In Evansville heat wave, what are the best and worst jobs to have?

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.

Camp Swonder counselor Zailey Bell, 16, and Emma Spencer, 11, spin together on the ice at the Swonder Ice Arena in Evansville, Ind., Tuesday morning, June 14, 2022.

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.

Big Top Drive In employee Joanna Butts hands ice cream to a customer Tuesday afternoon, June 14, 2022.

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.

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