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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-11-2019, 21:04 Thread Starter
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Does anyone here have first hand experience of being a campsite warden and would be willing to give some feedback? positives/negatives etc


I potentially have a career change opportunity ahead, at 60 I've truly had enough of accounting so I'm thinking of a complete change and Mr T (age 63) and I fancy the idea of becoming wardens for a couple of seasons, I've read the CAMC site JD for assistant wardens which includes T&Cs but can find no indication of salary which would be useful to know (roughly)

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Hi Kaytutt,

PM "DJ Motorhomer", he will have all the answers to your questions.
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Do you remember Catherine and Chris from http://www.theworldisourlobster.com/...ster/HOME.html

I got to know them pretty well and when they finished their epic European adventure thats what they did. Similar to you, both professionals, packed up for three years (more in the end I think) and toured all the countries of Europe and then became Wardens. Ive not spoken to them for a bit but as far as I know they are still doing it. I think they naff off to Spain etc in the winter.

You should be able to get in touch via that site but if not ill dig out their contact details and email you them. Just mention my name and the Barbecue in the Dordogne.
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We looked into doing this when we were full timing. We even got an interview! Sorry can't remember what the salary was if I ever knew. Also can't remember why we didn't go through with it but it may have been around that time when my mother became ill before she died.
Have met people who are doing it/have done it with mixed reviews. I think it mainly depends on the site wardens where you end up working. Some are great to work alongside while others are.....

Having worked as a receptionist in my time that side of things can be very challenging. Some people are just impossible to please
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Think very long and hard before coming to a decision.

Remember you will be using your motorhome/caravan as your permanent, not holiday, home in a single location, for months at a time.

First off is it well enough equipped/big enough to live in for an extended period?
What will you do with the inevitable wet outdoor clothing. Remember this is England so it does rain a fair bit at times
Will you have enough space for storing food and even more importantly, how will you get to the shops etc?
Do you have a second means of transport or will you need to use your MH? If so that will restrict any awning to a drive away type. Plus you will have the hassle of having to pack everything away before each shop run.
Tesco direct etc are fine for some things, but there is an awful lot they don’t do!

Is social life important to you?
If so who will you socialise with as you will be miles from friends and family and you will not be seen as a “fellow camper” rather as staff to be at their beck and call, by those staying on the site.

Do you really want to be cleaning the toilets EVERY day?
As well as emptying everyone else’s bins, cutting the grass, and all the other site “maintenance” (humping gas bottles etc)

So you need to look at what EXACTLY will be involved in the very clear light of day, remember it’s NOT another sort of holiday, it’s pretty much a 24/7 job as you will ALWAYS be on site so therefore can expect site visitors to have the expectation you are always available for them.,.

I am not trying to discourage you as some people clearly enjoy doing it, but trying to show the “other” side of job and raise a few issues that maybe you hadn’t thought of?

If you do decide to go ahead with it I wish you the very best of luck. I don’t THINK it would be for me though, I don’t suffer fools at all, let alone lightly, and sadly when it comes to MH’ers and caravaners, there seems to be a disproportionate number of them who are fools, or maybe incompetent or thoughtless is a better term for them.

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Thanks Mr Plodd


I have given it serious consideration and am quite a savvy camper having done so for 30+ years, we plan to long term travel eventually so spending lots of time in our motorhome is actually appealing, I prefer being in there to being in the house!



We'll either have a small car or mopeds


I take your point about cleaning toilets but I don't want to be doing business accounts anymore either, we are looking for alternatives and campsite wardens might fit with our idea of future lifestyle so I was hoping for some feedback from those that have actually done it



Thanks for your feedback, it is appreciated and I will of course thoroughly research any future career options before jumping in
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Several years ago we applied for work as wardens to various organisations and eventually got offered work looking after mobile homes on a site in the South of France. Work involved preparing the vans prior to the season, booking clients in and out and ensuring the vans were clean and tidy for the next visitors. The season in France is quite short, May to the end of September so plenty of time left to go travelling. If you fancy that type of work just write to companies such as eurocamp or others that rent out mobile homes or fixed tents.
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Here is an opportunity to try it out without carrying the responsibility of being in charge.

https://motorhomer.com/threads/wante...ng-park.41116/

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Hi



Does anyone here have first hand experience of being a campsite warden and would be willing to give some feedback? positives/negatives etc


I potentially have a career change opportunity ahead, at 60 I've truly had enough of accounting so I'm thinking of a complete change and Mr T (age 63) and I fancy the idea of becoming wardens for a couple of seasons, I've read the CAMC site JD for assistant wardens which includes T&Cs but can find no indication of salary which would be useful to know (roughly)
Yes we were wardens for six years, all at private campsites. We have friends who worked for the C&MC but only lasted one year as they said it was too regimented.
We qualified as wardens for C&CC but declined as it seemed to us to be quite clueless at head office.
We wardened in Cornwall, France, Wells Somerset and Anglesey and in my opinion private sites are better for that close bond with the owners.

Cleaning toilets everyday is not as bad as it sounds to be honest, plus you will get at least one day off but no usually weekends or Bank Holidays.
Pay is usually minimum wage but your pitch and electric will be free and also some throw it wi-fi and laundry too.

The main thing is you need to be a people person and take each day as it comes.

Private sites advertise on www.ukcampsites/jobs. There are numerous positions available all around the UK and even Europe. Jobs in Europe pay no wage but it is free pitch etc and sometimes meals too.

If you need any other info just PM me.

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Here is an opportunity to try it out without carrying the responsibility of being in charge.

https://motorhomer.com/threads/wante...ng-park.41116/

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Thanks for the link

I just read this with interest on Facebook. I’m not quite ready to make the leap yet, I’ve still got around 5 months in full time employment but this is predominantly unpaid which would be ok if you were drawing a pension but I’m not and won’t be for another couple of years yet
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