Finding a winter position might be a little easier than you think. Start with the basics on how you find work for the summer season, add some extra time and keep your eyes open for jobs when they first become available as well as those previously advertised.
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- Use the information available. Check past and current ads as well as job alerts you may have received. employers purposely leave out dates to let working RVers know they have positions open during several times of the year. Sometimes you may have to jump out on a leap of faith by just sending your resume and letting them take it from there. It can’t hurt!
- Review past issues of Workamper News Magazine. Grab your stack of Workamper News Magazines and start flipping through the Help Wanted Ads section. Just because the ad was in a past issue doesn’t mean the employer doesn’t still have a need to fill that position or others at their property. Check for ads that specifically say fall or winter as well as those without dates. Send your resume to the ones you’re interested in as an attachment in a professional email.
- Make sure to follow-up with each employer.Create a list of the companies you’ve sent your resume to for follow-up calls. I like to keep an Excel spreadsheet with columns (employer name, 1st Email, Phone follow-up, 2nd Email, Offer, Confirmed, Notes)to help me keep track and to help me remember who I’ve contacted, who replied, and what the next step is. When you’re dealing with multiple employers you need to keep your information organized.
It’s not a straight ‘yes’ or ‘no’. There are many people who would swear that they found the perfect job at the very last minute and that their winter worked out great. But there are others whose story is the exact opposite, and you’ll likely hear those stories first. So, I’ll just say, there is a chance, but why not just plan ahead and be prepared? Planning ahead is going to be your best tool for success.
Workampers, especially those who wish to have the most desirable jobs during the winter, are known for booking jobs 1-3 seasons ahead to make sure they get the job they want the most. Be diligent and get a plan together of the next few seasons. Even a general idea of where you wish to travel will be a big help when you sit down to apply for open positions.
If you can’t narrow down the exact location, try to plan what region of the country you’ll travel to and look for a job in that area. If you find a great opportunity and are offered a job, base your travels around that location and enjoy what the area has to offer! The bottom line is, planning ahead will help you plan your adventure and make sure you don’t always have to hustle at the end of the summer to find where you’ll go next.
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Florida, Texas, and Arizona definitely attract an insane amount of people in the winter, but don’t let that scare you off – just think of it as another part of the adventure. And, if you plan ahead, you could be one of those super prepared Workampers who found a sweet gig camp hosting at a beachfront RV resort.
I personally love Florida, so I’d never recommend you stay away. It’s an awesome state to live, camp, and work! There are so many attractions, natural and historical sites, beautiful coastlines, and tons of campgrounds to keep RVers as busy as they want, or not at all.
In the winter months, while investigating opportunities in campgrounds, you will more often see compensation packages that just include RV site and perks. There are fewer offers of paying wages for extra hours or wages for all hours worked. This is likely due to the demand for these warmer locations that provide the employers with more bargaining power.
Many snowbird resorts are constantly full and taking a Workamping job in one of these resorts can help you get into an area you may otherwise have to wait years to experience.
- Look for year-round private campgrounds and RV parks.
- Check into volunteer positions with state parks, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects, government-run operations, or non-profit organizations in states with warmer winter weather.
- Contact Bowlin Travel Centers about positions in their stores and Dairy Queen restaurants in Arizona and New Mexico.
- Research ski resorts who might need seasonal staff and shuttle drivers.
- Consider positions that you can do anywhere! AGS, Southeast Publications, and Good Sam Travel Guide are three examples where you are selling ads and marketing packages all year long!
Winter jobs exist at state parks, historical sites, private campgrounds, franchise parks, snowbird resorts, travel centers, ski resorts, retail stores, restaurants, and more.
These are all great options to get started with but don’t limit yourself. You can find winter Workamping jobs scattered throughout the southern half of the United States and much of the West Coast. Options for Workamping during the winter can be endless, especially if you can consider options besides a traditional campground job.
The best part about Workamping is you can do just about anything. I know that sounds cliché, but it’s true. Workamping doesn’t have to just include campgrounds. You don’t have to clean bathrooms, make reservations, or work in warehouses. You can do what you want. And as Workampers, we choose these jobs for one reason or another.
10 Ideas for Winter Workamping
- House or property sitting
- Sell something on Etsy, Amazon, or eBay
- Work with an established company like All Pro Water Flow or NRVIA.org to start your own business helping fellow RVers
- Sell photography to Shutterstock
- Become a mobile RV technician and fix your neighbors’ rigs
- Sell some articles or blog posts
- Start a dog walking service
- Work for a credit card processing company.
- Get involved with a direct sales distributor like Tupperware, Avon, Young Living, or doTerra
- Earn affiliate commissions by signing up for a program like RVing Lifestyle Ambassadors