Lodge jobs encompass many of the same types of positions as those at campgrounds, RV parks, and resorts, but are likely to include motel, entertainment, and food and beverage service jobs, as well.
We had breakfast at a nearby lodge the other morning, and it struck me how many jobs they had there. Not only the number of people working, but the different types of jobs there were at that one roadhouse.
This lodge has a full-service restaurant that is open from 8:00 a.m. until at least 9:00 p.m., seven days a week. Right off the top, that requires several people to prepare and serve meals, and to cashier. Besides the line cooks, they have prep cooks and kitchen helpers cutting up salad ingredients, forming ground beef into hamburger patties, and stirring up biscuits. Someone makes their daily soups, chili, and clam chowder from scratch. A friendly host kept our coffee filled, and someone else cleared our table.
The saloon also opens at 8:00 a.m. and is open into the wee hours of the morning. In the morning, there is only the bartender. Later shifts may also include cocktail waitresses and bouncers. They often feature entertainment of some sort -- live bands, karaoke, comedians, wii bowling.
This roadhouse happens to be near a popular clam digging beach. To make it easier for tourists, they rent clam shovels and pails. They also clean clams. More jobs.
The lodge motel requires daily housekeeping staff. Besides cleaning rooms, they do the linens and the kitchen laundry. They also clean the laundromat, public showers, and restrooms.
While lingering over coffee, we watched a worker changing the sign on the marquee. Two others were washing down the outside of the building. We visited with one employee who said she had just finished doing some painting. Other times that we've been there, I've seen people working on the flower beds, cleaning the yard, fixing the heating system, plumbing, putting up signs, and getting ready for special events. Some of these lodge jobs are one-time things, while others are on-going.
The lodge provides accommodations on the premises for many of the employees. Some stay in the motel rooms. Other folks live in RVs in the parking lots.
Other lodges have fuel pumps, espresso service, or convenience stores that all require workers. Fishing lodges may need people to rent boats or do all the things involved with fishing charters. Hunting lodges require guides.
The list of jobs at lodges goes on and on, with many of them being seasonal or short-term, and perfect for working RVers and campers.