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Student Outdoor Jobs - Summer 2024

So you want a compromise allowing you to enjoy the blazing hot summer we're bound to have, whilst earning some extra cash to keep those beers a'flowin! We've come up with our 8 top student outdoor jobs for this summer and some pointers where to look on our site and elsewhere on the internet for the ideal summer job.

Life Guarding Jobs

Lifeguard jobs

  • Private Health clubs and public sports centres are always on the lookout for professional RLSS qualified lifeguards to work poolside. Preferably lifeguards who are CRB police checked and and have good communication skills as interaction with members of the public is inevitable and of uppermost importance when their safety is concerned.
  • There are six main qualification catagories that can be specialized in including: Lifesaving, Open Water Rescue, Swimming Pool Rescue, Life Support, Specialist Training, and Training and Assessing.
  • For more information on lifeguarding qualifications, both poolside and beach side. Check out the Royal Life Saving Society website at www.lifesavers.org.uk

Supercamps are currently recruiting lifeguards for summer camps across the UK

Find lifeguard jobs across the UK and abroad here

Marquee Rigger Jobs

Marquee rigger jobs
  • Being a seasonal orientated business sector, marquee work is perfect for young people in particular students, who find themselves with three months off over the summer and aren't fancying the idea of being indoors during the hottest time of the year. A typical marquee job is based around a 50 hr week with the opportunity for weekend work on top, but as you're being paid an hourly rate, it's all money in the bank. The days can be long and tiring due to the heavy lifting and construction of large marquees that takes place but It beats a gym workout anytime.
  • The day entails loading the vehicles with all the necessary marquee equipment and setting off to the proposed location, be it for a private wedding or a corporate event. Some companies even pay all travel time during the day excluding your personal travel to and from work, so the further away the job is, the more you earn. Having arrived at a job location, most of the day will be spent erecting the marquee with a team of workers, predominantly outside, although often marquees are put in the strangest of places including hangers, gyms, over swimming pools etc... . No need for air con in this job. Once completed, back to the base to load up for the next day and the next job.
  • First half of the week are usually spent at the previous week's job location taking down the marquee - so a relatively easy start, then from Wednesday onwards it's back off to new locations, new setups and new people.
  • Enjoy the summer, get a tan, get a job with a marquee firm! There is plenty of surrey marquee work and london marquee work with marquee jobs available in hampshire, berkshire and sussex too.

Find marquee jobs in your area here

Activity Camps


The Bushcraft Company
  • Employment at an activity camp over the summer is a great way to gain experience working with children in an area that you area that you are interested in, whilst benefiting from the associated financial, social and developmental aspects.
  • The skill and enthusiasm of dedicated staff at camps is the single most important factor behind their success. It is what makes a camp enjoyable to the children who visit year after year. Centre management teams are made up of Education and Recreation professionals.
  • All staff are selected for their common sense, maturity, qualifications, enthusiasm and experience. Therefore your ability to relate to young people and motivate both children and teenagers needs to be second to none. Staff teams are often made up of mostly graduates or undergraduates who hold or are studying for Physical Education, Bachelor of Education, or Leisure and Recreation Management degrees. All specialist instructors need to hold up to date and relevant nationally recognised teaching awards and governing body certificates.
  • Activity camp staff undergo a strict selection procedure, which involves all candidates being interviewed, and then if successful each candidate is checked for criminal convictions through The Criminal Records Bureau. At least two referees are usually contacted in order to complete a confidential reference form, which has to be returned before staff selection and the camps commencing. All relevant qualifications held by staff are thoroughly checked for authenticity with the appropriate issuing organisation.
  • Most camps require staff to attend comprehensive pre-camp training and orientation days. This course covers safety guidelines and site-specific risk assessments for every activity, and general safety topics including fire drills and security.
  • If you think you might meet this criteria and want to spend the holidays having fun outside whilst developing essential skills for later life, check out our quick job search for vacancies in your area right away.
Find summer activity camp jobs in your area here.

Event Stewarding And Security Jobs

  • As both an indoor and outdoor job, stewarding and security is enticing for students and the public alike. Acting as a steward, your tasks may range from directing and ushering people to their seats to acting as a security barrier to prevent pitch invasions. You need to be well mannered and approachable in order to provide this service to members of the general public who may have paid to attend this event. Your specific role in a position of this sort, depends entirely on the event, venue and stewarding company who have employed you.
  • Any basic training or instruction needed will be provided on the day to ensure you are fully equipped to tackle any problems that may arise.
  • There is not always a pre-requisite qualification needed to apply for event stewarding jobs although all companies differ so ensure you fully read the job description before applying otherwise you may be disappointed. In general event management companies look for both males and females over 18 years of age.
  • Event stewarding jobs allow you to work outdoors at venues such as Wembley Arena, The Arena Pavilion, Twickenham Rugby Ground, Lords and The Brit Oval Cricket Grounds, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur Football Clubs, Aintree, Cheltenham and Goodwood Racecourses. High profile venues with high profile events, this type of work is perfect for the summer months.
Find event stewarding and security jobs in your area here

Gardening Jobs

  • Green-fingers you may or may not be? But the potential could be there. This could be your calling. Gardening teams and individuals carry out a wide range of tasks from simple grass cutting and tidying of gardens to large scale landscaping projects.
  • During the summer months works including mowing, strimming, hedge-cutting, weeding and maintaining flowerbeds are carried out to cope with the accelerated growth that occurs at this time of the year. Due to the increase in work, many professional gardeners usually take on several temporary seasonal workers during these months to share the load. Although the majority of the work takes place in the summer there are winter jobs to keep atop of including pruning and leaf-clearing.
  • There is not always a pre-requisite qualification needed to apply for gardening positions although companies differ so ensure you fully read the job description before applying otherwise you may be disappointed.
Sherborne Castle Estate are hiring now for summer work maintaining their estate grounds and they provide accommodation.

