More and more camp grounds, RV resorts, and even large dealerships are offering work opportunities for people staying at their facilities. RVers are realizing that achieving the fulltime RV dream life is possible, if you’re willing to do a little extra work along the way. Today there are more jobs for RVers and work campers than there are RVers and work campers willing to work. The right opportunities and rewards are there and waiting!
Work camping can provide you with discounted or free stays at camp ground, the opportunity to meet new people, tickets and discounts to local attractions, and even a few extra dollars in your pocket. The variety of work can vary from clean up, to tours of facilities and parks, to office work and greeting guests. These positions often require only a few hours of commitment each week, and are typically very flexible in both the number of days per week and the time frame you are willing to commit for. And the best part about it – if you’re not satisfied with the job, you’re free to move on to something better!
As with any job, you should be prepared to show a resume or work history to the supervisor, and participate in a short interview. Remember that the things that may have been important in previous jobs may not apply as well to a camp ground – so focus on skills or hobbies that are relevant to the work you would be doing.
Work opportunities could even help you find a path for your next trip. If you are open to new settings and new experiences, let work opportunities that sound like a good fit dictate where your travels take you.
Tidbits for better RVing through work camping:
• Make sure you have a detailed resume and picture ready to send out for potential jobs.
• Enlist in a mail service like St. Brendan’s Isle Mail Forward Service. They send your mail on-line and scan anything you want to read electronically.
• Always interview the campsite as much as they interview you. Talk to others who may have worked there previously. Talk to people in the town who might know the owners.
• Securing a contract is the best way to ensure you will be compensated for your work.
• Register at www.koa.com/workatkoa.com and receive daily job postings from more than 400 KOA locations nationwide. It’s about $35 a year.
• Try a website like Workamper.com to see what opportunities might fit your lifestyle.
• Even if you don’t see a posting, call your favorite camp ground or RV resort the next time you are planning a trip – chances are, they will be happy to have the work offered.
What could be better than ending your workday under the stars, beside the warmth of a campfire listening to stories from newfound friends.