What an excellent way for people to travel and is a second career for some.
I put a resume together after trying to find out what I really wanted to do. I was a nurse in the ER for a couple decades and am now enjoying the freedom that I've always set as my goal. Loved to travel, but not much opportunity for 20 years.
I was so busy with my career, raising my boys, and once the last son was graduating, I put the house up for sale. Bought our RV, flew from MN to CA and took a month coming back. I knew this was for me.
My employer actually found us via our Awesome Applicants Resume and sent me an email with an invitation to come join the resort they own in Kabetogama National Forest. We had about 20 other invites, but the others really didn't fit my idea of a good time. This couple has owned Northern Lights Resort 4 years now and have had many tough blows with weather, employees not showing up, and trying to maintain this beautiful resort. We made it here May 1 and today, it's still a good fit. The work is hard, however, we helped pull it all together with them and a second Workamper couple. The sunsets, family feel to the resort, and smiles on the guests' faces make all that work and effort seem like nothing. And the fishing...just saying.
- Workamper Diana B.
I am 56 and hubby is 63. We sold our home and gave away most of our stuff one year ago. We have been Workamping since then. I haven't looked back. This gives us the freedom to travel the country and be with family that we wouldn't have been able to visit before. And the best part is I get to be with my grandchildren! We have worked at 2 amusement parks. They are hard work, but I love it. I go to bed at night thanking God for guiding us to this lifestyle. Two years ago, we couldn't imagine we could pull it off, but we did! Don't wait 'till it is to late. Just do it! Join Workamper News and see all the opportunities out there.
- Workamper Dawn H.
My husband and I were Workampers for almost 20 years!! LOVED every minute of it!! We worked in some really great places and in some not so great places. We feel that some employers try to take advantage of the less expensive labor of a Workamper, because, let's face it, we don't do it to get rich in money. We did it to get rich with memories, and it worked!! We belonged to Workamper News most of that time, and NEVER had a problem finding a job anywhere we wanted to go. It is well worth the few $ it costs per year. Thank you Workamper News for all the wonderful memories!!!
- Workamper Beth
My husband and I were fulltime RV'ers for almost 6 years, and Workamped for 5 of those years, in multiple states for multiple employers. We had great experiences in some, and not so good experiences in others. Generally, the not so good experiences were primarily due to employers who said one thing, but did another and no amount of due diligence on our part would have changed how that works... people are, well, people. Overall, however, we thoroughly enjoyed the experiences because we met some fabulous people all across this country, and saw sights in areas we otherwise would not have seen due to "vacation" time constraints in normal work-related escapes. We were members of Workamper News and found the information they provided to be informative, educational and accurate. We worked the longest time period of about 8 months on one job, and the shortest of about 2 months in another. We really enjoyed the lifestyle, the friendships we made all over the country, and the benefit of supplemental income while still "playing" in areas of the USA we wanted to see and learn more about. Hope to renew our Workamping efforts in the coming year but even if not, will always be thankful for the experiences we have had so far. God bless you, Workampers everywhere!
- Workamper PJ
As a former business owner, I know how quick people are to complain, but compliments are rare. So "we" wanted to take a moment to post a great big THANK YOU.
We have been exploring the idea of Workamping for a few years and we finally took the plunge. The information we received from your website gave us an incredible edge and a huge insight to the things to do and not do in virtually every area of preparing for this adventure.
The forums have provided valuable info on everything from purchasing our RV to creating a resume that would attract employers, to knowing what to reasonably expect from an employer, to what to watch out for from employers.....the list goes on and on. We purchased our rig in early March and using your site had several "good" job offers by the middle of March. We started the position we chose on April 1st. It's the perfect mix for us of hours, perks, pay and location. The info we received from Workamper.com was invaluable in knowing what to ask and what to say in our interview process.
We are loving our new lifestyle!!! Our only regret is not doing it sooner. So THANK YOU and keep up the good work. To those of you out there considering a Workamping life - read, read read. The site has so much info to help prepare you for a great experience and to help you make the right choices.
- Workamper Kevin S.
Thank you for posting the video of 'The Secrets to a Happy Workamping Experience' with Kevin and Dee. It was a great source of advice and encouragement for people like us, infant Workampers! Newly retired, we are getting ready to sail into a new horizon...Workamping! We will be using WKN as a great resource for all the information we need to embark on our new adventure! Thank you so much for this resource!!!! It will be a huge blessing to so many people! God bless WKN!
