You’ve probably heard some of your fellow RVers talk about how they are saving money, making money, and staying longer at their favorite campsites.
Workamping sounds like an attractive lifestyle, but it’s hard to know where to begin. LGCIO has put together an introduction to help you find the best workamping jobs.
After reading through these bits of advice, be sure to check out our recommendations for websites that will help you workamp® in virtually every state.
How Much Should I Work for Full Hookup (FHU) and the Campsite?
Workamper.com states that a fair exchange for a campsite with full hookup (electricity, water, and sewer) is 15 hours of work, per vehicle (not per person), each week. If multiple people are staying at the campsite, you should be able to split these 15 hours in various ways or use your numbers to increase the amount of compensation.
Where to Find Work
The official Workamper® website is one place you can go to find workamping jobs. You can also check out the multitude of resources listed below to help you decide where to apply:
- Workers on Wheels
- Happy Vagabonds
- Snowbird RV Trails
- Kampgrounds of America (KOA)
- RV.net (Good Sam forum)
- Camp Host Jobs
- RV Park Store
- Working Couples
- RV Property
- Cool Works®
Are there Fall and Winter Workamping Jobs?
Come fall, many workampers seek out sunnier climates, such as Arizona, New Mexico, and Florida. But, there are a few other options worth looking into, such as Amazon’s CamperForce and the annual sugar beet harvest.
Sugar Beet Harvest
The sugar beet harvest begins in the last week of September. You will work hard, but the pay can be quite rewarding — up to $1,250 per week! The Unbeetable Experience website lists two sugar beet harvest locations: Sidney, Montana, and the Red River Valley in Minnesota. To express interest in this job, head over to The Unbeetable Experience website, and apply online.
A lot of people are unaware that Amazon’s CamperForce operates year-round, not just in the ramp-up to the holidays. Joining Amazon CamperForce comes with some real benefits, such as a 401(k), weekly paycheck, and additional bonuses and incentives. Although, the most lucrative aspect of CamperForce (at least for the LGCIO crowd) may be campsite stipend, which can be up to $550 per month based on the location.
Need More Income?
In addition to workamping, you could supplement your income as a freelance travel writer or with side hustles like restaurant delivery.
10 Tips for Workamping Success
There are no hard and fast rules on becoming a nomadic RV warrior, but there are a few tips on which most successful workampers do agree. Here are the best bits of advice we’ve heard and passed on to others looking to make it as a workamper.
1. Apply in advance.
Workamping jobs fill up fast. To secure a position at the location of your choice, you should apply early—and that means during the winter or early spring. During the summer, most campsite managers are too overwhelmed with handling the day-to-day tasks of the business to interview and train new workers. Plus, if you wait ’til peak season, you will find the most desirable workamping jobs already filled.
2. Bulk up your resume.
Workamping pay may be low, but the competition is high. If you haven’t updated your resume since the Spice Girls topped the charts, now is a good time to do so. You can also upload your resume to workamper.com, where thousands of prospective employers can view it.
3. Build a wish list.
Do you care more about the location, job duties, hours, or the compensation package? Building and prioritizing a wish list will go a long way towards narrowing down your options. Let’s say you want to see El Capitan this summer. You can build your list of potential locations based on campsites in the Yosemite area.
4. Don’t limit your options.
Create a list of your top 5 to 10 workamping jobs and submit your resume to each of them. By sending your application to multiple job openings, you can choose from the most lucrative offers or the ones that best fit your wish list.
5. Read up on employers.
Workamper.com and other websites allow seasonal employees to leave feedback on employers. Read these reviews. They will help you narrow down your workamping options and ensure you have a positive experience.
6. Know the expectations of the job.
Please read the job description and then reread it. If there are any questions about duties, compensation, and expectations of the job, the time to ask questions is before you sign an employment agreement.
7. Get the job details, payment, and benefits in writing.
To ensure there is no “scope creep” in your job duties, make sure you get all the details of the job in writing. The focus of the workamping experience should be on camping, not providing for-profit enterprises with cheap labor.
8. Temper your expectations.
You are not going to score a monster paycheck workamping. Based on the location and the skills you bring to the table, you can expect to earn somewhere in the range of $7 to $12 an hour (according to workamper.com). Of course, if your job sees you managing others, then you can expect a more lucrative compensation package.
9. Honor your commitments.
If you accept a job, be sure to commit to it. Campground operators have a business to run. If you skip out on a job, you’re not only harming your reputation but the reputation of the entire workamping community. Yes, the compensation you receive from this work may be less than you earn from a full-time career, but it’s still important to take the job seriously and fulfill your obligations.
10. Have fun.
It goes without saying that the whole point of workamping is to have fun. You should not feel so overworked that you can’t relax and enjoy yourself. If you decide workamping isn’t for you, discuss your concerns with your supervisor and see if you can come to an agreement that satisfies both parties.