We worked for Yellowstone Association in 2011 at the 2 Grant stores. We loved the family of workers and our bosses. Every place has it's problems but the management in Yellowstone is the best. They care about the park and they care a lot about their employees. RV site rent is a little high because you pay for your own utilities but it is well worth the price to spend time in the park.
You need to find out if you are going to get a tax statement W2/1099? Then you need to find out if OR has a min earned wage to report. OR is a heavily taxed state. They tax retirement income and go by your Fed return, so be carefull.
With 7 yrs maintenance with NPS, Dept Army, Forest Service and then bought back 3 yrs of military (Navy back in the 60's) gave me 10 yrs of government service and qualified for early retirement at 62 with small pension that pays the health insurance premium and a little left over. Once you are in you can apply for positions in any location you want. We worked in Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial in OH, Golden Gate NRA in SF,CA, White Sands Missile Base in NM, Grand Canyon NP in AZ, Oregon Trail BLM in Baker City,OR. Getting these jobs isn't easy at first but once you are hired and do a good job you are good to go.
We started FT in 1997 at age 47/48 working for minimum wage in the national parks for the concessionaires, then seasonally for the NP's. Eventually DH got a permanent position with park service. That got us benefits and the ability to transfer and travel from park to park. Best of both world for an RVer. Some places provided RV spots or housing. After 10 years (bought back military time)we were able to retire at age 62 and keep our health insurance. Check out the USA jobs web site and see if there is a job that you would qualify for. The process is complicated and takes a while to get used to but it was well worth it for us.
We are 62 yrs old and have 10 grandchildren ages 18-2. They live in NY,OH and CA. Since we have been FT (17 yrs) we don't get to spend a lot of time with any of them, but we travel across country every year to see them. This year and last we spent 3-4 months back east for an extended visit which includes time with elderly parents. The grandchildren are great but to tell you the truth I think we sometimes place too much value on how important we feel we are to them. They seem to get along very well without us and have very complete lives whether we are there or not. When I was little I saw my grandparents in church and occasionally went to their house and they lived only a couple of miles away. When I was a teen my one grandmother lived with us for 6 months each year and went on vacations with us. I didn't like that very much but I am a lot more active with my grandkids than she was. Don't get me wrong, I love my grandchildren. I love hearing "Grandma,Grandma,Grandma" for hours on end but I am very relieved when they go home. And I love the peace and quiet of just me and my DH driving down the road. Until this year we have worked and have not been able to take any of them with us but now that we are retired it could be an option.
Millenicom 3G,20GB $59 month, no extra fee or taxes. Bought the equipment 3 yrs ago and have no problems. Wilson antenna and amp makes it usable just about everywhere even in S. Texas where everything is ATT
I can't say that LOMA was a bad company to work for. We had a good generator and sufficient water. However, even when we told them that the book said the oil was to be changed every 500 hrs, it was never changed. The water quality was an issue. We were told that it would be city water (therefore tested)but it was brought on a wagon and container that looked like it had been used to clean the barn and when we asked where it came from he said a "well". And when we asked him if he cleaned the tank he said he rinsed it out once in a while. Any concerns we voiced with our manager were quickly dismissed. Like having the road watered. Our manager said there was nothing he could do about it and that we were NEVER to contact the rig people about it. But when I mentioned it to one of the workers I was told that the drilling company would gladly come out and water in from of our site.When the rig moved out they took the garbage wagon with them. When I asked our manager if he knew of another LOMA site in the area that we could take our garbage to instead of 35 miles into town, he just said "NO". Come to find out, the RV area that he and everyone else stayed at had a garbage wagon, laundry and showers that were available to us (our neighbor told us). They definitely could do a better job, but I'm sure it is in par with every one else.
Gatekeeper; We finally left the gate. The reasons we left are twofold. The dust was killing us. We were positioned just 20' from a dirt road that was the route to at least 4 other wells and the dust was so bad that we were having a hard time breathing. We were offered (a week after we turned in our notice) another site that was not as dusty, but we refused. The second reason we left is also the reason we refused the move. We could not sign the new agreement which stated that we would be responsible for the extra cost uncured if we were to leave (quit or fired). If LOMA had difficulty finding a replacement and had to hire a day person and a night person at an hourly wage until a permanent replacement was found, we would be liable for the extra cost. And although we like the idea of workmans comp, the cost was ambiguous and I'm not even sure it is required by law. We just had to accept their amount and their justification for it.