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Old 09-18-2015, 02:35 PM   #1
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I plan to retire end of this year and start full timing and workamping May 2016. Would like to soon start the process of sending out resumes. Has anyone just sent them out to a number of campgrounds even though they may not advertise for positions? Have you been successful in being offered a job by doing this or is it a waste of time? Thanks.
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I wouldn't do a mass mailing but if you pick out 10 or less parks that you would consider, definitely give that a try.

The majority of our gigs have been gotten in person when we've been at the park for visiting.

For us, we wouldn't take anything. It had to be in an area that we really wanted to explore on our time off. Good luck!
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Old 09-18-2015, 03:15 PM   #3
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Don't forget to check out volunteer.gov if you're looking to trade several days working for a camp site. We've picked up both of our volunteer jobs through this site. We really like the National Wildlife Refuges, and we've visited some Corps of Engenieer camps that looked like good places to spend some extended time.
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Old 09-19-2015, 12:24 PM   #4
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Thank you for the replies. It helps me a lot. Appreciate you taking the time to answer.
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Old 09-19-2015, 02:45 PM   #5
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We always fret but never go wanting. Just e-mailed 7 from this list and got an immediate positive response. Seems you never know when an opening will come up. Good Luck. Volunteer Resident Opportunities
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We signed up on the KOA Workkamper site. We were able to put both our resumes on there and search jobs across the US. Some campgrounds contacted us as well. Good luck.
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Thank you very much for the list. That's a great resource. Will definitely look it over and send a few resumes out.
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Don't forget to check out volunteer.gov if you're looking to trade several days working for a camp site. We've picked up both of our volunteer jobs through this site. We really like the National Wildlife Refuges, and we've visited some Corps of Engenieer camps that looked like good places to spend some extended time.

We also have used Volunteer.gov quite effectively. This post points out something else worth noting--not all volunteer jobs are the same, different ones will appeal to different people. We did a volunteer stint for the National Park Service at a National Historic Site which we enjoyed tremendously. We operated a visitor center and gift shop which freed the rangers to give interpretive talks and do research. We even got to do some interpretive talks ourselves. That was much more our style than some other volunteer positions would be but it might not appeal to everyone.
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Docj: Good point

After trying different types of volunteering we settled on giving lighthouse tours.
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Having volunteered for USFWS for 9,+ years here's a couple tips
1 after you locate an opportunity send your info directly to the volunteer co ordinator of that facility. This has permitted us to always get the places we wanted
2 have a phone conversation detailing exactly what the expectations are, hours to be worked etc. Send an email outlining the conversation and ask for a confirmation that the info is correct. This also allows you to be sure about any ancillary things you'll need to do. As an example I will work in visitor centers but not everyday. I am much happier doing education and interp programs, being out and about encountering the public one on one etc.
Send me a PM if you would like an example of our resume. We have found in volunteer jobs they do not care if you were a street cleaner or a Fortune 500 CEO. Its personality and the ability to get along with others that count. Flexibility is the name of the game.
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