use job boards for 50+
Tip 4: Search for parttime jobs
Tip 5: Check remote year
Besides these tips to find something we also created a big list of potential jobs you could do to be a Wintersun visitor on a budget, or if you just like to be a snowbird that does something during the day.
Contact the staff members of your former office. Finding something using your contacts is the best way to find something, they know you and can introduce you somewhere. If they do not know something themselves, they might know somebody else that can help you.
Tip 2: Join a non-profit organization
Join a non-profit organization or an NGO, as a volunteer.
Tip 3: Use job boards for 50+
Search job boards for people over fifty years of age. Three best examples are AARP, retiredbrains.com, and retiredjobs.com. Susan K. Weinstock, vice president for financial resilience at AARP, shared her thoughts.
She said AARP,
has plentiful listings for retail and hospitality jobs on the AARP jobs board. Call-center
customer-service jobs are also a popular option for retirees, she noted. She
emphasized that AARP constantly gets part-time job postings in many other
areas, so it is best to continually check back for the most recent openings.
Tip 4: Search for parttime jobs
Search the job boards that specialize in snowbird season and parttime jobs. Mary Grace Gardner, a career strategist at The Young Professionista says: "Job seekers (especially snowbirds) may be sometimes underestimating the value they can bring into a role. If you meet the majority of the qualifications for a job you are interested in and are confident you can quickly learn the remainder, apply for the job, but make sure your resume demonstrates your past success in learning: new skills."
Tip 5: Check remote year
Reimagine the way we work and travel. This inspiration spurred the founding of Remote Year in 2014. It aimed at professionals who want to travel abroad, Remote Year has created programs that allowed its participants to embrace their wanderlust―without quitting their jobs.
Remote Year helps coordinate the
experience, which can range from four months to a year, with workers' existing
employers. The program consultants work with employees to arrange remote work
with their managers. Then, for a monthly fee, Remote Year coordinates program
logistics, including the travel and workspace.
While abroad, its participants
also have access to the company's local city experts and social as well as
professional networking events. According to a survey, eighty-seven percent of
its participants were as or more productive while on Remote Year than before
they had participated in the program.
31 jobs that allow you to be a snowbird
According to Indeed.com, the most
frequent searches for part-time jobs by people sixty years and older were for
driving jobs, including, professional drivers, van drivers and shuttle drivers (think Uber and UPS). Medical
jobs such as telemedicine physicians (doctors who provide clinical health care
remotely) were also popular. Even doctors are interested in working part-time
According to WPVirtuoso, every half second a new blog is created. Snowbirds can opt for blogging or vlogging as these are both home-based jobs. Unlike a full-time office-based job, you will not be bound by any fixed official hours. A vlogger is a blogger that uses Youtube. You will be amazed at how much a popular blogger can make per month, and they are not all young.
Bloggers or vloggers are their
own boss and make a handsome income online. As a snowbird, you can take the
full advantage of the desirable, flexible and remote work environment. The best
part of this job is that it needs no investment at all.
During the snowbird season, you can
write blog posts about your outdoor experiences or create videos about them,
while you are away from home and your frustrating nine to five office work.
2. Boot fitter
Boots are an absolute necessity
that connects a snowbird to the road and a skier to the snow. It is a pair of
boots that can break or make a snowbird, a skier, a hiker, a camper and a
traveler. A pair of custom boots are critical to be a better, more dialed-in
and more efficient snowbird, skier, snowboarder, ice skater or an ice hockey player.
A boot fitter is a specialist
that customizes a pair of boots to a person's feet. Professional boot fitters
examine and measure people's feet. You can earn $15 to $35 per hour as a boot
3. Bar/night club worker
Southern sunbelt has thousands of
bars, casinos, cruise ships, lodges, resorts, bakeries, airports, grocery
stores, restaurants, hotels, and wildlife parks. All of these places hire
hospitality staff on a part-time or seasonal basis from October to March and
April to October. As a snowbird, you can work as a bartender, baker, barista,
busser, cook, dishwasher, delivery boy, greeter, host, manager, prep cook,
cashier, and executive chef.
You will welcome and greet the
guests, complete all payments and cashier reports, clean the bar area, stock
glassware, ice, and paper supplies, prepare garnishes and open and serve the
bottles. In addition to your salary, you will get discounts on your hotel room,
food, drinks, and gifts.
A bellperson welcomes and escorts
the guests to their rooms. You must open and close the doors and assist
snowbirds/visitors entering and leaving the property. You will inform the
guests of property amenities, services, hours of operation, and local areas of
attraction, interest, and activities.
