Working at an RV Park: Short-Term Work, Helping with Special Projects

Working at an RV park isn't always being a seasonal camphost. Some campground and RV park jobs are for specific events or special projects. This article is about some short-term work I've done.

Working at an RV Park

Almost everyone has the impression that working at an RV park is checking in new arrivals and answering the phone taking reservations. Some think about mowing lawns, cleaning restrooms, running the weed eater, and cleaning the buildings and public areas. Probed for  what they think the work at an RV park is like, here are common responses: pump propane, work in the snack bar, plan activities, do housekeeping in the cabins, tending the flowerbeds, set up and tear down for entertainment, run and stock the store, clean the pool, pick up garbage, clean out grills and fire pits, and sort mail.

As a seasonal employee of a campground, you likely do at least some of those things. You probably agree to work a certain number of hours a week or month, and commit to working for a season, or at least for several months. Many times, you have a list of daily or weekly duties to perform. You may be a paid employee, may work for your site, or a combination of both. That would be the usual situation for most campground workers.

But, not all RV park work fits into that pattern. I have worked at many campgrounds where I didn't do an of those things. Instead, I've helped with single jobs or projects.
I once worked at an RV park assembling picnic tables. The park had purchased 100 picnic table frames. My  work was to help put them together. First we built a template. We then checked it for accuracy. When we were satisfied, we used the template to drill the bolt holes in the planks. After we tired of drilling holes, we assembled the planks, bolts, and metal frames. Then, we delivered the finished tables to the sites. We repeated this two or three times a day, until they were all assembled and put out into the RV park. They paid me for doing this one project. When it was done, I was done.

Another time I was hired to help renovate a set of three showers. We tore out the old walls, and installed new faucets, fixtures, and showerheads. Then, we put in new shower pans, replaced the walls with new fiberglass material, caulked the seams, and added new trim. When it was done, I was done.

I helped put asphalt roadways in a section of an RV resort once. We used rakes and shovels to level the existing gravel road. We applied tack oil, and used a drag box to spread the hot mix. We used rakes and shovels to fill in, straighten edges, and make radiuses. Then, we stepped back, while the roller packed the surface hard and smooth. This job took about six hours a day, for about a week. When it was done, I was done.

These are just some of the projects I’ve worked on at RV parks. I got these jobs by being alert as to what was taking place in the campground and offering to help. The park owners were happy for help on projects. It’s hard to keep a park running smoothly if all the regular employees are busy with special projects. I was happy to have the work, without a long-term commitment. They were typical win, win situations.


Coleen's comments: My husband, Bob Nilles, wrote this article about working on special projects at campgrounds and RV parks. Finding RV work is often a matter of being alert, being available, and being willing to do the job.

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