Work camping is a great way to pay for your travel AS you travel! You can find temporary work camping jobs across the country using the following job search resources…
In many cases, the only thing stopping RVs from traveling more is money. RVs are expensive and balancing the costs can be a real challenge, regardless of a person’s age or job status.
Whether you’re retired, have another job that doesn’t cut you, or just want to make travel more affordable, work camping is a great way to make money on the go.
Luckily, there are many job search websites and apps that are specifically designed to help campervans find work while traveling. You can join and follow multiple work camps to make collecting extra money easier than ever.
What kind of work camping jobs are there?
Maybe in a national park.
You may worry that age, skills and experience play a big part in finding work camping jobs. While this is always true to some degree, there is a wide variety of jobs that make work camping a valid option for almost everyone.
You will see many seasonal vacancies, e.g. B. from Christmas tree plots, pumpkin patches or festivals. Even retail stores and amusement parks post for seasonal work during the holiday season.
There are also many year-round job opportunities such as camp host, tour guide, campsite maintenance, customer service, food service, camp clerk, clerical work and many other miscellaneous jobs.
Some positions are full-time with long hours, while others are part-time with flexible hours and everything in between. There is also a range of short-term jobs, holiday jobs, permanent positions and more!
Basically, there is something for everyone, whether you are a single traveler or a work camping couple. So I’m saying, whatever your situation, it’s worth checking if you want to offset travel expenses.
How well do work camping jobs pay?
Camping jobs don’t make you rich. After all, these are usually temporary positions that do not require extensive experience or highly specific skills. However, you can offset a good chunk of your travel expenses depending on how much time you’re willing to put in.
Many private campgrounds, private RV sites, and public campgrounds offer a free campground and some free amenities (e.g., electricity) in exchange for a set number of hours of work at the camp store or on the site. If you exceed the number of hours required to work, some camping jobs will also get you paid.
The minimum wage is often the starting point, but it depends entirely on the job and the type of work. You also need to keep in mind where you work. Work camping jobs in New Mexico, for example, probably won’t pay as much as one in California.
The 10 best resources to find work camping jobs
There are several great resources to help you find work on the go. I encourage you to review job postings and post an online resume to multiple websites to increase your chances of finding the best match.
Let’s start with the most popular one that turned “work camping” into a word…
1. Workamper News
Steve Werner speaks about workamping for American Land & Leisure, an employer that hires hundreds of workampers for outdoor jobs in nine states. https://t.co/SRExqfzcWr pic.twitter.com/tW7c8A7Roo
— Workamper News (@WorkamperEditor) October 5, 2022
Workamper News (usually just referred to as Workamper) is the original resource for RVs, which is why workcamping is often referred to as “workamping” in general. It is the go-to resource for campsites and campers to refer to when a job needs to be filled.
Their website is very easy to use and they have one of the largest databases available filled with workamping opportunities. It’s a great starting point for anyone joining the traveling workforce.
You can test it for free for 30 days.
This page lists volunteer jobs for: US Army Corps of Engineers, National Parks Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, US Geological Survey, National Resource Conservation Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and US Bureau of Reclamation.
You can narrow your search criteria by filtering by keyword, activity, skill level, and accommodation to name a few.
This page was highly recommended by fellow RV owners in response to a post on our RV Lifestyle Facebook group.
3. Amazon Camperforce
Amazon Camperforce has truly climbed the ranks as the best RV job search resource. As we all know, Amazon employs a huge workforce and is constantly growing.
Amazon offers seasonal warehouse jobs in several states. Current warehouse locations include (more currently under construction):
- Portland, OR
- Phoenix, AZ
- Houston, Texas
- Cincinnati, OH
- Lexington, Kentucky
- Louisville, Kentucky
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Tampa, FL
You can pick, pack and ship customer orders in a highly technological and safe working environment. All you need is to apply, reserve your own campsite and show up.
4. CampHost.org (Vista creation)
CampHost is operated by Vista Recreation, a private company that works with various public agencies to operate outdoor recreation areas.
It is an excellent resource for those specifically looking for campground manager jobs. A majority of workcamping jobs are seasonal, lasting roughly May through October, although some positions can be filled year-round in warm weather.
Camp hosts manage shops, marinas, canoe rentals, boat ramps and equestrian facilities, but the most common position is managing a small campground or part of a larger campground.
5. Combat Jobs
Camp host couple in Savoy, TX neededhttps://t.co/sU4b42yzJ8
— Kamper Jobs (@KamperJobs) October 5, 2022
Kamper Jobs is another popular job search website as it is 100% free. The site and user experience aren’t quite as nice as some of the other options on this list, but that’s the tradeoff for a free service.
You’ll find hundreds of job openings in a number of great locations across the country. The beauty is that they show you the latest jobs right on their homepage, so you can easily see what’s available immediately before diving into your search.
Workampingjobs.com is another free site created by campers for campers. The site was created by Jerry and Cynthia Winegard to give RV workers and the companies that hire them a place to find each other for free.
“We don’t use this site to make a living, so we don’t have to charge our visitors for anything,” the couple said on their site. “We offer the site as a service for our RV friends. As long as the advertising revenue covers the hosting costs, we are happy.”
7. Helping hands
The Xanterra Travel Collection program, which manages the Yellowstone National Park Lodges, among other things, offers temporary part-time jobs for people aged 18 and over who want to experience the park in a different way.
You can find both seasonal and full-time positions on the site.
8. National Parks Arts Foundation: Artist in Residence Program
If you’re a creative type, the National Parks Arts Foundation offers an artist-in-residence (AIR) program that places participants in lodgings for a month (many offer optional campgrounds) and offers participants a stipend or pay compensation for their time.
It is a very interesting opportunity for those looking for a creative outlet in motorhome driving.
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9. Happy vagabonds
Happy Vagabonds is a basic website that isn’t very appealing. However, it’s still a good resource for work camper jobs if you want to consider all of your options.
The site is useful if you want to search for jobs by state. However, if you want to filter and refine your search parameters, I recommend the other resources on this list.
10. Individual State Opportunities
In addition to the above, many states also have their own websites to specifically look for campground host volunteers. Here are some links (this list is not exhaustive, just a selection):
A real workamping couple
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