What is Workamping?

Wondering what is workamping? Curious about what workampers do? With 15+ years of workamping experience, we have answers!

  1. What is Workamping, and how has it evolved?
  2. What Do Workampers Do?
  3. What Kind of Workamping Jobs Are There?
  4. What Kind of Workamping Have We Done?
  5. How Do You Find Workamping Jobs?
  6. What Is The Best Workamping Resource?
  7. Does Amazon hire workampers?
  8. Any Other Ways To Make Money On The Road?

What Is Workamping, and How to Find Workamper Jobs?

Ever wonder: What is workamping all about? As Workamper Concierge members, we’d love to help you learn more about it.

Ask ten Workampers to define workamping and you are likely to hear ten different definitions for what is workamping. Technically speaking, however, “workamping” is the contraction of “work” and “camping” to describe a working arrangement for RVers which usually involves a place to camp as compensation for services rendered. Many workamping jobs also pay a salary.

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How Has Workamping Evolved?

This traditional definition for workamping has evolved over the years. During our 15+ years on the road, we have enjoyed workamping primarily as a way to save on rent and explore new areas. What is workamping today? As our own online business efforts have grown, we now work wherever we camp. This new form of workamping includes side-hustle apps, gig economy jobs, remote employment, freelance work, and running your own remote business. We provide complete details and about these and more revenue streams to support your nomadic lifestyle in our comprehensive workamping guide and full-time rving handbook, Income Anywhere!

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No matter what your expertise is, there is a platform to help you earn an income from anywhere. If you can think of it, there is a gig economy app you can use to make money on the road. Uper, Lyft, and Instacart aren’t the only ways. Here are just a few…

This is a small sampling of the many modern workamping alternatives we provide in the updated 4th edition of our comprehensive workamping guide. Read on for more information about traditional workamping jobs. Learn about the types of paid and volunteer jobs available for workampers. See the types of gigs we’ve had for examples of less typical workamping jobs. And discover many resources for where to find the best workamping jobs.

What Do Workampers Do?

The most common forms of workamping include RV park services/maintenance and campground hosting. Contractual arrangements are usually made between employers and RVing couples who often split duties ranging from office management, reservations, cleaning and laundry to pool maintenance, mowing, construction and repairs.

Many private RV parks and resorts employ workampers to work in the office registering and checking guests in and out, or to work onsite providing groundskeeping, repair and maintenance services. Campground hosts are primarily employed by state, federal or small private campgrounds and duties may include but are not limited to reservations, site maintenance, restroom cleaning, firewood sales, or docent services.

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Jim cleans hot spring pools along the Rio Grande.

What Kind of Workamping Jobs Are There?

Many people believe if you work and you camp, you are a workamper. That would make us full-time workampers since we are always working from anywhere we park!

But aside from that, what is workamping? The truth is, there are many different kinds of workamping jobs other than the typical RV park worker or campground host. We discuss many of these opportunities in the Workamping chapter of our e-book, Income Anywhere! The following is just a small sampling of the many other available workamping jobs we have discovered.

Example Workamping Jobs:

  • RV Resort Office or Maintenance Jobs
  • Animal Rescue Volunteer
  • Farm/Ranch Worker
  • Fish Hatchery Volunteer
  • Theme Park Worker
  • Oil Field Gate Guard
  • Sugar Beet Harvest Worker
  • Property Caretaker
  • Resort/Hospitality Seasonal help
  • Christmas Tree, Pumpkin or Fireworks Sales

This is just a small sampling of the many volunteer and paid opportunities for workampers to save on rent and make money on the road.

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Rene works the front desk at Riverbend Hot Springs
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Learn more about workamping with an complete section listing numerous employers in our digital nomad resource guide, Income Anywhere!

With this new and improved Fourth Edition, we share tips from our 15+ years experience, and give you the most comprehensive directory of employers hiring everywhere. Think beyond the campground! Discover jobs with the circus, oil field gate guarding, fulfillment centers, seasonal harvests, and many more. See where to look for work on ranches, organic farms, or in the cannabis industry.

What is workamping beyond RV park jobs?

We encourage anyone interested in what is workamping to think outside the park! Watch this video we produced for a better idea of a few unique opportunities that exist for workampers. Here we interview a number of employers hiring at a Workamper Expo we attended in Florida.

In our 15+ years of workamping, we have never had the typical campground host or RV park maintenance jobs. As our remote business has grown, we’re much more selective about the jobs we accept. We’ve only returned to our favorite ranch workamping job for quite a few years now.

