Winter Jobs For Teens

Working during the colder months of the year may not seem like all that much fun, but with cold weather comes a lot of unique job opportunities that you can't find during the warmer season.  We've created this page to help you understand all of the different winter jobs available and step-by-step instructions that explain exactly what you need to do to get started. Because every job isn't appropriate for all ages, we've taken the time to segment job opportunities by age so that you can choose how old you are and see all of the jobs that we feel you'd be capable of doing.  

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Age winter jobs

Artist

If you love drawing, painting, or creating any type of art, you could become a teenage artist! This is a great job to have in the winter when you can’t go outside, and Christmas is a good time to sell artwork for people to buy as gifts for other people. If you look for them, you can also find art fairs during the winter where you can bring artwork to sell to the public!

Assistant Hairdresser

Although you can’t get the cosmetology license you need to cut hair before you turn 18, you can be a teenage assistant hairdresser and work at a beauty salon. There are a number of things you’ll be expected to do as a teenage assistant hairdresser, including keeping the salon clean, helping clients, and making appointments. You may even get to shampoo hair and help mix dyes as you get more experience and on-the-job training.

Babysitter

If you love kids, then being a teenage babysitter is a great way to earn money in the evenings after school and on weekends. People with kids often need somebody to watch their children for them when they can’t be at home, and so you can make good money by providing that service for them. Being a teenage babysitter requires a lot of responsibility and it helps to have experience working with kids.

Baker

Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day, winter is the ideal time to be a teenage baker. Once you make sure you have everything you need and have perfected your cake, cookie, and pie recipes, it’s time to start taking orders! As a teenage baker, you’ll be doing a lot of baking of sweet treats for people when they have birthdays, are celebrating holidays, or having other events that require baked goods.

Camp Counselor

There are many camps that have weekend programs during the school year, which means that being a teenage camp counselor isn’t just a summer job anymore. You can also create your own camp either after school or on weekends if you’re willing to put in the work it takes. Either way, being a teenage camp counselor is all about ensuring the safety of the campers while making sure that they’re having an awesome time!

Car Snow Remover

The last thing that people want to have to do after a big snow storm is dig their car out, which is where you can come in as a teenage car snow remover. Once you get a list together of neighbors who want your services, then all you have to do is wait for a big snowstorm, then go out and start digging out people’s cars so they can get to work on time!

Chef

Although you will have to get experience as a line cook first, being a teenage chef is an awesome job for someone who loves cooking and knows their way around a kitchen. Just look around at the different restaurants in your area for opportunities to work with the type of food that you’re interested in. Since one of the busiest times at a restaurant is in the evenings, it’s a perfect after-school job.

Christmas Tree Remover

Whether someone isn’t physically able to remove their tree on their own or they just don’t have time for it, a teenage Christmas tree remover gets paid to help people get their Christmas tree out of their house after Christmas. You may also need to help them take all the decorations off of it. If you can’t move a whole Christmas tree on your own, you can get some friends to help you!

Concession Stand Worker

There are many events that you can find during the winter where you can be a teenage concession stand worker. As a teenage concession stand worker, you will be expected to be on your feet for long periods at a time, handle money, and talk to customers. Depending on what you are selling, you may also be expected to prepare food or make sure you have enough of what you are selling available.

Game Tester

Being a teenage game tester is the perfect way to spend your evenings in winter. Teenage game testers are an important part of the game creation process because they make sure that the game is working perfectly before it is released. You’ll need to do everything that a gamer could possibly do and make sure that the game does what it’s supposed to, then report any problems back to the game company.

Garage Cleaner

Garages are areas that people don’t clean very often, which is why you can make good money as a teenage garage cleaner. Although some people will only need you to regularly sweep and do general cleaning in their garage, others may ask you to help them reorganize their whole garage and move heavy things around, so being physically fit can help if you decide to look for work as a teenage garage cleaner.

Gift Basket Creator

There are so many holidays that happen during the winter months that it’s the perfect time to get started as a teenage gift basket creator. You could create gift baskets specifically for people to give as Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or birthday presents. Before you get started as a teenage gift basket creator, you’ll need to make sure you know how much the items will cost so you know how much to charge your customers.

Gift Wrapper

Being a teenage gift wrapper is the perfect winter job for someone that’s good at wrapping gifts. You may be able to find work at big stores that offer gift wrapping, or you could also offer to wrap gifts in your own home for family and friends. Either way, your main responsibility as a teenage gift wrapper is to make sure each gift you’re handed is wrapped beautifully, which may include ribbons and bows.

Holiday Decorator

If you love decorating for the holidays and are disappointed when your house is done, consider becoming a teenage holiday decorator. As such, you’ll get paid by friends, family members, and neighbors to put up their Christmas or other holiday decorations. This can be a lot of work, especially for older people, so this job will not only help you make money, but it will also help them have a beautiful home for the holidays.

Hot Chocolate Salesman

On a cold winter day, few things are better than a cup of hot chocolate, which is why you could make a lot of money as a teenage hot chocolate salesman. Once you figure out the best way to keep your hot chocolate hot, set up a booth somewhere that there are a lot of people, whether it’s in a busy area downtown or at a winter festival and start selling to passersby!

House Sitter

A teenage house sitter is important to people who are going on vacation for a few days or longer. They need someone to take care of things around the house, which is when they hire you. As a teenage house sitter, you will basically be responsible for taking care of the home while the owner is gone. You might get to live there or just visit every day to check in on things.

