Whether it's additional income, mental stimulation, or social interaction you're after, there are plenty of ways to rewire after you retire. Depending on the type of post-retirement, part-time job you purse, there are chances to learn a new skill, travel, and pursue your favorite pastime for free. It's all about what fits into your lifestyle.
If you've got a decked out RV and a friendly disposition, campground host could be the retirement gig of your dreams. In addition to a salary, these typically seasonal jobs compensate with a free campsite and hookups. Hosts are responsible for campground management, like helping guests check-in/out, and minor maintenance. Try searching "campground host" on Indeed (leave the "where" field blank if you're open to traveling) or check out coolworks.com, a resource for all kinds of outdoorsy jobs.
Companies like Auction.com, an online real-estate marketplace, hire part-time auction coordinators to provide data entry and customer service at their events one to three days per week.
Auto auction companies like Cox Automotive use part-time drivers to move vehicles to and from dealerships, help stage cars during sales events, and drive cars during the actual auction. Search "part-time auto auction driver" on Indeed or Google "auto auction company" + your city to find potential employers in your area.
National parks and forests around the country hire visitor information assistants and park guides on a temporary basis, usually during the summer when tourist traffic is at its peak. Visit the U.S. Forest Service, NPS.gov, and usajobs.gov for more information.
Check your local schools, sports clubs, parks departments, and amateur and church leagues for umpire, referee, and/or score keeper positions. The job typically requires 6 to 9 hours per week (up to three hours per game, for two or three games per week) and pays between $30 and $50 per game.
If you haven't retired yet or have only recently retired, you might consider transitioning to consulting in the same line of work and keeping your former employer as a client. There won't be much of a learning curve and you can set your own hours.
This one's perfect for extroverted history buffs with a knack for storytelling. CoolWorks has an entire section dedicated to guide and trip leader openings and its Older and Bolder page includes opportunities like "summer fishing guide" in Alaska. Training is often available on the job, but for more formal education, guide programs are available through the National Tour Association, the International Tour Management Institute, and the International Guide Academy. Search your city or neighborhood + "walking tour" or "bicycle tour" online to find companies you might apply with, or check out Historic Tours of America.
Depending on the school district, a high school diploma and on-the-job training may be all you need to get started assisting in the classroom, which includes responsibilities like data entry, grading papers, supervising students, and tutoring. Teacher's aides typically get summers off (unless your district offers summer school) and clock between 24 to 35 hours per week. Visit the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association for more information.
Recreation centers, libraries, community colleges, and non-profit job placement and literacy assistance centers all need part-time instructors to teach professional development/continuing education courses. Visit HigherEdJobs.com for part-time adjunct professor and online/remote instructor listings.
Although many museums today rely on trained volunteers to educate guests, there are still part-time docent jobs to be had. Passion for the museum's subject matter and engaging in conversations is a must, as docents typically assist with visitor services, provide information about exhibits, and support the museum's security team. Bonus points if you have a degree in art history, education, or museum studies. Docents typically work 1-3 days per week and earn $11-$16 per hour, depending on the organization. Check your local museums' job postings as well as the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Art Museum Directors for more information.
Caterers, small retailers, and event companies all rely on the help of temporary employees during trade shows, conferences, receptions, and other corporate events. Duties might include unloading products, setting up product displays, serving guests, or working coat check. Inquire with your local staffing agency, search part-time temporary staff listings on Snagajob.com, or sign up with a larger agency like National Event Staffing.
Want a job that includes golfing privileges as a benefit? During the summer, golf courses need extra staff to assist guests and maintain landscaping. Driving range assistant duties include guest service, equipment maintenance, and cleaning and re-stocking golf balls, while seasonal groundskeepers maintain the course's aesthetic by mowing, weeding, planting, and mulching, among other things.
When Sue, 63, retired as head librarian from a Virginia high school, she wasn't ready to stop working entirely so she arranged a job sharing agreement with a colleague who also wanted to cut back on her hours. Now she works there just two days a week.
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