Caretaker positions... Working while camping in the Colorado mountains. Managing an estate in Chicago. Volunteering in a monkey sanctuary in England. Property sitting for free rent to $100,000 a year jobs.
Property caretakers make $80,000 - $100,000 a year, plus receive health insurance and other benefits. No, that's not a typo. Property caretakers, at least some of them, receive an annual salary of one hundred thousand dollars. They are likely to be in charge of an estate, managing both grounds and household employees. These caretakers are highly skilled and trained professions. They work for other, very successful, professionals.
Granted, six figure wages are not the norm for property caretaker jobs. However, I've seen multiple listings offering between $20,000 and $100,000 per year advertised in The Caretaker Gazette newsletter.
The flip side of property caretaking are the volunteer caretaker positions. While some of these offer a beautiful view and a relaxing lifestyle, some don't. Instead, they offer the chance to live in poverty, in rough conditions -- and to help the underprivileged or to support a cause.
Caretaking positions encompass a wide range of duties and a wide range of compensations. Landowners often look for handymen or people with carpentry or mechanical skills. Many property owners seek groundskeepers, gardeners, and workers to tend their orchards, fields, or vineyards. Some are looking for people to care for their pets or other animals, and to give their property a lived-in appearance. Urban caretakers are more likely to plan dinner parties, do the family's bookkeeping, or work as personal assistants.
Caretakers are really care givers. They care for physical property – the land, yard, home, and other buildings. They also care for those who live on the property – the property owners themselves, plus their children, other staff, pets, and livestock.
Some caretaking jobs provide housing, making them ideal for people who want to break into full-time RVing. They offer a taste of short-term and seasonal work, of a different lifestyle, before investing in a recreational vehicle.
You can find caretaker positions by networking and by personally approaching the property owner. Also, check the Help Wanted ads on this website.