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Recommendations for Employers at the big tent?
Our first was with a concessionaire at an Army Corp of Engineers lake. One of us was required to be there 24/7, two shower houses and three restrooms cleaned and stocked twice a day, sites were pea gravel and empty ones had to be directionally raked so you could tell they had been raked, fire pits cleaned and emptied if full within 6" of the top patrol the loops 3 times a day and record leave date every morning (3 loops 75 sites altogether) and 10 PM to enforce quiet time rules. Got 7 1/2 hours minimum wage per day and paid $300 a month site rent with free utilities including propane. Ended up spending about what we made on ice cream but broke even. We were tired at the end of the season but loved doing it. Figured out volunteers got treated much better as they got a free site with all utilities, a golf cart and only worked the evenings on the weekend doing camp fire programs. We volunteered several years and eventually found some seasonal jobs where site and utilities were free and fewer hours with better pay. Because of volunteering we were offered seasonal jobs that paid well and free campsite with utilities such as security, front desk, retail clerk and shuttle driver. I ended up working seasonally for the NPS and State DNR and my wife drives a shuttle seasonally. We make enough to travel 3 months of the year easy so life is good. Worst part of seasonal work is lack of benefits but that is changing at least with the government jobs.
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(12-07-2017, 11:14 AM)bullfrog Wrote:  (3 loops 75 sites altogether) 

With that many sites I can see how it would be a constant job.  The park I work at now has 10 camp sites.  I wouldn't want to maintain a camp any bigger, I don't think.
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My boss generally figured one man-hour per 5 day week for each campsite. So if you had 30 campsites to host, it should only take you 30 hours per week and that's what you would get paid for.
My campground only had 10 sites, but two days per week I also had to manage two other campgrounds, one with 14 sites (half yurts) and a group campground. My primary job was taking care of a day use area that people paid $5 to park at. Plus a lot of paperwork. So for many days I had a hard time staying under 8 hours per day (no overtime allowed).
I wouldn't say that the work was hard physically, other than being on my feet all day. When I did have any slow times, I'd pick up litter, paint picnic tables, deep clean bathrooms or storage closets, etc.

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Does anybody remember "OWL" with the Forest Service is still working the Big Tent ? I know he was working at French Meadows or Cherry Lake for a while.
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Different question...if you "live" where you work, how do people not bother you when you are "off duty"??
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They do occasionally. I just dealt with them as quickly as possible. If it was my off-time; I was usually hiking, eating, or in my van watching a DVD or reading a book. Seldom a problem, really. Camphosts in bigger campgrounds likely get bothered more.

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(12-05-2017, 07:52 AM)cyndi Wrote: Here’s the link to the book

I'm reading it now....thanks Smile
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I posted a sign after being woke up a couple of times at 2 AM and posted a dispatch emergency number when unavailable.
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(12-06-2017, 07:02 PM)waverider1987 Wrote: I've always wanted to visit Oregon. I wonder if any parks from there will be at the event looking for hosts...

CLM should be there, they do Mt Hood NF campgrounds. AL&L should also be there, but all the desirable positions were always taken before the big tent. Hoodoo was there a couple of years ago but not last year. I think there are a couple of other companies that do NF campgrounds in OR that are small and don't do the big tent.

CLM had me do 32 sites plus day use for full time. (more 2 days a week) Hoodoo had me do 60 sites (3 campgrounds) and was less work, since they gave me the tools to do it and did not expect me to greet each visitor and spend 6 hours a week doing paperwork.

Oregon state parks has volunteer hosts and paid no-site park ranger assistants. Tons of competition for the latter, positions are posted in Feb and Apr.
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I am hoping there will be some camp hosts jobs that are hiring for the winter. I don't know how common they are in southern states. Looking at CLM and Amer Land Leisure I haven't really seen any winter ones. Occasionally a year round one wanting couples with and RV for busy parks. But as an assistant park ranger seasonally in oregon I was hoping for find one that is remote and somewhere in the Nov-April range. As someone who works with volunteer camp hosts (they just get the site free at oregon state parks) and runs campgrounds I can definitely say a remote park would be much easier...but likely no hookups and possibly no cell reception at all. It's not the amount of campers that makes it hard it's the quality of campers. I can say from personal experience holidays and popular big campgrounds (especially on lakes) draw people who aren't experienced campers who lack etiquette and typically are loud and drunk past quiet hours.
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