The best resource for finding what jobs youth can do is on the US Dept. of Labor website:


Youth under age 14 are only allowed to:

•deliver newspapers to customers;

•babysit on a casual basis;

•work as an actor or performer in movies, TV, radio, or theater;

•work as a homeworker gathering evergreens and making evergreen wreaths; and

•work for a business owned entirely by your parents as long as it is not in mining, manufacturing, or any of the 17 hazardous occupations.


There are different rules for children under age 14 working in agriculture. States also have rules, and employers must follow both.


Fourteen and 15-year-olds are limited in what hours they can work and what jobs they can do.

There are certain jobs they are allowed to do, including:

•retail occupations;

•intellectual or creative work such as computer programming, teaching, tutoring, singing, acting, or playing an instrument;

•errands or delivery work by foot, bicycle and public transportation;

•clean-up and yard work which does not include using power-driven mowers, cutters, trimmers, edgers, or similar equipment;

•work in connection with cars and trucks such as dispensing gasoline or oil and washing or hand polishing;

•some kitchen and food service work including reheating food, washing dishes, cleaning equipment, and limited cooking;

•cleaning vegetables and fruits, wrapping sealing, and labeling, weighing pricing, and stocking of items when performed in areas separate from a freezer or meat cooler;

•loading or unloading objects for use at a worksite including rakes, hand-held clippers, and shovels;

•14 and 15-year-olds who meet certain requirements can perform limited tasks in sawmills and woodshops; and

•15-year-olds who meet certain requirements can perform lifeguard duties at traditional swimming pools and water amusement parks.


If an occupation is not specifically permitted, it is prohibited for youth ages 14 and 15.


We get very few jobs for 14-15 year olds, and our job listings don’t have a filter for this age group. My suggestion is for them to create a resume or generic application for them to submit at some of the businesses who typically hire younger youth, such as restaurants or retail establishments.


I hope that helps!



Sandpoint Teen Center
221 S. Division
Sandpoint, Idaho

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