RVers Workers On Wheels Newsletter #619 ~ May 9, 2010

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RVers Workers On Wheels Newsletter #619 ~ May 9, 2010

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Update from Your RV Workers On Wheels Newsletter Editor

We've received lots of job listings the past few days. Yes, some are for summer 2010. We continue to receive many that offer pay for all hours worked, with an RV site included besides. For those positions offering to trade a site for hours worked, 12 - 15 hours a week total for the site seems to be about the norm. We've also received some workamper listings from non-profits that are looking for volunteers. It is all a good mix and there should be something for most everyone.

Wherever you are in your work and travels, we wish you joy and prosperity,


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Current Job Openings for RVers

Here's a sampling of the most recently listed job openings.

~ RV Site and Pay for All Hrs for Marina and Camp Host in Canada
~ Campground Job in IA, Includes RV Site and Pay for All Hours Worked
~ Work 12 Hrs/Week for Site, Hourly Wage for Extra Hours, in TX
~ Part-time Caretaker Position for Workampers with Horse Experience in NM
~ Pay for All Hours Worked in WA, Summer 2010
~ TX Clerk Office Position for 15 Hrs/Week, Pay for Extra Hrs

The freshest ads are on the May Job Listings page.

~ May Job Listings

For the archives of previously posted job listings, see the monthly job index page.

~ Job Listing Index

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~ Workers On Wheels Work for RVers and Campers Blog

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Working RVer Tip

People are willing to pay for things they either cannot do or don't want to do.

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New Pages On Work-For-RVers-And-Campers.com

State Park Camp Host Volunteer Jobs

~~ A new work camper writes: I'd like a state park camp host volunteer position. I've read that you have to apply six months in advance. I see on your website where you have ads for state park positions for this coming season. Are those old ads or do the state parks really need people to work right now?

Also, I've heard that new campers never get the jobs because they just keep having the same old ones come back every year. That doesn't seem fair that they would have the same ones year after year without giving us new work campers a chance.

~~ I answered in part: Some state park camp host coordinators like to have their volunteers lined up a season ahead of time. The ads you see on our website are current for the month they are posted in. So, if this is May, and you see an ad in the April job listings, that means the ad was posted last month. So, yes, state parks are looking for workers for the current season.

~~ Work camper Frank P. adds: Some parks that we have negotiated with are booking the Host position 18 months in advance. Of course, those are the most popular locations.

Park managers prefer having the experienced hosts return since the manager has less employee training to do.

~~ Read the longer version of our answers on the website.

~ State Park Camp Host Volunteer Jobs

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Working RVer Tip

Lending someone a helping hand -- without charging them for it -- can lead to well paying jobs.

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Your Working While RVing Questions Answered

Fishing Jobs in Alaska

~~ Jacob asks: I've heard fishing jobs in Alaska are plentiful and that all I have to do to get one is show up there. Is that true? It is going to cost a bundle to fly up to AK and I don't want to spend the money just to find out there are no jobs when I get there. I've also heard about slime lines. Do you know what they are?

~~ I answered in part: The Alaska fishing jobs you heard about were probably the slime lines. They often need workers during the summer. The slime lines are where they clean massive amounts of salmon. It is slimey, dirty work. You stand for hours. The hours can be long. For some people, it is a way to make a decent amount of money in a short time. They sometimes have tent cities or places to park a camper on the premises or close by.

Working as a deckhand on an Alaskan fishing boat is whole different story. Deckhands go out on the salmon and halibut charters.

~~ Read the longer version of my answer on the website.

~ Fishing Jobs in Alaska

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Ways RVers Make Money

Here's a sampling of work RVers can do to cut their expenses, earn a living, and pay for their travels.

~ Outboard motor mechanic
~ Safety project management
~ Park concessionaire worker
~ Carnival ride operator
~ Sales agent for rental car company

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Watkins Bus. Info

Part of our income comes from my being an Independent Watkins Associate (ID #362289). You could be one, too.

~ Buy or Sell Watkins Products

~ Use and Tell Team Building Method

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Working RVer Tip

A series of very short-term jobs can be more profitable than a job that lasts the entire season. People often pay generously to have someone do a one-time, odd job.

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Selling Jewelry at Flea Markets and Farmer's Markets

~~ A new RVer asks: We'll be selling jewelry at farmers markets and flea markets. It is jewelry that we make ourselves. We hope to finance our trip with these jewelry sales. Has anyone else done this?

~~ I answered in part: When looking for a market, ask the manager what kinds of things sell well.

At one market where we set up with jewelry, we failed miserably. There was a dented can grocery store on the premises that was doing a booming business. We had turquoise and sterling silver jewelry, handmade by Native American craftsman in New Mexico. Not long after, we worked a flea market in a summer resort, tourist area. Same jewelry, completely different response.

~~ Read the longer version of my answer on the website.

~ Selling Jewelry

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Working RVer Tip

"Short-term" means different things to different people. If you are looking for short-term work, make sure the person you are talking with knows what you mean. Some short-term jobs last a few hours. Others last a year or 18 months.

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Rodeo Jobs: More than Professional Cowboys

Rodeo jobs aren't just for cowboys and cowgirls. RVers who want to work as part of the rodeo have options beyond bull riding and barrel racing. It takes more than contestants to have a good event.

Look further behind the scenes and you will find stock contractors, laborers, and photographers. And, while you may never see them, secretaries, accountants, carpenters, and electricians are all part of it, too.

~~ Read the rest of this article on the website.

~ Rodeo Jobs

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Working RVer Tip

Not everyone needs to be a "people person." There are numerous jobs working with things and ideas that don't require extensive chatty interaction with people.

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An RVer Thinking of Working in AK Wants Your Comments

~~ The RVer writes: We are full time RVers and are tinkering with the idea of working in Alaska for Princess or some other company during the summer season. However, we know nothing about driving there especially when it comes to which route is best, what things to take with us to be extra prepared for such an unusual trip, etc.

In addition, for those of you who have worked like this in Alaska, if you would post your thoughts, ideas, comments, etc., we would be very appreciative.

Some things that we have read make it sound like we need to be in Alaska in April. I am concerned about driving a 40 ft. coach to Alaska that time of year. Maybe I’m just crazy!

~~ My response: You are right to question some of the things you've read. Many of the problems people have driving up here are caused by driving too fast for the road conditions.

Most of the campgrounds and summer tourist attractions don't open until mid-May or Memorial Day weekend. I have no idea why you'd need to be here in April.

Okay folks, if you've worked in Alaska, or even traveled there as an RVing tourist, please share on the website. Let's give her more than just my opinion.

~ Alaska Questions

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Positive RVing Attitudes

Some people are making such thorough preparation for rainy days that they aren't enjoying today's sunshine. ~ William Feather

A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success. ~ Joyce Brothers

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