You have not said if this is a public park or a commercial park? It sounds like a commercial one, but either way if this is all for RV site only, I think that it is time to visit with the staff first, just to see what they have to say. Are they telling you to do all of this, or did you volunteer? I think that you are doing too much!
Kirk, it's a part of Jekyll Island Authority. I had a meeting with the boss three days ago, and explained that I couldn't do the heavy work anymore. He said he would think about keeping me on, and told me to train in the bathhouses Sat, Sun and Mon starting at 5 a.m. As soon as I got off on Mon, he spoke with me, told me I had been doing a wonderful job, but he hired another host to take my spot. Now I feel like I just gave them my whole weekend in hopes of keeping the position for nothing. He said he would keep me in mind for holidays in the future, but I've already contacted another park nearby about their host position. Oh, and yes, it was all for RV site only, and the site we've been on for these weeks is awful small. Our picnic table is located over the neighbors sewer, and we can only open our awning about 2 feet.
Oh well, I gained some experience, and now I know what I am and am not capable of doing in a host capacity. Thank you again for all of your responses, it helped me to make a decision!
Me, my hubby, and our new pup, a mini dachshund named Fred
2008 Keystone Cougar
2001 Chevy 3500 Dually 8.1L Vortec
Somehow I missed the last few responses before Kirks, and I apologize!
I'm sure there was a bit of mis-communication on both of our parts. With the ADA and all that was mentioned, it can be a bit difficult to determine someone's ability.
In any case, I learned a lot about hosting and working in a campground, I very much appreciate the experience, and I'm grateful that I was given a shot. The boss did say that he would give me a great review, and that's wonderful!
It was my first time doing this, and I enjoyed staying very busy; I do enjoy working hard even though there are things I'm not capable of.
thanks for posting your questions, because Jekyl is one of the places I had on my list to consider for workkamping when I retire. I knew many of the sites are small, but I really thought they would ensure the workkampers would get a little better than what you had. I am not considered disabled, but could not do the work you were trying to do. I also would tend to answer them that I can deal with the heat, but geeze they sure tried to work you to death..
wannavolunteerFT: It was very tough, I got the distinct impression that hosts (aside from the older ones who have been here awhile) are expected to do all of the grounds maintenance, service and keep equipment running (most of it is not in working condition)in order to keep the budget in the green. I totally understand that, but some things are just too much. For me, anyway.
In any case, don't write it off your list; your experience may or may not be better than mine, and I certainly don't want to discourage anyone from trying them out. That was not my intention when asking the question. Good luck to you!
One thing all of us need to be strict with our "employers" is the amount of hours we are willing to work for a site and how many hours in a day we are willing to work in a day to accomplish this. We are not "spring chickens" any more and to work beyond our known personal limts is not fair to ourselves,our spouses, or our families. If more of us would stand up for our selves, we would all be better off.
The job title Campground Host is a misnomer. You are actually part of the campground maintenance. It is predominantly physical, outdoor work, in our case anyway. We police and rake campsites and clean firerings, in exchange for a full hook-up site and laundry services. Due to a shortage of Camp Hosts we have about 95 sites and the Rangers have given us a golf cart to help us get around. But this is all we have time to do. Next year - indoor work.
I agree with you SomedayisNow, and maybe there should be a group or something to help us stand up for our rights. rumcoke: I'm sorry you're having to work outdoors right now, but maybe it's not so terrible up there? Glad you get to be inside next year!
On a happier note: I interviewed for a new host spot today, and I got it! I am so excited! They know I'm disabled, and they only require me to work the front desk, and do some cashier work in their restaurant. I'm so happy, and the people seem really nice. They have a great pool also!
AspiringJAG: Thank you so much! That means a lot, because it was important to me when I posted it that I not come off like a whiny, poor me person! I try to take everything as a learning experience, and it turned out for the best for everyone