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!
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
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 workamping history (or if you have none you could explain WHY you want to complete an opportunity like this, and in what ways your previous experiences could benefit this position). I then would end with something along the lines of wondering if this is something they would be open to discussing further.
If you are real key on using the cold reach method, you will have to ensure you are diligent in following up with the places you reach out to!
Word of mouth
This isn't always going to be the most promising way to go about things, but it can still work! Once you decide workamping is something you want to do, and you start talking about this idea with other people, you really never know what kind of amazing opportunities might come your way. Networking in this day in age is HUGE, especially with all of the different forms of social media at our fingertips. You could always post that you were interested in finding a workamping position on one of your social media platforms, and someone you know or that follows you may have suggestions for you.
Also, once you start completing your first workamping assignments, you may meet other people in your position that have good ideas and suggestions of places for you to check out too. Not to mention you might meet friends on the road who know of great opportunities they have heard of, but didn't want to pursue themselves or already did pursue themselves - and they could help bridge the gap for you!
Amazon CamperForce - Did you know Amazon hires seasonal workamping jobs in various states across the country? I didn't either, until a few months ago when I saw a posting for it online. They have prime locations in both southern and northern states and typically do them during specific short term seasons, where they post the jobs for the upcoming season xx amount of weeks ahead of time. Amazon is known for paying at least $15 an hour and for offering reduced housing or RV camping. You can review what kind of jobs are out there on this website: Amazon CamperForce
Sugar Beet Harvest - This is another hugely popular short term workamping opportunity that pays a few thousand dollars for less than 3 weeks of work. I believe most all of these positions are for the fall, and they are in northern states - so it hasn't been high on our list due to temperatures that time of year. But people rave about it and come back year after year so I know it's a good experience! If you do a search online you will come across a lot of posts and information, including blog posts from those who have done this. However I don't believe there is one all inclusive website for information, unfortunately.
Pumpkin Lots & Christmas Tree Lots - Just like what we will be doing in Florida, there are actually lots like this all over the country. I have recently seen a lot of postings for California and Texas, to include hybrid jobs that do pumpkin sales and then transition into Christmas tree sales. It's always worth checking into because it is salary based and they typically pay well. The key here is to do your research on the company that owns the lot, what past employees say about them, and how well they pay compares to the competition.
Permanent, year-round opportunities - This would be tailored more toward someone looking to move to one specific place permanently, or for a year or mores time. I see postings for this here and there on Facebook and know that it can be desirable to have a free place to live long term.
Needless to say, but the opportunities out there really are endless! I feel like workamping is a whole new world that I never knew about, and one that I'm so happy to have found. Aside from working completely online as a digital nomad, I think this is the most fun and clever way to work for a living, especially when you don't need much to live. The experiences, the places, and the people you meet are unlike anything else you could do in life. I am forever thankful of the summer we spent in Gualala and I know some of those people will be our friends for life!
So, have I convinced you? Are you ready to "retire" and live life on the road yet? :)
It's time for another Challenges of Mobile Living post! Every 2 months I review what challenges we face while living on the road, and go over any previous challenges we may still be dealing with, or what solutions we have found for them. We have now been traveling almost the entire 2 months since our last post, so join me next week to go over what we have been dealing with!
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