If you love animals, it is only natural that you will be looking for a way to work with animals during the summer. Whether you are a student or teacher looking for a way to earn extra cash this summer, there are tons of animal-related jobs you can apply for. Working with animals is fulfilling, but it’s also demanding. If you are not afraid of a little hard work, these summer animal jobs will suit you.
Veterinary clinic assistant
Small animal clinics are fond of hiring extra help during the summer, so take advantage of this. You are likely to get a position as a kennel attendant or a veterinary assistant. As a kennel attendant, your main job will be cleaning cages, walking dogs, and assisting with baths. Veterinary assistants, on the other hand, will hold animals during procedures, help technicians with exams, and interact with the pet owner. If you have the experience, you may find a position with a large animal and equine vet.
Dog walker and pet sitter
A lot of families will be taking time to go on holiday during summer, and while they love their furry friends, they may not always want to tag them along. Be sure to check for opportunities online to find dog walking jobs and you might just land a high paying client. You could also start your own pet sitting service or team up with an experienced pet sitter if you know one. Advertise your summer availability to your friends and neighbors. You might even turn this into a year-round gig if you are available to care for and walk some animals.
Work at the zoo
If you are a college student, this will be the perfect opportunity for you. A lot of zoos take on college students during summer to give them a chance to taste how it would feel to work at the zoo. Most of these opportunities will be branded as internships, which is excellent for your resume. You may not get a chance to handle exotic animals, but you will shadow zookeepers during general habitat maintenance. You may also shadow zoo educators during tours. Do you love kids and camp? Seek out zoos that offer camps for kids and serve as a camp counselor.
Rescue facility worker
If you have no experience at all, you might want to consider a volunteer opportunity. With the experience you garner here, you will have the confidence and resume boost you need to apply for a paid position next year. Your duties will range from walking dogs, bathing animals, grooming, cleaning cages, and assisting with adoption paperwork.
Pet store help
Pet stores are always on the lookout for sales floor help. As a pet store associate, you will clean cages, make product recommendation to visiting customers, restock merchandise, and even operate the cash register.
Larger organizations will need you to come in during the weekends, night, and holiday hours so be prepared to put in the extra effort. There is no shortage of animal-related jobs available. Start applying early to stand a better chance to qualify.