With the acclaim following Nomadland’s release and awards received, the world has learned a bit about the often-overlooked RV lifestyle and the people who enjoy it. Though work camping and seasonal jobs, as depicted in the film, are common sources of income for RVers, the pandemic has expedited a rise in remote work among this mobile population, according to a report from the RV Industry Association’s News & Insights.
As employers across North America shutter their pricey office buildings in favor of enabling their employees to work full-time from anywhere, the more adventurous among those employees are hitting the road. They yearn to travel while retaining their positions as graphic designers, programmers, marketers, writers, project managers, customer service representatives and so much more.
Continued Rise in Remote Work Among RVers
The RVer Job Exchange (RVJE) was created by the Escapees RV Club to serve people like this, RVers who want to earn an income while they travel. Though it still includes more traditional work camping gigs like camp hosting at popular parks, gate guarding busy oil fields and managing seasonal RV parks, RVJE also caters to remote jobs like those mentioned above. The demand for these roles is overwhelming — in its first week of the relaunch, RVJE saw more than 300 new applicants and nearly 100 new positions posted. In that time, we’ve also seen employers connect with and hire qualified RVers.
Through the exchange, Escapees also advocates for RVers as remote workers. As shown in Nomadland, many presume RVers are homeless, unskilled or on permanent vacation. That couldn’t be further from the truth, but plenty of employers believe those assumptions are accurate. RVJE showcases the many skills and talents of RVers and emphasizes the out-of-the-box approach that is requisite for RV life. Allowing employees the flexibility to travel and work can make for a happier and more dedicated team.
“I can honestly say that working for a company that understands RVing and RVers was the best decision I could have made. It’s a relief knowing that I don’t have to hide my RV travels from my employer,” said Jeannie Dees, a user of RVJE who successfully found full-time employment via the Exchange.