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35 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Ann Marie and Jim Fulton describe their RVing and Workamping experiences in Episode 131
Today, I’m going to interview a fun couple who works at Dollywood amusement park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Ann Marie and Jim Fulton met in a roundabout way. Ann was originally from Atlanta and Jim lived in Detroit. They met by chance at a motorcycle rally in Virginia. From that point, they frequently motorcycled together around the country. One year, at a different rally, they camped in a tent next to a friend’s RV. When it rained, the couple wound up on the sofa in their friends’ RV. It wasn’t too long after that that Ann Marie and Jim bought their first Class A motorhome. They’ve had three additional RVs since then. Although they gave up motorcycling for RVing, they still love to travel and currently own a 38-foot fifth wheel. They started Workamping in October of 2017 after Ann Marie retired from her job as a claims adjuster with Geico, and Jim retired from a career with the U.S. government as well as several other jobs, including owning a company of his own. The Fultons got their first Workamping job by accident. Some friends were working at a campground near Atlanta when Ann Marie’s mom needed some assistance after getting sick. Their friends asked the campground owner if more help was needed and Jim went to work doing maintenance around the park while Ann Marie helped take care of her mother. Since then, they have worked many different positions and currently have two Workamping jobs. Jim does nighttime security work at a Dollywood campground three nights a week, and they also drive a tram taking people from the parking lot to the Dollywood front entrance 12 to 14 hours a week. One job provides a free campsite and the other gives them spending money. They describe some of the duties they perform and explain why they really like Workamping. They have so much experience now that whenever they update their resumes at Workamper.com, they frequently get calls right away from prospective employers. One of their favorite experiences involved working at the Barberville Pioneer Settlement in Florida. They dressed in theme costumes from the late 1800s and re-enacted many of the duties people did in that era. For example, Jim worked with old-time tools and showed visitors how they were used to build houses and make metal products. Ann Marie worked at a log cabin where she sat on the porch and demonstrated making butter, candles and weaving. In their off time, the Fultons enjoy riding electric bikes in the Great Smokey Mountains. They are looking forward to their next assignment in Texas where they will be working as managers for a campground not too far from former president Lyndon Johnson’s ranch. In kind of a unique switch, the job they will have requires a one-year commitment and they’ll actually hire Workampers to help them. I really liked how Jim and Ann Marie stressed the importance of updating resumes at the Workamper.com website. Many of their jobs came because employers were constantly scanning the database of Workampers. They saw the Fulton’s experience and that they were looking for jobs in their area, so the employers actually reached out to the couple about coming to work for the business. I also like how Jim and Ann Marie do not maintain bucket lists of things they want to do. That sounds too final to them, so the Fultons maintain adventure lists of places they still want to visit and things they want to do. The key point is that they never stop dreaming. There is always something else they want to try to keep them young, active and involved. They still want to spend time in California and along the west coast as well as the eastern seaboard. The Fultons strongly encourage Workampers to thoroughly research jobs before accepting positions. Ann Marie noted how employer reviews can vary greatly with some people expressing disappointment that a job wasn’t what they thought it would be, but another Workamper will claim the same job was the best one they ever had. It all comes down to doing research on the job and the company beforehand to ensure that you have a very good understanding of what will be expected. The Fultons are not afraid to interview employers, too, just to make sure the job is a good fit for their skills and personalities. I wish Jim and Ann Marie the best of luck as they take on new challenges as managers for a small campground in Texas. I am sure they’ll have plenty of new memories and make friends with people from all over the county who want to winter down there. This episode has been sponsored by Workamper News. With its Diamond and Platinum membership tools, Workamper News is much more than just a job-listing website. When you put the tools of this professional service into action, you’ll find out just how easy it can be to turn your Workamping dreams into reality. The one-year memberships open the door to the one-stop-shop for all-things Workamping. Being the original resource for Workamping, you’ll find the largest number of job listings, be able to connect with a community of Workampers, and peruse resources compiled by experts who have enjoyed the lifestyle for many years. Most Diamond and Platinum members receive inquiries from their online resumes within a day of being posted. The Workamper Experiences section has been piling up reviews of employers since 2007. Each archived issue of the Workamper News magazine lists hundreds of jobs. Hotline jobs are emailed right to you, for the states you’re most interested in visiting. If you’re serious about leading a successful and enjoyable Workamping lifestyle, then a Diamond or Platinum membership is for you. You can even get started with a free 30-day trial by visiting www.workamper.com/trial. Embark on new adventures today with the support of Workamper News behind you!
