There are a variety of businesses that employ high school students for the summer, allowing teens to experience what it is like to have a job, while still allotting them the leisure of enjoying their summer vacation. Among many teens and students, the most prevalent summer jobs are commonly found at places like the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, pools, and restaurants.
The Boardwalk offers a variety of different jobs, ranging from the food service to the ride operators.
Kaitlin Haff Hively, a student from San Lorenzo Valley High School, began as a ride operator at the Boardwalk this summer. She said that what she enjoys most about working there is the atmosphere and meeting people.
“I get to make people’s day and give them a lovely experience in Santa Cruz,” Hively said.
Enjoying the job is often a necessity for students who decide to work and that is a reason you’ll often find them at the pool teaching swim lessons. There are a few pools in the San Lorenzo Valley, such as Mount Hermon’s swimming pool and the Cougar Swim School pool located at San Lorenzo Valley High School.
Kurt Fulkerson, a junior from SLV, is currently employed at Mount Hermon’s pool working as a lifeguard.
Fulkerson is on his high school’s water polo team and he said he loves the water and the job seemed like a perfect fit. He said he a strong responsibility in making sure kids are safe, and making their swim time even more fun.
“Plus, I'm within walking distance to any of the pools in Mount Hermon,” he said.
Over at Cougar Swim School, several teen lifeguards are also employed as swim teachers.
“I am able to work in the sun, work with new people and make new friends,” said Aliana Rosario, a leading dive instructor. “And being able to teach kids something I enjoy, so that they can enjoy it also.”
Another common job that students find during summer is working in coffee shops, like The White Raven, or in local restaurants.
Lilly Fitzpatrick, a student at SLV, decided to begin working at Taco Bell because, as she puts it: “I am addicted to Taco Bell, so I figured if I work there I would get tired of the food.”
Other teens have future goals in mind. McKenna Maness, a graduating senior from San Lorenzo Valley High School, said she began working at The White Raven, a local coffee shop in Felton because, “it gives me a great reference and skills for the future, as well as being a really fun job.”
There are a variety of summer jobs to be found and different skills that can be obtained through all of them. Students are able to work in the community, make connections with co-workers, and enjoy the summer with a little extra spending money.