After retirement, some people still would like to work while having an adventure. Many job opportunities are available which are unconventional and will pay you good money to have fun.
Below are five of the most interesting jobs for couples who want to add some excitement to their lives.
Television and Movie Extras
Most states have a film association like the Missouri Motion Media Association which lists the productions happening in your area. On the sites, you’ll see needs of the production from locations wanted for shooting and casting calls.
Many cities have legitimate talent agencies who are constantly looking for more mature adults since they have an abundance of young adults, children and babies. It’s easier to get a job as an elderly person rather than a young person however an extra can be of any age usually.
In order to make sure the agency is reputable, ask for references you can check. If they want you to give them money, you already know they are fake and probably don’t have any jobs or the jobs posted are scams.
Paid by the hour, these jobs don’t require a union standing and also are easy. Once in a while a film will have a celebrity cast in a main role but most are documentaries. There are volunteer positions also available if you want to learn something about television and movies.
State Park and Camping Attendants
Called Workampers, many of the national state parks hire seasonal couples to monitor the camping areas. Tasks usually include checking people into the site, cleaning public restrooms or overseeing the staff who are in charge of maintenance. You might also have to run a little store and patrol the area delivering little bundles of firewood or ice.
Many couples who have RVs like the fact they can park their camper in a great area, see the sights, talk to the tourists and enjoy the outdoors while getting paid.
Every state has numerous parks with positions available including forests, lakes and wooded areas.
Coolworks.com has an area called “Older and Bolder” specifically geared towards mature couples and retired couples. With more of the population reaching retirement age and still being physically fit to work occasionally, employers are finding the experience and wisdom of the older generation more desirable when hiring. Less job turnover is one good reason to hire a mature worker.
Teach Lifeskills or Outdoor Skills
For real adventure, you can teach what you know anywhere in the world. Sites like BackDoorJobs.com have thrill seeking jobs from Antarctica adventures to New Zealand. Bold Earth Adventures hires trip leaders to facilitate learning with teens from 12-16 with 4-9 week commitments.
If you’ve been a teacher or worked with youth groups in the past, this would be a great way to have a weekly paycheck and thrill seek while giving others your wisdom.
However, you don’t have to have survival skills to have a great adventure. You can use your restaurant or hospitality skills to experience the world with some of the positions offered below.
Use Your Skills to Work in the Antarctica (South Pole)
Today, Nana Services, LLC is offering positions in hospitality including sous chefs, bakers, room attendants, janitors, maintenance and more. Requirements are to be at least 18 years old and a US citizen. They take care of your travel expenses, pay you weekly as well as get you from your home to the destination and back once the season is over.
Cleaning Storage Units
Not a pretty job but very lucrative, bidding on and cleaning out storage units is a great way to work together and make money. Normally, the facility owner has an auction for people to come and bid on the abandoned property however, when you get away from the city, it’s harder to find a buyer.
Rural storage units are usually a gold mine in goods. With little competition, a buyer can usually spend between $25 and $150 to get a great unit and recoup the money in a few days.
We’ve done this over and over again. The last storage units we bought we paid $150for two and sold the commercial freezer for $100 and a gun cabinet for another $75. There was also a table and chairs which we don’t need and that went for another $150 which included a wooden park bench to go with it. Every Christmas ornament we needed including five trees of various sizes, lights for inside and outside the house, collectible ornaments and some other things were also part of the cache.
There was also a beautiful electric fireplace, a new stereo system which looked vintage and a ton of designer clothes my teen daughter likes.
These are just a few of the things we raked in. The only drawback is, you have to haul everything out of the unit by a certain time, sort through trash and dispose of everything you don’t want.
The end result is great if you use eBay or Craigslist as a selling outlet. We used Craigslist because it was close and no listing fees.