There are unique jobs and opportunities for Fulltime RV’ers looking to spend a summer in the Last Frontier. The mere thought of an RV trip to Alaska should get your heart pumping. It’s an amazing journey and an even better destination.
If you are passionate about adventure and the outdoors you will be in heaven. Plus, in your off time you will be able to explore Alaska.
Alaska is still a land of opportunity and there are no shortage of jobs. Most seasonal jobs revolve around the fishing and tourist seasons. If you are looking for a full time or part time seasonal job you will find it in Alaska.
If you already work out of your motorhome you will also find volunteer opportunities in return for free camping. Most of these opportunities don’t require many hours so you can still work your mobile job.
Examples of Seasonal Jobs for RV’ers
- Seasonal Park Ranger: If you are an outdoors person, this is a job for you! Being an RV’er you are going to want to look for jobs on the road system.
- Campground Host: Despite the common misconception, there is no age requirement for becoming a campground host. These volunteer positions give you free camping in return for your part time services. Although, some lucky hosts are given a stipend for general expenses. Alaska lands and campgrounds are managed by several authorities; Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Parks, National Forests. Many hosting positions are for one month at a time, allowing flexibility and the option for hosting multiple campgrounds. There are also seasonal positions related to campground support.
- Tourism Jobs: Do you have hospitality, kayaking, rafting, or fishing skills? Alaska Wildland Adventures is one example of a company that has a wide variety of jobs available. Here are a few other sites you can check for tourism related jobs; CIRI and Princess.
- Alaska Sealife Center: This beautiful aquarium and rescue facility in Seward looks for interpreters to volunteer 20 hours per week in return for an RV campsite (w/electricity and water) on the shores of Resurrection Bay. They also load up on seasonal employees if you are looking to get paid, check their website on a regular basis.
- Drive an RV to Alaska: This is not a paying job but one so unique that it’s worth mentioning. How do the hundreds of rental motorhomes get to Alaska? Some are driven! You can drive a motorhome up the Alcan and you don’t even have to own one. Check out the details about this really cool program.
How to find jobs in Alaska!
- Craigslist: It’s an amazing resource for finding just about anything. Focus your search to locations on the road system:
- Alaska Job Finder: Super informative with valuable information and jobs!
- CoolWorks: Focusing on unique jobs in unique places, this is worth checking out.
- HelpWantedAlaska.com : The name says it all.
- Alaska’s List: A nice local online classified site.
Do you like forums? I could spend hours on this site, here are a few forums that will be helpful.
Alaska is a unique destination with unique challenges, this helpful guide from the Alaska Department of Labor is very informative.
Things to keep in mind
Do you need cell phone service? If you are looking to host a campground, many of them don’t have cell phone service. Check out our previous post about cell phone service in Alaska.
Do you have a tow vehicle and transportation? Your job and RV are not always going to be close to each other. It’s also known to rain up here and there are going to be days when you won’t want to walk or bike to work.
Are you prepared to boondock for long periods of time? If you are going to be a campground host you need to be prepared for boondocking. Some campgrounds have a service vehicle that comes around to empty tanks and top off your water. A few campgrounds have electricity for the hosts, but plan on supplying your own electricity. A fuel efficient generator or solar panel set up would be a great idea.
We hope you are inspired to try something new and spend a summer working and touring the Last Frontier. Please leave questions or comments below.