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THIS IS OUR 223rd ISSUE!        (206) 462-1818       


Published since 1983          Volume 38, Number 1       

January/Febraury 2020        ISSN 1074-3642  
Caretaker Job Listings
This issue contains 100+ caretaking opportunities in 33 states
and 20 countries
Caretaker Profile
Living Rent-Free in Normandy: Rebecca Ivie
Letters to the Editor
Property owners and caretakers write about their experiences with
the Gazette



FULL-TIME SMALL FARM CARETAKER needed in Russelville, Alabama.
Looking for an honest caretaker, who has experience with
livestock. Ex-military are encouraged to apply. Housing is
available for the right candidate. Salary will be determined.
Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for more info.


HELP WANTED. We are a chilled out hostel on the beautiful
Albanian coastline looking for volunteers for next summer. The
property is in the center of Himara, right on the beach with a
rooftop terrace where you can relax and enjoy the best sea views.
We need friendly volunteers to help with reception, cleaning
rooms, making beds, preparing a simple breakfast in the morning,
organizing hostel dinners, and socializing with guests. Also a
bonus if you are artistic! We love for people to leave their own
mark on the hostel, so if you can add to the artwork on the walls
or you have ideas to improve our decor, which would be great.
Volunteers will get a bed in a shared dorm, free breakfast, and
occasionally other meals, access to Wi-Fi, washing machine, tea
and coffee. Food is cheap here in Albania and there is a fresh
fruit and vegetable market, and a supermarket just around the
corner from us. Hours of work may vary depending on how many
volunteers we have or how many guests are in the hostel. But
always we will make sure you have plenty of time to relax and
enjoy yourself! There are lots of beautiful beaches in the area
to explore including the famous Gjipe beach. Himara also has nice
bars and seafood restaurants for you to enjoy. If you’re in the
area, please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for more information.


STARTING NOW: looking for an energetic, experienced,
carpenter-handyman who can help us remodel a three bedroom house.
Experience should include, carpentry, setting bathroom fixtures,
tiling, flooring, painting, and miscellaneous electrical work.
This is your chance to visit Alaska, and live rent free in a
house while working on it. We have all the required tools that
you will need. We pay for utilities and all supplies for the
remodel. You provide your own groceries but we are happy to share
our home grown beef and potatoes! You can stay longer if you like
the area. There are many opportunities for work projects in the
neighborhood and through the summer season here. We can pay a
stipend per week that you work. The project finish date is the
end of January/mid-February 2020. One way airfare will be
reimbursed at the end of the project. Please email your
qualifications and your work experience to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


FULL-TIME CARETAKER(S) NEEDED for an equine rescue in Fountain
Hills, AZ. Live-in, adult caretaker(s) needed for horses,
facilities and property. The caretaker(s) will assist in the
daily care of the property and live on-site. The ideal adult
candidate(s) will have experience with equines and have good
people skills. Must be able to lift 60 lbs., with no physical
limitations and have a reliable vehicle. Need to have animal
handling experience (prefer horse experience, but not necessary).
Will need to do three daily feedings, turning horses out and back
as necessary, clean and fill all water buckets, clean stalls,
care of grounds, and other maintenance duties. Must maintain the
facility, building fences and weeding/cleaning of property. This
is a non-smoking, and drug-free environment. Must have reliable
transportation. Housing provided and the salary depends on
experience. Please forward your resume and at least two personal

HORSE CARETAKER NEEDED in Litchfield Park, off the Loop 303.
Looking for a live-on-site horse caretaker. Seeking a
hard-working individual who is not afraid to work! Must be
familiar working with horses and have horse experience. Must be
able to lift 50 - 80lbs (bales of hay), five to six days a week.
A beautiful two bedroom apartment offered with utilities covered.
To apply, please text XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX during business

Wow, I am impressed at the quality of responses I had on my
Help-Wanted listing. In one day after you emailed my ad, I had
six responses. We have filled the position, thanks to you and
your publication. Please let everyone know that my position is
now filled. Thank you very much, Keith J., Las Cruces, NM

Thanks for the update Keith. Glad to see how well Gazette
advertising still works in this record low unemployment market
that we’re currently in.

Hi Gary and Thank you! Through your Caretaker Gazette, I have
once again found another great caretaking job! This time on a
“gentleman’s” ranch vacation property in a beautiful
location! I am going to keep my subscription current in case I
find something in my “dream” location after this new
caretaking position ends. Thanks to you and your Gazette for
giving us connections and jobs that allow us to live our dreams
in great locations! Ken D., Boise, ID 

Ken, congratulations on finding another caretaking position
via the Gazette. It sounds like the caretaker position on a
vacation ranch property will provide you with some great
experiences that you can eventually use to help you find a future
position in your “dream” location.
Gary, I’ve had almost one dozen response all because of the
situation wanted ad I placed in your Gazette. Almost all of them
have potential and seem like great opportunities. Thank you to
you and your publication for the opportunity to pursue a
caretaking career. And thanks to you I am now headed for a
caretaking position on the Big Island of Hawaii! I am looking
forward to this and thank you again, Gary! Bev T., Pittsburgh,
Bev, thank you for your message. I am happy to read that your
situation wanted ad resulted in some great responses and to a
caretaker position in Hawaii! Please let us know how things work
out for you. 

Hi Gary, I wanted to email you and let you know what a great
resource your Caretaker Gazette has been to me. I really
appreciate that you took the time to help me rewrite my email
broadcast so I would attract the best candidates for my unique
Alaska property. My broadcast went out late on Monday night and
the next day I woke up to find several great responses from very
qualified and interested caretakers! I am expecting a couple to
come and interview in person. If all goes well, I’ll fly them
out to Alaska to tour my property and hopefully work out a
contract we are all happy with. Will T., Seattle, WA
Will, it’s always great to read that an email broadcast
worked out well for both property owners and caretakers! I know
you were concerned about leaving your Alaska vacation home
unattended given that you live in Seattle and can’t get back
regularly to check on it. I’m sure your property will now be in
good hands. Thanks for taking the time to write and thank us.

We have new mailing and email addresses so we need to update our
information with you. As you can see we have taken a position in
Florida. In the very first issue of the Gazette that we received
we saw an ad that interested us so we responded. After several
conversations with the property owner here we are! We don’t
want to miss any issues or updates from your Gazette so please
let us know how to update our info. Thank you for making this
caretaker job available to us. Cathy R. and Jason J., Worcester,

Cathy and Jason, thanks for your email. I’m glad to hear
that you found a position so quickly!  You can log into your
account and make your own email/mailing address changes

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caretaking profession; a lifestyle encompassing everything from
simple housesitting assignments, where one can live rent-free, to
full-time estate management positions that include salary,
benefits and housing.

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MY HUSBAND AND I operate a tourist attraction, and retail shop
and cafe on Kangaroo Island, called the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil
distillery. We are searching for a couple who are looking to
enjoy Kangaroo Island between September and December. Flexible
duration. We are wanting a couple to help with our groundsman
jobs each morning and do some cleaning. Depending on skills there
may also be some paid work. We have plenty that needs doing in
many areas. We will provide a free private location on our farm
for your caravan, including a room with a queen-size bed,
laundry, shower, toilet and power, including a large deck with a
great view. Please call us on XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX to discuss
your experience, skills, references, and details along with the
time/dates you are interested in staying. We look forward to
hearing from you.

CARETAKER REQUIRED for a farm property in the Dalby Area.
Accommodation provided or the caretaker can use their own van.

CARETAKER WANTED. House and power provided. Located close to
Roma, in the Maranoa Region of Queensland. This will be offered
in exchange for caretaking duties. This position would suit a
pensioner or pensioner couple. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
for more information. Thanks.

CARETAKER COUPLE NEEDED for private cabins on Fraser Island,
Queensland, starting in January 2020. The property is located at
Orchid Beach. This job will only suit pensioners or self-funded
retirees as there is very minimal money to be earned. Living is
totally free except for your groceries. This is a long-term
position, with six months minimum preferred. What you get is a
stand-alone cabin away from the other houses with two bedrooms,
two queen beds, with satellite TV, lounge room, kitchen, laundry
and bathroom veranda with BBQ and table and chairs, ceiling fans,
and fire pit. We pay for the fuel and barge for caretakers to
leave the island once a month if they want to get food and
supplies they need. Duties/responsibilities for the unpaid
position include that you would be living there as caretakers
full-time on the block with two smallish houses on 1.5 acres of
land, keep the two houses clean inside and out once a week, keep
the grass mowed with our ride on mower and very minimal garden
work, such as spraying weeds mainly, and put the irrigation
system on three times a week. Will also need to do general
handyman duties around the property. In total the work to be done
around the property would take roughly about 10 hours a week.
There is extra paid cleaning work on occasions if wanted. It’s
a great place to relax in all the spare time you will have,
oceans, and surf fishing, calm water fishing, salt water rock
pools for swimming close by, along with fresh water lakes and
rainforests. If you are looking for short-term caretaking this
position isn’t for you – we are looking for a long-term
caretaker couple. There are no animals allowed on Fraser Island.
You must like living in a very remote part of the island and have
a four-wheel drive car. There will be plenty of time if you need
to leave the island now and then, and that is not a problem.
Local applicants can feel free to phone XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, as
I prefer to talk on phone instead of emails. Thank you.