38 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Workamper News Executive Director offers tips to employers hiring Workampers in Episode 130
Today, I am going to talk with Workamper News Executive Director, Jody Anderson Duquette, about how employers can find the best Workampers for jobs they are looking to fill. This episode just isn’t for employers, Workampers themselves will learn more about the recruiting process. As we start our discussion, Jody reminds employers what Workamping is and who Workampers are. They’re typically retired people looking for part-time work to stay active and help reduce travel expenses. Many Workampers select a location where they want to visit and then look for jobs in that area, so it’s important for employers to describe the location and things people can do when they aren’t working. Communication is supercritical for a successful experience for employers and Workampers alike. That means acknowledging applications and notifying Workampers about whether they got the job – and for Workampers to respond to messages from employers. Interviewing people by phone or video chat can help employers determine if a Workamper will fit in well with the team and to discuss the nuances of the job and compensation package. Compensation should be fair for the work required. If Workampers receive a free campsite that others pay $400 a month to enjoy, then it’s not fair to expect someone to work 40 hours a week, four weeks a month for that site. Once a hiring decision has been made, it’s really important for employers to prepare work agreements that cover things like starting and ending dates, the number of hours to work, expected days off, what is included in compensation, etc. Putting everything in writing helps to ensure there are no misunderstandings later in the season. When recruiting Workampers, if employers start looking earlier, then they have access to a greater number of qualified candidates. So don’t wait until the end of March to try finding people to work in early June. When it comes to compensation, employers should write out everything that will be included. It could be wages, a campsite, utilities, free uniforms, discounts on food, an entertainment pass, free use of boats or toys – basically everything that Workampers might overlook in analyzing their compensation. This helps Workampers understand the true value they will receive for performing the job. Remember, as a general rule, Workampers are retired folks who get into the RV lifestyle to travel and see America. Many Workampers don’t need full-time jobs, but they do want to work to keep active and bring in some money to help reduce their travel expenses. Above all, Workampers really want to have fun on the job and off. They like to work, but not all the time. Workampers want to explore and enjoy the areas they are visiting. Communication is so important to a successful Workamping experience. It starts with identifying specific job duties Workampers are expected to perform, when they are to arrive, whether there are adequate cell phone signals in the area, whether there are restrictions on pets, kids or things people can have in their campsites, like a boat. Just be honest and lay everything out to help Workampers make informed decisions before committing to a job. For example, if a business attracts a lot of children, then employers should be upfront about that because being around a lot of kids all day, every day can be rather stressful for some Workampers. One thing many employers often fail to do is outline everything that is included in a compensation package, such as things people might not consider. For example, it’s one thing to say Workampers get a free campsite, but it’s another to describe it as a free 30×90-foot paved patio site with water, sewer, 50-amp power, free high-speed wireless and access to a lake in one of the most popular vacation destinations in the state. Jody mentioned exit interviews as being something employers should do because it’s a great way to get honest advice about the operation and it’s an opportunity to end the season on a good note. Who knows, a great Workamper might be instrumental in referring others to an employers’ business, if not to work, then to support as customers. Employers should start recruiting early to have the best opportunity to lock in Workampers for the next season. So double-check your job listings now to see if there is a way to be more descriptive about what the job entails and what is really attractive about the business and the local area. The Workamper staff can help employers design the best ads to attract some great Workampers. Feel free to call them today at 800.446.5627. Today’s episode is sponsored by The Dreamer’s Journey, it is an online course produced by Workamper News. Life is way too short to keep your dreams on hold, so don’t be held back by fear because you were designed for more! Get started in the RV lifestyle the right way with this comprehensive guide. For just $29.95 for 90 days access, Dreamers have unlimited viewing of 50-plus videos to learn things like what type of RV to buy, goal setting, how to budget for the adventure, developing a positive mindset, setting up a domicile, operating a small business on the road, plus everything about Workamping and how to find the right job for you. Each video is 30-90 minutes long giving in-depth coverage on each topic. There’s no wrong time to get started. For more information, visit www.rvdreamersjourney.com.
48 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Dr. Lynne Swanson offers tips for RVing & living with dogs on the road in Episode 129
A lot of RVers today travel with dogs. I forgot the exact number, but I remember reading that more than half of full-timers travel with a dog. Today, I am going to speak with a veterinarian about things people can do to make RVing easier when traveling with their furry family members. Dr. Lynne Swanson is a retired veterinarian who founded Safe Harbor Farm, a canine rescue and rehabilitation center in coastal North Carolina. She grew up living with around 20 dogs at a time and has invested three decades – more than half her life – working with large groups of dogs. She calls them the best teachers because, once you learn their language, they can tell you everything you need to know about what they are thinking or experiencing. Safe Harbor Farms is a 61-acre facility dedicated to helping dogs and their owners learn ways to control behavior so everyone is happy. There are two things that pet owners can do with dogs to make their lives better. The first is to create positive associations with RV travel and the second is to introduce dogs to new environments, people and situations in ways that reflect a canine culture instead of human culture. She compares it to traveling to Montreal, Quebec. If you know a little French and understand the culture, you’re going to have an easier time adapting to that community. But, if you don’t speak the language or understand any of the customs, visiting there will be frustrating. A lot of people own and love their dogs, but Lynne said many of them don’t really know their dogs. For example, when it comes to associations, the experiences are either positive, neutral or negative. They all work to raise or lower your dog’s energy level. Creating positive associations keeps dogs calmer and more relaxed while negative associations work to get dogs excited and anxious. Many dogs take their cues from the owner. If the owner is reactive and excited