- Workamper Dreamers Dale & Donna
Just wanted to say thank you for all the wonderful education from your staff over the years. We have spent our first summer working at the Tall Texan Campground and RV Park in Gunnison, CO. Couldn't have asked for a more wonderful experience. It all finally fell into place, after all the sweat and tears, and was worth it. Cindy's side-business is flourishing. You guys are the best!! And we are looking forward to many more years of your guidance and support. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!! We love all of you guys!! Say hi to everyone for us!
- Workampers Dave & Cindy
We are absolutely blown away with the success that we have attained via Workamper News! Within a week of putting our resume up on the Workamper.com website, we were offered full-time management positions in Texas, host positions at a National Park in Florida and 2017 seasonal positions at a beautiful RV resort in Virginia. Thanks guys, we couldn't have done it without you!
- Workamper Robert M.
(After a members-only Ask the Expert webinar with theTexas RV Professor)
VERY VERY impressed with Terry Cooper and the WKN team! Thanks. Informative, friendly, non-condescending, and well done from an IT perspective. This means a lot to us. Keep up the good work.
- Workampers Bruce and Christine
We subscribed long before we were able to become Workampers and got our first job out of the magazine back in 2010 (Crazy Horse Memorial, SD) We attended the very first Workamper Rendezvous event on our way out to SD in Spring 2011 and met folks there that we are still in touch with, learned a lot about what to expect as Workampers, and decided it was going to be a terrific experience. I've recommended Workamper News to dozens of fellow RV'rs, especially when they ask "How did you get the job that you're doing?" I believe there is no better resource to open more doors than WKN.
- Workamper Jim
We are new first-time Workampers who were concerned about getting a job for the winter. We utilized your Awesome Applicants Resume Builder (in the spring), posted the resume on your website and emailed it to 12 campgrounds on Wednesday night who had advertised in your magazine or online. We received about 15 phone calls by the weekend and accepted our first Workamping position in AZ for the winter season on Sunday! What a great service you provide; we received many compliments on the impressive resume. Thanks so much for all you do.
- New Workampers Herb & Kathy
Joined as a Gold member yesterday, posted our Awesome Applicants Resume last night, woke up to multiple offers, accepted an offer in gorgeous Montana a little bit ago. This site really rocks. Thank you for making this so easy and for all the information! We are beyond excited about our new Workamping opportunity.
- Workamper Bethany
We did Workamping. Used Workamper News to find positions wherever we wanted to travel to: Minnesota, Maine, Texas, Alaska, New Mexico, Idaho - just to name a few. Sometimes we received our site and others we worked more hours for our site and pay. I call Workamper News the "Sears catalog" of fulltime RVing.
- Workamper Betty T.
Hi WKN staff,
Just wanted to say that Workamper News really works! As a new and solo RVer, I was pretty anxious about finding a job for the Spring-Fall 2016 season that would accept a single Workamper. After a successful stint at Amazon CamperForce that ended a few weeks ago, I was finally able to rest and catch up on paperwork, including sending out resumes for my next job.
One week ago on Friday I emailed 6 resumes in response to ads I'd saved from the Workamper Hotline. And today I received my 4th positive response! I accepted an offer for a paid position plus full hook-up site just outside of Yellowstone National Park, an area of the country I've always wanted to explore.
But the best part is knowing that when this assignment ends and I have one more Workamping job under my belt, there will be plenty of opportunities to choose from next year.
I appreciate having this service and will recommend it to others.
- Workamper Lisa T.
I have sold Andersen's RV Park in Long Beach, WA. Wanted to tell you all how much I have appreciated your help, patience, friendliness over the years (28 years for me).
Over the years, I hired lots of Workamper hosts. I think I had about a 95% success rate. Great folks...the people responsible for the wonderful
reviews the park got on Trip Advisor, etc. You (Workamper News) have created and provide an excellent service for the campground/RVing world.
My thanks and best wishes to you ALL.
- Lorna, former RV park owner
I'm so pleased with the amount of information you share so freely. It has given me a deeper sense of how to approach the entire situation [of recruiting Workampers]. You've given great advice, and we will follow it. I wanted to reach out and say thank you for really going the extra mile to help someone new at this. It is very reassuring to know you are out there.
- Employer Nick, Johnson's Beach
(Less than 1 hour after the online Hotline ad was posted) The phone was ringing from the moment I talked with you. Six applicants as of this moment.
(20 hours later) Oh my GOSH! Response to the ad! I have filled the positions and am being swamped on my email! Can we shut it down?
- Employer Linda, Mustang Hollow Campground in Texas
Looks like that full page display ad in the magazine is really driving in applicants. Just wanted to reach out and say thank you. Workampers are such a huge part of what we do and you guys have been great to work with.