You will identify and explain
room features to visitors like the use of room key. You will transport tourist
luggage to and from their rooms and/or designated bell area. You will assist
with their luggage storage and retrieval.
You will assist visitors/travelers
in and out of vehicles, including assisting them with loading/unloading
luggage. You must supply them with directions. You must arrange transportation
for them, and record advance transportation requests as needed.
You must communicate parking procedures
to them. You will have to follow all company safety, security policies, and
procedures. You will report any maintenance problems, safety hazards,
accidents, or injuries; complete safety training and certifications.
You will ensure uniform and personal
appearance are clean and professional. You will maintain the confidentiality of
proprietary information. You will protect company assets.
You will support all co-workers
and treat them with dignity and respect. You will also support the team to reach
common goals. You will comply with quality assurance expectations and
You will wave, lift, carry, push,
pull, and place objects weighing less than or equal to fifty pounds without
assistance. You will assist with moving, lifting, carrying, and placing of
objects weighing in excess of seventy-five pounds. You will stand, sit or walk
for an extended period of time or for an entire work shift.
You will move at a speed that is
required to respond to work situations. You will read and visually verify
information in a variety of formats. You will reach overhead and below the
knees, including bending, twisting, pulling, and stooping.
You will move over sloping,
uneven, or slippery surfaces and steps. You will move up and downstairs and/or
service ramps. You will welcome and acknowledge all guests according to company
You must speak with others using
clear and professional language, and answer telephones using appropriate
etiquette. You must maintain awareness of undesirable persons on property
premises. You will perform other reasonable job duties as requested by
5. Campground host/workcamper
In Europe, this job has a very
different kind of a title, campsite courier job. You can earn $500 to $800 per
month plus a FREE place to pitch your tent or park your RV. You will have to
perform some minor tasks which include answering the questions, greeting the
visitors, light cleaning, routine
maintenance and collecting the campsite fees.
6. Camp counselor
Camping is an activity that kids do across the country
from California to Maine to North Carolina to Oregon. In fact, some 3,000,000
kids go to nearly 2,500 camps annually according to the American Camp
Association. As a snowbird, if you opt to be a camp counselor you will make
$225 a week to $4000 for a season.
7. Car/RV washer
As a snowbird, you can also opt
for a car or RV washing. Your work duties will include all tasks of cleaning
and washing the exteriors and interiors of a vehicle. For the interior part of
a vehicle, you will have to dust the foot mats, dispose of any trash, clean the
inside of its windows, windshield, and mirrors, polish the surfaces and vacuum
clean the seats and the floor.
For the exterior part of the
vehicle, you will have to clean the tires, apply wax, pre-soak, soap, rinse and
dry the vehicle. You can earn $10.04 per hour.
8. Craft vendor
From selling crafting tools to
handmade items to gifts, drinks and food, a variety of vendors can be seen at a
Snowbird camping ground all with a goal of making money from the thick
concentration of tourists being brought together to bask in the sun. Booth
space typically costs between $200 to $300 or a percentage of your sales. If
you decide to be a food vendor then the Food Service License will cost between
$100 to $1000.
9. Catering and convention jobs
At Disney, the catering and
convention services team take their guest's dream of an amazing, overwhelming
party and weave in their Disney service. You can arrange and plan award
ceremonies, anniversaries, banquets, balls, birthdays, cocktails, entertainment
and weddings, all for a handsome income. The Disney Jobs website lists the following mandatory
requirements for their catering and convention services team: "Execute,
monitor, and ensure exceptional food quality, presentation, and event
management while also continually working to ensure the exceptional
'World-Class' guest services."
10. Disney jobs
At the Disney Parks and Resorts,
you can work as a carpenter, brush painter, FT Pictorial artist, Guest service
specialist, transportation mechanic, Electronic/sound technician, security
handler, attractions mechanic, pest control operator, cosmetologist, spray
painter, plasterer, ager/grainer, sandblaster, AC/fridge mechanic, gardener,
costume cam specialist, garment cutter or a sewing specialist. Also under the banner of Disney
Creative Entertainment, you will find jobs in the stage production, music,
dance and choreography, audio/visual, Radio Disney on-air personalities and
show content producers, pyrotechnicians, and scriptwriters. As a snowbird, you
can also opt to be an Entertainment manager which involves
focusing on the characters/actors/dancers in your shows, supervise tech
tests, call show cues, schedule performances and performers, coach employees
and guest talent, manage expenses, and understand and uphold union agreements.
11. Event planning and management
Every year during the snowbird
season a lot of conventions, marathons, parades, film festivals, and shopping
festivals are held. Each of them needs full event staff and volunteers in order
to succeed. Additionally, there are dozens of event opportunities available
locally in the South that offer the best experience for the Snowbirds just
beginning to explore the industry.