about something, the dog will be, too. For example, if a dog owner yells “squirrel” or says “oh my, look at the squirrel,” the dogs will respond by being just as excited and interested in the squirrel as the owner. However, if the owner simply observes the squirrel without reacting, the dog learns to observe it without reacting, as well. One thing that is common in many RV parks is barking, yipping dogs. Lynne said that’s to be expected because dogs instinctively bark when people or other animals enter their space because they are alerting the rest of the pack that something has changed in the environment. If owners start yelling at the dog to shut up and react with negative energy themselves, that just encourages the dog to bark even more. They feel they are being rewarded for alerting their owners to the situation. Dogs communicate through posture, position, movement, energy and voices. So, is a shouting voice high energy or low energy? When an owner is upset with a dog for barking, the dog will not relate that his owner is frustrated with the dog’s behavior. The dog will sense that the owner is also frustrated with that other dog walking through his neighborhood. What you do is train the dog not to yip or bark by rewarding them for doing something else, such as sitting on a blanket or coming to your side rather than standing on the sofa barking out the window. Learning how dogs communicate and interact not only within their own family or pack, but with similar creatures, can go a long way toward ending unwanted behaviors. Like Lynne said, dogs want nothing more than to please their owners. I also liked Lynne’s advice for getting dogs ready for travel day by giving them a special toy or treat that they only get on travel days. That way they associate something pleasurable with being in the crate or moving. Then it becomes part of the dog’s routine. It’s good advice for owners to remember the five Cs of training dogs to be calm, clear, consistent, confident and canine intuitive. Always reward good behavior and stop rewarding bad behavior. Lynne literally wrote the book on dog behavior. You can obtain a copy of Smile! and Other Life Lessons Your Dogs Can Teach You While You are Training Them at www.givesmiles.us. You can learn more about Dr. Swanson’s training programs at www.safeharborfarm.org. Today’s episode is sponsored by The Dreamer’s Journey, it is an online course and community produced by Workamper News. Life is way too short to keep your dreams on hold, so don’t be held back by fear because you were designed for more! Get started in the RV lifestyle the right way with this comprehensive guide. For just $29.95 for 90 days access, Dreamers have unlimited viewing of 50-plus videos to learn things like what type of RV to buy, goal setting, how to budget for the adventure, developing a positive mindset, setting up a domicile, operating a small business on the road, plus everything about Workamping and how to find the right job for you. Each video is 30-90 minutes long giving in-depth coverage on each topic. There’s no wrong time to get started. For more information, visit www.rvdreamersjourney.com.
37 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
In Episode 128, Solo Workamper Nina Delk shares her experiences as a train host with Georgia State Parks
Today, I speak with a woman who has a fascinating job as a host on an excursion train operating within the Georgia State Parks system. There are lots of hosting positions available in the Workamping lifestyle. There are campground hosts and museum hosts, and even hosts at restaurants. But, I have never heard of a train host. Nina Dalk is originally from Savannah, GA, and moved to Atlanta in 2008. Then, a little more than a decade later, she retired and hit the road in her RV. This summer, Nina is working at the Georgia Veterans State Park where she works as a host aboard the SAM Shortline Excursion Train. Passengers sit in air conditioned and reconditioned 1949 vintage railroad cars as the train visits quaint towns, including Plains, GA, the home of former President Jimmy Carter. Nina gets to hand out brochures, sell tickets and answer questions passengers may have. She also works in the commissary car, which means she gets to fix and serve lunch as well as prepare snacks. Her most important job is to help people have a great time as they enjoy a glimpse of what train travel was like in the 1950s. A former kindergarten teacher and principal, Nina started Workamping in 2019 at the urging of several friends who had been camping for many years. So, she bought a 22-foot travel trailer and headed to Texas for her first assignment. Since then, she has hauled her RV to Workamping jobs in Montana, Colorado and Arizona. All of the jobs she’s had required her to work directly with people. Nina loves being able to travel and take her own home with her. She loves the short-term aspect of Workamping jobs that let her visit new places and experience different types of work. As a solo traveler, she has discovered that people are always willing to help her figure things out. Nina has been lucky in that she hasn’t experienced any major problems on the road, other than some pretty high winds upon occasion when trying to tow her RV. She shared the reaction of fellow Workampers who were surprised to learn she hooks up the RV by herself, sets up the campsite by herself and pretty much handles everything that comes her way all by herself. Nina has always found her neighbors to be friendly, helpful people who will step in to give her a hand if she needs assistance. She loves Workamping not only because of the ability to travel to different places to see and do new things, but also for some of the perks the jobs offer. Workampers often get free use of amenities that other guests at campgrounds have to pay to enjoy. Nina generally accepts jobs that include a full-hookup campsite, which saves her a lot of money on her adventures. She’s worked both paid and volunteer positions, but likes volunteer jobs best of all. She really encourages people contemplating the RVing and Workamping lifestyle to follow their hearts and their passion to create a lifestyle of travel and adventure. I appreciate Nina Delk for sharing her story. You don’t have to start the RVing or Workamping lifestyle on your own. You can tap into decades worth of experiences enjoyed by other people who have perfected the lifestyle. In fact, The Dreamer’s Journey can help get you started on the right foot. It is an online course produced by Workamper News. Life is way too short to keep your dreams on hold, so don’t be held back by fear because you were designed for more! Get started in the RV lifestyle the right way with this comprehensive guide. For just $29.95 for 90 days access, Dreamers have unlimited viewing of 50-plus videos to learn things like what type of RV to buy, goal setting, how to budget for the adventure, developing a positive mindset, setting up a domicile, operating a small business on the road, plus everything about Workamping and how to find the right job for you. Each video is 30-90 minutes long giving in-depth coverage on each topic. There’s no wrong time to get started. For more information, visit www.rvdreamersjourney.com. That’s all I have for this week’s show. Knowing that many Workampers travel with dogs, next week I am going to interview a veterinarian for advice on how to make traveling with dogs enjoyable and stress free. She’ll offer lots of great advice on the next episode of The Workamper Show.
