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ICQA for CamperForce

December 6, 2013 |

This year at Amazon I’m working in ICQA, which I believe stands for inventory control and quality assurance. This department is neither Inbound or Outbound, it falls under the category of Support, but has the same hours and breaks as Outbound. For last year’s run down on Stowing, click here. Disclaimer: As always, this isn’t…

The Forecast

December 3, 2013 |

Today’s update is going to be quick because time is getting harder and harder to come by now that peak season has hit. I survived Cyber Monday yesterday, and today is day four of a six day in a row stint. The work forecast is calling for overtime up until the end of season, we’re…

CamperForce Changes

October 26, 2013 |

So, the lowdown on CamperForce this year. As my older readers know, this is my second peak season here at Coffeyville, KS in Amazon’s CamperForce program. For those of you who weren’t reading IO last year at this time, I did a little compilation post about six weeks ago that had links to essentially every…

Closed For Business

October 1, 2013 |

The questions at work started trickling in a few days ago, and by last night it was a flood: “Will you close if the government shuts down on Tuesday?” Normally I’m not one for following politics closely, but when it has such a direct impact on my next two weeks I pay attention. Cedar Pass…

Seasonal Job Ethics

September 21, 2013 |

Today I would like to pose an ethical question to all of you regarding the procurement of seasonal jobs. I received an e-mail earlier this week from an individual who is planning to go full-timing starting next summer, and they will need to work camp to pay their way. This person’s dream is to work…

Amazon Season and One Year Nomadiversary

September 13, 2013 |

It’s getting to be that time of year again. This past weekend the heat wave finally broke in the Badlands and while highs are still in the upper 70’s and low 80’s, the air definitely holds the feel of early fall now. With the change in season has come an influx in e-mails asking about…

Seasonal Jobs and Community

August 30, 2013 |

I’ve been noticing an interesting phenomenon here at Cedar Pass. As the season is winding down, students who were just here working during break are heading back to college, foreign workers who were here on visas will soon be returning home as their visa expiration draws near. Between this week and next week, we’re losing…

My Second Big Full-timing Mistake

August 19, 2013 |

The sun is shining, it’s 89 and muggy outside, flowers and vines are threatening to take over my hoses yet again, and the chirping of birds greets me when I wake up in the morning. It might seem kind of early to be thinking about winter, but that’s exactly what I’m doing. For those wondering…

Figuring the Pay at Cedar Pass

August 8, 2013 |

How much money do you really make working with concessionaire companies who contract with the National Parks? Well I can’t speak for all of them, but I can share my experience with Cedar Pass Lodge in the Badlands. So far I have received 6 bi-weekly paychecks during my time here. For the first 5, I…

4 Tips for Balancing Work with Play While Traveling

July 23, 2013 |

Things have been going very well over here in the Badlands. I’m making a lot friends, visiting exciting new places on my days off, and exploring the natural beauty of the park around work. Even work is going well. I help fellow travelers not so different from myself find the best place to take sunset…

Working at Cedar Pass Lodge in the Badlands

May 13, 2013 |

It’s now been three weeks since I started working for Forever Resorts, the concession company that currently holds the contract for Cedar Pass Lodge (CPL). Last fall when I was working at Amazon I did a little review a few weeks into the season to give first impressions about what it was like, and now…

Working at National Parks for RVers (Part 2)

April 12, 2013 |

In part 1, we discussed working for concierge companies at a National Park, now it’s time to talk about working for the actual National Park Service. If you’re wanting to work for the actual government, being a member of Workampers Network or those other RV sites aren’t going to help. You’ll need to pop on…

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