Household Assistant

There are so many things that people need done around their home, and many people simply do not have the time to do it, especially if they are working or have a lot of kids, so you can get paid to help them out as a teenage household assistant. What type of work you do around the house will depend on who hires you, but it will usually be light cleaning work.

Interior Designer

If you are creative and love the idea of being an interior designer, why not start now as a teenage interior designer. No matter what time of the year, people are always in need of someone to help them create the perfect design for their home. As a teenage interior designer, you could help someone plan a new color scheme for their bedroom or even help someone design their new home!

Log Splitter

For people that use firewood in the winter, a teenage log splitter can be an invaluable resource. If you are strong and know how to safely split wood, then this could be the perfect winter job for you. To be a teenage log splitter, all you need to do is find people who need wood cut, and then go to their home and cut the big logs they bought into smaller pieces for them!

Makeup Artist

Depending on what you want to do, there are a number of opportunities for a teenage makeup artist. Some teenage makeup artists go to birthday parties or other events where there are kids to paint faces with bright colors. Others may work at a theater to put stage makeup on actors so the audience can see their expressions from their seats. What you do with your makeup skills is all up to you!

Model

You don’t have to be the most attractive person in your class to be a teenage model. In fact, today, there are so many opportunities for teenage models that there’s something for everyone. The main goal of whatever you are modeling is to get people to buy something, whether it is a product or service, so you need to be willing to follow the directions of whoever is paying you for your services.

Music Teacher

All it really takes to be a teenage music teacher is knowing and instrument and having a student. Some teenage music teachers may work one-on-one and do private lessons while others may have enough interest in their instrument to set up a group lesson with several students. Either way, this is a great way for teens to earn money all year round since you’ll want to be indoors while giving lessons anyway.

National Park Worker

Being a teenage national park worker can be hard work in the winter, but if you love working outside, it could be the perfect job for you. As a teenage national park worker, you are responsible for inspecting the park to make sure it’s safe for both visitors and wildlife, making sure guests are following the park rules, and many other things depending on the park and what they have to offer.

Pet Sitter

Many people travel during the holidays which means they need someone to take care of their pets, so if you are a teenage pet sitter, they can hire you! Depending on the person, they may ask you to bring the animal to your home while they are gone, or you may take care of their pet in your client’s home. You will be responsible for making sure the animals have food, water, and exercise.

Plant Sitter

When somebody is leaving town, they need someone to take care of their plants, which is when they will hire a teenage plant sitter. You could have the plants in your home or may go to the person’s house to take care of them. It’s important to follow your client’s directions well to make sure all the plants get the right amount of sunlight, water, and fertilization so they survive until the homeowner returns.

Shoe Shiner

If you’re looking for ongoing work in your neighborhood, consider becoming a teenage shoe shiner. The work isn’t too hard, and since most nice shoes will need a shine every 8 wears, you’ll always have plenty of work to do. To be a teenage shoe shiner, you’ll first need to learn how to shine shoes, and then get the supplies you’ll need to keep your customers’ shoes looking shiny and like new.

Ski Instructor

If you know how to ski, you can become a teenage ski instructor. You could be hired by a ski resort to be an instructor or work as an independent ski instructor by finding your own clients. Depending on where you work, you may be teaching any age, from young children or even adults. Be sure to wear the right clothes since you’ll be spending a lot of time outside in the cold.

Snow Shoveler

When it snows, it’s time to put on your winter boots and start working as a teenage snow shoveler. Although it’s hard work, it can also help you earn a lot of extra money in the winter if you have a lot of people in your neighborhood that you’re taking care of. In addition to simply removing snow, you may also need to salt driveways and walkways to make them safe for walking.

Soup Salesman

Winter is the perfect time to be a teenage soup salesman. People love having a hot bowl of soup in the winter, and most soups are fairly easy to make, so this is a great opportunity for teens to make money when it’s cold out. You could try setting up a stand at an event or busy area where you sell soup to people, or deliver pre-made soup to people that they can reheat.

U-Haul Reservation Sales Agent

If you’re looking for a steady job that pays by the hour, consider being a teenage Uhaul reservation sales agent. As such, you will first need to get a job with Uhaul. Then, you will be responsible for answering customer questions about the services that Uhaul provides. You will also help to make reservations so that people can rent the right truck, and may need to solve problems that customers are having.

Winter Camp Instructor

As winter camps get more popular, there are more chances to work as a teenage winter camp instructor. You should love kids since you’ll be working with them a lot. As a teenage winter camp instructor, you’ll be planning and leading different winter activities and making sure that the campers are staying safe and having fun. You may also spend the night if the campers are, or you could simply go every day.

Winter Clothes Creator

If you can knit, crochet, or sew, you can be a teenage winter clothes creator. Although scarves are the easiest way to start if you haven’t done these before, as you get better you can also make mittens, gloves, hats, or even sweaters! Being a teenage winter clothes creator can be a lot of fun if you’re creative and like working with your hands. Plus, it’s the perfect way to pass the time in winter.

Zoo Assistant

Working with all kinds of animals is why many teens choose to be a teenage zoo assistant. Depending on the zoo where you’re working, you may be helping with a number of different tasks that need to be done around the zoo, both behind the scenes and with the visitors. You might help keep the animals healthy, fed, and clean; teach the guests about the animals; or keep the zoo clean.