38 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Author John Stange encourages people to change their lives by changing what they think about in Episode 127
Today I am going to interview an author who describes ways to maintain a positive attitude. Anyone who has been full-time RVing for long knows that trials and tribulations can pop up unexpectedly to steal your joy, and this author has some ideas for helping to maintain a sense of peace. John Stange is a pastor of Core Creek Community Church in Langhorne, PA, and the author of a new book titled Dwell on These Things. He has been a pastor for nearly a quarter century, has started three podcasts and written more than a dozen faith-based books. If leading a church and creating all that material isn’t enough, John and his wife, Andrea, also have four children who they raise in a smaller community just northeast of Philadelphia. John wrote Dwell on These Things to help people talk to themselves in a way that is more uplifting and encouraging. He makes a great point that regardless of how much time we may spend speaking with other people, we spend much more time every day talking to ourselves. John says we all tend to preach messages to our hearts that are unhealthy and discouraging. Many times we allow thoughts of one discouragement after another to replay on an endless loop through our minds. We also subject ourselves to a litany of unhealthy self-criticism that if we allow ourselves to dwell on those ideas, it can rob us of peace and joy. John’s book is divided into 31 chapters to encourage people to spend some time every day for a month learning to dwell on different things instead. Sometimes we simply have to tune out all the unhelpful messages that are being shouted in our direction and instead listen for a small, still voice giving us a much different message. John describes why the tone and actual wording of messages we convey to ourselves is so vital for our well-being. That’s because our actions almost always follow our personal beliefs. There is a battle underway to control our minds, and many people or institutions are trying to tell us not only what to think, but what to think about. John’s book goes beyond biblical instruction to think about whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy. By providing personal examples from his own life, John offers practical suggestions and ideas to take control of our thinking to experience more peace and joy, which enables us to give that to others as well. Most of us just seem to have a habit of dwelling on negativity and allowing that to shape how we see ourselves and the world around us. We come to believe that everything we receive is conditional, whether it is love, praise or acceptance. However, we can be transformed to rise above that type of thinking and see true value not just in ourselves, but also in others around us. When we do that, it influences the way we react to people and situations. For example, the RV lifestyle is often filled with trials and tribulation. It’s hard to be joyful when you’re stranded on the side of the road or stuck in a campground waiting for a repair technician. But, rather than dwelling upon the inconvenience of the situation, it is possible to turn it into a joyful occasion by telling stories, playing games or doing something you normally may not have the time to do, but the extra time being forced upon you at the moment. As humans, we also want to judge other people by their actions, but we want to be judged by our intentions. We may be offended and upset by a guy weaving in and out of traffic and hope the police catch him around the corner. But, when we are late and really need to get somewhere, we weave in and out of traffic and blow through yellow lights, too. However, we justify our behavior because we have something important to do. It all comes down to grace or unmerited favor. When we give people grace, it just seems to enable us to receive more grace from others for our mistakes and shortcomings as well. I started reading John’s book just before I interviewed him a few weeks ago, and I will wrap it up in about a week. I have noticed a marked improvement in my attitude during that time. I don’t know if it was John’s book or the fact I also turned off all news since Memorial Day, but by dwelling on different things, I have an entirely different outlook on life. John’s book, Dwell on These Things, is available at bookstores around the country as well as on Amazon. For more information about his other books and podcasts, visit www.DesireJesus.com. Today’s episode is sponsored by The Dreamer’s Journey, a new online course and community produced by Workamper News. Life is way too short to keep your dreams on hold, so don’t be held back by fear because you were designed for more! Get started with the RV lifestyle the right way with this comprehensive guide. For just $29.95 for 90 days access, Dreamers have unlimited viewing of 50+ videos to learn things like what type of RV to buy, goal setting, how to budget for the adventure, developing a positive mindset, setting up a domicile, operating a small business on the road, plus all about Workamping and how to find the right job for you. Each video is 30-90 minutes long giving in-depth coverage on each topic. There’s no wrong time to get started. For more information, visit www.rvdreamersjourney.com. That’s all I have for today’s show. Next week, I’ll be speaking with a Workamper who serves as a host on an excursion train within the Georgia State Park system. It’s a very interesting story and I’ll have it for you next week on The Workamper Show.