Burning Man jobs is an example of
event jobs. You can help
with lighting, art installations, box office, cleanup, and emergency services.
You can be an earth guardian, greeter, recycle camp and perimeter worker, San
Francisco office worker, theme camp operator, tech and web team, ranger, safety
officer, lamplighter and PR staff. All of these jobs are usually advertised as
volunteer positions through Burning Man every year.
There are dozens of online
platforms for freelancers to sell their services like Fiverr, Upwork, Guru,
Indeed, Flexjobs, Freelancer.com, emploi.com.ng, People per hour and many many
more. Whether you are a graphic designer, website designer, social media
marketer, SEO expert, scriptwriter, video artist or an eBay or Amazon seller,
you can earn thousands of dollars during your snowbird trip. You will determine
the prices and timings as you desire.
13. Golf caddie
Most Golf professionals caddied at some time during their
life. No experience is necessary you can start by volunteering. You can earn
$30 to $60 per bag.
If your client wins a tournament
you can earn up to $400,000. You can also plan to be tipped if you help a
golfer have a super day. You can take an online caddie course or training with
Professional Caddie Association.
Evans Scholars Foundation offers
scholarships to college for caddies. This is a great idea to spend your
snowbird season if you are a golf fan.
14. Guest ranch jobs
Ranch and Cowboy culture is part
of life in Arizona and California. Ranches are the perfect way for the
snowbirds to experience and enjoy the wild culture of the southwest. At dude
ranches, guests can listen to music, explore the mountains, go sightseeing,
help with cattle drives, ride horses, shoot guns, learn archery and fly
fishing, ride a zipline or even enjoy a bonfire.
You can make a handsome income in an enjoyable and
unforgettable way. Don't hesitate, go
ahead and apply for this opportunity if you find one this snowbird season.
15. Hotel/resort/restaurant management
A hotel offers you dozens of
different work opportunities. You can be a housekeeper, a groundskeeper, front
desk clerk, receptionist, night auditor, room attendant, laundry
attendant, kitchen supervisor,
maintenance staff, sales clerk, bus person, gift shop clerk or a customer
Imagineers are the architects and
designers of Disney parks. They build up the show sets, plan the location of
the dining sites and create the shops. The official website of Disney described
Imagineering as the master design, engineering, planning, production, project
management, research, and development arm of the Walt Disney Company and its
Representing more than one
hundred and fifty disciplines, its talented corps of Imagineers is responsible
for the creation of Disney cruise ships, resorts, theme parks, real estate
developments, regional entertainment venues, and new media technology projects.
By blending creativity and innovative technological advancements, Walt Disney
Imagineering has produced some of the world's most distinctive experiential
17. Ice cream-ologist
The ice cream-ologist is
responsible for creating, designing, decorating and serving exclusive ice
creams to every visitor. These beautiful and mouth-watering shareable make
memories for everyone. You will be responsible for quickly preparing and
serving the orders.
You will be responsible for the
maintenance and cleaning of the chill area.
You must know the prices of all the products in your stock. You must
follow the guidelines of the department of agriculture and food safety.
You will have to keep the dining area clean
and hygienic. You must be 16 years old and above to
apply for this post.
18. Lift operator
Many of the hill stations in the
USA have a lift for passengers to ride. A lift operator can make $9 to $10 per
hour. His responsibilities include starting, stopping and slowing down the lift
to ensure the riders' safety.
For safety reasons, he must
remove the snow from the seats now and then. He will have to greet the visitors
and help them to get on and get off the lift.
He must ensure that the loading and unloading zones are safe and secure.
He must inspect, identify and
inform the authorities about any life hazards.
A lifeguard assists and ensures
the safety of the people in swimming, boating, caving, climbing, hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing,
skating, diving, water sporting, surfing, hunting, horse riding, cycling,
Skydiving, Skiing, Wildlife Viewing, and kayaking. You must be 18 years old and above to apply for a lifeguard job. You must have
at least one year of experience and specific qualifications.
You must have a valid driving
license, must be certified by the Red Cross first aid techniques. And you must hold the water safety instructor certificate.
A landscaper prunes trees, removes snow, builds
patios, lays walkways, picks weeds, trims shrubs,
aerate lawns, mows
grass, tend gardens, plants trees, digs ditches, moves rocks, prevents pests, toss seed, spreads straw,
decorates the garden, reshapes the
hills, rakes leaves, and fertilizes the yards. You must be certified by the Professional
Landcare Network and Professional Ground Management Society. You can earn $6 to $17 per hour or $16000 to $37,000 per year. The average
salary is $23000.