CARETAKER needed with competent stock experience required for the
Dawson Valley area in Queensland. The caretaker will need to do
general property maintenance. This would be very suitable for a
semi-retired caretaker. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

CARETAKER COUPLE needed for a small cattle stud property. Located
two hours to Brisbane and Toowoomba and seven kilometers to the
nearest town. A comfortable three bedroom cottage will be
provided in exchange for caretaking, light duties, and gardening.
This position would be suitable for an honest, reliable,
semi-pensioner couple. Must have local references. Please call

HELP WANTED. We have a 22 acre property with a wholesale nursery
at Wonga Park in the outer East of Melbourne and are seeking a
caretaker to live on the property with water and power supplied
for your RV and a toilet nearby. The main duties would be
checking on the property while we are away and checking pumps,
etc., as well as looking after our animals. Victoria residents
should please ring or text XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX if you are

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX in Queensland. No super hard work and we
have not had fires here. Work two days per week in exchange for a
RV site with en-suite, power and water in a private glade. We are
located within five minutes to the local, friendly town of
Pomona, with great cafes, charity shops and a really good IGA.
It’s OK if you have a dog as long as it is controlled at all
times. We are a nature sanctuary for native animals and people.
We are away from the rat race, near Fraser Island, Tin Can Bay
and 25 minutes to Noosa, 15 minutes to Lake Cootharaba, and only
90 minutes from Brisbane. Buses are available to Noosa beaches.
Noosa’s walking and riding trails are at the front gate.
Mountain and valley views all around. This is a retreat and
sanctuary for people, native birds and animals and we recycle
where we can. Avalon is environmentally friendly and we do not
use poisons on Avalon. We are looking for an RVing couple who
have carpentry skills, can do mowing, planting some trees, some
weeding, washing, folding linen, painting, common sense and a
love of the Bush. If you’re in the area and would like to
apply, please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

A BEAUTIFUL PROPERTY in Mount Rivers, New South Wales requires a
live-in caretaker (couples/families/retirees welcome) to look
after the grounds and dwellings. Must have experience with farm
and grounds keeping equipment (tractors, mowers, chainsaws, etc).
Having experience with cattle would also be of benefit.
Rent/remuneration is negotiable. For further details please call

CARETAKER COUPLE required for a cattle property located 30
minutes west of Murwillumbah. A retired couple is preferred. A
two bedroom air-conditioned cottage with electricity and water
will be provided in exchange for some farm duties. Sorry, but no
dogs are allowed. Available now. To apply, please call


XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX in southern Belize. A minimum commitment of
four weeks anytime from March to November. Your primary
responsibility is having a presence on the property. Duties as of
this date will be the care and feeding of six dogs, fishes,
watering young plants and minor maintenance. If interested please

Caribbean Island off of Belize - Virginia Caye Island. We need a
young to middle-aged, physically and mentally fit individual or
couple, who feels confident living alone with a free pig on a
very remote island in very simple environment. Frugal dealing
with resources is required, as drinking and using water comes
from the rain water harvest during the wet season. Your job would
be: being present on the island 24/7 and looking after and
feeding Piggy, a free living, dominant and not castrated male
pig, maintaining and controlling the water and solar system,
cleaning the beaches and trails, watering the plants and other
small maintenance jobs. In your spare time you could watch the
sky, sunsets, dolphins and rays, explore the island, go
snorkeling or fishing around the island, find meditation or yoga
spots or just seize the day. Accommodation is a little wooden
beach hut with comfortable queen sized bed, kitchen corner with
two burner gas stove and basic equipment. We have perfect
conditions for snorkeling and fishing in shallow waters around
the island. There is cell phone reception on the island, but
there is no boat on the island. All the supplies that you will
need, you have to bring when you come in a hired motorboat from
the mainland. There is no delivery service! Depending on the
weather – there can be numerous sandflies. A solar shower is
outside, along with a compost toilet. To learn more and see our
video and photos, please visit XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


WE NEED SOMEONE to do some work in our house. Philippe and
Veronique are 50-years-old and can provide you with a bedroom
with Wi-Fi, and the possibility to eat with us (vegetarian meals
can be provided). We are looking for someone for a one week stay
(more can be arranged together). We`re just asking for little
work such as wall painting, helping in the garden, etc. Let’s
talk about what you can do for us, and together. We are living in
a country house, not far from the train station (500 meters) in
Aywaille. We are also close to the forest and the river. There is
a lot of walking to do here, and sightseeing. Aachen and
Maastricht are located 60 kilometers away. We have two dogs, so
animal lovers are welcome! Veronique speaks French, and Philippe
speaks French, German, Dutch and English. If you are in Belgium,
please call us at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for more details. Thanks.


property located outside of Healdsburg. We need a motivated
responsible couple. We offer a partially furnished two
bedroom/one bathroom residence in exchange for caretaker
responsibilities: one to do yardwork and handyman chores, and the
other to help with cleaning and gardening. You must have an
existing, stable source of income to cover basics such as
groceries, medical, transportation, etc. People on a pension or
social security are preferred. This is an ideal situation for a
couple who are retired, trying to live on a limited fixed income,
and finding Sonoma County is just too expensive. This home is
located on a country acreage, in a beautiful, peaceful setting.
Water, septic, and trash disposal are provided. No drug users,
heavy drinkers, or cigarette smokers. No drama and no pets.
Applicants will be subject to a background check. Please give as
much info about yourselves as possible, and a phone # and time
when you can be reached. References required. There will be a
formal application. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Thanks.

HELP WANTED in Mt. Shasta. Clean, cozy, desirable housing will be
provided in exchange for property maintenance and senior
assistance. Prefer a meditative, energetic, flexible, reliable
person strong enough to do heavy snow and brush removal. Housing
details revealed after potential is established through intuition
and Astrological compatibility. Please send your birth date, time
and place along with your letter of introduction, photo and phone
number to caretakergazette@gmail.com and include “Mt. Shasta
Opportunity” in the Subject Line for forwarding purposes.
Details will follow if trust and long-term rapport is indicated.
An in person interview and property viewing will be required
prior to acceptance.    

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX seeks a capable, able-bodied caretaker
couple to help with our riverside cabin rental business
(cleaning, grounds, and basic maintenance) in exchange for a cozy
straw bale house, some paid work, and sharing our riverside
homestead. We offer a beautiful home with established gardens and
orchards, in a mountain setting with surrounding wilderness,
rivers, and a strong community. Please contact
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for more details (no calls please).

A LA JOLLA INDIVIDUAL is seeking a live-out Lady’s
Valet/Chef/Housekeeper for a beautiful home. Responsibilities for
this position include: cooking and serving, proper table setting
and knowledge of the butler’s pantry, luxury wardrobe care,
maintenance, and organization, and care of fine art,
collectibles, and antiques. Must understand proper cleaning
techniques for high-end possessions and be able to provide proper
care for silver, china, and stemware. The right candidate will
possess creative culinary skills in addition to their cleaning
and clothing care abilities. This is a wonderful opportunity to
work in a beautiful home for a really nice employer. Excellent
salary (over $120,000) commensurate with skills and experience
and includes benefits. Please submit your resume to

SENIOR COMPANION NEEDED. A capable single female sought as an
Elder Companion for possible early Alzheimer patient.  Live
onsite: one private bedroom in a two bedroom apartment attached
to the main house. We are seeking a trial period for the correct
fit. A stipend in addition to housing is possible after a trial
period. The ideal candidate is one who is creative, artistic,
patient, kind and joyful. The location is extraordinary: Old
Growth Redwoods, close to the Ocean, immediate proximity to a
Cistercian Monastery, surrounded by State Park and BLM. Very
special his/her story of this long time family land/location. In
addition to companionship (Art projects, regular visiting, trips
to the ocean), other skills such as periodic light housekeeping
and gardening are integral to this position. Please email
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX with your experience, resume, and

groundskeeping, gardening and housekeeping. We are seeking a
self-motivated couple with a combined experience profile in
landscaping, mowing, weed control, housekeeping, and cooking. The
applicants must be able to do physical outdoor work and be
willing to do a variety of jobs that change with the seasons.
Handyman skills such as carpentry, plumbing and electrical are a
bonus along with experience working with horses and other ranch
animals. A positive work ethic and public demeanor are essential.
We are looking for the right couple to share our wonderful way of
life on a remote ranch here. We try to encourage a setting of
peace and faith. We have a zero tolerance for substance abuse and
successful applicants should be comfortable working in a faith
based work environment. Housing and utilities (water and power)
provided, plus 40 hours/week at $18/hour. Additional hourly work
is available seasonally. To apply, please email your resume and

Luis Obispo County, on the Salinas River. Groundskeeping (minimal
in Winter), house cleaning and minor maintenance tasks required
in exchange for separate housing in an updated mobile home with
all utilities paid, including Internet and propane central heat
plus a small stipend. Suitable for only one non-smoking person.
Dates are flexible, minimum three months possibly longer (we'll
know before you start). Please email basic details and your
primary needs to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX so we can discuss the

LOOKING FOR CARETAKER(S) to help with ranch chores and upkeep.
Must be comfortable around horses, dogs and chickens, and be
knowledgeable and handy. I can offer a one bedroom, own bath,
separate living room with wood stove, and shared kitchen. Another
possibility is if you have your own trailer or small RV there is
a pad available here if you prefer to live in your own space.
Must be dependable and honest, since I commute to work and am
away a few nights per week.  Person(s) would need to take care of
animals/ranch while I am at work. Need is immediate. I am located
in a small rural community in the mountains above San Diego in
Julian. Must have some source of income or you might also find
work locally as well. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or email

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, a duck hunting club located in beautiful
Suisun Marsh, seeks a year-round, on-site caretaker. Singles and
couples welcome to apply, provided you can meet the job
requirements. Duties include preparing lunch, dinner and
continental breakfast two days per week during duck season
(typically for three months, late October through late January)
and maintenance of house and grounds. Additional duties will
include handling purchasing and shopping for meals during the
duck season, and for house supplies year-round, operation and
monitoring of water control gates, light maintenance of club
equipment, occasional dog boarding during the off season.
Handyman-like skills a plus. Salary will be dependent on
experience and capabilities. A mobile home and utilities
provided. Please visit XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and email your resume


CARETAKER(S) NEEDED. We are looking for a reliable, capable and
respectful caretaker (single or couple) for a large acreage/farm
in the Slocan Valley, British Columbia (a 50 minute drive from
Nelson). You would have your own, newly renovated small cottage
to live in (400 sq. ft.), as well as stunning views, peace and
beauty wherever you look. Caretaking tasks include gardening,
feeding horses, plowing the driveway in winter, haying in summer,
lawn mowing, being a friend to an awesome dog, and general
upkeep. Accommodation is free (including utilities) and
compensations are to be negotiated depending on a single or
couple applicant, experience and expertise. We need a minimum of
a one year commitment. To apply, please email


Caretaker. The position is for part-time duties at a small
beachfront Caribbean Inn on the island of Culebra. Work would
include checking in guests and light duty jobs. Free housing is
provided plus payments for services rendered. The applicant
should be in good health, resourceful, trustworthy, financially
secure, and addiction and drug-free. For USA citizens, a passport
is not needed to fly from the States, as Culebra, Puerto Rico is
a territory of the USA. For more information, please visit our


XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, located in Cripple Creek, CO at an
elevation of 9,500 feet, is looking for a live-in Innkeeper,
preferably a couple, to run this historic renovated high school
from Mid-May to Mid-October, 2020. This is a boutique hotel that
acts like a B&B. The ideal candidate(s) will be positive,
energetic, and must be very hands on in all aspects of everyday
operations. Duties include: Greeting and registering guests;
answering phones, making reservations, and collecting payments.
Good computer skills and preferably familiar with Resnexus
reservation system and Booking.com. Supervising housekeeping
staff. Managing kitchen inventory and doing the grocery shopping.
Preparing, cooking and serving breakfasts for all guests.
Handling any emergencies with guests and property maintenance.
Innkeepers’ quarters are provided. We are at an elevation of
9,500 feet and do not have elevators. If you are interested in
this opportunity, please send your resume, references, and

CARETAKER COUPLE NEEDED full-time, year-round, on-site for a high
standard botanical grounds and elegant home. (Elevation 8,500').
Candidates ages 30-50, should be active and fit, and
knowledgeable and experienced at property management and
maintenance. Household and guesthouse, cleaning, laundry,
ironing, kitchen skills. Occasional weekend entertaining, flower,
vegetable gardens, greenhouses, barn, fishponds, lawns. Use of
small farm equipment, tools, Tractor, irrigation, pumps, and snow
removal. Must love three big dogs, cats, horses, and be able to
co-exist with established employees and vendors. Must have a
current driver’s license and a clean driving record. No
children, no smoking. Private on-site home, utilities, and salary
provided. Background check required. Please email


CAT/HOUSESITTER NEEDED for our home outside of Hartford from
January 2 through March 31, 2020. We will be overseas and will
need our housesitter to look after our home and cats. We prefer a
non-smoker, a cat lover, a person who keeps a home very clean,
someone who is good with plants, likes solitude, and will be
quiet – and not disturb any of our neighbors. Must have
checkable references. For more details, please email

A WEST HARTFORD ADULT COUPLE is seeking a live-in couple for
their home and property. The right candidates will be organized,
energetic, self-motivated, friendly, and flexible. They will also
have pleasant dispositions and be dog lovers (they have two Kerry
Blue terriers). Must have previous experience or professional
training for the care of a wealthy home. No children or pets
allowed. Skills required include meticulous housekeeping skills,
gardening skills, and handyman abilities. Responsibilities will
include housekeeping, laundry and ironing, running errands and
purchasing, flower and vegetable gardening, flower arranging,
caring for dogs, pool/spa maintenance, and general maintenance.
The owners have another home, but the couple’s responsibilities
to this other home will be minimal and primarily during the
winter months. Property caretaking responsibilities include
flower bed maintenance, large vegetable gardening care, mowing
and weed whacking, and house maintenance (light painting, light
bulb replacement, small carpentry work, and winter maintenance).
Housekeeping responsibilities will include laundry, ironing,
cleaning special items like silver and crystal, purchasing
supplies, and changing bed linens. This is an amazing opportunity
to work in a beautiful house in a small town for really nice
employers. Salary over $110,000 and includes benefits such as
health insurance, three weeks' paid vacation and holidays, and a
furnished apartment with paid utilities. This opportunity won’t
last long! Please submit your resume to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


CARETAKER NEEDED in Costa Rica. Looking for a caretaker with auto
body repair experience, or a caretaker with an electronic repair
background who can work on solar inverters, for small jobs on an
acre and a half of my property. You can live the good life here.
We have great weather and great people! You must have a passport
and pay your own airfare to get here (the best airline pricing is
from Spirit Airlines). If you have any questions, please feel
free to call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX in Costa Rica.

COSTA RICA BEACH HOUSE: We are seeking a responsible,
non-smoking, individual or couple to care for/rent our Costa Rica
beachfront home: two bedrooms, two bathrooms, with a living room
and dining room combination. Living quarters are on the upper
level with a huge deck facing the ocean. The lower level has a
laundry room and storage. The home is in the south Pacific/Gulfo
Dulce side of Costa Rica in the small town of Zancudo.
Responsibilities include keeping the house clean and occupied,
$400/month rent plus utilities (including DSL internet) and
caring for two loveable mutts. Minimum lease: eight months to one
year. House available April 2020. For more details/pictures,
please see my website at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and call


HELP NEEDED at our farm. We are located in Stari Grad, a small
town on the northern side of the island of Hvar in Dalmatia,
Croatia. We are a small organic farm using the principles of
permaculture. Our farm is located within a 10 minute walk from
Stari Grad. We grow lavender and saffron, and have a vegetable
garden with fruit trees and olive trees. We need help all year
round according to the seasons, with a work schedule as follows:
January – February: development work in the kitchen garden.
March – April: work in the kitchen garden or in the fields of
lavender and saffron or in construction of wood, earth and straw.
May – June: planting in the kitchen garden, maintenance, and
eco construction. July – August: lavender harvest, plantation,
and eco construction. September – October: harvesting olives
and saffron. Tree cutting for firewood. November – December:
nourishing forest plantation. We will have four working hours
each day. You will be fed and housed, (winter in our house,
summer in the field with us). For more information, please call

apartment provided for a single or couple. Work requires taking
out trail rides for the public/summer horse camp. This is for a
non-smoker. Must pass a background check. If interested, please


LIVE-IN COUPLE needed in Hungerford, Berkshire, located 60 miles
west of London. A single lady in a private house near Newbury
requires a live-in couple starting in January 2020. It would be
suitable for one to be part-time, to look after all aspects of
running the house. Duties would include some cleaning, laundry,
food shopping, security and cooking. Car cleaning, some driving
and gardening required. Other help is kept and a car is available
for duties. The hours are flexible. A self-contained staff flat
will be provided. Salary is negotiable with living expenses
included. Good references are essential. UK residents should
apply with your resume and references to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


AN AVON PARK HOME needs a caretaker for a kitty and her home. We
have a pool home on a lake and need someone to keep up with
maintenance and regular routine yard work. We would like the
whole house kept clean while we are away. Experienced homeowners
are appreciated. Please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

CARETAKER NEEDED for a 1/4 acre property in St. Petersburg, FL
from mid-May to mid-October 2020 while we are away. This is not a
paid position. We are in a lovely area close to the beach. Live
in the house, take care of the backyard gardens and pool, light
house cleaning. RV parking with 30 amp service on site, if
needed. Non-smoker, a person who keeps a home very clean, someone
who is good with plants and will not disturb any of our
neighbors. You will be asked to pay for utilities during this
time. Internet provided. Three verifiable references required.

FULL-TIME WORKER/MANAGER NEEDED at a kennel and equestrian farm
in Summerfield, FL. Help needed working in a professional show
dog kennel and taking care of retired show horses. Couples
welcome. Housing provided in a three bedroom/two bath home on one
acre. Salary will be based on experience. Must be able to work
early AM, late PM, plus holidays. This is a mature adult
environment. Please call Majestic Oaks Farm for more info at

FULL-TIME RANCH CARETAKER COUPLE needed at a small ranch in
Myakka City, FL. Work in exchange for housing plus salary. We are
looking for a self-motivated, hard-working, independent husband
and wife to run our ranch which is located 30 minutes east of
Sarasota, Florida. The duties that need to be accomplished are:
fencing, mowing, painting, varmint control, irrigation, (water
lines and troughs), operate and maintain farm equipment and
zero-turn mower, pasture maintenance and rotation, feed, care of
and vaccinate cows (we only have 30), goats, chickens, ducks,
etc., maintain and fill feeders, barns, cut the lawn, weed
control and maintain the organic garden. As you know, this type
of position is not an 8-to-5 job, though we will work with you to
accommodate your needs for time off. Very nice, furnished home,
high speed internet – can be provided if required. A 50AMP RV
lot is also available should you have your own RV. Depending on
your experience we also provide a stipend for groceries and
incidentals and/or a salary. Background check required. No drama.
We have a quiet, peaceful habitation. We would like to have a
husband and wife team who loves the rural farm life and who are
looking to make a long-term commitment. You don't need to know
how to do everything on the list – but the job does require a
can do, team player attitude. Being a learner is important as
things come up on a farm that you may not have encountered before
but which you need to figure out how to address/solve for. If
this sounds exciting to you, please forward your bio and resume
to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX  Note – you must have your own vehicle
for transportation.


COUPLE REQUIRED to run a substantial house and garden in
southwest France. Need energy, enthusiasm, integrity,
personability and passion particularly in the summer months when
the house is rented. From June to September the job will
sometimes be seven days a week. However, the house rents rarely
outside high season so the work load is less intense and more
about maintenance and general upkeep. A monthly salary, two
bedroom modern accommodation with all bills paid except
telephone. Situated in the countryside in Corbieres, one
kilometer from a small village so countryphiles imperative. The
couple will need to divide responsibilities accordingly to
include overseeing and participating in full domestic upkeep of
the house, cleaning, ironing etc. In addition, the gardens
(Mediterranean) need upkeep (with help in certain seasons) and
pool and all things electrical and plumbing need overseeing so
you must be handy and practical. There is a daily to assist and
when necessary, further help. The house is rented a minimum of
three to four months a year. The owners tend to visit at non-peak
times. Please send your resume and references to


COUPLE CARETAKERS NEEDED on our coastal Georgia property. These
are two full-time positions. Live and work on an island,
off-the-grid living. Boat handling skills a must, handyman
skills, housekeeping, grounds maintenance, pool maintenance,
firewood gathering, chain saw use, wood splitting with hydraulic
splitter, painting, completing large projects; i.e., water lines,
and dock maintenance. These are very physical jobs. Works well
with others: Team Players. Communication and social skills,
dependable, flexible, adaptable, self-starters, problem-solvers;
willingness to learn new skills. Ability and willingness to help
those for whom we work. Periods of time when busy with guest
preparations and interaction, then stretches without guests.
Applicants must be able to stay on the island without going to
the mainland for periods of time. Must be willing to have a
flexible work schedule as this job is not always 9-5. These are
salaried positions. Benefits: Health insurance, retirement,
vacation, bonuses, and private house with utilities included.
Please send your cover letter and resumes to


HELP NEEDED. We have an 80 hectares farm with 50 cows, 30 cattle
and about 10 calves. We also have three cats, a dog, and some
chickens. We're not an organic farm yet but we will be soon and
are about to start the transition process. So, de facto, you will
see the same habits and have the same kind of work. Right now my
parents are still the owners of the farm and I, Andi, and my two
brothers are helping them as much as we can. I just finished my
studies in history and languages. I'm very interested in learning
and improving my languages. As to the farm work, you will have to
feed the animals and do some daily work in the barn. You can also
help us with the work in the fields. We're not going to exploit
you! You will have a lot of free-time. Sometimes we go out during
the week to have a beer in the city and of course also on
weekends. So you're not going to end up bored in your room. You
will get breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. The meals for
lunch will be mostly with meat but I don't eat a lot of meat so
if you're a vegetarian you won't starve. You will have to work
five days a week and between three to six hours a day, which will
depend on the season and the weather. Our farm is located in the
south of Germany in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg. We're very
close to Lake Constance, one of the biggest lakes in Europe.
We're also close to the borders of Austria, Switzerland,
Liechtenstein and France. We would be very happy to welcome you
on our farm, have a language exchange, teach you many diverse
things about farming and have a nice time together. If
interested, please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.