43 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Tips for finding the ideal Workamping job in Episode 126
Today we have a great show planned. I will be talking with Jody Anderson-Duquette about finding the ideal Workamping job. She is the executive director of Workamper News and one of the owners of the business. She literally grew up in the Workamping industry and has a lot of experience connecting people to short-term jobs. She has identified 12 steps people can take to find the right job for them. It all starts with doing your homework to learn what type of jobs and employers are available. Contrary to popular belief, not all Workamping jobs involve work at campgrounds and RV parks. By becoming aware of the different types of jobs available, people can narrow their selections to specific industries, geographic areas, paid or volunteer positions, and other types of compensation. The next step involves prioritizing things you absolutely need from a job. Jody is right in saying that each Workamper’s situation is different based on their financial needs and physical capabilities. It is also important that couples be on the same page when it comes to finding Workamping jobs. One of the best tools to use is the Workamper website that allows people to narrow job opportunities by state and then use keywords to find specific jobs in that state. Workamper News places symbols on each ad so people can quickly scan opportunities and zero in on only those that are the closest match to their desired compensation. Once a Workamper selects jobs of interest, then it is time to reach out to specific employers and, more importantly, to follow up with them. But to save everyone some time, it’s important to apply only for jobs you feel would be a good fit and Jody offers ideas on how to do that most effectively. People do have the option of casting a larger net by creating their resumes on the Workamper website. Some employers never advertise job openings. Rather they search the Awesome Applicants Resume database for people they think might be a good fit and actually reach out to potential Workampers. Workampers News offers an outstanding resume-building tool to help people create effective resumes that ensures the right information can be found in the right places to help employers find workers. Jody offers ideas on key elements to include in your resume. She also talks about another tool available to Workampers that allows them to submit their own situation wanted ads to let employers know they are available for certain types of work in specific areas. There are several ways Workampers can find jobs and they all work well. It just depends on their personal preferences. Some people identify places they would like to visit first, and then start looking for jobs in those areas. For them, they are assured of finding work in an area they’ve dreamed of visiting. Finding a job this way ensures that Workampers can fully immerse themselves into new cultures, new climates, historical areas or states they’ve often wondered what it would be like to live there. For them, location is the key factor in looking for a job. However, other people like working at specific jobs and will travel wherever they can to get a job. For example, you won’t find any lighthouses in Arizona, but people who really want to work at one will be willing to travel to one of the coasts for the right opportunity. Or perhaps someone is really skilled at planning events and is open to traveling anywhere to get a job as an activities director. For them, the type of work is of paramount consideration. It may take more advance planning to land the ideal job, but at least Workamper News can help open doors and connect people to those positions. Some people finish one job and then start looking for another. Other people like the certainty of having a steady stream of work. Whatever their preference, one thing is for certain – people are better off finding jobs as members of Workamper News. Workamper News has a variety of tools to help you make the most of every opportunity. That includes more job listings than any other site, employer reviews, an outstanding resume builder, a daily jobs hotline and an archive of magazines spanning decades, with each issue full of job listings, interesting stories and tips to help make the RV and Workamping lifestyle more enjoyable. If you’re not already a Diamond or Platinum member, you can get started today with a free trial by visiting www.workamper.com/trial.
42 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Robert Ruesch describes opportunities for volunteer chaplains to serve at RV resorts during winter months in Episode 125
Today I’m going to speak with a man looking to match volunteer chaplains with RV parks in Arizona, Texas and Florida. Robert Ruesch is the founder and CEO of Christian Resort Ministries, an organization based in Evergreen, Colo. It was founded in 2002 as a way to answer a question many full-time or seasonal RVers have when they’re spending several months at an RV resort – where can they go to worship as a temporary resident of the area? Robert wanted to create an environment where people of faith could gather in their sandals, shorts and a T-shirt. After all, they’re often retired or on vacation. The ministry currently provides chaplains to more than 40 resorts. Depending upon the resort, the non-denominational services can attract as many as 200 people, which is larger than many churches. Robert recalls welcoming people from 47 different denominations to a service he held in one resort. The chaplains are volunteers and many of them are retired pastors or lay people who have been significantly involved in their local churches. But, they all share a common calling to teach people, provide support and care for others in their community. Not only are the chaplains leading weekly worship services, they are also leading Bible studies or hosting family activities, like movie nights, at the park. Sometimes they organize potluck gatherings while other times they may be visiting people in hospitals or running errands for those who need some help. Occasionally, chaplains will officiate at weddings and even memorial services. Chaplains can work anywhere from 20 to 60 hours a week, depending upon how involved they want to be at the campgrounds they serve. Many times, Christian Resort Ministries works out an arrangement with the resort to provide chaplains with a free RV space which includes all utilities. However, an offering is also taken at each service and the money raised helps to cover the chaplain’s expenses. What makes Christian Resort Ministries so unique is that when they match a chaplain to an RV park, it is expected that the same chaplain will return to the same resort every year for three to five years. That allows chaplains to really get to know people in the campground and develop relationships with them. There are a lot worse places for chaplains to suffer for Jesus than in the Sun Belt during winter. Robert said that many chaplains have worked in ministry for much of their lives and, therefore, may not have the retirement funds to be able to winter in warmer climates. This opportunity allows chaplains to continue pursuing their callings while serving as non-denominational faith leaders at a resort community for a few months every year. RV parks like having chaplains on their property because it helps make the campground feel like a community. It also helps to have a chaplain on site if a spouse dies or becomes seriously ill. On occasion, chaplains may help mediate disputes. Chaplains start work in October right after an annual conference in Colorado and generally continue working through Easter. People interested in serving as chaplains will first complete an interest form that describes their experiences in ministry and why they feel called to the position. All chaplains undergo background checks and their references are called. Once accepted into the program, chaplains take part in an orientation and training that usually takes place in Colorado before they are matched to a particular resort. Orientation helps prepare chaplains for some of the situations they may encounter at an RV park and guides them in developing a faith-based community at the campground. Chaplains are matched to a mentor who is always available by phone for consultation. All chaplains in a state often gather at least once a month for support, encouragement and theological training. At the end of their first season, ministry staff speak with the campground staff to make sure a chaplain fit in well with the park community. For more information about the Christian Resort Ministries and opportunities to become a volunteer chaplain, visit www.crmintl.org. People can also call 210-549-9006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Today’s episode is sponsored by Workamper News. With its Diamond and Platinum membership tools, Workamper News is much more than just a job-listing website. When you put the tools of this professional service into action, you’ll find out just how easy it can be to turn your Workamping dreams into reality. The one-year memberships open the door to a one-stop-shop for all-things Workamping. Being the original resource for Workamping, you’ll find the largest number of job listings, be able to connect with a community of Workampers, and view resources compiled by experts who have been enjoying the RV lifestyle for many years. If you’re serious about leading a successful and enjoyable Workamping lifestyle, a Diamond or Platinum membership is for you. You can even get started with a free 30-day trial by visiting www.workamper.com/trial. Embark on new adventures today with the support of Workamper News behind you!