The National Park Service employs over 20,000 people and
utilizes over 221,000 volunteers every Snowbird season. With the National Park
Service, there are jobs as Dispatchers, Park Management, Park Rangers,
Curators, Guides, Fire Management, National Park Service Historian,
Administration, Maintenance, and Resource Management.
If your snowbird location is a
seashore there is a good chance that you may be hired at the port to pack the
fish and other seafood. The local butchers and poultry farms also hire packers
to meet the rising demands of the snowbird season. You will be responsible for
surveying, compiling, requisitioning and ordering the
list of the Fish, meat, beef, pork or the poultry.
You must respect and follow all the safety standards set
by the food and beverage department. You
must eliminate overproduction and over purchase. You will be responsible for
safe storage temperature and cleanliness.
22. Pet/baby sitter
A seasonal pet sitter can earn $800 to $1200 per month. If
you take care of more than one dog at a time your money will multiply.
Sometimes you can make even more than $100000 per year.
A babysitter must be certified by
the American Red Cross Babysitting Course. You can earn $5 an hour to $25 an
hour and the average hourly salary is $13. You
can charge double fees on holidays like Christmas and New Year's Eve.
The hourly pay rate for
babysitting depends upon the age of the children, the experience of the
babysitter, the geographical location, skill set, and demand. There are free
babysitting rate calculators available online.
Transportation and shipping
companies like Uber, UPS, and FedEx offer thousands of seasonal job
opportunities for snowbirds. They hire many drivers to meet the growing demands
for food and gift delivery. You can earn $13 to $16 an hour by driving your own
Just remember that you have to hold a valid driver's license
and ensure you are over 18 years of age. Your car should not be older than 1988. An ability to
drive a forklift is a bonus for you.
24. Retail shops
You can be a retail store owner,
retail sales clerk or a retail manager. You must do all your necessary homework
before applying for this job. You must research your pay rates, job duties, and
You must have excellent
communication skills and knowledge to maintain interpersonal connections with
your customers. You should have the capability to excel in a competitive
environment. You should also provide confident and honest feedback to your
customers about recent style and fashion trends.
You must have enough knowledge
about the prices and quality of the product in your department. Temporary
employees during the snowbird season can earn up to $13 an hour and they are
eligible for all product discounts.
25. Ski and snowboard instructor
Every year in North America 30,000
ski and Snowboard instructors get hired over 450 snow Resorts. They are all professionally certified and
qualified. They make $12 to $35 per hour.
You must have proper safety gear
with snow goggles, snow boots, snow helmets, snowboards, snow poles,
sunglasses, sunscreen, bindings, gloves, socks, and jacket to be able to train
your clients during the snowbird season.
26. Ski journalist
NASJA North American Snowsports
Journalist Association can be joined for the snowbird season if you love to
write. Just pick up your most favorite one among snowsports and start pouring
out all your ideas and opinions about it.
The number of readers will determine your success.
Higher education and diplomas are
always helpful for a writer. Freedom of speech is expressed through magazines
where writers are free to write anything about snowsports.
27. Ski patrol
Members of the National Ski
Patrol (NSP) must be experienced in toboggan handling, snowboarding and
snowmobiling, lift evacuation, emergency first aid, avalanche and landslide
management, risk management and area operations.
28. Shared economy
Shared economy specializes in
coaching, delivery services, meal sharing, ride sharing, travel/ tour gigs,
tutoring or teaching, freelancing, pet sitting, on-demand moving, on-demand odd
jobs, matchmaking and peer to peer car sharing.
29. Terrain park crew
These include builders, crew, designers, and managers. They
can earn from $10 per hour to $100,000 per year. Riding and skiing are two
mandatory skills for these jobs.
30. Travel Nurse
Nurses can get enough experience
in distinctive disciplines while they travel. It is recommended that the
professional nurses planning the traveling lifestyle have at least 1 year of
experience in the department they select. But after appointment, travel nurses
can benefit from the other opportunities in other departments.
The duration of the assignment
can be eight weeks to twenty-six weeks long, with a handsome salary. Sometimes
the assignment is as long as one year. They can earn as much as $40 per hour
with insurance and retirement plans.
Volunteers work with non-profit organizations to build homes for the homeless people to inhabit, teach, tutor or train the at-risk youth, promote fundraising campaigns, work at a soup kitchen or at an animal shelter.
In order to conclude this blog
post, I would say that remember, no knowledge or skill ever goes to waste. You
can always make a respectable income from your own hands rather than depending
upon others to feed you. Snowbird season is not just about sun-basking idly,
but you must have enough money at hand to
prevent you from going bankrupt.