ALOHA! This is an invitation for a Joy-Full caretaker or two at
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (Grace, Benevolence, Good Will) - an
evolving seven-acre organic, sustainable farm and homestead on
the east side of the Big Island on Hawaii. Our homestead seeks
one or two attentive Be-ing(s) who enjoy the outdoors and are
comfortable working both with others and alone with set
responsibilities and new projects. A compatible match is highly
flexible with farm tasks and has experience working on the land.
Aina contributions include: weed whacking, machete work and tree
pruning, mulching and nourishing plants and trees, hand weeding
and garden tending, maintaining a clean and orderly space and
kitchen and bathhouse, gathering fruit, and random activities as
Life delivers. Basic building and mechanical skills are greatly
appreciated. Time commitment is approximately 25 hours weekly,
depending on one's proficiency with above listed tasks.
Lokomaika'i offers you a large screened hale (approximately 24 x
36 with an extended lanai) and one queen-size bed that overlooks
a most lovely farm surrounded by an ancient Mango Forest. A
separate, shared bathhouse with flush toilet and warm shower is
close to your residence. Kitchen is stocked with provisions, pans
and dishes, stove, food safe, refrigerator and freezer space. In
addition, enjoy all the fruits and vegetables from the farm! You
will also have the internet, and light washing machine use. We
enjoy the cleanest of air and exquisite tide pools along Kapoho's
coastline. A short drive to Pahoa offers an abundance of eclectic
treasures: restaurants, boutiques, grocery stores, a museum, and
much more to explore. Several farmer's markets also offer local
and organic food options. Hilo is an approximate 35-minute drive.
This Sanctuary is home to teachers and students of Consciousness:
we seek similar Be-ings to Live, Thrive, and Co-Create; synthetic
drugs, alcohol, GMO, and fake-foods are not compatible for our
chosen life-style.
- Tobacco and alcohol free/ 4-20 friendly
- No parties or events
- Quiet time is dusk-to-dawn, and peace in-between
- Well-matched caretakers of the Aina in-joy off-grid living and
choose to live sustainably, conserving water and electricity as
part of your natural flow. You are aware of your "footprint"
nurture the Aina with your Presence and appreciate the beauty,
quiet, and meditative qualities of jungle life.
- Pictures and additional information available 
- Please email your introduction to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.
In Gratitude~

HELP WANTED on a remote off-grid oceanfront retreat/home. Must
have skills in the areas of gardening/landscaping,
maintenance/repair, structural and mechanical, basic plumbing,
electrical, and wood/hand tools. Agility and strength and some
heavy lifting necessary. Applicants should be neat, communicate
well, and be a team player with a good work ethic and be health
oriented. Relate well to other staff, guests, and also be able to
handle time alone. Must be comfortable in a topical beach
environment; outdoor living, and being close to nature. Work
trade plus wages and benefits based upon commitment and
experience. Please email your information, and recent photo to
caretakergazette@gmail.com and include “Hawaii Position” in
the Subject Line for our forwarding purposes to the Hawaiian
property owner. Thanks.

agriculture experience, preferably in the tropics, to
manage/caretake a 55-acre property in beautiful rural Maui,
Hawaii. Fruit trees, gardens, chickens; new PV system, well,
irrigation. Operate and maintain tractor, mower, weed whacker,
chainsaw. Light carpentry, plumbing, housekeeping, and electrical
repairs as needed. Good recordkeeping and communication skills.
Supervise part-time helpers. Charming house, generous yard/garden
space, 4-wheel-drive work vehicle, and Wi-Fi provided. Stipend
commensurate with skills and experience. No hustlers, stoners, or
snowflakes, please. Please email resumes and references, with a
statement of interest, to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


VOLUNTEER HELP NEEDED at the Botanical Garden in Reykjavik from
April 22 to May 4, 2020. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor
collection of living plants, founded in 1961. The garden’s main
role is to conserve plants for education, research and delight.
It conserves some 5,000 plant species in eight plant collections.
The garden is open to the public and free of charge.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX volunteers will be doing general park
maintenance and assisting the horticultural staff attending the
collection of perennials, alpines, trees and shrubs in the
garden. The garden organizes guided tours and events throughout
the summer and some groups of volunteers will assist in the
preparation and practical work related to these events. These
special events are all related to the general aim and work of the
garden and some of them are carried out with a short notice. The
work can be repetitive as general gardening tasks tend to be and
most of it is outdoors. Volunteers have to be motivated to join
early in the morning, but they will have more free time in the
afternoon. No previous experience is necessary. As it is outdoors
work, volunteers shall be ready to adapt and be flexible with the
working and free-time schedule, as depending on the weather, we
may not be able to perform some of the tasks or activities
planned. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX volunteers will stay in an equipped
house, in a beautiful setting in the garden area, which is
located about four kilometers from the center of Reykjavik.
Volunteers will be sleeping in shared rooms/dorms in a sleeping
bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag. Volunteers
will receive food supplies and be in charge of the cooking and
cleaning activities. For more information, and to learn more,
please visit our website at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or you can email


ENTHUSIASTIC CARETAKING COUPLE needed. Preferably a couple,
family, or individual with an outside income, as this is not a
paid position. However, there are plenty of opportunities here
for earning some income via side jobs. Must be willing to
relocate and live a peaceful life on our 150-year-old, 80 acre
farm located one hour outside of Chicago. We are not commercial;
it's a relaxed environment with beautiful facilities. We have a
natural spring pond, fishing, canoes, sand volleyball, tennis
court, pavilion, wooded trails, farm animals, horse stables, gym,
pool, Jacuzzi, and a loving, open minded family awaiting the ones
who want to become part of a new family. Ideally, we are needing
one person as the “Household Expert” (cleaning, organizing,
tidying, errands), and the other working on projects around the
property and caring for the animals. The dynamic of the couple
would consist of them having backgrounds in: 
-Household maintenance (General upkeep of the home)
-Mechanical/Machinery skills (Farm equipment knowledge; use and
-Groundskeeping/Landscaping (weeding, mowing, maintaining and
clearing trails, etc.)
-Handyman skills
-Livestock experience (Feeding; Small number of animals)
-Construction (Mending fences, home projects, etc.)
-Event planning like weddings
In exchange you will be provided with a one bedroom/one bathroom
duplex house (separate from the main residence), free
utilities/rent, use of a vehicle, use of any facilities on the
property, with the possibilities of extra income from side gigs
dependent on qualifications. Quality of life - living the dream
is what we have to offer you. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


dogs! Must also love countryside living. We have a beautiful
property overlooking the sea, located twenty minutes from
Kinsale. A two bedroom modernized apartment over a coach house
provided, with all amenities paid for. We have two medium
(lovely) dogs that need caring for when we travel or are out of
town. Driving is needed as well as the odd time we will need you
to cook and garden - an added extra bonus would be if you had
good technical knowledge (it's not a must). There are other staff
living at the property. We are looking for someone who is loyal
committed, honest, trustworthy and hardworking. To apply for this
position, please send your resume and references to

FARM HELP needed. Our farm is situated close to a town called
Templemore, in County Tipperary, in the heart of the Golden Vale;
an area of rolling pastureland in the civil province of Munster,
in southern Ireland. Close to our farm lies the famous Devil’s
Bit mountain. According to local legend, the mountain got its
name because the devil took a bite out of it, leaving a small gap
in the mountain between one outcrop of rock (known as the Rock)
and another small plateau. The bite the devil allegedly took made
this gap and the legend suggests that the devil broke his teeth
taking this bite and spat the Rock of Cashel to where it now
stands. We are also situated in close proximity to a range of
popular tourist attractions like Holycross Abbey, The Galtee
Mountains, Cahir Castle, Mitchelstown Calves and The Glen of
Aherlow, to name just a few. On the farm, we have many horses
which we exercise daily. We also host a number of suckler cows,
sheep and dogs on our farm. Daily duties include feeding the
horses, walk outs, cleaning stables, bedding with fresh straw,
paper and/or wood shavings as required and ensuring that the
horses are healthy. Feeding and caring for the livestock
including sheep and cows are other important tasks on the farm
especially during the winter months and in the lead up to calving
and lambing seasons in the spring. Once calved, our cows and
calves enjoy access to pasture, until the calves become big
enough to be weaned from their mothers in the late autumn months.
Great care is also required for the ewes and their new born
lambs, to ensure they are healthy and well fed during the harsh
winter months. Accommodation and access to a bathroom is
available for two guests. All meals will be included, if desired.
We are looking for someone to help out on the farm and also to
help with general household chores. On your time off, you can
avail yourself of the local tennis club, golf club, mountain
trails/trekking, horse riding or maybe just taking time to
explore the local scenery. Airport, bus or train pickup to
Shannon or Dublin may be arranged. Please call
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. We look forward to hearing from you!


