- Some of the highest-paying summer jobs are ideal for college students since they don’t require a college degree.
- To find these high-paying summer jobs for college students, FlexJobs scoured its database of part-time, flexible, and remote job listings.
- Each of these jobs could pay double the federal minimum wage.
The summer vacation, while sometimes reserved for summer lovin’ and fun in the sun, is also a prime time to earn some extra cash and learn valuable lessons about hard work and responsibility.
To find some of the highest-paying summer jobs college students can do, Business Insider asked FlexJobs, an online service specializing in telecommuting and remote work, to scour its site for some of the best-paying summer and seasonal job listings.
“Pinpointing these types of high-paying, flexible summer jobs does require extra effort for job seekers, which is one of the reasons FlexJobs exists – to help cut down on the time and effort it takes to uncover these flexible positions,” says Brie Reynolds, senior career specialist at FlexJobs. “But the great news is that, as these jobs show, it’s possible to have a seasonal summer job that pays well and doesn’t require a college degree.”
The following jobs offer flexible work options with either part-time schedules and flexible hours, employee or freelance work, or remote or telecommuting options. None of them require a college degree, though many do require some previous experience, and each potentially pays double the federal minimum wage:
Summer camp program coordinator
PayScalepay range: $9.30 – $18.45
Sample job description: Provide assistance to camp directory and coordinator with planning and organizing summer youth classes. Must adhere to guidelines. CPR certification and high school diploma or GED required. Some college preferred. Part-time position.
Web content specialist/writer
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PayScalepay range: $12.60 – $28.48
Sample job description:Perform research and create content relating to public relations for a website. Take photographs as needed. Writing/photography skills and work samples required. Part-time, temporary.
Temporary office manager
PayScalepay range: $11.02 – $20.83
Sample job description: Manage scheduling, oversee inventory, and ensure safety compliance. Computer proficiency and strong customer service skills required. Full-time, temporary position.
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PayScale pay range: $8.84 – $18.49
Sample job description: Provide tours of travel destination. Flexible schedule, leadership abilities, strong customer service skills, personality and professionalism, ability to memorize tour script required. Reservations management system experience preferred. Part-time, seasonal position.
Environmental field technician
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PayScalepay range: $9.81 – $20.42
Sample job description: Work out in the field taking samples, performing lab tasks, processing samples, and preparing samples for shipment. High school diploma and ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Full-time, seasonal position.
- Flickr/CWCS Managed Hosting
PayScalepay range: $9.83 – $19.80
Sample job description: Plan and host events, as well as general administrative duties. Experience required. Full-time, temporary position.
Summer camp educator
- Abominable Pictures
PayScalepay range: $9.16 – $18.68
Sample job description: Develop curriculum and create activities for children. High school diploma or GED and one year of experience required. Full-time, temporary position.
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PayScale pay range: $8.33 – $16.72
Supervise, train, and oversee the staff of a swimming facility. Manage program implementation and operation of the pools. Perform lifeguard and related duties. High school diploma or GED and three years of experience required. Part-time position.
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PayScalepay range: $10.66 – $17.47
Sample job description:Provide assistance to company with migrating electronic management record system. Review electronic and paper documents. Work with vendors on coordination of scanning and physical storage. Strong communication skills required. Temporary position.
Seasonal customer service representative
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PayScalepay range: $9.01 – $16.75
Sample job description: Respond to incoming calls and work to provide customer service and resolve problems. High school diploma or GED and customer contact/computer experience required. Full-time, seasonal position.
Summer camp chef
- Eureka Pictures, North Coast Group
PayScalepay range: $8.56 – $15.06
Sample job description: Responsible for developing menus and cooking meals for campers. High school diploma and at least one year of related experience required. Full-time, temporary, seasonal position.
Golf player assistant
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PayScalepay range: $8.96 – $14.73
Sample job description:Work in a team environment and ensure the speed of play for rounds of golf and operations of the driver range. High school diploma or GED and golf operation knowledge required. Summer seasonal position.
Stand-up paddling instructor
PayScale pay range: $10.10 – $33.94
Sample job description: Promote and run classes and activities, make sales, and monitor activity and compliance. First-aid certification required. Flexible hour, temporary position.
Seasonal botanical field technicians
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PayScale pay range: $9.81 – $20.42
Sample job description: Conduct vegetation surveys including rare plant clearances. Experience/coursework in botany, knowledge of rangeland ecosystems and soils, extensive travel, and plant taxonomic skills required. Part-time, seasonal temporary role.
- Getty Images/Ian Waldie
PayScale pay range:$8.56 – $18.73
Sample job description:Candidate is responsible for teaching swim lessons to children. They must know and able to implement emergency procedures. Must be able meet swim program goals. Industry required certifications and strong communication skills are needed. Part-time role.