RVers Workers On Wheels Newsletter #626 ~ June 26, 2010

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RVers Workers On Wheels Newsletter #626 ~ June 26, 2010

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Update from Your RV Workers On Wheels Newsletter Editor

We have on our website a photo that says it all. This one picture, along with the caption the RVer gave it, epitomizes why so many of us choose to be working RVers. Don't miss the "Working RVer Profile" in this issue.

We'd appreciate it if you'd help us spread the word about our newsletter and website. When you are on an RVing forum and someone asks where to find information about paid or volunteer jobs, please tell them about us and post the website address: www.WorkersOnWheels.com. They'll probably be glad to know we don't charge for the website, the newsletter, or for the near daily RSS feeds we send out announcing new jobs listings.

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.

~ Salary and RV Site for Restaurant Manager at CO Marina
~ Work 30 Hrs/ MONTH for Site and Laundry at NC Campground
~ Elks Lodge Camp Host Needed in WA
~ Mystery Shoppers Needed - No Fees Required
~ Part-time Accounting Position for Harvest Season in CA

The freshest ads are on the June Job Listings page.

~ June 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 Blog

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~ Workers On Wheels Work for RVers and Campers Blog

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Working RVer Tip

When you have a job with no definite end date, you do not need to give a reason when you quit. It is courteous to give a two week notice.

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

Jobs with Housing for Workers Who Don't Yet Have Their RV

Jobs with housing can fill the gap between living in a traditional home that you own or rent and when you get your RV. Here are some examples and situations that work for folks who don't yet have a recreational vehicle of their own:

Farms and ranches -- Farmers and ranchers frequently provide room and board for their hired hands. It varies from a room in the farmer's home to a separate building, from a bunkhouse to an RV.

Travel nurses and other medical professionals -- Lodging accommodations are usually part of the package for nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals on temporary assignments. Whether privately arranged or working for a temp staffing firm, they will usually be a rental home or apartment.

Motels, hotels, inns, and lodges -- Similar to bed and breakfasts, but since they have more rooms, the chances of them being full are less. So, your chances of being able to rent a room for the season, or to work a few hours a week in exchange for a room, are pretty good. Some also have a manager's apartment connected to the facility and they require you to stay there. This is probably one of the most common options for workers without campers of their own.

Residential facilities -- Group homes for children, homes for challenged adults, shelters and crisis centers, youth ranches, residential treatment centers, and maternity homes are all among the many facilities that hire live-in staff. Social services may be one of the larger professions that provides jobs with housing.

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

~ Jobs with Housing

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Working RVer Tip

If you want to earn a living as a full-time RVer, get out of the mindset that all jobs for RVers are volunteer, work for a site, or minimum wage jobs. They aren't.

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Your Working While RVing Questions Answered

Fair and Balanced

~~ Lucky writes: There are many of us out here that travel thousands of miles to fill a workamper position simply because we love people, travel, and this form of lifestyle. We contact the RV park and review the position and what is expected, simply because when we get there we don't want the surprise of our life, especially if it not a good one.

Sometimes that works out well and sometimes it doesn't. I see all the great reviews about how great some of these RV parks and campgrounds are. But, I have yet to find any reviews or chat forums on the internet that tells others if working for any RV park is one they need to be careful or cautious of. There is a large population of workampers that would like to see a chat forum that might give us some insight on RV parks that may not be other than good to work for. We/I also want to hear the great reviews of those parks that others have found to be a wonderful experience.

We want workamping to continue to be a great way to travel and work. Possibly fair and balanced might promote better communication between the workamper and RV parks.

~ My reply: I originally thought Lucky was asking for a forum on which to post negative work camping experiences. I replied, Lucky responded, and Phil added his thoughts. It's a constructive, but too long to print here, exchange. It's better that you just go read it on the website.

~~ Read the discussion -- and add your comments -- on the website.

~ Fair and Balanced

It turns out the request was for, as Lucky put it, "a more distinctive and positive appraisal of any position." We have a place on the Workers On Wheels Work-for-RVers-and-Campers.com website just for that purpose. Take advantage of it and post your reviews of campgrounds and other businesses at which you've worked.

~~ Let us know about the campgrounds where you've worked.

~ Employer Profiles - Campground Reviews (and other Businesses, Too

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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.

~ Teach water aerobics
~ Day cruise boat staff
~ Sell hunting and fishing accessories
~ Camp bike rental clerk and bike maintenance
~ Stage hands and light crews for productions

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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

Your employer's primary role is to be your leader, supervisor, or boss. It is not to be your friend.

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Favorite Work Camper Campgrounds

Some campgrounds are great to work at and some aren't so great. Here's a partial list of parks that our readers say are among their favorites. Read what they have to say. If your favorite isn't on the list, go ahead and tell us about it.

~ Mount Desert Island Campground

~ GoldBottom Mines

~ Lost Alaskan RV Park

~ Minneapolis SW KOA

~~ Read more about this on the website -- and add your comments.

~ Our Readers' Favorite Campgrounds

Nominate your favorite campground/RV park employer.

~ Add Your Favorite Work Camper Park

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Working RVer Tip

Wise employers know that even workers who love their jobs need time away. A break from the job to relax and recharge can mean you'll be more productive when you are back on the clock.

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Working RVer Profile

Rather Work Than Exercise or Walk a Dog

~~ by Jerry Marshall

I have just finished a two month tour of duty with the Florida State Parks at Mayo, FL. It was an excellent assignment! Park rangers, which actually worked and did not expect me to do their job, assumed I had limited "common sense" but a desire to work, which made for a great professional and personal relationship.

The park required five volunteers. Only two (including myself) were able to complete the commitment.

This was my first experience as a camp work/host. It gave me a data base for determining my next assignment and an excellent, current work experience reference.

~~ Read more about Jerry on the website -- and be sure not to miss that fantastic photo.

~ Working RVer Jerry Marshall

If you are a working RVers, tell us about yourself and your work.

~ Submit Your Working RVer Story

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Working RVer Tip

Look for jobs that match your personality type. Not all jobs for RVers require an extrovert personality. On some jobs, being a "people person" is actually a negative trait.

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Reader Feedback

~~ Don, a working campground host writes: Thank you for your comments on educating campground owners. Although I am not currently a campground owner, I believe this education should reach out to the workampers who get trapped in a campground position and soon learn (with much frustration) what their labor (wage) to site ratio really is.

I use a calculation similar to yours. Take 285 hours and divide that by the minimum wage. If you are in Washington State, it is $8.55 per hour. In this situation you have:

$285.00/8.55 =33.33 hours per month

33.33/4.33 weeks =7.6974 hours a week.

This is very close to 1 day per week (one person only) in exchange for the site.

My wife and I recently experienced such a problem with unreasonable hours and unreasonable employee expectations as campground hosts. It was my fault for not insisting on a contract that is clear on what the hours, wage, KSA's (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities), and duties really are. As you know, once some campgrounds have you in their grip, sometimes it can be difficult to release the trap.

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Positive RVing Attitudes

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. ~ Mary Lou Cook

An executive is a person who always decides; sometimes he decides correctly, but he always decides. ~ John H. Patterson

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