Living Rent-Free in Normandy: Rebecca Ivie
Interests: Art and Art History, sculpture, writing, hiking,
plants, travel, and books. Not necessarily in that order. 
Quotes:  “Art is the highest form of hope.” Gerhard Richter

Rebecca on a visit to Saint Malo

	Caretaking is relatively new to me. I started a few years ago
doing house and pet-sitting near my home-base in Northwest
Washington state. After a few short term house-sits, friends told
friends that I was available and some jobs in beautiful areas
including the San Juan Islands and California came about.
	I grew up in the Bay Area of Northern California. We had horses
and dogs and a cat and a lot of oak and olive trees. I went to UC
Santa Cruz and graduated with a combined Art/Art History degree.
That summer I moved to Seattle, where I lived for five years. I
raised my children in a small town north of Seattle. While my
kids were growing up, I worked part-time jobs as a Brightworker
(boat varnishing), librarian and soccer coach. I also ran a small
landscaping business for about six years, and most recently,
spent 15 years as a Retail Manager. My hobbies include hiking in
the local forestlands, reading a lot, writing, gardening and clay
	I began subscribing to The Caretaker Gazette a few years ago. I
had raised my children, (they are all in their late 20s now) and
was ready for something new. A close friend recommended I look
for caretaking work to get a fresh perspective, a change of
scene. Over the next few years, there were jobs that almost
happened. Memorable ones included Costa Rica, Wyoming and New
Mexico. Life intervened a few times, making my leaving
impossible; one time I chickened out (there were snakes). Another
time, after agreeing to a three month stay in another state,
telling all of my friends, quitting my job and making plans, the
owner abruptly changed her mind and really pulled the rug out
from under me. 
	My advice to anyone looking for this type of work is to do your
homework; ask to speak to former caretakers if possible. I was in
touch with a former caretaker whose advice and understanding were
crucial to my experience in France. I now consider her a friend.
Ask for references. If something goes wrong, it’s not like you
can turn someone in to the Caretaker Police. You are trusting
someone you don’t know to be honest and forthright. The good
news is, most people are.
	One of the jobs I applied for in late winter of 2018 was for a
garden caretaking position in rural France. I heard back from the
owners right away. We exchanged a few emails and then they chose
someone else. I forgot all about it. Then, in April of 2019, I
got an email from these same people in France asking if I was
interested in the job for the summer. I had two jobs at the time
and hadn’t been actively looking for caretaking jobs, but it
only took me a few minutes to know that I would be going to
	How many times in a life do you get a chance for an experience
like this? 
	When I told people I was going to France, they invariably asked
“How did you find out about this job?” I told them all about
The Caretaker Gazette.
	The job was in Normandy, for three months, taking care of a
Chateau “potager”, or kitchen garden for 20 - 25 hours per
week in exchange for a two bedroom, one bath apartment in the
Chateau. Some family dinners and fresh vegetables and fruit from
the garden were included. The Chateau, built in 1852, sits on 50
acres of forest with large grass lawns around the house. I was
only responsible for the potager, which was one acre including
six large raised beds with all kinds of vegetables, a 60-foot row
of heirloom tomatoes, fruit trees, olive trees, eight very
productive grapevines on a large trellis, some gravel areas and
grass as well as a “Gardener’s Cottage” where tools were
stored and seeds started. It was a lot to take care of,
especially in the height of summer when watering, sometimes twice
a day was necessary. The water system there was very antiquated
and a challenge to use. It was a relief when the hot days ended
and the rains came. Of course, with the rain came more mowing. I
watered, mowed the grass, weeded, planted fall and overwinter
vegetables and harvested. There were a million tomatoes and more
grapes and zucchini (courgette, in French) than we could eat. In
September there were a few cold days and then a warm Indian
Summer. The climate in Normandy is much like where I live in the
Pacific Northwest. The plant hardiness zone is the same, Zone 8,
so I was familiar with many of the plants there as well as the
	The chateau is family home run as a business by the Expat
owners, one being a cookbook author who takes visiting clients on
tours of the surrounding area, teaches French cuisine and cooks
gourmet meals. 
	A forty-minute bus ride from the chateau is Rouen. It’s a
wonderful city - winding cobblestone streets with colorful
half-timber buildings, the Seine River, well-curated museums,
thriving outdoor markets of French antiques or Brocante and
amazing food. If you have a chance, go. It is a mini Paris,
friendly and knowable and close to the beautiful west coast of

The Chateau, built in 1852

View of the Potager, or kitchen garden

	I was able to get to Paris, if I made the best bus and train
connections, by 10 am. This was a rare opportunity to have access
to one of the great cities of the world and I took full advantage
of that. I spent about 15 days in Paris, riding the Metro,
visiting museums, eating all kinds of food and just walking for
hours. I don’t think I would ever get tired of it. 
	I have a deep, lifelong interest in Art and Art History, so I
was constantly inspired by what I saw in museums and on trips in
and around Normandy. I have always loved the Impressionists, and
Normandy is where that movement began. Eugene Boudin influenced
Claude Monet and from Monet… well, Impressionism followed.
Monet’s former home and now a museum, Giverny is touristy, but
worth it to someone who loves painting. Monet is also famous for
painting the Rouen Cathedral more than 30 times and is much
celebrated there. I felt like the landscape was a familiar old
friend. Honfleur, Etretat, Dieppe, Deauville… all along the
Normandy coast, these were landscapes weirdly familiar to me
because of the paintings I had known since I was in school. My
favorite museum is Musee d’Orsay in Paris. They have a huge
collection of Impressionist work and more sculpture than most big
	This past summer was the 75th anniversary of D-day and the
Battle of Normandy. I was lucky to meet a U.S. expat there,
through the chateau owners, who is one of the last living
survivors at Normandy. He has lived in France for over 50 years.
His stories about the Nazis occupying the Chateau and other
places nearby and about trading his cigarettes for food during
the war brought that time and place to life for me. He’s 93,
still very active, has never smoked and still plays a mean game
of Horseshoes.
	The town nearest the Chateau is a modest, mostly farming
community of 3,500 people. It was a 2.5-mile walk to town and I
walked that route many times. Rolling hills of corn and turnips
and hay dominated the fields. I saw three types of cows, sheep,
horses and one favorite house where an old woman had a menagerie
of ducks, chickens, one turkey, three small dogs and a litter of
kittens all in the same messy yard surrounding her historic
French farmhouse. There were two Boulangeries in town that made
incredible bread and patisserie. I think I tried it all. Monday
farmers markets saw the town square filled with vendors selling
fish, pastries, vegetables, handmade sausage, basic clothing
items, plants and sometimes furniture. While I was living there,
a new, fancy grocery store opened up, (there were already three
grocery stores) and people were incredibly excited about it. It
should come as no surprise that food and access to food is a big
deal there. Interesting fact: I never saw one obese person the
whole time I was in France.
	A lot of people ask me about the language and how I dealt with
that. I took French in high school and tried to study as much as
I could before I left. English was spoken at the Chateau, so I
didn’t learn any French there. Many people speak English in
France; bus drivers, store clerks, but interestingly, not the
doctor I visited when I got sick. 
	I did have to use my French at times. This usually ended up
being a humorous and fun experience where we used our limited
vocabularies, hands and some form of Franglaise to understand
each other. I enjoyed it all, and I did improve, especially in my
ability to read French. I think when you are surrounded by a
language, it seeps into you. Of course, there were times when I
had no idea what someone was saying to me. Then a heartfelt,
“Pardon, je suis Anglaise” would usually do the trick.
	Because my commitment was 20 - 25 hours per week, I did have
plenty of time for travel. I had trips to Paris where I
reconnected with an old childhood friend as well as trips to the
coast. We escaped a heatwave by going to Blondville-sur-mer, one
of the most beautiful old-timey beach communities I have ever
seen. Saint-Malo, a medieval walled city on the southern coast,
was also a highlight. If you have read the novel, “All the
Light You Cannot See”, it was set there and in Paris.
	I also spent time just hanging out. The chateau was incredibly
quiet and peaceful much of the time. I was able to make some
progress on a writing project, read a few books, draw, and do two
small sculptures with local clay. 
	There were challenges along the way: The owners were abroad for
over a month and during that time, I got very ill from ingesting
tainted water. I needed help navigating the French medical
system, which is really quite good, and a very strong antibiotic.
I relied on the kindness of some U.S. expats living nearby, and
some doctor friends consulting in the U.S. It was a tough time -
being alone and sick in a foreign country is not fun. Next time I
go to Europe, I will take more meds with me. I will take
Pepto-Bismol for sure, as it is not available there.
	I wish I had taken less gear. I was happy to have my nice garden
clippers, gloves and my favorite tool- a Japanese Hori-Hori
knife, but I could have made do with less clothing. Travel light
if you can. I stayed just under three months, so I didn’t need
to deal with getting a work visa. I’ve heard that can be tricky
in France.
	I am hoping to go abroad again soon. I would love to find
something related to Innkeeping or another garden related job in
Europe, especially in the U.K. Meanwhile, I’m home taking care
of my garden, which is a mess after me being gone for three
months. I’m also dreaming a little about what comes next while
reading the new ads in The Caretaker Gazette.
	If you have caretaking questions, I am happy to try to answer
them at the email listed above.

Rebecca in front of the Gardener’s Cottage


CARETAKERS NEEDED in 2020 at a family-owned, historical house in
Tuscany. The family has owned the Villa since 1536 and they will
need caretakers between March and October 2020 at the Villa di
Corliano in the Tuscany countryside. The Villa is seven
kilometers from Pisa and 10 kilometers from Lucca, inside a
nature park reserve in the Tuscan countryside, on an old Roman
Road. The Villa’s exterior is decorated with graffiti dating
back to 1500 and which are typical of Florentine Mannerist Art.
Inside the salons of the Villa frescoes by Andrea Boscolo (1592)
and Nicola Matraini (1750) can be admired. We are looking for a
responsible, reliable person who loves historical houses and is
willing to stay in the Villa, carry out some duties in exchange
for free lodging while on holiday in the area. The duties include
staying in the Villa every night from 8pm until 7am. Mornings and
afternoons are completely free and Monday is a full day free. We
want the caretaker to stay a minimum of two months and a maximum
of the tourist visa (three months). Accommodation will be a
single room at the top of a spiral staircase with a kitchenette
(small frig, sink, hot plate and toaster over) in the corner and
a private bathroom with shower. The room has satellite TV and
free Wi-Fi, but no meals are provided. A washing machine is
available for use in the Villa. Duties will include some of the
following: gardening, building, helping with tourists, and art
projects and include light gardening in the early morning or late
evening for a maximum of two hours, check of doors/gate closing
(after 11pm) and sleep in the Villa each night from 8pm until
7am. So basically the caretaker will clean the garden around the
villa, help guests if they need suggestions for where to
eat/visit or to call for a taxi, verify that the doors and gates
are closed before going to bed, and generally keeping an eye on
the place, especially at night. There are also many events at the
Villa, such as weddings, concerts, gala dinners, etc. and the
caretaker helps direct the guests to the designated parking
areas. The main requirement is to sleep inside the Villa for the
overall security of the guests. Your bedroom is upstairs so you
have a good view of the main Villa entrance. The property is
occupied by the working staff and gardeners from 7am until 8pm,
so those hours are totally free for the caretaker. This is a
volunteer/exchange position and no money compensation and no
meals provided, for one person only. This could be a holiday
opportunity if you would like to spend some time in Tuscany (the
Pisa - Lucca area) for cultural tourism connected with nature and
art heritage cities. For more details or inquiries regarding the
Villa volunteer caretaking position, please contact


XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. In the foothills of Mount Kenya, East
Africa sits a little piece of paradise: an award-winning safari
lodge bordering millions of acres of wild space; a haven for
elephants, giraffe, zebra and all the wildlife of Kenya.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX is looking for a mature couple, cheerful,
fun, competent, handy, practical and well-travelled to help host
and manage guests from around the world and assist with farm
management for a three to six month placement. Lovely
accommodation and fabulous food included. The farm at 6,800 feet
elevation, experiences some of the best year-round weather in the
world and is close to many of the best game reserves in Kenya.


