Have you ever wondered how to get started with workcamping? It’s actually not too hard, it does involve a resume and interviews like any other employment opportunity but workcamping is unique in its own way. So, what is workcamping? The basic principle behind workcamping is that you work in exchange for a free RV spot, pay or both.
Some workcamping positions are volunteer hours in exchange for a free RV spot. Usually these include electric, water, sewer, and/or wifi. You will have pay attention to what each position offers. Some positions with the Bureau of Land Management for example have minimal to no hook ups. In this case you will need a way to tote your sewage away and a generator to keep your appliances running. Others offer complete full hook ups. In my experience the amount of hours worked depends on each location. You may be required to work a few hours a day, a few days a week. Again, pay close attention to the position you are applying for and don’t be afraid to ask for questions.
A popular workcamping position that many full time RV’rs seek when embarking on their journey is a a campground host. As a campground host you may be required to fulfill a variety of positions such as lawn and building maintenance, bathroom clean up and/or checking in/out guests. The tasks you will be asked to perform vary by location.
There are a variety of ways you could be compensated for your work. Some are strictly work in exchange for free rent and utilities. These types of jobs usually require the least amount of hours worked per week. Others, are fully paid work hours with reduced or free rent. Some will have a set amount of hours worked in exchange for rent with the rest of your work hours being fully paid. It all depends on where you go to work and what you agree on. My tip: whatever you agree on, make sure it’s written in a contract so there are no hard feelings later down the road.
Don’t forget to spruce up that resume. Some workcamping positions are looking for a couple and/or individuals. Usually when a potential employer is looking to higher a couple they want someone who who will handle the office side of the house and another the outdoors maintenance. Don’t be discouraged about applying for these types of positions if you are a traveling family. Some campgrounds don’t mind if your children tag along. Definitely ask, the worst they can do is say no. There are plenty of jobs out there if you are willing to travel.
Get set, ready, SMILE! As with any other type of job, workcamping positions also require a resume. Unlike other resumes these tend to require a picture of you and your rig. If you have pets, many want you to include a picture of your fur babies as well. Basically they want to make sure that your rig will add to the aesthetics of the campground. This is typically true for resorts and other campgrounds.
Workcamping Position Resources
Where to find workcamping positions:
- www.volunteer.gov (mainly free spot in exchange for volunteer work not paid)
- www.coolworks.com (mainly paid with housing included)
- www.workcamper.com (free to join, also has a paid membership option)
- https://workatkoa.com (requires membership)
At volunteer.gov you will find a variety of volunteer positions. Here you will find positions with the Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior, National Park Service and many more. This website typically offers positions in exchange for volunteer work only. This is good for those who are retired or already have another source of income. They also have positions for working from home, campground hosts, area maintenance and more.
At coolworks.com you will find a variety of positions which are typically paid and include housing. Housing could be an RV spot, dorms, hotel etc. It all depends on each individual company and what they offer. This is where you can find positions at National Parks (usually trough their contractors that operate within the park), resorts, hotels, ranches, campgrounds and more. From yoga instructor to bar tending to automotive tech to trail guide you are sure to find something here.
workcamper.com is geared towards the RV workcamper. Here you will find positions from resort to privately owned campgrounds. You can sign up for their free newsletter which shows you older postings. You can also sign up for their paid membership which provides up to date job listings and help with your workcamping resume.
workatkoa.com is basically just that, working at KOA’s across the country. They will provide you with the tools and training you need to learn how to operate their systems. As of this posting their membership is $35 for the tools you will need if you want to pursue working at KOA’s.
I am sure there are a lot of resources out there. These are just a few we have used to secure workcamping positions. I hope you find this information useful. Good luck on your workcamping search and your next adventure!