It depends on how popular the area or park you are interested in is. We tend to be flexible and only look for volunteer positions, so have had no problem finding spots 2-3 months in advance. Needless to say, the further out you look, the better the selection.
We start looking at the ads seriously in Nov/Dec for a summer job. We then start around Aug/Sep for a winter job. We are selective since we are trying to work for money. We weigh all the factors before sending a resume. We already have our summer job, got it in Dec.
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One Golden Retriever at the Rainbow Bridge and a new one traveling with us.
We've planned up to a year in advance, and also picked up "last minute" jobs within a couple of months of start date.
If you need the income or want a specific area, plan ahead. If you can live a month or so on savings/pension and are open to new and exciting places (that you may have never heard of, but will find out are beautiful) then you can wait and see what turns up. We've found that jobs are advertised all the time, and there always seems to be jobs available somewhere.
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We started looking at the type of workamping jobs available to get an idea a couple years before hitting the road FTing. Not many do this, but we enjoyed knowing what was out there and how it wold fit into the lifestyle we were looking for. We secured our upcoming summer job at Mt. Rushmore last October, which seems to have been on the early side - other summer jobs we applied for (in destination parks like Yellowstone) called in January to see if we were still interested. Seems as if the summer jobs (which are more plentiful) are 4-6 months out, whereas winter jobs in warmer places (higher demand/less supply) tend to be gotten 6-9 months out.
We don't plan them too much as that puts us on a schedule. One of the greatest things about full timing is the lack of a schedule (to us anyway). If we think we want to work during an upcoming winter season, we start in March calling places or look on sites like WorkampingJobs.com.
We only volunteer at state or Federal locations, the more desirable locations, "Snowbird areas" can be difficult without long term planning as many volunteers return year after year. We're booked through May 2013.
That said, many positions open up due to volunteers health or family matters that arise on short notice.
We purchased our fifth wheel on a Monday and had our first volunteer camp host position lined up by Friday.
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Brian and Michele said;
Working on a 3 year plan to go full time, How far out do you normally look for workamping jobs?
Most park owner/managers will not commit to you more than one year out. With the ever increasing number of Workampers who want a wage + FHU the parks don’t want to spread their selves out and come up short because a Workamper changed their mind but didn’t let them in on the decision. Even parks who offer no extra pay over FHU don’t want to keep track of workamper commitments. Now if you are going to work for a government position they will be more willing to sign you up beyond a year out. We have positions scheduled up through September 2013 but they are all government commitment positions. You also need to prepare to commit to some of these positions for a minimum of 4 months and in some cases they prefer a year commitment. Our position we have now wanted a year and we agreed to 7 months.
If your post was referring to how far out to start planning on Workamping, we started 3 years out getting ready. We joined Workamper News.com and started tracking positions there, we continued to monitor RV.Net and Workamper News Forum and ask questions. We got our Workamper Resume ready and in a word document file, we added pictures of ourselves, pets, and rig to the file. We started a word document file on positions in an area we would like to go to and the parks that use Workampers. We like to stay active so we don’t schedule more than a week of travel/down time between positions.