44 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
In Episode 124, Lindsey Jaroszek and Tracy King-Garappolo describe Workamping jobs in the western states with Aramark Hospitality
Today I will speak with two women from Aramark Hospitality Management about Workamping opportunities at resorts around the country, and specifically, about the need for Workampers in northern Arizona. Lindsey Jaroszek is a talent acquisition account manager with Aramark Hospitality who is responsible for finding people to work at resorts in several western states. She is joined by Tracy King-Garappolo, who works as an assistant human resources specialist at Lake Powell Resort and Marina. Aramark contracts with a number of state and national parks to provide hospitality services as they relate to public-facing activities, such as hotels, restaurants and guided tours. Lindsey hires Workampers for four of those parks, including Olympic National Park in Washington, Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, South Lake Tahoe in California, and Lake Powell National Recreation Area at the Arizona/Utah border. There are a variety of jobs Workampers perform and it depends upon the location as to what jobs are available. Some resorts may hire people to work at the front desk, provide concierge services or do housekeeping jobs. Other sites hire workers to engage guests in various activities or to lead tours. Some resorts need Workampers in the food and beverage operations, while others serve as campground hosts and in retail centers, like gift shops and grocery stores. There are a few jobs available for bus drivers and experienced boat captains, and all the locations need some type of maintenance help. Most Workampers put in 40-hour work weeks during summer months, but the work may taper off in the fall. Again it depends upon the location, and there are different shifts available, too. All the jobs are paid, but the rate depends on the location. Yet, Workampers can take advantage of some great perks, like free or deeply-discounted equipment rentals. Some locations offer completely free RV sites, while others may charge a subsidy to cover utilities. No special training is required for most jobs, except marine mechanics and boat captains do need the tools and experience to be able to work on boats. Some cross-training is available and promotion into managerial positions is possible, too. Recruiting Workampers takes place year-round, with a bigger push in the early part of the year. Returning Workampers do enjoy some advantage in the ability to lock in jobs early. Workampers enjoy a variety of full-time jobs at multiple locations in the western United States. Once people have worked at one Aramark Hospitality location, it’s easy for them to transfer to another resort. That means people have many opportunities to work within the same company, but at different locations. Tracy and her husband, on the other hand, got jobs at Lake Powell Resort and Marina, fell in love with the desert scenery as well as the lake, so they stayed for many years. The jobs are open to singles and couples, although some campgrounds may have limited availability for solo Workampers. Teenagers who are at least 16 years old can also get jobs at the resorts. Families with young children are welcome at the parks, too. All of the jobs will require a background check and pre-employment drug screening. People who will be operating Aramark vehicles will have their driving record reviewed, as well. All of the Aramark properties are located in high-demand tourist destinations, which means there are plenty of things to do during off-hours. The company even plans and schedules special activities for Workampers and other seasonal staff, especially for those who are working housekeeping positions. While managers make every effort to set schedules so that couples have the same days off, sometimes they’ll only have one day off together, but each Workamper usually enjoys two days off in a row. People who are interested in applying for a position can find more information at www.borderlesscareers.com. There will also be a schedule posted for virtual hiring events. There are still a few jobs available this season. So, if you like to work hard and play hard, be sure to check out Workamping opportunities available through Aramark Hospitality Management by visiting www.borderlesscareers.com. Today’s episode is sponsored by The Dreamer’s Journey, an online course produced by Workamper News. Life is way too short to keep your dreams on hold, so don’t be held back by fear because you were designed for more! Get started with the RV lifestyle the right way with this comprehensive guide. For just $29.95 for 90 days access, Dreamers have unlimited viewing of 50+ videos to learn things like what type of RV to buy, goal setting, how to budget for the adventure, developing a positive mindset, setting up a domicile, operating a small business on the road, plus all about Workamping and how to find the right job for you. Each video is 30-90 minutes long giving in-depth coverage on each topic. There’s no wrong time to get started. For more information, visit www.rvdreamersjourney.com.
