4 Cool Seasonal Jobs to Keep You Warm All Winter (Some Include Housing!)
Once the thermometer reads 70 degrees, my Floridian self is cold.
I lived in Missouri and Colorado for a bit, and my extremities nearly froze off. Now I’m back in Florida, where winter living’s good.
I cheers everyone who faces winter batches of snow head on. But don’t you get tired of it?
Come join me in Florida for a season. (I didn’t really mean for that to sound like a mermaid coaxing you to the warm shores. But it does. And I won’t take it back.)
4 Seasonal Jobs for Those of Us Who Hate Snow
Rather than snagging a winter gig on the slopes (though we have you covered if that’s your thing), we found four seasonal jobs for those who really just despise the snow.
One’s in Florida, but you could also find yourself under the Arizona, California or Texas suns.
No more oversized, suffocating coats, folks — for the most part, at least. You’re safe to break out the tank tops and swim trunks.
Key: Housing is provided or discounted at all of these places.
1. Work at a Resort in Death Valley National Park
Maybe I went a little over the top finding sizzling seasonal jobs. After all, Death Valley is one of the hottest place on earth, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
That’s where Panamint Springs Resort is located. This family-owned, western-style operation sits inside the national park’s border and holds a hotel, restaurant, campgrounds and a gas station.
The 24-room motel has an immediate opening for a housekeeper — perfect for you fellow Type As out there. This is an entry-level position, and you’ll be responsible for stripping rooms, cleaning rooms and bathrooms, restocking amenities, folding and organizing linens and making beds.
You’ll work full time and earn “competitive wages,” according to the listing. Big perks? Housing and meals are provided. Plus: Merch discounts.
Interested in working in Death Valley this winter? Find out how to apply on CoolWorks.
2. Live the Island Life in the Florida Keys
I’ve been dying to take a trip down to the Keys, so working on this island for the winter sounds like absolute heaven.
Ocean Reef Club started out as a small fishing village, but now employees more than 600 associates.
And, right now, it’s upping staff for all those snowbirds coming to town and needs employees in the following departments: food and beverage, culinary, inn operations, salon and spa, member fitness and housekeeping.
All associates are provided housing in one of two three-story, dorm-style buildings at $75 per week — that’s $300 a month to live on an island. Other perks include access to a volleyball court, fitness classes, the pool, movies, paddleboards, golf carts and bikes — just to name a few.
There’s a lot to explore in the area, so I’m already sold. Are you? You can search for job opportunities on its website.
3. Drive (Pink!) Jeeps Through the Grand Canyon
All right, the Grand Canyon gets cold at night, but still, there’s no snow. Plus, this is just too fun not to include.
Pink Jeep Tours, Inc. (it’s just what you think) needs a customer service supervisor and tour guide supervisor for the upcoming winter months.
Not only will you get to explore the Grand Canyon in a spiffy pink Jeep, the company also offers competitive pay and awesome benefits, including medical, dental, vision and life insurance, a 401(k) and paid time off.
Employee housing is also available at the Grand Canyon location. There’s a Las Vegas location, too, if that’s more of your speed.
So you might have to pack a few coats for this gig, but there’s no ice involved. You can find all the information on CoolWorks.
4. Work at a Luxury Resort in Southwest Texas
Snow here is uncommon, and the lush golf course greens will keep your mind fixed on Mother Nature’s good side.
Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa is a 27,000-acre “oasis.” Nestled between mountain ranges, the resort rests in the arid part of Texas (the west side, according to my research). It hosts a golf course, spa, restaurant, saloon (score!), three pools and tons of outdoor activities.
Right now, the resort is hoping to fill several positions, including front desk clerks, a front desk manager, a human resource manager and line cooks. Overall, the positions seem flexible: full-time, part-time, you name it.
The resort has low-cost employee housing (only for full-timers, though) available from $47 to $175 bi-weekly. The spaces are furnished, so start searching. Bonus: You can even bring your pet.
Other benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance and paid time off. You can spend your free time hiking, biking, rafting, swimming or sight-seeing.
Life on the ranch doesn’t sound too shabby. If you agree, you can find more details online and apply there, too.
Do note that these four wintertime dream jobs (in my book, at least) are only here to help fuel your wanderlust. If you want to see what else is out there, check out CoolWorks. We really like it; the jobs are pretty cool.
Your Turn: Have you taken a seasonal gig to explore a new area?
Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. After recently completing graduate school, she focuses on saving money — and surviving the move back in with her parents.