GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — WorkingCouples.com, a job search site for couples, is gearing up for a spring rush when warmer weather means campgrounds and RV parks across the country will be looking for management teams to help run their operations.
A current list of these intriguing job opportunities is available at workingcouples.com/jobs-category/work-campers-campground.
“With spring just weeks away, millions of Americans are getting over their cabin fever and starting to plan trips into the great outdoors,” said Lee Ashworth, co-founder of WorkingCouples.com. “And though they go unnoticed, on-site managers work hard to make sure all campers have a memorable experience.”
Market research on the popularity of camping in the United States shows that this “true American tradition” is again picking up steam he added.
According to the Outdoor Foundation’s 2012 report, about 15 percent of Americans over the age of 6 went camping in 2011. Taken together, they spent nearly 535 million days camping, or 12.6 days per person. The report predicts a steady upward trend in the number of campers.
“Analysts believe that an almost fully recovered economy combined with exceptionally low gas prices could make 2015 a banner year for campgrounds coast to coast, which would mean plenty of job openings for couples looking for a different kind of work environment,” said Ashworth.
Campground work for couples is diverse, depending in large part on the type of campground and the local climate. “Camping” itself is a broad definition, ranging from tent camping to cabins to RVs. In recent years, “glamping,” or glamor camping, has become a phenomenon among younger female campers. Regardless of the type of camping available, campgrounds always need conscientious managers on the grounds to keep everything in check, he explained.
The responsibilities of a couple working at a campground might include greeting and registering guests, collecting fees and producing reports on attendance and revenue. Physical aspects of the work can range from cleaning and general upkeep to maintenance work. First impressions are important, and on-site management teams play a big role in creating that impression. Campground managers are truly the “face” of the business – they are the first responders and problem solvers whenever guests have questions or concerns, Ashworth said.
“Campground work for couples definitely has its advantages; property owners typically allow their managers to live on the grounds rent free, plus take advantage of all the facilities,” he added. “Part-time and seasonal workers may receive a small stipend, whereas full-time campground managers are likely to earn salaries with benefits.
“The intangible benefits, though, include fresh air, a gentler pace and the sense of being one’s own boss,” said Ashworth. “As with many jobs in the property management niche, retirees make up a large part of the ranks. However, the work is truly perfect for people of any age bracket or background who simply want an escape from the rat race.”
Anyone can browse the listings for campground jobs on WorkingCouples.com. Paid subscribers can see employers’ full contact information and post resumes. All jobs listings pass through an editorial review process to ensure they meet the site’s high standards, he explained.
SOURCE: WorkingCouples.com press release