36 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Austin Faught with RV Park Management describes how to work for campgrounds around the nation in Episode 123
Today, I will speak with someone from an RV park management company who helps campground owners improve their operations as well as run the parks for absentee owners. He’s looking for Workampers not only at the three RV parks he owns in Florida and Texas, but also for other parks within their network around the nation. Austin Faught is the founder and president of RV Park Management, a company located near San Antonio. His firm owns two RV parks in Texas and one in Florida. However, his company also manages RV parks for people who buy campgrounds, but don’t want to manage the day-do-day operations of the business. Austin had worked in commercial real estate for about 10 years and came up with the business idea while pursuing his first RV park investment in 2017. He discovered a number of inefficiencies in RV park management. He had lots of questions. However, there were not many management companies available to help him understand the ins-and-outs of running a campground. The ability to acquire the RV park was an ideal business opportunity for him, but he knew he’d need to hire a team of professionals to profitably run the park. The structure he created to support that first RV park now works to support other RV park owners. Each of the parks Austin owns has a separate management team who hires Workampers to help maintain the property, take reservations, check guests in and lead them to their sites as well as provide the level of service to guests Workampers like to receive themselves when they’re traveling. The beauty of working for a company like RV Park Management is that when a Workamper is ready to explore another area, they can switch locations, but still have a job somewhere else that is run just like the campground they left. The systems are the same as are the processes. What’s different is the scenery. Austin likes to hire Workampers because they understand what customers expect and they’re really tuned in to what it takes to deliver first-class service. Because the parks are available in the southern states, the jobs are generally open year-round. What makes RV Park Management so unique is that some of the jobs available to Workampers can be performed remotely. The company established a call center, of sorts, that works as a backup to the office staff at each of the parks. For example, if the phone rings, but the staff at the RV park is busy helping another guest in the office, rather than going to voicemail, the call is directed to the call center, which may be another person working from his or her RV. Because the company specializes in RV park management, the staff is always looking for new ways to improve service to all RVers. I was impressed by Austin’s desire to improve what he calls “touch points,” which are ways to provide personalized service, such as speaking to a real person rather than an answering machine. When a Workamper suggests a new idea and it works well, chances are good it’s something that would be implemented in other RV parks. So it’s possible to have tremendous impact on the operation of several campgrounds. Generally, Workampers are on the clock 20 to 25 hours per week. Almost all of the jobs are paid and they come with a free RV site. Austin thinks his campgrounds attract better people when Workampers are paid for the hours they work without having to pay money back to the business in order to rent their RV site. There are some full-time jobs available and they come with extra benefits, like health insurance. So, RV Park Management really is trying to elevate Workamping opportunities and perks across the board. People who enjoy variety in their job, love challenges and have a knack for identifying ways to make improvements will likely find Workamping for RV Park Management to be a great job. They can email resumes to email@example.com. More information about the company is available at www.rvparkpm.com. It sounds like an excellent way to continue working for a forward-thinking company while enjoying different parts of the country. This is just one of hundreds of opportunities available to people through Workamper News. With its Diamond and Platinum membership tools, Workamper News is much more than just a job-listing website. When you put the tools of this professional service into action, you’ll find out just how easy it can be to turn your Workamping dreams into reality. The one-year memberships open the door to a one-stop-shop for all-things Workamping. Being the original resource for Workamping, you’ll find the largest number of job listings, be able to connect with a community of Workampers, and view resources compiled by experts who have been enjoying the RV lifestyle for many years. If you’re serious about leading a successful and enjoyable Workamping lifestyle, a Diamond or Platinum membership is for you. You can even get started with a free 30-day trial by visiting www.workamper.com/trial. Embark on new adventures today with the support of Workamper News behind you!
39 minutes | May 25, 2021
Greg & Bonnie Dixon discuss operating a LifeWave business from their RV in Episode 122
In today’s episode, we’re going to look at two issues that many full-time RVers often think about – staying healthy and making money. Greg and Bonnie Dixon are from Vancouver, British Columbia. They have been RVing since October 2017. In fact, they have put on 18,000 miles traveling between what they call the alligator line and the snow line. They describe some of the places they have visited and experiences they have enjoyed. The couple also explains what attracted them to the RV lifestyle and what motivates them to keep seeking new adventures. Greg and Bonnie describe some of the Workamper jobs they’ve enjoyed over the years. At their last Workamping gig, they met a woman who introduced the Dixons to the multi-level marketing company LifeWave, which is based in San Diego. The firm sells products that employ phototherapy and acupressure to help people heal and maintain their health. Bonnie worked as a buyer in the natural products industry for more than 25 years. So, she said she was very familiar with many types of alternative health products. But, when she learned about LifeWave, Bonnie found it to be a very effective product and a sustainable business that she could operate from the RV. She describes how the product works and the affect it can have on people who use it. Both Bonnie and Greg explain how the business works and how other people can tap into the opportunity. The Dixons have been so successful with their business that they launched a website called Healthy Wealthy Camper. I don’t think we give natural products enough credit for helping to maintain healthy bodies and minds. That’s why I like that the Dixons have found something simple, but naturally based, that doesn’t require a lot of money to use. The patches they sell promise to improve sleep, give people energy and generally improve their health. As a business, it’s a good one for RVers to investigate because it doesn’t require maintaining an inventory and it is fully portable, meaning that wherever they park their RV, they’re in business. The sales are done online and, as consultants, Greg and Bonnie can talk to people in person, over the phone or through video conferencing. The Dixons said that medical professionals have embraced the products for their healing qualities. Using light therapy sounds different, but for so many people who are couped up in their homes and offices without access to natural light, it may be what they’re looking for. Remember, it is a business and in order to be successful, you have to treat it like a business in finding new customers and servicing existing clients. It costs just $25 to get started and, according to the Dixons, people can make enough to have some spending cash, even make an RV payment or fully support themselves on the road. For more information about what the Dixons call a “business in a box,” visit www.healthywealthycamper.com. Today’s show is sponsored by the Small Business RVer School. This new course from Workamper is designed specifically for entrepreneurs on the move and helps you build a business you can run anytime from anywhere. The self-directed course helps you be your own boss while reducing stress and saving on taxes. Through a series of online videos, and monthly calls, you are taught the steps necessary to build and manage a successful mobile business. Life is too short. So, choose what you want to do and when you want to do it by starting a business of your own. For more information, visit www.smallbizrver.com.
