Campground Work Tips: Helpful Tidbits for Campground and RV Park Workers

Campground work tips that answer your questions, give you bits of advice, and give you ideas of what to expect at your campground or RV park job. These tidbits are life hacks for campground workers.

Campground Work Tips

Take advantage of campground work opportunities that are in your path. You may stop at a campground intending to stay a night or two. But, if they offer you a job while you are there, at least consider it.

  • Keep a work log. Note the days you work. Write down the time you start and the time your workday ends. Make notes about what you did throughout the day. If you attended meetings, note those. Document anything unusual or out of the ordinary. Record any work related expense. Jot down the highlight of each day. Be sure to put the date on each entry.

  • If you are a campground employee, expect to fill out a fill out a W4 form for with holdings.

  • Don't take abbreviations for granted. Example: Is "MHP" motorhome park or mobile home park? It makes a big difference if you are RVing in a fifth-wheel trailer.
  • Not all campground jobs require you to have a recreational vehicle. Some offer a cabin, mobile home, apartment, park model, or other lodging as part of the salary package.

  • Not all RV park jobs require you to live on the premises. At some parks, staff lives off-site and commutes to and from work on a daily basis.

  • Before beginning your campground job, find out if you are covered by Workman's Compensation Insurance in case of an on the job injury.

  • If you need additional income, combine your part-time campground work with another job.

  • Research the job and the employer before you apply for the job or go for the interview. This may be as simple as looking at their website. For campgrounds, it may mean having camped there and getting first-hand experience of the park.

  • Set yourself above other job seekers by being complimentary to previous employers.

  • If you are doing volunteer work at a public campground (run by a city, county, state, or federal government agency) you may qualify for income tax deduction benefits.

  • If you travel with a partner, you may find your best financial deal is for you to split up when it comes to working. One of you could work at the campground where you are living, in exchange for your RV site, utilities, and use of facilities. The other could work away from the campground. Together, you would then have double benefits – fewer living expenses and a paycheck.

  • Prior to employment, expect to provide proof of citizenship, identification, and other documentation to prove work eligibility.

  • There is a difference between working in an RV park and working for an RV park. Self-employed RVers often work in parks, pursuing online businesses, providing RV repairs, or other home-based business activities.

  • You don't drive thousands of miles to get to a campground job in Alaska to work for an RV site. You go to Alaska because that is where you want to go, and then you work at a campground after you are there.

  • If your campground job has a flexible schedule, you may want to combine it with substitute teaching. Credential requirements vary, but a teaching certificate is often not needed.

Campground and RV park jobs are as varied as the campers and RVers who fill them. Some of the above campground work tips will apply to you and others won't. Use those that help you. Enjoy your campground adventure!

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