- Employer Colin, Cal-Am RV Resorts
Guess who got a job in less than 48 hours?! We did!
We think Workamper Discovery Days really prepared us for getting this job. The Employer had problems in the past with a couple quitting early on them and we were able to talk about the importance of commitment in a Workamper and such from your seminar. They are sending us a letter of agreement fashioned after the one on your website. And even though it happened so fast we were not able to fully use the Awesome Applicants Resume, we did fashion our resume after the sample you furnished. Just like you said in the seminars, we were honest about being full-time RVers for 5 weeks now, but conveying our enjoyment of people and the experience.
Thanks again guys,
- Workampers Bill & Mary Ann
Talk about quick action. We had applications coming in Thursday evening and hired a couple yesterday.
- Employer Rob, Bridge RV Park
(In reply to running a one week Hotline ad.)
Tom and I are now three weeks into our fulltime RV life and it is great! Tom retired from his job (and his 60+ mile commute each way) in the middle of April. We updated our resume and started looking for positions on April 11th. Tom accepted a volunteer position in Georgia by the end of the month and we were on our way by Mother’s Day. It all happened so fast! I still have my same fulltime job that I had back in Virginia. I am a RN and work from home/RV.
We had been dreaming of this for a number of years and attended the Rendezvous in 2012. I have to say we learned so much in those 3+ days that we had the tools needed to put this plan in place. We will be back to Rendezvous, October 2014. Can’t wait, there is still a lot we can learn.
As it turns out Tom has now accepted his “dream position” at a shooting complex in Nevada for next April. Winter will be in Mission, TX.
Thank you so much for helping us make our dream come true!
- Workampers Tom & Linda
Thank you so much for your awesome assistance! I am continually impressed with the quality of the service you provide. We Workampers so appreciate the job search help that Workamper News offers.
As they say in Hawaii, Mahalo Plenty!
- Workamper Jennifer
Once again, we would like to thank you ALL for being there for us RV park owners by providing Workampers, plus incredible tools to help in this industry. Because of your company, we have three great Workampers for the summer ahead!
- Employers Peter & Dawn, GilGal Oasis RV Park
Thank you for the contact. We DON'T need an ad this year because last year's ad got us great people that have been here all summer, AND another couple who saw last year's ad and have committed to us for next year.
- Employer Marilyn, Buffalo Rock Lodge
Thanks for the advertising reminder, but we are thrilled to have our wonderful Park Hosts coming back next year!!! It is such a relief to have your service to provide a connection to exceptional people. We will be installing another site in the next couple of years, and will be needing a third camp host then. We will certainly advertise through Workamper News!
- Employer Julie, LCMC Office Manager
I love Workampers. They all have a great story to tell and the majority of them are great people. I owned an RV park in NM for 10 years and I always had at least two couples there all the time. They would stay for about 6 months and move on, and then some would come back and do another stint. I'm looking forward to my new hire. I have the one who worked for me last summer coming back. So I really only need one couple. Thanks for the good service.
- Employer Del
I placed my first ad for Workampers and I had over fifty calls. Ninety-eight percent of them were wonderfully qualified, so it was a very difficult choice to make. Thank you for the great services you provide.
- Employer Jeannie of Gran’ma’s Apple Pie
I have used Workamper News and loved it! It does the work for you. Can't wait to use it again when I'm ready to go Workamping again. Totally worth it!
- Workamper Kim
Great site for fulltimers, and those new & experienced to Workamping! This site has made our dreams come true!
- Workamper Sue & Gene
So far a great place to go to get all the information you need and lots of expert help in the Workamper lifestyle.
- Workamper Russell & Barbara
Such a wonderful group of folks who do their best to bring info and opportunities to us, the Workampers, and those that want (and those on the sidelines) to be Workampers, to make our RV lifestyle experiences the best they can be. Thanks WKN peeps!!!
- Workamper Teresa
Been on this site for maybe a few weeks and just got my first couple jobs lined up from people who had found me via my Awesome Applicants Resume! So so excited! Working March - October in Utah, and from October to Christmas for Amazon in Kansas. I'm set for the rest of the year. Bonus is that it is exactly the situation I want - full-time wages plus FHU site. Couldn't be better! Love this website. Now on to finding a trailer to live in!
- Workamper Heather A.
Just to let you know I had four job offers two days after I renewed my membership. Not bad for a single, huh?! Took one in a beautiful mountain resort. Workamper News works!!!
- Workamper Clayton W.
Been pleased with my membership to WKN. Found my first job in the magazine back in 1998 and again in 2000. I remember in 2001 calling the Hotline and locating employment. In the fall of 2009, I rejoined with Workamper Gold and the daily emails helped me obtain employment. Not saying that there aren't other free websites to obtain employ from; 'cause I have looked at them, but "most are for volunteer and work for site only."
