8 Awesome Summer Jobs You Should Apply For Today

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Summer jobs: They’re not just for teenagers.

If you need to make some extra money this summer, you’re not limited to clocking in at restaurants, pools or amusement parks.

Here are eight summer jobs to put on your radar now (you know, while the kids are on spring break or gearing up for finals and haven’t saturated the market, yet).

Or, if you are a young adult looking for a job, get a head start and check out these cool gigs before your peers snap them all up.

A cautionary tale: If you don’t start the job search until May, about three-quarters of the jobs will already be filled, so act fast and start your summer job hunt right now.

1. Motivational Dancer

If you’re usually the first on the dance floor, getting the party started at a wedding or your company holiday party, your exuberance could earn you some money. “Motivational dancer” is the formal title for those who have a knack for getting wallflowers away from the wall—yes, the brave souls who are the first on the dance floor, and warm it up for the crowd. You can find the listing at Backstage.

Richard O’Mally, owner of production company the O’Malley Project, told Money you can earn up to $100 an hour.

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2. River Guide

For a job that feels more like play, you can consider leading kayak or river rafting trips in the summer months. We scoured Cool Works, which is a job board for awesome jobs that lets you search by season and location. There are nearly 500 jobs listed on the site, including many river rafting and kayak guiding jobs.

Some other jobs that stood out? Apply to be a zipline guide through the Black Hills in South Dakota or a wrangler for a dude ranch in Yellowstone.

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3. Dog Walker 

Cool job alert! You can get paid to get a little exercise by walking people’s dogs. You can sign up to be a dog walker on Rover.com and Wag, which will then match you with dogs in your area. (Think: Uber for dog walkers).

This is also a great summer side gig if you already work full time but want to make a little extra cash while the weather is nice!

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4. Wilderness Therapy Mentor

If you’re a teacher or a student who has the summer months off, you can apply for a number of wilderness therapy jobs. Bonus: Your office view is the crimson rocks in southern Utah or the stunning mountains jutting out of the Cascade Mountain Range in Oregon.

Wilderness therapy helps teens commune with nature and overcome emotional struggles through outdoor adventures. With the summer season approaching, there are several job opportunities that will allow you to spend time outdoors while making a difference in the lives of teens. You can find wilderness therapy jobs on BackdoorJobs.com.

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5. Caddy

If you love spending time on the golf course, consider making a little extra money as a caddy. If you thought this was just a job for teenagers, consider this: Forbes says a caddy job is the most lucrative summer gig you can snag. Carrying around golf bags, replacing divots and cleaning golf balls could get you $50 to $100 a bag for about 4.5 hours worth of work.

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6. House Sitter

Not technically a job per se, but rather a travel trick that will help offset the costs of your summer vacations. You can house sit or pet sit in some pretty rad locations, like Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom by matching with people on sites like Trusted Housesitters.

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7. Ballpark Jobs

Love baseball and sunshine? You’re in luck, because professional baseball stadiums all over the country are hiring dozens of seasonal employees.  The Baltimore Orioles, for example, are hiring for tons of positions right now—they’re looking for event staff, sales and fan services representatives, box office staffers and many other seasonal employees.

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8. Delivery Driver

If you want flexible hours and the ability to make between $18 to $25 hours, consider becoming a delivery driver for Amazon Flex. The online retailer is hiring in dozens of cities across the U.S. right now.

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Hi, I'm Brittany Anas (pronounced like the spice, anise ... see, that wasn't too embarrassing to say, now was it?) My professional writing career started when I was in elementary school and my grandma paid me $1 for each story I wrote for her. I'm a former newspaper reporter, with more than a decade of experience Hula-hooping at planning meetings and covering just about every beat from higher-education to crime to science for the Boulder Daily Camera and The Denver Post. Now, I'm a freelance writer, specializing in travel, health, food and adventure. I've contributed to publications including Men's Journal, Forbes, Women's Health, American Way, TripSavvy, Eat This, Not That!, Apartment Therapy, Denver Life Magazine, 5280, Livability, The Denver Post, Simplemost, USA Today Travel Tips, Make it Better, AAA publications, Reader's Digest, Discover Life and more. Learn More.