Retirees can live for
(almost) free in
U.S. National Parks
||The U.S. National
Park Service welcomes retirees with open
arms. Every year it hires nature guides,
historic re-enactors, trail builders, people for
information booths, computer specialists, beach
patrollers, and more.
Jobs like these are available
for seniors at almost 400 locations across the U.S.
Now there is a catch: these are
volunteer jobs. You will not receive a paycheck
for your work -- instead you will be able to off-set
your housing costs.
The people who hold these jobs
are called "worker-campers" because they can park their
RVs at the National Park campground at no charge. That means much of their housing costs are free.
Worker-campers may be given a volunteer's uniform to
wear and be reimbursed for specific out of pocket
They may also be
required to have a medical exam and, in some cases, go
through a security clearance before being hired.
Most of these jobs last for only
a few months during the peak tourist season. A
carefully arranged schedule, however, can mean working
year 'round at the most beautiful locations across
America--moving from Park to Park. For a list of all
National Parks and locations,
Be aware that you will have a
lot of competition at some of the most popular Parks.
Consider having a back-up plan when you fill in the
application. Be willing to work in a Park in
the same general area of the country. And don't be
afraid to take a big risk and go somewhere you have
never heard about before. After all, it is only for a
few months time and it is going to be an interesting
experience in a beautiful environment, no matter where
An interesting footnote: there
are a number of people doing these NPS Volunteer jobs
who are living solely on Social Security.
If you are interested in a
paying job at a National Park,