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LCW 1.06: The Workamping Seasons

Season 1 Episode 6 of the Live.Camp.Work. Podcast!

The Workamping Seasons
What You Need To Know To Be Successful

In this episode I’m going to be talking about the two seasons of Workamping. The Workamping Season, aka the main season & the Winter season, aka the off season. By understanding each and how recruitment and jobs are affected by by time of the year, you can be successful at gaining the perfect Workamping Jobs in the perfect locations, season after season!

In this episode I mentioned 3 Big Tips for Winter Workamping, which I’ll include here for your reference:

Here are My Top 3 Recommendations:

  1. Use the information you have available.
    Check past and current ads as well as job alerts you may have received. Some employers will purposely leave out exact dates in their advertising, to let Workampers 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 to ask an employer in a location where Winter Rving would be desirable, if they are looking for some extra help. The worst they can do is say no, and then guess what… you’ll have a definite answer and can
  2. 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 for this year as well. 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 that lets the employer know your available to work and ready to line up positions for the upcoming Winter!
  3. 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 a few columns to keep everything organized. I usually do (employer name, date of 1st Email, Phone follow-up, 2nd Email, Offer, Confirmed, Notes). Seeing these items in a well laid out spreadsheet helps 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- so you’re not double emailing or worse leaving that perfect job waiting on a response!

Come along for the adventure as I navigate through the world of Workamping with real information, tips & trick, stories from the road, and interviews from Workampers and Employers! You can download the episode or just click and listen online!

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Episode Transcript

Let’s get started with Episode 6:  The Workamping Seasons

After a long winter, Workampers are gearing up all across the country to make their way to their summer positions from snowbird destinations like SoCal, the Arizona desert, Florida, and Texas-.

So naturally, employers like Yellowstone National Park, Adventureland, and a variety of private campgrounds in destinations where many tourists can only dream about spending a whole summer, are gearing up to welcome new RV staffers.

It’s one of the perks of the Workamping lifestyle- freedom of location!We choose where to go and for how long! Picking up a seasonal gig in that ultra-desirable tourist location and then spending the better part of the workamping season getting to really know your surroundings, the community and having a blast exploring locally.

The Workamping Season

So you might be asking yourself, what exactly is the Workamping Season? Is it the same as the camping season? Do all Workamper employers hire for the same time frames?

These, among many others are great questions, that I’ve been asked many times. There has been some confusion on the definition of the actual Workamper Season… and if you can Workamp all year or if its really just a summer thing. Let’s talk about it for a minute…

The official Workamping or main Season coincides with what is known as the camping season. It starts around Memorial Day and ends right after Labor Day. The exact dates are not defined nor are they important, because not only do employers hire for a variety of start and end dates, they also might ask you to start in the spring or stay through the winter.

A few main things to know, are that during the Workamping Season jobs are plentiful and that while there are more than enough jobs to go around- grabbing the best of the best will require you to plan ahead or have some incredibly good luck.

Most employers are looking for Workampers who are willing to commit to an entire season or at least the peak part. If you have a shorter stay in mind, I feel confident you’ll still be able to find a great job, but it will take more communication with employers and possible some killer negotiation skills.

We typically see employers advertising for main season jobs year round, with the largest amount using Sept-April as the prime recruiting season. This means, you will see the largest variety of Workamping jobs advertised throughout this time and that during this time, employers are actively involved in recruiting activities such as reviewing resumes, contacting references, and conducting interviews.

Start applying early in the fall/winter for your main season job and you have a better chance of being successful in getting a head start on the masses and grabbing the job you want in that perfect location. A good rule of thumb is to update your resume after you complete each job assignment… that way you know for sure that employers are seeing the newest information you have available and that if they need recent references they’ll have them available.

Overall, The Workamping Season is essentially the easiest time to find work. The winter, on the other hand, is more of a challenge, so let’s spend most of our time today discussing those details.

What happens after the Workamping Season ends…

The Workamper Rendezvous, Holiday parties,  and for a lot of Workampers, the end of the Camperforce and the Sugar Beet Harvest, all mark the start of the next leg of their Workamping adventure…the Winter Season .

The Winter Season(also know as the off season) brings a bucket load of questions, tons of uncertainty, leaves Workampers who choose to settle into monthly stays at snowbird-friendly parks in the south and far west, still wondering if they could have found a job for the winter and made some cash instead.

The idea that Workamping during the winter is minimal – and to some extent none existent – is one that needs to be removed from general conversations… It’s pretty far from the truth if you’re willing to step outside your comfort zone, plan ahead, and maybe use some good ol’ creativity to find a position you feel good about- you’re options still look good!

The reality is that many employers hire for Winter positions either as a seasonal job or something that can extend into the next summer, and be year round.

Finding a winter position might be a little easier than you think. Overall my recommended strategy would be to

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.

Here are My Top 3 Recommendations:

  1. Use the information you have available. Check past and current ads as well as job alerts you may have received. Some employers will purposely leave out exact dates in their advertising, to let Workampers 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 to ask an employer in a location where Winter Rving would be desirable, if they are looking for some extra help. The worst they can do is say no, and then guess what… you’ll have a definite answer and can
  2. 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 for this year as well. 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 that lets the employer know your available to work and ready to line up positions for the upcoming Winter!
  3. 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 a few columns to keep everything organized. I usually do (employer name, date of 1st Email, Phone follow-up, 2nd Email, Offer, Confirmed, Notes). Seeing these items in a well laid out spreadsheet helps 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- so you’re not double emailing or worse leaving that perfect job waiting on a response!

Can I Find a Job Right Now?

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.

Avoiding Popular Destinations?

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.

A Few Tips

  1. Look for year-round private campgrounds and RV parks.
  2. 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.
  3. Contact Bowlin Travel Centers about positions in their stores and Dairy Queen restaurants in Arizona and New Mexico.
  4. Research ski resorts who might need seasonal staff and shuttle drivers.
  5. 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!

What Are Some Options?

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

  1. House or property sitting
  2. Sell something on Etsy, Amazon, or eBay
  3. Work with an established company like All Pro Water Flow or NRVIA.org to start your own business helping fellow RVers
  4. Sell photography to Shutterstock
  5. Become a mobile RV technician and fix your neighbors’ rigs
  6. Sell some articles or blog posts
  7. Start a dog walking service
  8. Work for a credit card processing company.
  9. Get involved with a direct sales distributor like Tupperware, Avon, Young Living, or doTerra
  10. Earn affiliate commissions by signing up for a program like RVing Lifestyle Ambassadors

 

That’s gonna all for today on the  Live Camp Work Podcast. This was Episode 6 of Season 1 and I hope you’ve enjoyed the information so far! If you have any questions always feel free to send me an email directly to sharee@livecampwork.com or join in the conversation in the live camp work group on facebook!

 

And until next time-

Safe Travels & Many Adventures!

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