If teens want summer jobs, they are available
For nine months, most teenagers dream of it non-stop. Throughout May, it completely consumes them. Then, at once, it finally comes the last day of school.
For some teens summer vacation means just that vacation. But others hear their parents say the words no one ever wants to hear.
"Get a job."
"I have to get a job to help pay for sports and my car," 16-year-old Alex Gonzales said. "If I want to buy things, I have to pay for them. I also have to pay for trips I take with my friends."
Many youth in Summit County turn to the ski resorts for employment, but with numerous seasonal workers looking for new summer jobs they can be difficult for a teenager to find.
Park City Municipal runs a swimming pool at which teens can lifeguard. In the past, most of the lifeguards and many other employees of the recreation center have been teenagers on summer break.
The Park City Municipal Golf Course is another option for teens, although many of the positions require early morning hours, which teens tend to avoid.
Which turns teens to fast food jobs. Nobody dreams of working in fast food, but Sandy McCormick, business consultant for the Department of Workforce Services, said it stands as one of the most consistent and reliable forms of employment for teens.
"I would say the fast food places, possibly the outlet mall and probably downtown Park City retail are some of the best places for them to look for jobs," she said. "The want-ads are a great place to start, and most stores that are hiring will put signs up in the windows."
Many of those signs are already up in stores along Main Street, even though many area high schools will not all be out until just before the middle of June.
Another source of employment for out-of-school teens is a local grocery store. Under the age of 18, the only position legally available is as a bagger. However, 18-year-olds and over can work as cashiers or in any department.
"Once the tourism season hits here at the first of June, I see an abundant supply of jobs being open," new Albertson’s store director Craig Demos said. "If they’re willing to work if they want to go out and find a job there are jobs."
The Smith’s Food and Drug Store at Kimball Junction will also be looking for summer workers. The human resources director said she plans on hiring about 28 to 30 part-time employees for about 25 hours per week.
Mike Holm, who has been a store manager in Park City for almost 20 years and is now at Dan’s, said he has learned from previous summers that most kids don’t want to work. He said he plans on needing three or four spots filled, but generally he fills his positions before summer begins.
"I don’t really anticipate that I’ll need that much help," he said. "The kids don’t want to work. The summer is so short for these kids. Jobs really aren’t in the market for them, but the kids who do want jobs usually don’t have a hard time finding them."
Although there are minor restrictions on the hours a 14- or 15-year-old can work (eight hours per day, 40 hours per week during summer vacation), DWS said on their general website (www.jobs.utah.gov) that there are no hourly restrictions on youth 16-years-old or older.
DWS also provides a spot on their site just for teens. The site can be accessed at justforyouth.utah.gov/employment. It includes a list of rules for teenage workers, a list of workers’ rights, and advice on everything from finding a job to keeping it.
So what jobs can youth do? The following was provided by the DWS Web page.
When 13 or younger teens can: deliver newspapers, work as a baby-sitter, work as an actor or performer in motion pictures, television, theater or radio, work in a business solely owned or operated by your parents, or work on a farm owned or operated by your parents.
However, parents are prohibited from employing their children in manufacturing, mining, or any other occupation declared hazardous by the Secretary of Labor. .
At 14 teens are able to work in an office, grocery store, retail store, restaurant, movie theater, baseball park, amusement park or gasoline service station.
They generally may not work in communications or public utilities jobs, construction or repair jobs, driving a motor vehicle or helping a driver, manufacturing and mining occupations, power-driven machinery or hoisting apparatus other than typical office machines, processing occupations, public messenger jobs, transporting of persons or property, workrooms where products are manufactured, mined or processed, or
warehousing and storage.
In addition, they may not work any other job or occupation declared hazardous by the Secretary of Labor.
At 16, teens can work in any job or occupation that has not been declared hazardous by the Secretary of Labor, although there are some exemptions for apprentice/student-learner programs in some of these hazardous occupations.
Once a youth turns 18 they can work any job for any number of hours. The child labor rules no longer apply.
Different rules apply to farms, and individual States may have stricter rules.
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