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Old 10-15-2017, 08:00 AM   #15
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A lot of your good host job jobs are not going to jump out at you. And you need to look other places besides net. Tons of campgrounds in Midwest open only summer time. Look in each town individually by campground. Pick the area you want to go to. I did this for about 3 years got enough work (small wage) and got unemployment in winter. Many other seasonal jobs available also paid my own rent but still worked enough for the unemployment. At 72 years old I finally quit completely but for 12 years worked this part time work situation.
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Old 10-15-2017, 08:08 AM   #16
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Because a host job is unpaid!! Because We the People are getting free labor out of this deal, and in order for that to work properly, the United States would be wise to go the extra mile to make it worth peoples' trouble.

The candidates must be incentivized by something else, given that they are not incentivized by wages. And the single most obvious front-end incentive is ease-of-process (i.e., lure them in), especially given the way that people frequently use the hosting process to work their way across the country. Perhaps the single biggest wage-compensating up-side that hosts have related to me is that hosting has allowed them to "see the country" in a particular way. Not by spending three superficial days in each location like a typical tourist, but by spending three months and really getting to see the place and know something of the people who frequent it.

Nobody can be expected to know how to work their way across an entire country in a productive manner without extensive assistance. By not crafting accurate host postings and presenting them as attractive alternatives for people, the United States is basically saying, "We want you to work for free, AND NOT ONLY THAT, we don't really want to have to lift a finger to make it easier for you, or to even inspire you to try it in the first place."

Sorry. That's just not realistic in a transactional situation where supply is clearly outstripping demand. I'm reminded of the old saying that government has no clue how to run even the smallest parts of itself with the efficiency and effectiveness of a business. And the end result of that failure is spectacular camp host vacancies such as the one I showed above, and the social problems that come with such vacancies (in Texas, one of the biggest challenges has been drug cookers and grass growers moving into the National Forests, given that there are so few people minding the store).
Sounds as if you've got a handle on the problem. Why not show us how an effective and efficient transactional process can work and volunteer to develop it for us.
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Old 10-15-2017, 08:21 AM   #17
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:11 AM   #18
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Old 10-16-2017, 07:01 AM   #19
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Sounds as if you've got a handle on the problem. Why not show us how an effective and efficient transactional process can work and volunteer to develop it for us.
It sounds like a good retirement gig, doesn't it? Unfortunately, I don't have that luxury. My husband and I are still younger working people with jobs. Our time is not our own.
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Old 10-17-2017, 10:53 AM   #20
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It sounds like a good retirement gig, doesn't it? Unfortunately, I don't have that luxury. My husband and I are still younger working people with jobs. Our time is not our own.
You think you're busy now, wait until you retire!
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Old 10-17-2017, 01:14 PM   #21
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It sounds like a good retirement gig, doesn't it? Unfortunately, I don't have that luxury. My husband and I are still younger working people with jobs. Our time is not our own.
So, the crux of the issue is you don't own your time? You do live in America, yes?

. . . so you want all the other taxpayers' tax dollar subsidies to pay government agencies to make it as easy as possible for you to find an "unpaid" FHU parking spot (~$600 - $900 value), possibly with a stipend, since your taskmaster of choice won't let you have the time to do your own research?

You don't seem to have chosen well who owns your time. I'd recommend starting with a mirror to find the owner and ditch the victim mask; it'll make your life better and retirement more fun.

IMO, the folks that will actually work at these types of jobs are the ones who will work at finding them. I've seen the other kind "at work", enjoying the benefits, "entitled to the handout", without effort in-kind.
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Old 10-18-2017, 06:41 AM   #22
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No, we actually do have to work at our jobs and maintain incomes - we realize that not everyone does, but we are not in that socioeconomic class. My husband is an aerospace engineer, a flight controller for the International Space Station, a job that routinely requires after hours and weekend work at Johnson Space Center. I've run my own small business profitably for the past 11 years. Anyone who can make the same business ownership claim knows that such a gig is far more demanding than the typical nine-to-five.

So no, we have existing commitments that prevent us from taking on large-scale volunteer projects. It sounds like YOU, on the other hand, have time on your hands, so maybe you would be a good candidate to make headway on what we're talking about here.

I would warn you, however, that the world will not be so easily fooled into thinking that FHU host sites have an effective value of $600 - $900 per month. If that were true, people would be flocking to them and we wouldn't be seeing so many vacant host sites. As a point of reference, I believe our closest private Airstream community charges $300/mo, and that's for FHU in a well-kept waterfront facility.
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Old 11-19-2017, 03:12 PM   #23
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If you want to guest host at a state park. Suggest contacting the state you are interested in. We guest hosted at Cloudland Canyon (Ga), will be at Black Rock Mtn (Ga) this coming summer.
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Old 01-10-2018, 08:01 PM   #24
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I am into my 8th month of work camping for the same property owner in a different state. I started at their campground in Michigan in April and worked thru Labor Day.

Went south to deal with elderly parents and then rejoined the same owner at their Florida campground near Inverness in November. Planning to be here at least till May.

All of the private owned campground are looking for quality people to work in their operations in exchange for site rental + utilities. Sometimes they will pay a stipend and or hourly wage for anything worked over 25 hours per week. If you have a favorite campground, reach out to the owners and share your experience and areas you might contribute too. Housekeeping and guest service areas (crafts, sewing, painting, biking, dance and cooking classes are always popular)

Personally I started as an auditor then expanded to reservations, now covering a shift on the front desk and might be leading some bike groups on the nearby trails. Remember to network....everybody who owns an RV has a story. Just ask them
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Old 01-28-2018, 07:56 PM   #25
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We've done a few stints as campground hosts at two Missouri State parks. Last summer we were at a commercial campground for the birth of our third grandchild. The owner of the campground noticed how we acted and how we dealt with some of the neighbors. As we were getting ready to leave he came out to talk to us and told us that the next time we were going to be in the area he'd like for us to cover some shifts in the office in exchange for a free site. We'll keep it in mind the next time we're headed that way.

BTW, many State parks are in need of campground hosts. Check what's involved in getting signed up at each State's park system page.
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I "fell" into my current Camp Host gig by camping here, and in conversation the ranger made me an offer. It's been a great experience, and this position will be available in April, when I must leave to transit back to Tennessee.

Here in Sandy Beach County Park, we have 42 pull through sites with 30 amp and water (Host site has sewer), a dump station, boat launch, and day use area. Daily duties are extremely flexible - you do as much as you feel like doing. The position is mainly here for safety, as an off-hours presence for emergencies.
The camp is halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento, right on the Sacramento River. Rio Vista is the nearest city. Walmarts and wineries within 25 miles, it is the perfect spot to save money on camp fees for a few months. IF you are interested, send me a message, and I can give you more info and perhaps send an application.
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