CARETAKER needed for a farm in Troy, Maine. Immediate need for an
environmentally responsible, mature and caring farm caretaker to
work full-time on our beautiful farm taking care of 150 acres
with emphasis on 100 acres. Must love animals and working on the
land. Summer hours (April through October):  Full-time (six days
work, one day off), no major vacations. Winter hours: 25-40 hours
per week, vacation time. Salary: $28,000 plus housing; six-month
trial period. Must be able to do heavy-duty physical work; prefer
no guns on the property; non-smoker. Prior knowledge of job tasks
necessary. General management of farm, including record keeping
and accounting (computer experience a plus), irrigation (flood),
maintain and clean irrigation ditches, tractor work, including
cutting, raking and baling hay, maintenance of farm equipment
(routine and technical), general maintenance of grounds (maintain
lawn water system, private roads and fences), maintain organic
vegetable and flower gardens (no pesticides), animal care (must
know and enjoy horseback riding, sheep and goat care, knowledge
about draft horses a plus); ability to physically control sheep
(hold to put in foot bath, etc.), maintain grounds (mowing lawns,
weed eating, extensive pruning, including berry bushes), maintain
swimming pool and hot tub, clean a three bedroom home, including
laundry. If interested, please email a letter of your
qualifications to caretakergazette@gmail.com and include “Maine
Farm Position” in the Subject Line for forwarding purposes.


GORGEOUS COUNTRY ESTATE, close to DC and Virginia, seeks live-in
innkeeper(s). Upscale property with six suites - hosts weddings
and events. Responsibilities include receiving guests, assisting
wedding parties, housekeeping, shopping, light landscaping and
maintenance, and breakfast preparation. This is an ideal job for
a single person or couple. Transportation required.
Culinary/hospitality/event or gardening interests a plus - not
requirement. Base pay plus incentive. Please email your resume


seeking live-in Assistant Innkeeper and Chef/Cook for the Winter
2019/2020. Duties include: guest relations, complete breakfast
service, and light maintenance duties. Additional shifts may be
available cooking at our attached awarding-winning music
venue/bar/pub for the right candidate but not a requirement. This
is an amazing opportunity for the right candidate to relocate to
the Berkshires, learn everything about the hotel and pub
business, and be part of an amazing community hub. We are also
planning a coffee shop for Spring 2020. There may be an
opportunity, for the right candidate, to work on that upcoming
project as well. Computer literacy, a valid driver’s license, a
working vehicle, a sense of humor, creativity and solid work
ethic required. Room, board, and modest salary provided. Please
respond with a resume, a short letter and the contact information
for two references (one work/one personal) to

CHEF/HOUSECLEANER NEEDED for a Washington, DC home plus a home at
Martha's Vineyard. The adult household in the Washington, DC area
is looking for a live-in Chef/Housecleaner to cook and keep their
primary home in DC looking beautiful (as well as their summer
home at Martha's Vineyard) and help their lives stay on track.
Must enjoy cats. Either a woman or a man is acceptable.
Responsibilities include housecleaning (must have exceptional
skills), cooking, laundry, grocery shopping, and running other
errands. An excellent salary awaits the right candidate and
includes benefits. This is a wonderful opportunity for a superb
Chef/Housecleaner. For more information, please send your resume
to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for consideration.


RVERS NEEDED. Looking for help next year, May through September,
in Rogers City, MI. Stay on the lighthouse grounds in one of four
full hook-up RV campsites. Two to four week stays. Duties will
include giving tours of the lighthouse and Calcite pilot house or
working in the gift shop. Interested candidates can get more
information at our website. To apply, please fill out the


LIVE-IN RANCH COUPLE WANTED in Columbus, MS. This is a salaried,
full-time position for the property maintenance position; and an
hourly part-time position for the domestic and pet-sitting work.
A separate three bedroom residence will be provided.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to: (must have
experience) Property maintenance position: livestock/pet feeding
(currently includes three donkeys, two horses, chickens, geese,
ducks, dogs, cats — all are rescued, so you must love animals).
Must have experience handling large animals (horses and donkeys),
barn cleaning, ranch and equipment maintenance, property upkeep,
yard/landscape maintenance (mowing, edging, planting, etc.),
miscellaneous chores/errands/driving (may include occasional
trips to Atlanta). Any other tasks deemed necessary to help the
owner run and maintain the property as well as aid them where
needed in day-to-day tasks. The domestic position: shopping,
house/pet sitting, driving (mostly locally, but may include very
occasional trips to Atlanta), occasional light
cooking/housekeeping, miscellaneous chores/errands. Property
maintenance hours are 7am – 4pm Monday through Friday
(flexible), however, there will be occasions where help is needed
after hours and on weekends. Domestic hours are variable and
part-time. Annual Salary $41,000 – $51,000 based on experience.
Background check, references and clean driving record required.
Please submit questions and/or resume for each person to Patrick


We are looking for three more farm workers for our small farm
operation. We provide room and board as well as a salary and
bonus opportunity. We provide a 30 day paid annual vacation after
the first year. Most work is during the spring and summer with
light work in the winter. We are a family operation and treat
workers like family and we all grow and benefit together. There
is huge advancement opportunities with us as we have many aspects
to our operation. No experience needed. Please do not inquire if
you cannot afford to get here, as we will not loan you money to
get here to work. This is farm work for the next few months and
every summer from May until the end of October. The rest of the
year you will be an extra hand for our cattle operation and a
general hand around the ranches. We work hard but also play hard,
and have a good time. You must be able to work well with others
and do as you are told and you will fit in. No experience
required as we will train you in how we want things done. We have
separate male and female housing available. Please do not call
for information, instead please text XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.  

PART-TIME: GENTLEMAN HORSE CARETAKER and grounds keeper needed
for a 17-acre, gated property in Carson Valley, NV. Experience
with horses required for the care of two horses. Average 24 hours
of work in exchange for a furnished two bedroom/one bathroom
apartment above the barn, with a laundry room. Duties include
morning feeding, light grooming, turnout of two horses,
barn/stall cleaning, pasture water; maintenance of pastures, and
arenas. Maintenance of non-landscaped grass with brush hog, weed
control, drip system maintenance, flood irrigation assistance,
and other non-horse jobs are paid on an hourly basis. Caretaking
property for the owners while they are out of town. Must be able
to lift 50 lbs. and move 100 lb. bales of hay. Background check
and references will be required. Non-smokers only. No drug use or
alcohol problems. This is an ideal position for a physically fit
individual who may have another income source and wants to keep
active. Please send your resume and references to


LIVE-IN INNKEEPING COUPLE needed to run our 18 room B&B for the
2020 season in the beautiful ocean side town of Spring Lake, NJ.
This would be the perfect position for experienced, retired, or
seasonal employees looking for six months of work. Apartment
provided with salary plus bonus. Job responsibilities include
overnight on call, reservations, front desk guest relations,
breakfast and teatime, administrative tasks, light housekeeping
and small repairs as needed. Must be willing to handle changing
and diverse needs as well as physical demands of the business.
Most importantly, must enjoy working with people! Send resumes to


INNKEEPER POSITION AVAILABLE starting in March 2020 at the Casa
del Gavilan Historic Inn, six miles south of Cimarron, New
Mexico. The Casa del Gavilan is a 1912 adobe villa on 225 acres
in a stunning, remote setting adjacent to Philmont Scout Ranch.
It’s listed on the New Mexico Registry of Cultural Properties
and National Register of Historic Places, and was included on
bedandbreakfast.com’s “Top 25 Inns” in 2017. This is a
hands-on position and includes the typical tasks such as
reservations, guest services, shopping, cooking, housekeeping,
laundry, light maintenance, etc. Local housekeeper takes care of
most housekeeping duties, but some housekeeping by the Innkeeper
will be necessary. Applicants must be self-motivated, organized,
very detail oriented, personable and professional. Experience,
excellent references, and background check required. An on-site
apartment and utilities will be provided in addition to salary.
For more information about the Cimarron area please visit our
website at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX  then email us at

ACTIVE, LONG-TERM CARETAKER, single or a couple needed for a
small cattle ranch in New Mexico. Essential skills to include:
light construction and repair, plumbing and electrical
troubleshooting, fence building, grounds and range care, chain
saw, backhoe, tractor and tool operation, basic automotive and
machine maintenance, livestock care and observation, pet sitting,
housekeeping services. Owner is on site. Applicants need
initiative, good work ethics, and deep appreciation of nature,
cooperative attitude and personal accountability. Work about 20
hours/week, competitive reportable wages, negotiable utilities,
and nice, separate, remote house provided with a garden spot and
room for chickens. No drinking, no drugs, no drama, and solid
work references required, as well as a background check. Located
close to a National Forest and Wilderness areas, with four gentle
seasons, peace and quiet, and starry skies. Please email your


HOUSE AND CAT-SITTER NEEDED. I need an individual or couple
(sorry no children allowed) to stay in my Brooklyn condo with my
cat from December 26, 2019 through January 10, 2020. My condo is
quite large, with over 1,900 square feet. There are three
bedrooms; the master bedroom has a large bath on the main floor.
Two other nice bedrooms are upstairs with a full bath. I have
hardwood floors on the first level. I live just steps away from
the subway and there is easy access to shopping right down my
street. You can live here rent-free, I will take care of all the
utility bills, but I cannot afford to offer any compensation. If
you are an interested cat-lover, please email me a message on why
you would be interested in staying here and taking care of my cat
while I’m gone, along with your references to


FARM STAY AVAILABLE in Whakatane in the eastern Bay of Plenty
Region on the North Island. Come and spend Christmas with us and
see what farming is like in New Zealand. Work three to four hours
a day for your food and bed and maybe some extra money. You have
to like animals and having fun too. We may be able to take you
fishing in our boat and also take you out to some beautiful
waterfalls. We would like you to stay three to four weeks, but if
you love it you can stay longer. We live close to town and the
beaches, with some great walks nearby. If interested, please call
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for more info. Thanks.