41 minutes | May 18, 2021
Janice Brea & Dena Farbman discuss transcription opportunities for Workampers with eScribers on Episode 121
Janice Brea is a recruiter with eScribers and Dena Farbman is a Workamper who has been supporting her travel lifestyle by doing legal transcriptions for quite some time. There is an unlimited amount of work available, so people can work as little as three hours a day, eight hours a day or as long as they’d like because the transcribers are independent contractors. That means, they are self-employed in their own businesses, which entitles them to enjoy a variety of tax deductions, too.
37 minutes | May 11, 2021
Episode 120 features Ed Bridgman, developer of Homestead RV Community near Mobile, Ala.
Ed Bridgman is the owner and developer of Homestead RV Community, which is about 20 miles south of Mobile, Ala., and less than two miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Using a high-speed fiber optic network, the RV park offers the fastest internet service available and monitors water and electricity consumption at every site from a remote location. If people want to buy firewood or anything from the store, it is all done online and Workampers deliver it to the customer’s campsite a few minutes later. All communications are preformed virtually, including making reservations, payments, checking in and checking out. However, Workampers still provide personal attention by escorting guests to their sites, helping them connect to services and even hosting campwide events like movie nights, tournaments and special meals.
26 minutes | May 4, 2021
Episode 119 features Jeff Knutson who is looking for entrepreneurial Workampers to manage his Wisconsin campground
Jeff is looking for a Workamping solo or couple who is experienced in managing a campground or RV park. They may also be tasked with managing the on-site apartments and retail space, too. Compensation is set up differently than most other Workamping jobs in that the manager will receive a percentage of the gross income of the RV park. Jeff hopes that will be a big incentive to a prospective manager to help fill the park.
31 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Ranger Andrew Huddleston describes volunteer opportunities at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project in Idaho for Episode 118
Workampers serve as park attendants, which mean they greet visitors to the park, help them check in to their campsites, clean up the bathrooms, and help with clerical duties at the office. The volunteers are expected to donate 24 hours of time per couple in exchange for a full-hookup RV site very close to the Washington/Idaho border. The project has enough volunteers for the 2021 season, but Andrew is looking for Workampers in 2022, at which time he will be transitioning two more campgrounds over to volunteer attendants. He estimates he will need nine sets of volunteers next year.
26 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Leah Moskovitz describes Workamping opportunities at Cherry Republic in Episode 117
Cherry Republic operates six retail stores throughout Michigan, but hires 10 Workampers for its headquarters campus which is also home to the packing and distribution center. Workampers are utilized in the retail store, but also to serve samples or full glasses of wine to guests. In the distribution center, they assemble and label products before packing them for shipping. The paid jobs start at $10 per hour plus a free RV site.
37 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Jim Nelson and Rene Agredano, founders of Live. Work. Dream., encourage people to ‘be more dog’ in Episode 116
Jim Nelson and Rene Agredano jumped in to the RV lifestyle as a favor for their German shepherd, Jerry G. Dawg, who lost a leg to cancer. They wanted to give him an adventure of his lifetime, but the experience changed them to the point they continue traveling in their RV to encourage others to “be more dog.” Since 2007, they have logged 170,000 miles working various Workamping jobs, but also developed multiple income streams to support their nomadic lifestyle. They founded several successful online groups including Tripawds, for pet owners caring for three-legged animals, and Live. Work. Dream. to encourage others to embrace their travel dreams.
43 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Denise Fuller describes her RV experience and motivation for launching Camp Quilter Kits in Episode 115
Last year, with everyone stuck inside for COVID, Denise Fuller saw an opportunity to encourage others to try quilting. She started a business she could run out of her RV to create kits that people can buy online. Designed specifically for RVers and others who live in confined quarters, the kits come with patterns, batting and other supplies to complete smaller quilting projects. She also describes the RVing adventures she has enjoyed with her husband, Mark, since 2012.
33 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Amanda Burleson describes opportunities this summer at Prairie Berry Winery in South Dakota in Episode 114
Workampers have been employed by Prairie Berry for the past five years and they’ve always been involved with serving samples. This year, additional Workampers are needed to help in the kitchen preparing food for the on-site restaurant and helping to set up for special events. We have interviewed a number of Workampers on this show and in the Workamper News magazine who have described their time at Prairie Berry as one of the best jobs they’ve ever had.
39 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Ranger Rob Hill and Workampers Mike and Sue Ward describe opportunities at a USACE project in Florida on Episode 113
Park Ranger Rob Hill needs several volunteers to help create and deliver water safety presentations to area schools. For that reason, any Workampers with teaching experience and who love boating, canoeing or kayaking would likely love this opportunity. Rob is also looking for volunteers to help with maintenance of the property, serve as gatehouse attendants and simply interact with guests while overseeing the project. Workampers Mike and Sue Ward also come on the show to describe the community of Workampers as well as some of the jobs they do when working and some of the activities they enjoy during their time off.
36 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Mark Braddy talks about lucrative opportunities with ID Plans for Workamping couples in Episode 112
For 20 years, ID Plans has hired teams of RVers to trek across the country performing physical surveys of commercial real estate properties, primarily at retail locations, like malls or strip shopping centers. The teams confirm and record all the assets on the property. It might be the location of light poles in the parking lot to the types of air handling equipment on the roof and even the position of security cameras. The compensation plan uses a formula based on the square footage of the commercial property and assigns an amount to each item that must be documented whether it is an air handling unit or a sprinkler head. Generally, people can make from $1,000 to $2,000 per week.
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