RV Life: Workamping
What if you didn’t have to pack up at the end of your weekend camping, and instead could wake up every day to the sounds of the natural world, share a hearty breakfast with your new neighbors, and smell the richness of the great outdoors? Sound too good to be true? With a world ever-more connected to the internet and an increasing number of jobs ideal for those with a nomadic persuasion, working while you’re enjoying the camping or RV lifestyle has become a viable alternative to many people unimpressed with donning "business casual" clothes and commuting to a cubicle every day.
What is Workamping?
A contraction between ‘working’ and ‘camping’, workamping is any work done in exchange for income/goods while living in an RV. Contrary to popular belief, workamping is not reserved for retirees. Workampers come from all ages and backgrounds, and share a common love for either part-time or full-time RV living where they are free to pursue an adventuresome and unencumbered lifestyle, moving about the country at their leisure.
What are the Benefits of Workamping?
If you enjoy the RV lifestyle and dream of taking your life on the road, then workamping is a great way to fund a nomadic way of living. Workampers combine the benefits of road-tripping with the security of income, creating a unique lifestyle that requires some sacrifices, but delivers unbeatable benefits.
With high interest rates, increasing household debt, and a cost of living that many Americans are finding to be irreconcilable, workamping offers a reprieve from the modern pressures of daily life. Many full-time RVers are looking to stretch their retirement savings, while younger workampers are searching for an alternate lifestyle that is not so laden with oppressive debt.
Full-time RVers shed the overbearing requirements of homeownership, and offer themselves the ability to move about at their own discretion, taking advantage of the best of each season across the country and sightseeing along the way. New friends and new experiences await, and nature is never more than one step down from a trusty rig.
What Type of Work Is There for Workampers?
Workampers pick up all types of employment, from seasonal jobs to consistent, full-time positions with large corporations. Some of the more common positions are specially suited to the workamping lifestyle, such as campground and park hosts. Other potential employment includes:
- Property caretakers
- Maintenance workers
- Construction workers
- Park attendants
- Theme/amusement park attendants
- Security guards
- Hospitality / Resort seasonal help
- Farm workers
- Ranch hands
- Nature guides
- Food service workers
- Delivery drivers
- House and animal sitters
- Graphic designers
- Sales representatives
- Customer support specialists
The opportunities are nearly endless. Compensation varies, but many positions such as an RV park hosting provide a free camp site along with a monthly stipend for performing assigned duties. Many workamping positions can be found through park employers, such as Adventureland Park, the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the US Army Corps of Engineers, Amazon Camperforce, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and any county and state parks departments. And don’t forget to think outside the box. Wherever you find yourself, check with local establishments that might need seasonal workers for food prep, farming and harvesting produce, or retail, to name just a few. Most employers are willing to train workampers, so don’t be shy in reaching out, regardless of whether or not you currently have the experience required.
Workamping is a unique lifestyle that is picking up in America. It provides full time RV campers with an alternate option that is low cost and offers a freedom that is much sought after, but hard to acquire with today’s financial pressures. Whether you simply want to extend your RV trip, or you have decided to transition to a fully nomadic lifestyle, workamping can help you maintain a method of living that is happy, healthy, and full of new adventures.