I remember back to 1988 when Greg Robus and his wife owned WKN and it was in infancy with a newsletter style bi-monthly "magazine."
Remembering an old advertisement that stated, "You've come a long way, baby!" Some members complain about a price increase and yes, I've wished it was cheaper. Back in 1988 a gallon of diesel was like maybe $1.79; now $4.00+. Did we see any improvement in the diesel fuel?! I have seen a lot of improvement in WKN since then.
Am I promoting WKN? - You Betcha Sweet Bippy!
- Workamper Irishrover
During the 7 years we Workamped, Workamper News was our Bible. We were so lucky to have great jobs in wonderful places. We passed our old issues to other Workampers we met along the road. Due to health problems last year, we purchased a home in Florida. We have many wonderful memories of the friends we met while on the road and we continue to tell people about Workamper News. We hope you continue your service for many, many years to come. You are great people doing a great service for those Workampers still on the road.
- Former Workampers Clyde & Carolyn
Thank you to Workamper News! I will be working at Timberlake Campground in WA for the summer. Was looking at the Workamper News site a week or so ago. Heard a ding, looked up, there was this new ad. Read it, picked up the phone and the next day the Employer called back and offered me the job. Have to be there mid-April. How's that for service? Pretty darn good, I'd say. Thanks for your help.
- Workamper Lloyd G.
The information on the WKN forums, the magazine and Featured Employers area provided me with enough information to make an informed decision. The phone interview took over an hour. Most of which was details on information I had already received from the above sources. I definitely feel I received my money's worth from being a member. I could have found this opportunity without Workamper News, but would not have known which questions to ask. Looking forward to spring and heading west.
- Workamper Kevin K.
I wanted to thank you for being there for us Workampers. I know I don't tell you enough how much I appreciate WKN and the services you provide; the new services you are providing, to make this lifestyle available to us dreamers. Yes, even though we are living the lifestyle, there are still dreams/what ifs. If it weren't for WKN and your support through the website and the services you provide such as recorded seminars, webinars, campfires, classes...we would not be as successful on knowing how to even attempt to live this super lifestyle! In a few months, the learning curve would have been straight uphill.
We have been on the road since Sept. 2009 and we are loving every minute of it. You helped prepare us by providing classes (aka webinars) for us to participate in. The Coopers and Jaimie Hall Bruzenak were our first introduction, through WKN, to how this Workamping stuff all worked - literally. We never knew a refirgerator had fins nor how the Awesome Applicants Resume would be a Workamper's best friend when properly written and attended to diligently!
So many people come to mind as we look back on our years of Workamping experiences in the Sandpoint, Idaho area, the Black Hills of South Dakota and now Frankenmuth Michigan!
Without Workamper News giving us the tools and being the anchor, fellow Workampers giving us the encouragement and answering our questions, and God being our Light when we didn't know where we would head next in this big beautiful country of ours, we would still be sitting at our stick and brick home and wondering...so is this it after retirement?
Thanks from the bottom of our hearts for sharing your dream with us, because I sense from past conversations with you and from lurking on the website when we are too busy being outside to attend the actual webinar, but enjoy the recordings...that WKN is not a job for you all but your dream! Thank you.
- Workampers Phil & Jan P.
Flexibility! We just hung up our keys temporarily to help my mom go through chemo - something we never could have done with an 8-5 job. This is the second time in 2 1/2 years that we have had to travel across country for a life-threatening disease threatening a close family member. Workamping provided the opportunity and the means to easily do that!
- Winnie W.
As a recent member of Workamper News for less than a week, I wish to compliment everyone that had anything to do with the make-up, design, or the mechanics of how your Awesome Applicant resume section works. It is great and very easy to work with. Shortly after my membership kicked in, I typed up my resume and posted it without pictures, thinking that would be a chore that would take a while. Within a short time and before I had pictures with it, I had two contacts. I later found out how easy it is to upload pictures that I already had on my computer and have since had about 8 or 10 employers look at my resume. I think we have a summer job pretty well lined up now without ever sending out a resume. It all happened by posting the resume on your site. You did a good job designing that section.
- Workamper Robert S.
My husband and I just had our first winter of Workamping in southeast Georgia and it was absolutely an amazing decision that we made! We made A LOT of new friends, learned a lot about how a campground runs, and just had an awesome time! if you are dreaming about this lifestyle, GO FOR IT! We have been full-time RVers since May 2009 and will never go back to a stick 'n brick house!
- Workamper Tammy R.