Work camping is an excellent way to pay for your travels AS you travel! You can find temporary work camping jobs all over the country using the following job finding resources…
In many cases, the only thing holding RVers back from traveling more is money. RVing is expensive and offsetting the costs can be a real challenge no matter someone's age or job status.
Whether you are a retiree, have another job that's not cutting it, or just want to make traveling more affordable, work camping is a great way to make money on the road.
Thankfully, there are lots of job-finding websites and apps available specifically designed to help RVers find work as they travel. You can join and follow multiple work camping sites to make pulling in some extra cash easier than ever.
What Kind of Work Camping Jobs are There?
You may worry that age, ability, and experience play a large role in getting work camping jobs. While that's always true to some degree, there is a wide range of jobs available that make work camping a valid option for nearly everybody.
You'll see a lot of seasonal jobs listings, like from Christmas tree lots, pumpkin patches, or festivals. Even retail stores and amusement parks post for seasonal work during the holiday season.
There are also a lot of year-round job opportunities, like camp host jobs, tour guide, campground maintenance, customer service, food service, camp general store clerk, office work, and many other various jobs.
Some positions are full-time work with long hours, while others are part-time with flexible hours, and everything in between. There's also a range from short term to summer job to permanent positions and more!
Basically, there's something for everyone, whether you're a single traveler or work camping couple. So, I say it's worth looking into no matter your situation if you hope to offset travel costs.
How Well Do Work Camping Jobs Pay?
You're not going to get rich off work camping jobs. After all, they're usually temporary positions that don't require extensive experience or highly specific skillsets. However, you can offset a good chunk of your traveling expenses based on how much time you're willing to put in.
Many private campgrounds, private RV parks, and public campgrounds offer a free campsite and some amenities for free (like electric) in exchange for a set number of hours working in the camp store or on the grounds. If you exceed the number of required work hours, some campground jobs will pay you, too.
Minimum wage is often the starting point, but it entirely depends on the job and type of work. You'll also need to keep in mind where you are working. Work camping jobs in New Mexico, for instance, likely won't pay as much as one in California.
10 Best Resources to Find Work Camping Jobs
There are several great resources available to help you find work on the road. I recommend you check job listings and post an online resume on multiple sites to increase your odds of finding the best match.
Let's start with the most popular one that has turned “work camping” into one word…
Workamper News (usually referred to only as Workamper) is the original resource for RVers, which is why work camping as a whole is often referred to as “workamping.” It's the go-to resource for campgrounds and campers to refer to when a job needs to be filled.
Their website is very easy to use, and they have one of the largest databases available filled with workamping opportunities. It's a great starting point for anyone joining the traveling workforce.
You can try it for free for 30 days.
This site lists volunteer jobs for: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Parks Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, National Resource Conservation Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
You can narrow your search criteria by filtering for keywords, activities, difficulty level, and host housing, just to name a few.
This site was highly recommended by fellow RVers in response to a post in our RV Lifestyle Facebook group.
Amazon Camperforce has really been climbing the ranks of the best job finding resource for RVers. As we all know, Amazon employs a massive workforce and is constantly growing.
Amazon offers seasonal warehouse jobs in multiple states. Current warehouse locations include (more are currently under construction):
- Portland, OR
- Phoenix, AZ
- Houston, TX
- Cincinnati, OH
- Lexington, KY
- Louisville, KY
- Nashville, TN
- Tampa, FL
You could pick, pack, and ship customer orders in a highly technological and safe work environment. All it takes is applying, reserving your own campground spot, and showing up.
4. CampHost.org (Vista Creation)
CampHost is operated by Vista Recreation, which is a private company that partners with various public agencies to operate outdoor recreation areas.
It's an excellent resource for those looking specifically for campground host jobs. A majority of the work camping jobs are seasonal, running from about May to October, though some positions in warm weather states may be year-round.
Camp Hosts manage stores, marinas, canoe rentals, boat ramps, and horseback riding facilities, but the most common position is managing a small campground or part of a larger campground.
5. Kamper Jobs
Camp host couple needed in Savoy, TXhttps://t.co/sU4b42yzJ8— Kamper Jobs (@KamperJobs) October 5, 2022
Kamper Jobs is another popular job search site because it's 100% free. The website and user experience isn't quite as nice as some other options on this list, but that's the trade-off for a free service.
You'll find hundreds of job listings at a number of great places across the country. What's nice is they show you the newest jobs right on their home page, so you can easily see what's immediately available before you dive into your search.
Workampingjobs.com is another free site created by RVers for RVers. The site was created by Jerry and Cynthia Winegard to give RV workers and those businesses that hire them a place to find each other for free.
“We don’t use this site to make a living so we don’t need to charge our visitors anything,” the couple states on its site. “We offer the site as a service to our RV friends. As long as ad revenue covers the hosting costs, we are happy.”
The program by the Xanterra Travel Collection, which manages the Yellowstone National Park Lodges, among many other things, offers part-time, short-term jobs for people over the age of 18 who want to experience the park in a different way.
You can find seasonal as well as full-time jobs on the website.
If you’re a creative type, the National Parks Arts Foundation has an Artist in Residence (AIR) program that puts up participants in accommodations (many offer campsites as option) for a month and pays participants a stipend or reimbursement for their time.
It's a very interesting opportunity for those looking for a creative outlet while RVing.
Happy Vagabonds is a basic website that isn't very appealing. However, it is still a good resource for work camper jobs if you want to consider all your options.
The website is useful if you want to search by state for work. However, if you want to filter and specify your search parameters, I'd recommend the other resources on this list.
10. Individual State Opportunities
In addition to the above, many states also have their own websites to seek campground host volunteers in particular. Here are some links (this list is not comprehensive, just a sampling):
A Real-Life Workamping Couple
Here's an interview we did with Jim and Rhonda Phipps, a retired couple who are veteran workcampers. They share what workcamping is all about and how it can help pay for your RV travel and RV living.
Camping can be expensive.
Especially if you are spending more travel time in outdoor spaces. Or, perhaps you’re living and working from your RV.
Traditional campgrounds can also be crowded and noisy. It can sometimes feel like the opposite experience you are seeking by getting away from civilization and into nature.
That may be why you are looking for cheap or free RV camping sites and that’s why I’m here to help. I’m going to introduce you to boondocking in off-the-beaten-path campsites and then teach you how to find them.
This ebook (not a print book – but you could print this one out on your own if you wish) is available right now.
Here's your Ultimate Guide to Cheap or FREE RV Camping Sites