Life Guarding is a great way to meet (watch) girls all summer. He may want to rethink that one..You can practice the interview with him.. Also he could ask his friends that have jobs to recommend him to their boss. this also makes it easier to apply when you already know someone working there.
When I was 14 and 15 I used to watch children for a few days a week. I would prepare meals and walk them to their swimming lessons. We would play games and go to the library. My daughter has fed peoples pets for weeks at a time. She charges 10.00 per day per pet. She makes really good money. This includes bringing in their mail and newspapers, sometimes even watering a plant or too. This has even turned into a holiday thing for her. Since all our family is in town, we tend to stay here while everybody else goes away.. They know to call her.
My mom did a really funny thing when she wanted me to get a job.. One night when I had plans, she told me I could not leave the house till I filled out a few forms. She laid out 5 applications for jobs at Highland Mall. I filled them out so that I could go out with my friends.
The next week on a morning when it was a school day off (teacher wk day) she called me and told me to get dressed, nice, because she would be picking me up in 45 min, to take me to the mall for some interviews! I got dressed, she picked me up and dropped me off in front of the mall with my filled out forms, asked if I had money for lunch! Then said, call me when you get a job! No Kidding!
I went in and my first interview I got the job! I called my mom at work to tell her I had gotten a job, she had not even returned yet! So I told her secretary to tell her the good news and got some friends to take me home.. I loved that job. I learned so much..
My mom asked me if I wanted a car! I said yes, that would be great. She said "good cause I want you to have one, so I will make you a deal, you save money, as much as you can, and when you think you have enough, I will match it."(up to a certain amount, she was a single mom)!
I thought this was all very clever of her..
I am sure you have told your son this, but on his college applications, Volunteering and having jobs looks really good. Our daughter was a Presidential Volunteer for 4 years. She volunteered at her old elementary school during their summer camps. That alone was 3 weeks and between 90 to 120 hours of volunteering every year... She is now a freshman in college and has already contacted the school to volunteer this summer again.