Great summer jobs for Indianapolis teens :: GUIDE

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The conversation has started on our theCityMoms private member boards this week: What summer jobs are available for my teens in Indianapolis? Does anyone know places hiring teenagers? HELP ME FIND SOMEWHERE FOR MY KID TO BE SO HE ISN’T PLAYING FORTNITE ALL SUMMER.

As we began to chat through opportunities for teen employment across Indy, we thought it would be helpful for our readers to hear this research too. BONUS: Our wonderful partners at Indy Parks have more than 400 summer positions available! So we leaned heavily on them for good intel.

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Here’s a guide to great summer jobs for teens in Indianapolis: 

1. Look to local parks

Working for the local parks systems doesn’t always include ranger-like services. Our local parks have plenty of opportunities from lifeguarding to pool staffers, educational programming and more. And while you may not realize it, many surrounding communities have dedicated park systems too like Carmel Parks and Recreation, Fishers Parks, and Brownsburg Parks. Hop on their websites to canvas available summer jobs – most already have openings posted.

Even better: According to the press release that landed on our desk from Indy Parks, we learned our partners will be hosting job fairs and training next week. Read on…

Next week, Indy Parks is hosting two hiring fairs at George Washington Community School Pool in hopes of filling 400 summer positions at parks across the city. During the fairs, Indy Parks is also offering open interviews for interested applicants.

Indy Parks is looking for lifeguards, day camp counselors, pool managers, cashiers, and more. The jobs offer flexible schedules and a starting pay of $8-15 per hour. Free lifeguard training is also available for youth to improve their swimming skills.

Summer Jobs Hiring Fairs – April 30 and May 2

When: 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.   

Where: George Washington Community School Pool, 2215 W. Washington Street (use Door #4)

Free Lifeguard Training –May 4 (Saturday)

When: 12-1 p.m.

Where: George Washington Community School Pool, 2215 W. Washington Street (use Door #4)

“We have a lot of good paying jobs with dependable, flexible hours all summer long,” said Linda Broadfoot, Director of Indy Parks. “We know teens make huge contributions as lifeguards watching over our customers, or serving as day camp counselors helping children discover their own meaning of fun. These are big jobs, and we know the perfect candidates are out there.” 

Job seekers can find a full list of jobs and submit their applications online at For more details on Indy Parks, visit or call (317) 327-PARK.

2. Make the movie theater your stop

Hands down, this summer job was the one many CityMoms talked most about. “I still think one of my favorite jobs when I was young was at a movie theater- everyone is around the same age, there’s a big surge of activity before movies start then a portion of down time to hang out and joke around, plus you get free movies and popcorn and soda. It’s a teenagers dream!” said Katie. Enjoy an air-conditioned venue during the warm summer and catch a glimpse of the season’s biggest blockbusters? Perfect.

Our recommendations: FLIX Brewhouse in Carmel, Regal Village Park 17 in Carmel, Tibbs Drive-In or the IMAX Theatre at the State Museum. 


3. Lean on lifeguarding

So maybe somewhat of a repeat from our first suggestion but this was another popular mention among CityMoms {and with so many local pools around, the jobs are aplenty!}. “I loved working as a lifeguard… Anything outdoors I think is 👌” said momma Amy. Lifeguarding certainly requires discipline, something organizations like Indy Parks are dedicated to instructing before your teen even sets foot into a pool. Also keep in mind that lifeguards typically require strong swimming skills. BONUS: CPR certification and safety training is something many mommas noted has stayed with them for life. 

Our recommendations: Indy Parks – think Indy Island or the MLK pools!, Jewish Community Center, Plainfield Splash Island, Goldfish Swim Schools or the Monon Community Center waterpark.

KNOW WHAT ELSE SUMMER MEANS? Local farmers markets. Here’s a whole list.


4. Kick in as a camp counselor

“I was a camp counselor!” <– CityMoms Cara, Cheryl, Amy and Bethany. And there are so. many. options. to look at! In researching this post, we simply plugged in ‘summer camp counselor’ to Google and were met with list after list of ideas. #1 though? Oh hey Indy Parks! We discovered openings at Holliday Park, Krannert Park, Douglass Park and Thatcher Park just to name a few. {And with over 200 local parks, the Indy Parks system has plenty of openings listed on their website.}.


5. Restaurant work is rewarding

There is SO something to be said for the valuable customer service skills learned working in the service industry. And the pace of a busy restaurant definitely gives you a crash course on this, along with organization, multi-tasking and operations. From hostessing to waitressing to food prep, there are plenty of ways to get into the industry as a teen. Need ideas? Start with your family’s favorite spot to eat-out.


MORE INFO ON INDY PARKS: Indy Parks is home to 211 parks, 11,254 acres, 125 playgrounds, 155 sports fields, 135 miles of trails, 23 recreation centers and nature centers, 19 aquatic centers, 21 spray grounds, 13 golf courses and 4 dog parks. Applications are now being accepted for summer positions at {search Indy Parks Summer Jobs}. Questions? Call 317-327-PARK.


Didn’t find what you were looking for? Here’s a list of other options our CityMoms thought of – maybe they’ll help you brainstorm!

  • Pet sitter
  • Nannying
  • Boys + Girls Club
  • Skating rink
  • Grocery cashiers or baggers
  • Local nursing home
  • Libraries
2019-04-27T13:03:59-05:00April 27th, 2019|
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