Campground Work Tips: Find, Keep, and Succeed at Your Campground Job

Campground work tips are the little secrets happy campers know about working at RV parks and campgrounds. Use them to find a campground job, keep the job, and to succeed at RV park or camp work.

Campground Work Tips

Make your employer and his customers feel that you gave them more in services and/or products than what they paid you for. Make them so happy that they can't help but tell their family and friends -- and other business owners -- how great an employee you are.

Be teachable. Be willing to learn how the owner of the campground wants things done.

If you have ideas to make the park more profitable, it may be okay to mention them. But, don't take it personally when they are not acted upon immediately.

Live up to your commitment. When you agree to stay for the entire season, whether verbally or in writing, you are making an obligation to stay the season. Keep your word.

An RV resort may provide you a golf cart or utility cart to use during the course of your workday. That doesn't mean you are welcome to use it during your personal time.

This is the campground work tip that seems to surprise campground workers the most. "Excessive chatting with the paying customers" is on the list of things that annoy campground owners. Be pleasant to others, but don't spend all your time visiting. This is true more at private campgrounds than at government run parks.
If you have problems or concerns, take them to your supervisor. This may be one of the most important campground work tips. Discuss problems with the park management, not with other working campers or park guests.

Campgrounds hire people to work the off season. Off season workers provide security. They may also do maintenance and repair jobs that are difficult to do when the park is open. And, some campgrounds remain open during the off season.

Don't badmouth the park, park management, or park owners to other employees or paying customers.

When applying for a job, follow the instructions in the ad and on the application. It shows you can – and are willing to – follow directions. Additionally, there's likely a specific reason for them. For example, if it tells you to make contact by email, it could be that the employer wants to see your written communication skills.

Expect to work weekends and holidays. Those are usually the busiest time at the campground.

Don't expect RV park and campground owners to pay you unreported income "under the table" so you can continue to collect Supplemental Security Income (SSI) while you are employed.

Keep in touch with your past employers on a regular basis. If they're thinking of you, they'll be more likely to recommend you or rehire you.

Keep in mind that both campground owners and campground workers are human. That means diverse personalities. It also means that some -- from each group -- are wonderful, kind, and fair human beings. It also means there are a few not-so-great ones in each group.

You weren't hired to visit with the other employees. When you spend excessive time chatting with the RV worker staffing the office or store, you are wasting the time of two employees.

Don't use park resources such as hand tools, oil, gas, grease, and power washers for personal projects in campers and vehicles without authorization.

Choose an employment friendly email address. What does your email address say about you? Your choice of email address could mean the difference between getting the job and not getting it.

Working at an RV resort can be fun. But, you weren't hired to have fun. You were hired to work. During your work hours, make your work -- getting the job done -- your priority.

Tell the park manager or owner if you are leaving before the agreed upon date. Sneaking out in the middle of the night, without letting the manager know you are leaving, is wrong.

It's great to have a dream about being a working camper. But, dreaming isn't going to turn it into reality. You need to take action to turn that dream into reality.

Be flexible with your work schedules. Some parks try to give working RVer couples the same days and hours off duty. But, it may not always be possible. Graciously accept that fact.

Word spreads quickly in the camping and RVing community. Campground and RV resort owners visit with one another. They share information about working campers, just the way RVers share information about the parks. Many of these campground work tips are about keeping the park owners and managers happy. A happy employer will tell others about the great job you are doing. Your success at one campground job can greatly affect finding your next campground position, as well as the compensation package of that next job.

You'll find more articles about working at campgrounds here.

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