Some of the qualifications available if you wish to take your gardening further:
  • City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Land-based Studies (0360) with an option in horticulture
  • NVQ/SVQs Level 1 in Horticulture and at Level 2 in Amenity Horticulture and Production Horticulture - no specific entry requirements for level 1, entry to level 2 will usually require NVQ level 1 or relevant work experience)
  • RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture - no set entry requirements
  • BTEC First Diploma in Horticulture - entry requirements are usually appropriate GCSEs (normally at least four passes at Grade G or above, to include science, mathematics and a subject testing the use of English), or the equivalent or appropriate knowledge and/or experience gained in employment.
  • City & Guilds Level 2 National Certificate in Horticulture
  • City & Guild Level 3 Advanced National Certificate in Horticulture
  • BTEC National Certificate and Diploma in Horticulture - entry requirements are usually a BTEC First Diploma or at least four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) or equivalent qualifications
  • RHS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture - entry requirements are usually completion of the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture or an equivalent level of qualification. Contact the RHS for details.
Find gardening jobs in your area here

National Citizen Service Leaders and Mentors!

  • National Citizen Service (NCS) allows young people to take part in outdoor activities, skill development and community volunteering.
  • The NCS programme offers a mix of residential and local community roles for people with varying skills and qualifications - from those wishing to gain further experience working with young people through to project managers.
  • Paid, flexible roles across England working up to 3 months over the summer developing leadership skills

More information

Labouring Jobs

  • Students and working travellers alike often fill both qualified trade and labour positions on sites all over London and the UK. There is work available throughout the year with summer being the busiest recruitment period and with the expansion of property development, there are opportunities opening up all the time.
  • Pay rates are about £11 to £14 per hour for qualified tradesmen and £5 to £7 per hour for Labourers, perhaps a bit more in London In the busy summer period, you should find work almost immediately. It is advantageous to have your own tools. Some trade qualifications are not recognised in the UK and you may need to sit exams related to your trade. Even if you are not able to act as a fully qualified tradesperson from day 1, your experience in your trade will help you to get a good job.
  • It is a perfect opportunity to gain great UK experience within your trade, and easy to find work quickly within labouring sectors. Although pay can seem low at first, long hours enable considerable money to be earnt and it will gradually increase as you get some UK experience in your trade.
Possible Labouring Positions:
  • Construction site Labouring jobs
  • Bricklayers and bricklaying jobs
  • Fixturers and Fixturing jobs
  • Ceiling or partition fixer (Drywall ceiling)
  • Forman or site manager or site supervisor
  • Carpenter jobs
  • Cladding jobs
  • Tiler and Tiling jobs
  • Painter jobs
  • Decorator jobs
  • Plasterer and plastering jobs
  • Plumber and plumbing jobs
  • Roofer and roofing jobs
Find construction and labouring jobs in your area here

Fruit Picking Jobs

  • With the extensive farming in the United Kingdom there are many agricultural jobs available from planting, peeling and packing to picking fruit and vegetables.
  • Hours can be long and it's often necessary to work everyday to get the crops picked, therefore earnings can be lucrative. This therefore mean you can be working outdoors in all types of weather so ensure you wear suitable clothing.
  • Some farmers pay by the hour but for harvest work the majority of farms pay you for what you pick (piece rate) so you need to be reasonably fit and hard working to make it pay. Therefore you literally get out what you put in so if you are looking for an outdoor job this summer and are prepared to work hard but with relaxed like minded people, get applying.
  • Accommodation is often provided, although usually fairly basic so check the job description carefully to ensure you know what to expect
  • Although we do often advertise a number of agricultural positions on Employment4students we have found that many small scale farmers advertise their vacancies locally or by word of mouth so if you are looking for more of this type of work it would be a good idea to ask around in Hostels and Pubs that farmers frequent or check local newspapers for situations vacant. Check back with us over the coming weeks if there are no current vacancies available.
Find fruit picking jobs in your area here

Driving And Logistics Jobs

  • There are many opportunities across the UK for people interested in the driving industry. This ranges from vacancies for people who hold just a simple full UK driving license to those in the Young Driver Scheme (YDS) which enables you to drive a Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) before the age of 21 and even to positions for those holding an ADR certificate which qualifies you to drive Hazardous Goods.
  • Types of employment in the driving industry we have had recently include courier work / car delivery / chauffeur services / scooter chauffeur services and a number of HGV driving opportunities.
  • For more information about obtaining any of these licenses go to www.direct.gov.uk

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