A BOUTIQUE INN in Wilmington, NC is seeking an Innkeeper/Manager
for a seven room award-winning Boutique Inn in Historic Downtown.
Base Compensation is $20,000 per year. Bonus and profit share can
bring annual pay up to $40,000 - $45,000. Housing can be
provided. Ideally the perfect candidate is experienced in running
a similar sized property, good with technology and has cooking
experience. Please send applications to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


A UNIQUE AND REWARDING FULL-TIME, year-round opportunity is
available for a highly experienced private estate head manager
for our home in Grandview Heights. This management position will
provide many diverse situations requiring well developed people
and estate management skills. The qualified applicant will
possess 8 - 10 years of direct estate management experience on
high end properties. Strong people management and organizational
skills are mandatory. A goal oriented approach to projects,
issues and challenges is essential. The proper maintenance and
pristine care of the many residential buildings, structures and
expansive grounds will require this manager to make independent
and sound recommendations while maintaining the highest degree of
quality standards. There is an opportunity for a spouse, as a
part-time, seasonal cook during the summer months. The focus of
this 20 - 25 hour/week cooking position would be the preparation
of meals using fresh vegetables and fruits from the family’s
large garden. Experience in canning and preserving is required.
The workplace is a respectful and productive environment.
Excellent pay, free housing, and a generous benefits package are
available and commensurate with experience. Please email a letter
of qualifications with salary requirements and resume to
caretakergazette@gmail.com and include “Grandview Heights
Position” in the Subject Line for forwarding purposes. Thanks.


HOUSESITTER NEEDED for the month of January for our three-bedroom
home in the Oklahoma City area. We need a dog-lover to look after
our two cute Poodles, who need cuddles (and food), and to be
walked twice each day. Our home is very close to the I40, and
just 20 minutes by car to the city. A large park is a short walk
away, along with walking trails and tennis courts. You must keep
our house in good shape while we are away, because we expect it
to be the same when we return. If you are interested, please


LOOKING FOR A LONG-TERM CARETAKER on a lovely gentleman’s farm
in central Pennsylvania. Live-in accommodation is a 1,350 sq. ft.
colonial apartment with all utilities included. Duties are horse
care (experience required), dog sitting, light gardening, pool
and pond care and other odd jobs. This is a part-time job with a
small weekly stipend, other work available. Please respond to

weather abode for my warm tiny house this winter. Length of stay
one to two months. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

CARETAKER/HORSE CARE NEEDED in Cochranville, Pennsylvania. No
mucking required. Our 13 acre equestrian facility is seeking a
mature, responsible person to turn out horses, feed grain, clean
and fill water buckets, fill and hang hay nets and change
blankets when necessary. Oversee the property and put dogs out/in
when the owner is off the property. Chores take about two hours a
day. We provide a lovely one bedroom efficiency apartment with
utilities and stipend. There are additional opportunities for
income with assistance in landscape care such as mowing, weed
spray and other small projects as they arise. Please contact


AN OPPORTUNITY HAS ARISEN for a non-smoking, live-in Personal
Assistant/Companion (who appreciates the importance of providing
personal space) for a sophisticated, multi-lingual, well read and
well-travelled lady (in her early 70’s) based in Cascais. You
will be a native English speaker for preference and computer
literate. A liking of gardening would be a plus as would
experience in dealing with valuable furnishings and clothing.
Some foreign travel is likely to be involved, sometimes at short
notice, and so you will need to be able to respond accordingly.
You must have an up-to-date DBS, and a full clean driver’s
license would be an advantage but is not essential as the
household has a driver and recent references. In addition to the
usual Personal Assistant duties you will be expected to manage
other members of staff and carry out other light ad hoc duties.
Timings to be negotiated but a degree of flexibility will be
needed, as and when required, including over weekends, evenings
and night time. The position is potentially a long-term one for
the appropriate candidate. To apply, please send your resume and


near Pierre, SD. Applicants should have a solid farming
background (we farm approximately 1,000 acres), a solid list of
maintenance skills, electricity, mechanical, HVAC, etc. and a
solid work ethic and references. Salary will be $40,000+ based on
experience, with housing provided. To apply, please forward your
resume and cover letter to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


COUPLE REQUIRED on the west coast of Scotland. A permanent
cook/housekeeper, handy person/garden maintenance couple are
required for a sporting estate near Fort William. Basic £25,000
per year for the couple with extra hourly work at £12 per hour
available during the summer. A three bedroom cottage in stunning
location beside loch will be provided. Four weeks of holiday
(three to be taken before May or after October) in lieu of bank
holidays and part-time weekends. One day off during the high
season, and two days in off-season. The housekeeper
responsibilities will include cooking, cleaning and normal
domestic duties for a large private house (used exclusively by
the owning family members), and the weekly changeover of the
holiday cottage. In addition to helping your partner, the
handyperson will be responsible for buildings maintenance,
mowing, weed trimming, etc. Knowledge of engines is an advantage.
Must like people, dogs and be non-smokers. UK driving licenses
and car are essential as this is an isolated situation.
References are essential and previous experience preferred for
both roles. No dependents will be allowed. Please apply with your
resume and recent photograph for each applicant to


ON-SITE COUPLE NEEDED to run our B&B in Marbella, Spain. We are
looking for a friendly, energetic couple to live on location to
run the day-to-day aspects of our Boutique Bed & Breakfast in
Marbella. We are a small B&B with eight rooms centrally located
in Marbella, and very close to the beach. The job is for the 2020
season, for an eight month period from March 2020 until the end
of October 2020. There is also the possibility to start early for
training which can be discussed during the interview process.
Responsibilities will include: breakfast service; cleaning of the
rooms and the property; checking guests in/out; laundry/ironing;
occasional lunch/snack/drink service; light gardening; shopping
for food; swimming pool maintenance; minor repairs and
maintenance of the property; always being available for concierge
service; and feeding the two resident cats. Customer service is
our number one concern, since we are a small place that strives
to always serve with a smile and make guests feel like family. We
are a Boutique Bed & Breakfast who offer luxury services and
facilities with the friendliness and familiarity of a B&B. This
job provides free accommodation and a wage. Applicants must speak
both English and Spanish, must have a car and valid driver’s
license, and must be able to work legally in Spain. Only couples,
no families, and no pets. Please email your resume and references
to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Thank you and have a fabulous day!


established ranch in Breckenridge, TX is seeking a self-motivated
husband and wife team to live on our property while managing and
maintaining the home and other structures. The couple needs to be
capable to work and communicate with team members and family, and
complete reporting requirements. Successful applicants will have
a positive work ethic, high integrity, an eye for detail,
trustworthiness, and strong communication skills. Handyman skills
to include landscaping, plumbing, irrigation, electrical, small
engine operation/maintenance and general house repairs. Capacity
to work outside in inclement weather, and able to lift 50lbs and
climb stairs. Lodge caretaker duties include high-detail
housekeeping, managing contractors, supplies and inventory
acquisition, and other special duties. Three or more years of
experience is preferred. 40 hours per week. Monday - Friday, and
occasional weekends. Includes housing and full benefits. One
truck provided for ranch work/errands. A background check will be
required for all qualified candidates. Please send your resume
and three references to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, a clean, gated, friendly, country-setting
park with 24 spaces is seeking a self-supporting, physically fit
couple to live onsite and manage the park. Housing and perks
offered. Duties include  screening, approving and accepting
tenants, billing, associated QuickBooks accounting, collecting
rents, bank deposits, maintaining the park, mowing, raking, small
engine and equipment repair and maintenance, minor plumbing and
electrical. Everything needed to perform the tasks is here.
Aviary, chickens, bonfires, enjoy the stars! Enough light
physical work to keep one in shape and healthy. Efficiency and
organization helps greatly. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.


town within the Wasatch Mountain Range. A retired professional
couple is in need of reliable housesitters (or a future house
exchange) from December 20, 2019 through January 30, 2020. Three
bedroom condo on the first floor, with a complete kitchen: two
microwaves, dishwasher, disposal, convection oven, two TVs,
VCR/DVD, washer, dryer, and two full baths. Complete with a
13-year-old cat that typically sleeps 12 hours per day. For more
details, please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


LOOKING FOR PROPERTY CARETAKERS for a Bridgewater, Vermont Trout
Club, from late April through October 2020. The job
responsibilities include greeting members and guests, mowing,
grounds work, maintenance, and housekeeping. Salary and lodging
provided in an adjacent, newly renovated caretaker’s cabin. For
more details, please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or call


Paint Bank, Virginia. Originally constructed in the early
1900’s, the newly-renovated Lemon Hotel holds six exquisitely
furnished bedrooms, parlor, formal dining room, and conference
room. Pair this with the eclectic venues at our renovated Train
Depot for a one-of-a-kind lodging experience. Seeking positive,
energetic, and passionate people who are dedicated to delivering
a premium experience to every guest.  Duties will include but are
not limited to: Check-ins, taking reservations, marketing,
managing housekeeping staff, handling guest needs and complaints,
coordinating meal preparation, record keeping and reporting, and
all other day-to-day operations necessary to accommodate guests.
Computer skills necessary to handle online bookings through
Resnexus and use Microsoft Office. Strong communication and
teamwork skills are a must. Housing and competitive salaries
offered. To learn more, please visit XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and for
those interested, they should email a resume with references and

mother-son team with decades of ultra-sustainable living, and the
“purest” gardening/farming experience is seeking hearty
apprentices. Learn wide-range homesteading, essential
living/survival skills, crafts, “from scratch” cooking, and
food preservation on five mountain acres in Carroll County. We
are off-grid with alt energies, with minimal dependence on fossil
fuels and corporate monopolies. Beautiful primitive tent sites,
bird song, games, and homemade music available. We have yummy
wholesome omnivore meals, substance-free life (no tobacco,
alcohol, drugs, white sugar, and coffee). Exchange labor and some
property caretaking. Help hand build gardens, an orchard, root
cellar, cider house, wood shed, timber-frame home, spring house,
and hiking trails. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (no text) for
more information. Thank you.


