EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Everyone’s feeling miserable this week in Evansville as an early summer heat wave is roasting the Ohio Valley.
And bad news: More hot weather is on the way next week. In fact, the National Weather Service says Evansville could see temperatures top 100 degrees on Tuesday, following what is expected to be a slightly cooler and less humid weekend.
The situation raised a question: What are a couple of great jobs to have during a heat wave, and what are a couple of jobs that are … less than ideal?
Staying cool at work
Employees at an ice rink
You can’t have an ice rink without the ice, and you can’t have ice if the air’s too warm. So it stands to reason that one of the better jobs you can have in the heat wave is at Swonder Ice Rink.
This summer, Swonder is offering camp for children between 6 and 12 years old. Campers get to experience both the hot and the cold. Children spend mornings on the ice, then move to a nearby pool to swim in the afternoon.
The employees (in this case, the camp counselors) get to enjoy the fun, as well.
“I like creating a bond with the children. I never thought my best friends would be 6 years old,” said one camp counselor, Marlee Gieselman. “You really get the best of both worlds getting every season in one (day).”
Ice cream shop worker
It’s hard to feel sad (or even hot, maybe) when you’re eating ice cream. And if you’re the person dishing out the goodies to customers, you’re probably their favorite person at that moment.
There’s no shortage of great ice cream places in the Evansville area, from Milk & Sugar and Lic’s to whichever Dairy Queen is nearby, or the counter at GD Ritzy’s.
One of the standard-bearers in the city is the Big Top Drive-In. Kalee Krietemeyer is working there this summer, and the job entails getting the swirl just right on an ice cream cone and learning to cook burgers.
“The summer is super busy,” Krietemeyer said. “We sell a lot of ice cream and a lot of cheeseburgers.”
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These jobs are hot (literally)
Walking through the zoo on hot summer days can feel intimidating – especially in Evansville, where Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden has plenty of hilly, winding paths.
But there’s some help to be had: There are misting stations, air-conditioned areas and fans throughout the park.
Still, a lot of the animals are outside. And that means there’s a need to help keep them cool. Keeping the water containers full is a must.
“We show up and make sure the animals are taken care of,” said zoo director Erik Beck.
He said while the animals come first, they do make sure staff members are taking breaks and staying hydrated in the heat.
It’s great having beautiful landscaping around your home. It’s also not easy work. Whether it’s pulling weeds, replacing mulch or putting down decorative pavers and rocks, the heat makes an already tough job that much more strenuous.
Andy Schmitz, a manager at Stocker’s Landscaping, said one of the ways his staff has tried to manage the weather is by starting earlier in the day than they normally would, and finishing by 1 pm to escape the brutally hot conditions.
“The heat is a different ball game,” Schmitz said. “We just have to be cautious of staying out too long.”
He said they take breaks and drink lots of water but still feel drained.
Alexa Shreke can be reached by email at AShrake@gannett.com.