A creative way to make income and save money on the road is with seasonal jobs and workamping.
What is Seasonal Work?
Seasonal work is work that’s available within companies and organizations for only a certain season or temporary time during the year.
What is Workamping?
A popular form of seasonal work is workamping. The word workamping are the words “work” and “camping” combined. A workamping position is a volunteer or paid position that can be seasonal, part-time, or full time. One of the normal benefits of workamping is receiving compensation in the form of a free campsite for your RV or tent. Many times you get free utilities and sometimes you get paid wages (or can negotiate paid wages), too.
Why Get a Seasonal Job or Do Workamping?
With seasonal jobs, you can travel and be in a new place for a short season while making an income with a temporary job. With workamping, you get a job with a free place to stay with your RV or tent and you may receive other benefits depending on the position. Workamping can drastically lower your cost of living.
Common Seasonal Jobs
Seasonal positions can be found at ski resorts, golf courses, summer camps, beach resorts, amusement parks, festivals, and during the holidays in retail stores and with mail carriers delivering packages.
How to Find Seasonal Jobs
The best way to find a job is through your network. Ask around to your friends, family, and friends-of-friends to see if anyone needs help or knows of potential positions opening in an upcoming season. Also, here’s a list of job boards with a lot of seasonal work positions.
Common Workamping Jobs
Many workamping jobs are seasonal and some are year round. You can get workamping jobs in campgrounds, RV parks, national parks, state parks, national forest campgrounds, national monuments, wildlife areas, amusement parks, hotels, resorts, lighthouses, Amazon fulfillment centers, and many other places. You can also get workamping jobs during holiday seasons at Christmas tree lots, pumpkin patches, and 4th of July and New Years fireworks stands. And other types of workamping jobs are during harvest time, like the sugar beet harvest.
How to Find Workamping Jobs
Here’s a list of job boards specifically for workamping positions.
Pros & Cons of Seasonal Work & Workamping
- You get to travel and explore a new place.
- You have a job and purpose in a new location.
- The position is short term and only for a season.
- You make income and/or have a free place to stay in a new place.
- The position is only for a short season and you may have to find a new position while you’re in your current one.
- The position may not be what you expected when you committed.
- Time spent working on personal projects or building your business go toward responsibilities with your seasonal position.
Tips to Find a Position & Make Sure it’s Right for You
Many times a seasonal position and a workamping role only last a couple of months. However, you want to make sure you enjoy your position and situation. Here are tips to find a seasonal and workamping job and things to do before you commit to make sure it’s the right fit for you.
1. Location, Location, Location
Do your research and make sure you’re excited about the location the position’s in. Since you have full freedom to be anywhere in the world, make sure it’s somewhere that has fun things to do on your mornings, evenings, or weekends off.
2. Start Looking Early
Start your search early when employers are looking to hire folks for their next season. Normally, employers looking for summer help start looking in the winter and spring. Companies who need holiday help in December start looking in early fall.
3. Ask A Lot of Questions & Get Full Clarity
Before you commit to a position, ask a lot of questions and get full clarity on the details of the job, your pay and benefits, working days and hours, the full list of responsibilities, and your living situation (if provided). Also, make sure you have free time to enjoy and explore your new location!
1. What are the responsibilities for the position?
Make sure you are up to and able for all of the responsibilities. For many workamping positions, a dreaded responsibility is cleaning the bathrooms and toilets every day and taking out the trash. If you’re okay doing bathrooms, make sure to ask how many bathrooms and toilets you’re responsible for. If you’re not okay with the number of toilets or doing any at all, let them know you don’t want to do the bathrooms and toilets. They may find someone else to take this on. If it is a part of the role, don’t take the position and look elsewhere. You don’t want to spend an entire season cleaning toilets if you don’t want to.
2. What are the beginning and end dates of the position?
3. What are the work days during the week for the position?
4. What are the work hours during the day for the position?
5. What is the payment for the position?
If you’re applying for a workamping role and they aren’t offering an hourly or daily wage, ask them to and negotiate this into your agreement. Also, if you’re working as a couple, make sure it’s clear you’re both getting a wage for the position.
6. What are the benefits?
Is there a campsite included? Where will it be? Are there hookups/utilities included? Wifi? Propane? Anything else?
4. Visit & Ask Current Employees/Volunteers Questions
If you can, visit the location you’re looking to work at and get a feel of the place. Make sure it’s a nice location you want to be in and that they have nice facilities. While you’re there, observe how the employees interact with each other. Also, if you can, connect with the person working in the position before you and ask questions about the role and responsibilities. They may be able to share things and give you a heads up of things that aren’t in the job description.
5. Get a Recommendation Letter
Toward the end of your position, make sure to get a recommendation letter from your boss or supervisor. Once you get a seasonal job or a workamping position and have a positive recommendation from a prior experience, it will be easier to get your next position.
We wish you luck in your search and hope you have a blast in your seasonal and workamping positions!
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