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Workamping Information, Tips, & Advice For Workampers and Those Interested in Making Money While Living in An RV

Tired of searching the web for pieces of information about what is Workamping, what Workamping jobs are available for RVers, and who hires Workampers? This guide is for you!

In this Ultimate Guide to Workamping I’ll answers those questions among many others for a complete and comprehensive guide to Workamping today!

Everything you need to know about Workamping and jobs for RVers at local campgrounds & RV parks, and various employers across the US. Part-time, Full-time & Seasonal opportunities to work as you travel.

What is Workamping?

Workamping is most easily defined as working while RVing. It’s the lifestyle of people who travel by RV and pick up monthly, seasonal, part-time and full-time jobs along the way. The jobs come in a variety of positions ranging from sales to outdoor hospitality and they offer a variety of different compensation structures that will include a basic trade of hours for a free RV site, free sites + pay, straight pay, as well as many others.

A Workamper is an adventurous individual, couple or family that enjoys the world of full-time or part- time extended travel by working along the way.Click To Tweet

Workamping has been around for decades, and over that time it has changed and developed beyond its initial roots of the life of retired professionals who worked for low wages or just free camping. It now includes a younger demographic of wanderlust RVers who love the freedom it affords them to travel slowly throughout the USA while still earning an income to take care of bills and expenses.

The number one benefit of the Workamper lifestyle is Freedom of Place! Can you imagine the ability to go wherever you want, do whatever you want, and stay for however long you want without having to consider things like the cost of the accommodations in the area? This is what Workamping provides.

For people who wish to travel and see the country, without starting a small business or taking their remote jobs on the road- Workamping is the answer to your travel income source.

You keep all the benefits of regular work, while taking with you none of the burdens of having a location dependent job in one place for many many years and only getting to travel during your vacation time.

Why Workamp?

People make the decision to go Workamping for many different reasons, just as RVers make the decision to go full-time for many different reasons. Sometimes this is a way to escape the hustle of the 9-5 world of jobs and career that do not allow for location independence, sometimes this is to make money and travel while living in an RV full-time, and for others it’s an easy way to earn money after retirement.

For those who are not in it for the additional income opportunity, you might be more intrigued by the opportunity to meet like-minded travelers, form a community of the road and the benefits of volunteering in some of the greatest places the US has to offer!

Volunteering for RV Parks & Campgrounds has great benefits for RVers who just want to see and do, in great places across the map! Check out this post for contact information for every state park Workamping program!

6 Big Common Workamper Misconceptions

There are many common misconceptions about Workamping & Workampers in general. People assume one type of individual Workamps, and that they do only a certain job. This is wrong. Over the years, Workamping has evolved to include a wide variety or people and jobs!

• Workampers are not all retirees.
• Workampers are not hobos, gypsies, vagrants, or homeless.
• Workampers are destroying the American dream.
• Workampers have to live in RV’s because of the economy.
• Workampers are usually taken advantage of by employers.
• Workampers are forced to work for less than minimum wage.

2 things to keep in mind when considering Workamping jobs and deciding which ones are the perfect for your RV life!

Not all Workamping jobs are the same: Several types of Workamping jobs may seem similar, such as working as a camp host at state parks. Depending on the state parks you are looking into, the jobs can actually be quite different. Each job will have its own unique destination and that alone is worth doing research to look into whether the location is somewhere you want to spend a month or a full season, but other key difference will include things like the pay, job responsibilities, additional benefits, and on site amenities.

Free Site Doesn’t Equal Trade For Hours Worked: Some Workamper employers will ask for a specific number of hours to cover your RV site rent. This is a common practice, and although it doesn’t always prove to be the best compensation for Workampers wanting to cover additional expenses it is something to keep in mind if it works for the particular situation. But working for an RV site, is not the same as being provided a free RV site. So make sure if you agree to work for your site that you calculate the number of hours you’re working for it and see how much you’re really being asked to pay.

Seasons of Workamping

Workamping has 2 distinct seasons each with its own set of characteristics, employer recruiting activities, and more.

Spring/Summer:

Also known as the camping season, the spring/summer is hands down the best and easiest time of the year to grab a great job in a great place. Spanning from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the camping season opens its doors to a flood of Workampers scattered throughout the country at different employment opportunities for time spans of 1- 6 months each

During this time, employer recruiting is usually very low, as they are dealing with the day to day operations of running their businesses and many will only post ads if looking for winter hires.

While at your spring/summer job, you will need to actively interview and apply for fall/ winter employment to make sure your seasons are lined up in a way that allows for seamless travels. Keep your eyes open!

Fall/Winter:

During the fall and most usually right after Labor Day, the camping season for many comes to an end. Many Workampers will head to big employers like the Sugar Beet Harvest and Amazon as opportunities are scarce at campgrounds and RV parks unless they are in warm climates.

Many Workampers take the winter months off and retreat to warmer places like Florida, Arizona, Texas & California, where they can either relax or snag a highly sought after job in a snowbird destination.

While you might not snag a winter position if you don’t plan far in advance, this is the main recruiting season for summer, so applying for your next job will help fill your time!
Employers will be actively recruiting and hiring for the next camping season, so Workampers should have their resumes active and be on the continuous lookout for jobs in the places they wish to travel.

Plan One Season at a Time

Planning each season one at a time is the best way to start planning your Workamping adventures!

This will allow you to line up your travels in a route that not only makes sense on the map, but one that works out financially as well. Skipping around the map, trying to find jobs in places you end up will not work long-term and might led to financial stress of not finding a job once you’ve arrived someplace really great. It may not work short-term either, depending on where your travels lead. So before you hit the road, take some time to properly plan out your adventure for 3 seasons of travel with at least 1 employer for each season.

The easiest season to plan for is the camping season. And it is for that reason, I always suggest people start out in Workamping, start with a position that starts in the spring/summer. These positions will be advertised with starting dates from April 1-June 1st and snagging one will lead to a quick and easy start.

Just because it is the easiest time to start, doesn't mean it isn't competitive!Click To Tweet

Summer recruiting is heaviest from January through mid March, but can actually start as early as at the end of the prior year’s camping season back in September. If you find a position advertising for a summer position, you should apply asap. When you see the ad, make sure you are able to meet the requirements and it’s a good fit. Fine tune your resume, and then apply! The sooner you get your information to the employer the better chance you have of being high on the list of possible hires! Since the recruiting season spans across the holidays, make sure to concentrate your efforts either before Thanksgiving or after the New Year planning to followup with a least 1 email and/or phone call!

Once you have your summer job booked, you’ll know your end date for the camping season and can now move on to booking your Fall/Winter gig next. Because Fall/Winter positions are always a bit harder to grab, I suggest new people starting out make it easy on themselves and just head to big employers like the Sugar Beet Harvest and then Amazon Camperforce, which are both super easy to get and allow for a big return on the short amount of time they require.

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