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A&A How To Find Workamping Jobs On The Road | RV Living

End of Week #76

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, Niceville FL > Coe Landing County Park, Tallahassee FL > Faver-Dykes State Park, St. Augustine FL

Miles traveled since last week's post = 363 miles

Total miles traveled to date = 11,546 with trailer

We are now just under 300 miles, and less than a week away from our destination in southern Florida where we will be working as Christmas Tree Lot Managers for the holiday season! We arrive to our lot on Saturday morning and will be jumping right into things - with inventory, set up, and then training starts right away on Sunday. I believe we won't actually start selling trees until closer to Thanksgiving, however there is a lot of work to be done to prepare to receive the trees, set up the trees, and get our helper crew ready to go!

With this being our "last week of freedom" until the end of the year, I figured what more perfect time than now to talk about how we find opportunities like this on the road. This Christmas tree job will be our second workamping position this year, and I imagine there will be several more to come in our future.

Continue reading to learn more about what resources we use to find jobs like this across the country, and what kind of opportunities there are out there!

A&A How To Find Workamping Jobs On The Road

What is workamping? Funny enough I first learned about workamping from my dad, shortly after the time Adam and I told him and my step mom about our plans to move full-time into a travel trailer. I still have the screenshot of the text message he sent me about this crazy thing where you find jobs at campsites on the road. After researching into the idea more, Adam and I knew that eventually this would be something we would pursue, as it's a perfect way to stay somewhere for free and to make some extra cash on the side too.

Workamping jobs can be broad and include a lot of different things across the United States, but in a simple sense of the word - workamping means to live and work at a campground, private residence, or at an event of some sort, for a seasonal or short term job (although some long term jobs exist too). Typically (or at least with the good jobs), you will stay for free at the very least, and have a full hookup site for your RV. Better jobs will include amenities like free laundry, free WiFi, free cable, and even pay you an hourly wage for all hours worked. In general, workamping opportunities will extremely vary with what type of work they involve, what they offer you, and where they are located.

Recap of our first workamping position

It wasn't all that long ago we completed our very first workamping assignment, in northern California, in a town called Gualala. We lived and worked at a private campground called Gualala River Redwood Park for 5 months, from the end of April 2020, until the end of September 2020. Adam worked in maintenance and did some light security coverage, and I worked in the office handling reservations and check ins. We both worked an average of 30 hours per week, and were paid for every hour worked between the both of us. We also were given our full hookup site for free, and had free WiFi, free laundry, and free firewood (amongst many other perks that came from being apart of the Gualala team!)

This assignment also happened to take place during a lot of uncertainty and lockdown in the USA, and was a great, safe haven for us to be in. We accepted this job well before Covid became a "thing" in the world, but it ended up being the best thing we could have done during the scary and extreme times this spring and summer brought us.

To read more about our workamping job in Gualala, check out my previous blog post here: A&A Workamping In The Redwoods

Overview of our upcoming workamping position

We are currently in route to our next workamping assignment, in Margate, FL, just near Fort Lauderdale. We have accepted the role as Christmas Tree Lot Managers for Hart-T-Tree Farms for the 2020 holiday season. This position will run from Sunday, November 15th, until Thursday, December 24th - however, we will only be selling trees from about Thanksgiving on. Adam and I will be in charge of running the whole lot, completing inventory and sales reporting, hiring lot helpers, and one of us will be required to be on-site at all times during the entire selling season. This will be our first big experience working so closely with one another, and counting on each other to co-manage large sales. The shifts will be long and tiresome, and a bit physical at times, but it will be a really fun and exciting way to spend the holidays in a warm, tropical atmosphere.

Jobs as Christmas Tree Lot Managers in Florida can be extremely hard to come by, as they are quite popular for paying really well for such a short amount of time to work. (6 weeks compared to 5 months). We both feel very fortunate and happy to have come across this experience and hope it is something we can come back to in the future!

To read more about this upcoming workamping position, check out my previous blog post here. A&A Plans For Winter | Special Announcement

Workamper News, Inc email & website

If you start searching around on the internet, you may find a large variety of resources out there to use to find workamping jobs in the USA. Sure, it can depend what you're looking for, if you are traveling in an RV or if you require housing, and what geographical location you desire to be in. But regardless of all of that, I feel that one resource out there is far more superior than all the rest in helping you find the best workamping experiences! This resource is called Workamper News, and it is a website, and an email distribution list.

Workamper News is available for both workampers and employers, and has been the primary source for connecting RVers with employment for more than three decades. This is more than just a job board - they have podcasts, emails with tips and tricks, membership tiers, and so much more. We have started out with just their basic free plan, which gives you access to very simple things on their website, and sends you a job board email list for availability - however the listing will always be sent to you 2 weeks after the jobs were released. This might seem like a downfall, however this is exactly how we found and landed our Christmas Tree job. It came to me in an email while we were in San Francisco, and even though it was 2 weeks delayed, the job was still available and we immediately set up an interview!

I honestly get really excited to check the emails when they come in, as its always so intriguing to see what kind of jobs are out there and where they are located. The jobs also offer a variety of ones that are available immediately, ones for winter 2020, and ones for next summer 2021. In the future, I may look into the idea of upgrading our membership to see the job boards slightly quicker, as it could be beneficial if we pursue a position in a specific location.

Here is a link to their website to read more information: Workamper News

Workampers Facebook group

I actually joined this Facebook group prior to signing up for the Workamper News email list, and became a member of this group before we even went full-time in the RV. This group has thousands of people in it and involves both postings from potential places of employment, where they post what they are looking for, and it also involves posts from people looking for workamping positions. People can then comment with ideas, or employers can post what they have to offer. You can also use the search bar function to look for a certain state, or city, and see what kind of posts have come up in relation to it.

This Facebook group is how I found our first workamping job in Gualala, California. The manager had made a post about an opportunity for the summer, and I reached out to her to send an email with our resume and photos. From there we set up an interview with both Adam and I, and received our offer letter from her a few days later! I remember being nervous that this group would be too popular and posts from employers would have too many comments that prevent us from getting noticed, but I want to tell you that is not the case at all. Of course more enticing opportunities, with a lot of perks and amenities, or ones that are in highly desirable locations are going to have a lot of interest, but that doesn't mean that it's not worth checking out!

This group is neither managed by nor associated with Workamper News, Inc. The administrators of this group are Workamper Concierge members, dedicated to sharing the workamping lifestyle and benefits of Workamper membership with fellow RVers.

Here is a link to the Facebook group to read more information: Workampers

Cold reach out

Just like anything else in the world, there is always the option for cold reach out - meaning you directly contact places you are interested in living and working at, and see what they have to say. I actually spent a lot of time doing this when we were hard on our search to find a job in Florida, and I almost was successful with a few of them. (What I mean by almost, is I found us a job at an RV resort, however they were not open to the idea of us staying seasonally, and wanted us long term. Another job in the panhandle wanted us to start immediately and at the time we still had over a month left in Gualala.)

Specifically when it comes to RVers, I would pull up a map and search all of the RV campgrounds in a certain city, state or geographical area, and one by one I would start sending them an email. This works best, and the most quickly, when you already have a standard email template you can use. You will also need a photo of yourself (and your spouse if applicable), as well as a photo of our RV. This is required by every workamping job I have ever come across, so it's easiest if you just plan on sending it right away when you reach out. I would start out my email template by explaining a little about us, a little about our