It was time to think about rv jobs after three summers of extensive traveling, watching my savings dwindle. That meant staying put somewhere. I knew there were many volunteer opportunites available, especially in national parks,, so I decided to start by volunteering - trading hours worked for free hookups for the RV.
Wherever people travel for a vacation, there are rv jobs available: RV parks, resorts, amusement parks, hotels, casinos, lighthouses, and more. Do you just want full hookups for your RV or do you need to make additional money? How many hours are you willing to work? What skills do you have? Where do you want to travel? What jobs are you willing and able to do? Are there some jobs you will not, or cannot, do?
Get clear on your answers to the above questions, stay as flexible as possible, make a list of questions to ask a prospective employer, and then start looking. Start in the fall to line up opportunities for summer rv jobs, and early in the year to line things up for the winter season. But don’t hesitate to call or stop in and ask if there’s anything available mid-season. Things happen: people get sick; sometimes a family crisis necessitates leaving the job earlier than anticipated.
Check with your tax preparer about your situation, especially if you will be paid for hours worked beyond the hours required for your rv hookups. Tax laws are complicated and they vary from state to state. Unpleasant surprises at tax time should be avoided!
It is costly to train new employees and volunteers, so many
places will want you for a full season which could be 5-6 months, but do
not hesitate to ask if you could sign up for a shorter period if that
is what you would prefer.
For more information on finding jobs and making money on the road than I could ever cover here, I highly recommend Support Your RV Lifestyle! An Insider’s Guide to Working on the Road, by Jaimie Hall. Unfortunately, it is out of print, though you may be able to find a used one at Amazon. Other books and resources on the RVing lifestyle are available at her website. Click here to visit Pine Country Publishing.
What if you don't want to answer to anyone when it comes to what to do and when to do it? You have two tools: a computer and the internet - they open up a world of possibilities. With the right partner to guide you, you can create the extra money you need. Before you waste a lot of time & money like I did, invest a little time looking at the solution I finally found.
You may volunteer your time in return for a free site with hookups. National parks will generally require 32 hours/week; state parks may ask 20-25 hours; private, commercial RV parks also ask about 20-25 hours. Here's some useful information on finding opportunities to volunteer.
The official site for government jobs is usajobs. You will need to spend some time understanding how this site works, but it may be worth the trouble. Veterans are given special consideration for many of these jobs.
If you like the idea of a seasonal job in some of the greatest places on earth, check out coolworks. Get a summer or winter job in one of our national parks, or find a summer job as a camp counselor. Ski resorts, ranches, theme parks, and tour companies are all posting opportunities here.
Workamper: Both full and part-time positions in various fields are listed here, many of them rv campground jobs. Subscribers can post their resumes online in a searchable database, as well as receive “hotline” (last minute jobs) listings every day via email.
Many parks are quite a distance from good grocery shopping spots, so you may choose to rely on the internet as a source of healthy food. I've ordered from SeaBear several times in the past and have never been disappointed.
Other places to search:
State & Town websites
There are plenty of jobs out there - you just have to do a little digging at the right time. The need for seasonal volunteers or employees are usually posted a few months ahead of the desired start date. However, as I mentioned above, things happen, so keep your eyes open for sudden mid-season openings.
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