Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-28-2013, 09:12 AM   #1
jcanavera's Avatar

2004 30' Classic Slideout
Fenton , Missouri
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 8,617
Images: 143
Send a message via AIM to jcanavera Send a message via Skype™ to jcanavera
Workamper/Volunteer Hosts

A few on the forum know, but last year I became unemployed due to my department being outsourced to an out of town company. After spending the past 12 months looking for permanent work, I've come to the conclusion that short of becoming self employed, the job market for a 65 year old person isn't there. So I've moved on, ended my job searches and have applied for some part time work at positions that are non retail oriented. With that is the fear that being part time will interfere with my ability to get out and travel. This first year out of work has been income limited which I expected. It gets better as time goes on so long term I'm not concerned.

One of the thoughts I've always entertained was either working at a campground or volunteering at our state park system. In this day and age the workamper concept has been a godsend for many campground owners and given some of us the ability to get out in our vehicles and get free sites in exchange for our help.

I guess I'm curious for those of you who still have homes but have tried this. I'm not sure whether I could give up an entire season to work in a private campground unless I was close enough to get home occasionally to check out the house. The state park system in Missouri does not allow long term hosting since they have seen issues where volunteer hosts have become a little overbearing if their stay at a particular park too long. To correct that issue hosting is limited and the volunteers have to move on to a different park if they want to continue their duties.

I'm curious if any of you have been either workampers in a private campground or volunteers in your state park system. What's good, what's bad? What did you discover that you didn't expect when you took on your duties?


Jack Canavera
AIR #56
'04 Classic 30' S.O.,'03 GMC Savana 2500,'14 Honda CTX 700
jcanavera is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2013, 09:23 AM   #2
Rivet Master
dznf0g's Avatar

2007 30' Classic
Oswego , Illinois
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 8,187

I am no expert, but i did start discussions with every volunteer I came across this summer, for future planning purposes. In a nutshell this is what I came back with after only a small representative sample of conversations with first timers to experienced workcampers:

Private: look for a longer commitment of several months

State: rather rigid in their schedules and hours of on-duty time. Usually want at least a month commitment.

Corp of engineers: "have to take what they can get" was the quote. Very flexible, will take a week to a season commitment.

Haven't spoken to any FS, only 2 state, several private, one Corps in this sample. FWIW.


"If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." - Red Green
dznf0g is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2013, 09:44 AM   #3
4 Rivet Member
2011 30' Flying Cloud
Arvada , Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 389
Having spent a good part of this summer visiting National Parks I am interested in pursuing the possibility of seasonal work next year - ideally in Glacier NP. We stayed at a number of KOA's on this trip and of course they have their Workamper program. Generally the work "follows-the-sun" and, though there are exceptions, the compensation is the use of a free site, laundry, and propane. The expectation is that you will work 20 hours per week. If there is a salary, it will usually be minimal.
Jack46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2013, 09:49 AM   #4
Rivet Master<br><img src="/ugala/forums/images/5rivet.gif">
CanoeStream's Avatar

2006 25' Safari FB SE
St. Cloud , Minnesota
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 13,279
Images: 19
Blog Entries: 3
Rich -- interesting!

Jack, I've seen the Cross Lake COE campground northeast of Brainerd. Pertaining to a different conversation we had -- nice area as you know.

5 meter Langford Nahanni

CanoeStream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2013, 10:01 AM   #5
Site Team
Lily&Me's Avatar

2006 22' Interstate
Normal , Illinois
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 10,734

We have met a fair number of people who workcamp a month at a time, so there are campgrounds that do this.

If you look for it, you will find it, IMO.

Good luck,

🏡 🚐 Cherish and appreciate those you love. This moment could be your last.🌹🐚❤️
Lily&Me is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2013, 10:07 AM   #6
Figment of My Imagination
Protagonist's Avatar
2012 Interstate Coach
Metairie , Louisiana
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 9,085
US Army Corps of Engineers Volunteer Portal:

Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers > Missions > Civil Works > Recreation > Volunteer Clearinghouse > Volunteer Opportunities

Federal Goverment Volunteer Portal: Home Page

One or the other of these two links should have a volunteer opportunity that you would like.
WBCCI #1105

Engineering: Finding complex solutions to simple problems you didn't even know you had.
Protagonist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2013, 10:36 AM   #7
Rivet Master
wkerfoot's Avatar
1979 23' Safari
1954 29' Liner
Orange , California
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 3,611

Email Daisy Welch on Hunter's list, she has been work camping for several years.

PM me if you need her email.


Bill Kerfoot, WBCCI/VAC/CAC/El Camino Real Unit #5223
Just my personal opinion
1973 Dodge W200 PowerWagon, 1977 Lincoln Continental, 2014 Dodge Durango
1979 23' Safari, and 1954 29' Double Door Liner Orange, CA
wkerfoot is online now   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:01 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.