What Is Workamping We Have Done?

You can read all of our workamping blog posts for details about the various temporary and seasonal jobs we have enjoyed over the years. Our very first experience as workampers in 2007 was a brief animal rescue workamping job in South Carolina. Our duties ranged from construction and general maintenance to caring for the cats and dogs—feeding, and cleaning up after them

baby lamb at organic farm workamping job

Next, we were organic farm workampers in Florida. In exchange for our free site our workamping farm duties included managing the farm stand, harvesting produce, working the local farmers market, and more. We also learned how to make biodiesel, and the hard truth about farming in America.

Since then we have workamped at a hot springs resort in New Mexico, did some property caretaking in Arizona, and Rene even gave the Amazon Camperforce workamping job a try at the Fernely, Nevada warehouse.

Our favorite job, by far, has been the summers we have spent at Vickers Ranch, where we’ve done everything from working hay fields, managing the office, mending fences and cleaning cabins to laundry—lots of laundry!

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Jim builds deck at Colorado ranch workamping job.

About the only workamping jobs we have not tried, are your typical RV park or campground host gigs. We have also not done the Sugar Beet Harvest or any gate guarding, which we hear can be a lot of work but quite lucrative in a short time. Now that our own remote home based business endeavors keep us busy, we are a bit more selective of the workamping jobs we do.

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Workamper Rene tends to cows on organic farm in Florida.

How Do You Find Workamping Jobs?

Visit our Facebook Workampers Group. We also list many ways to find workamping jobs in our e-book. The following are just a few of our favorite resources, some are free, others require a subscription.

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What Is The Best Workamping Resource?

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Workamper Intro (Free)

Just investigating this lifestyle for the first time? Hoping to Workamp in the future? Start here to learn about the Workamping lifestyle, develop your dream and then set it into motion! Free membership provides access to past issues of the online Magazine, Workamper Academy, private Facebook Group and the daily Hotline Jobs page and emails (Delayed 14 days). Free Membership!

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Workamper Gold

Already an RVer? Want to find Workamping opportunities, research the lifestyle,  and get connected with others in the community? A Workamper News Gold membership is the a great place to start. Gold Membership provides access to the extensive Workamping Article Index with articles on every aspect of the Workamping and RVing lifestyle. Gold members can also search the Media Library, with years of recorded webinars, interviews, training & more. Get Gold with Promo Code: AGRE6207

Workamper Diamond

Diamond level membership is the best value for anyone serious about workamping. Benefits to help you research and find future opportunities include receipt of daily Hotline Jobs as they are published, and the ability to build an online resume viewed by all the best employers. Place a Situation Wanted ad, read employer or workamper experience reviews, network with other Workampers, and much more. Get Diamond with Promo Code: AGRE6207

Workamper Platinum

For the serious workamper, WKN Platinum membership offers all of the above, plus Verified Work History on your resume. Add this shining star to your resume for and also get: Discounted Event Pricing, and discount coupons for the Workamper News Store and National RV Training Academy course. Get Platinum with Promo Code: AGRE6207

Workamping at Amazon

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Rene at 2009 Amazon Camperforce Job

The Amazon Camperforce program hires temporary staff to help during peak seasons at their regional distribution warehouses throughout the country. Assignments usually begin in early Fall and last through December 23rd. Amazon has facilities located in Campbellsville, KY, Coffeyville, KS, and Murfreesboro, TN with more opening all the time.

Compensation normally includes hourly pay, a paid completion bonus, referral bonuses, and often paid campsites at a nearby RV park. The work environment is fast-paced, energetic, and demanding. It can be a quick way to make some decent money, but it may not be for everyone. Read all about Rene’s time workamping in Fernley, NV for more information about her experience working for Amazon.

Beyond Workamping

For more information about what is workamping and the various other ways we support our nomadic lifestyle, download our e-book, Income Anywhere! We list numerous resources for finding remote employment, and making extra money in the Gig Economy. As location independent entrepreneurs for 15+ years, we share proven tips for finding your niche and building your remote business.

How To Make Money On The Road

We discovered shortly after hitting the road that the best way earn a reliable income as full-time RVers is to develop multiple revenue streams.

We provide complete details about how we do it—from workamping, crafting, and writing, to niche blogging, self-publishing, product marketing and more in our book, Income Anywhere!