Outdoor Summer Jobs for Students

By Canadajobs.com Staff

If the thought of being cooped up in an office for the summer is more than you can bear, here are some summer job ideas that will give you a chance to work hard outside.

Construction Worker:

Since most construction work is done in the summer, it's a great way to be outdoors. You'll learn some new skills helping with the construction of various buildings. If you are looking at this sort of summer job, you should be in good physical condition, willing to learn, and have excellent communication skills. It also helps to have some construction experience, or at least be handy and have some basic knowledge of tools and their use.

Camp Counsellor:

If you love the outdoors (and kids) you'll likely enjoy this type of summer job. Many camps, whether they are day camps, or overnight camps, focus on outdoor activities. From water sports to horse-back riding, you'll get to use all your skills working at a kid's camp. If you are considering applying for work at a camp, you'll likely need to consider a few things. Having first aid certification will probably be an asset, if not a requirement. You might also need to pass a criminal record check. You should have good communication skills and be able to relate well to kids. Experience in planning activities and following safety regulations are also good skills to have.

Tour Guide:

If you live in a tourist location, you might want to consider this type of outdoor job. The actual work could vary from selling tickets for boat tours, to leading tour groups, or providing tourists with information on specific sites, etc. A large majority of this work is outdoors. If you are leading hiking tours or working at a park, this work might also be demanding physically.


Another very common summer job is working for a landscaping company. Much of this work is lawncare, stone paving installation, and grounds maintenance. If you love the sunshine, this might be the perfect job. It's hard, physical work, but it can be very rewarding, especially if you have an interest in horticulture, gardening, landscaping. If you think you might like to start your own landscaping business or nursery someday, it's a great opportunity to get a feel of what the work is like.


There is a demand for painters in the summer. If you like working outside and have some painting skills, this might be the job for you. You'll need to have good communication skills and be able to pay attention to details. You should also be the type of person who takes pride in their work. You'll likely have to work high up, so you shouldn't be afraid of heights or getting up on a ladder.

There is no reason you should have to work in an office if you don't want to. There are plenty of outdoor student jobs that exist. All you have to do is be creative and enterprising to find one you'll like.

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