roles of Gardener and Housekeeper. Based in beautiful North Wales
close to Denbigh, the roles involve being responsible for the
management of a sizeable country property. The successful
candidates will be responsible for maintaining the property and
grounds, ensuring that they are continually presented to a high
standard. Day-to-day duties include housekeeping, gardening and
general maintenance. The Head Gardener will be responsible for
the management of two Gardeners and the Housekeeper will work
alongside the current Housekeeper. The couple will be required to
live on site and provide immediate response to any issues which
occur outside of working hours which are Monday to Friday 9am to
5pm. Responsibilities include but are not limited to gardening,
including care of the greenhouses, large grassed areas, woodland
and productive gardens, general property maintenance, daily
housekeeping including cleaning, tidying, laundry and ironing,
dog, cat and poultry care, and driving the residents to and from
various locations and running a range of errands for the
principles. A background in the military or similar organization
is desirable. Experience of gardening and horticulture or a
committed interest in developing the relevant skills is required.
Must have the flexibility and a willingness to become involved in
a wide range of activities associated with the running of a large
country house. Must be willing to live on-site and respond to out
of hour’s calls from the principal and family when required.
Able to work to very high standards, highly organized and with a
critical eye for detail. Must be highly personable, friendly and
welcoming and able to work effectively with others. £55,000 per
year, plus two bedroom accommodations and utilities provided.
There is a holiday allowance of 23 days per year. Please apply
with a resume for both roles together with a covering letter
outlining your interest in the role and relevant experience. UK
residents should apply to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


CARETAKER(s) NEEDED on beautiful Mason Lake in Grapeview, WA
(Mason County) for 2020. We are a small 228 lot association with
a private park and 59 boat slips for members. Seeking a couple
(preferably) or single individual to be the caretaker. Some of
your responsibilities include opening and closing the park,
cutting and watering the grass and plants, maintaining the
grounds, docks, beach, kids play area, including the bathrooms,
checking people and boats in making sure they are members,
reporting any disputes or problems to Board members, getting to
know members and being courteous at all times, and collecting
launch, moorage and kayak fees. This is a seasonal position from
April through October, but could also be a live year-round
opportunity on our property in the off-season when the park is
closed. The position is five days a week (must work
weekends/holidays) and is salaried through our open season, with
occasional opportunities to get paid for additional work if Board
approved. We offer an RV site for housing. You would need your
own RV. We will provide electricity, WSG and laundry facility.
Able to work without supervision, prioritize your daily duties,
show initiative, be flexible and level-headed. Must be handy,
comfortable around small equipment, and able to lift up to 50
lbs. Work is accomplished on a daily schedule, working all times
of the day. Smoking in designated areas and a small well behaved
dog is allowed. This would be best suited for one to two people
who are retired and have supplemental income. To learn more and
apply, please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. A police report,
background and drug check is required.


CHEF/HOUSECLEANER NEEDED for a Washington, DC home plus a home at
Martha's Vineyard. The adult household in the Washington, DC area
is looking for a live-in Chef/Housecleaner to cook and keep their
primary home in DC looking beautiful (as well as their summer
home at Martha's Vineyard) and help their lives stay on track.
Must enjoy cats. Either a woman or a man is acceptable.
Responsibilities include housecleaning (must have exceptional
skills), cooking, laundry, grocery shopping, and running other
errands. An excellent salary awaits the right candidate and
includes benefits. This is a wonderful opportunity for a superb
Chef/Housecleaner. For more information, please send your resume
to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for consideration.


from April 15 through October 31, 2020. Volunteers will perform
various light duty maintenance work to include: cleaning
restrooms, cleaning grills and grounds. This campground is
located three miles off Exit 79, Interstate 79. Volunteers are
required to provide 20 hours per week service in exchange for a
free campsite with electric, water, and sewer hookups. Please


lovely home on Milwaukee’s North Shore is seeking a local,
professional Property Caretaker/Gardener to work year-round to
care for their property, residences and gardens. Professionals
with horticultural and professional gardener experience,
specialized landscape technician, or other position with high-end
plant and flower care experience are invited to apply. This
position will also involve the hands-on care and basic
maintenance of the property and residences. This position is
perfect for a gardener, landscape professional, or property
caretaker with great knowledge of flowers and vegetables who
wants a stable year-round position for a great employer with
long-term employees. This is a full-time, year round position
with excellent compensation, paid time off and paid holidays.
Please apply for position XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for consideration.
Local candidates only. Qualified applicants will be contacted.

RVING CARETAKERS WANTED for the 2020 season in Cambridge, WI. Two
couples working a schedule of four days on/four days off
including weekends. Duties include greeting and registering
guests at the office, housekeeping and laundry, answering phone
calls, cleaning and testing the pool, cleaning bathrooms,
cleaning rental rooms, mowing, trimming, groundskeeping, and any
other light duties assigned. Needed mid-May through
mid-September. Compensation: full hook-ups for your RV and a
salary. Travel compensation available. To apply, please send your


RVING COUPLE needed to spend the 2020 summer in scenic Wyoming.
We are a 39-site RV Park in North Central Wyoming. We are located
about halfway between Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone National
Park on the west side of the Big Horn Mountains. Our park is
conveniently located in town, but set back from the main highway
for peace and quiet. We are looking for a couple that would give
us a break two days each week. The people we are looking for
would be pleasant and conversational, patient and helpful, and
have an understanding of hospitality customer service. We would
like to exchange a full-service RV site for a couple to be camp
host, office and store help, and do light cleaning. The position
is from mid-May to mid-September, 2020. There is a lot to explore
nearby and throughout our state on your off days. You can visit
us at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and then please email us at
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for more details if you would be interested
in spending your summer with us in wonderful Wyoming.

two individuals or a couple are needed in Ten Sleep, WY near the
Big Horns. Living on a large working cattle ranch (not a dude
ranch). Responsible will include, but not limited to: buildings
maintenance/care which includes basic plumbing,
property/furniture/repair, general hardware, minor carpentry,
electrical maintenance and fencing, lawn care and weed control,
maintenance and use of mechanical equipment, trash hauling, wood
storage for fireplaces and general property maintenance for fire,
detail oriented cleaning/housekeeping and keeping the main house
and guest house ready for guests (both family and guests),
cooking for staff and guests grocery shopping and maintaining all
supplies needed (cleaning and toiletries), and helping out with
other ranch duties. Applicants should have previous ranch
caretaking experience, including plumbing. Driving heavy
machinery and electrical knowledge will be given preference.
There is a great opportunity for a long-term position if you
thrive in this environment. Serious inquiries only. Housing with
all expenses paid, including Wi-Fi. Pay will be based on
experience. The successful applicants will be self-motivated and
have experience, flexibility, trustworthiness, and an above
average work ethic. They will be self-starters, teachable,
friendly, accountable and like-minded with the family and guests.
They will have ability to complete work and be reliable,
organized and honest. They will have the ranch manager to go to
for questions and concerns. No smoking or drugs allowed. To
apply, please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


Experienced house/pet sitter available. I’m mature, background
checked, seeking to housesit in Marin County or the East Bay San
Francisco area for the month of January 2020. References
supplied. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX  

Retired restoration and renovation contractor looking for
interesting international caretaking or housesitting
opportunities. Happy to help with upkeep, small repairs and
minimal animal care. Also willing to oversee larger renovation or
new construction projects. As long-time Hawaii residents, we are
health conscious (yoga, natural foods), active (swim, surf),
culturally sensitive and intellectually curious (we are both
trained artists). Please let us know your thoughts on a win-win
situation by emailing XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Would like to housesit a home in Las Vegas, Nevada. My name is
Daniel, I’m a hard worker, dependable, reliable. Can do lawns,
can take care of dogs, can drive and clean pools. Please contact
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX between 10am and 8pm or email

Caretaker, handyman, barn manager seeks a position on a farm.
Have experience on horse farms and produce farmer’s market
(organic vegetable and orchards). Can plow, disc, weed, water,
fix fences, tend animals, and pick, grade, and harvest fruit and
vegetables to can. Arborist by trade with ability to take on side
jobs (plumbing, drywall, carpentry, painting, etc.). Prefer a
dairy position anywhere. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Healthy vibrant couple seeking a caretaker position for 2020.
Rest assured your home, property, pets and animals are
professionally cared for, maintained and protected. We have 30
years law enforcement background plus experience in landscaping,
ranch work and guest services, event coordination, gardening,
business ownership, sales and marketing. Multiple references
provided emphasizing integrity, reliability and excellent
communication skills. Pat and Cindy would love to hear from you:

Looking for a housesitting job in southern California, such as
Pasadena, Los Angeles, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, California. Able
to take care of your home and lawn, cleaning the pool, and taking
care of your family pets. Please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Caretaker, health guru, farmer, animal caregiver seeks a position
as a personal chef, yoga instructor, personal trainer, Ayurvedic
and Chinese Medicine Practitioner, nutritional consultant. Allow
me to help you get on track with your health and wellness. Allow
me to care for your home and pets while you are away. Allow me to
be a caregiver for a loved one in need of service. I am a healthy
58-year-old woman moving out to California to be near my children
but need some income opportunities. I have cultivated a peaceful
mind set with minimal drama and I live simply and organically.
References available. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Hi my name is Peggy and I’m looking for the opportunity to be
your live-in property manager, personal assistant (open to
travel), live-in-home health aide, etc. I am searching for a
long-term position. I’d like to stay in New Jersey but am open
to relocating for the right opportunity. I have 20 years of home
health aide caregiving experience and one year of town car
chauffeur experience as well. I’m bilingual (Spanish and
English), well organized, enthusiastic, very professional, fast
learner, ability to follow set rules and protocols. Please call

Hello, I'm Michael, I'm actively seeking a position as a Property
Overseer/Caretaker and or "light" House Manager with the
potential to evolve into an expanded role. The position would
consist chiefly of being an on-site presence providing
unparalleled service, i.e. watchful/eagle eye on your high end
property/grounds; offering exceptional/sterling and superlative
care; safeguarding your coveted/prized property. The core
internal duties would be general maintenance/up keep, and
cleaning to deep cleaning. Externally, it would potentially
include light landscaping, snow removal; to be determined.
Technically, it falls under the guise of House Sitting/Pet
Sitting, Animal care and the whole nine yards. Optimally, it
would be year round but am open to a seasonal position. A
skeletal overview of my aggregate experience includes being the
Primary Caretaker for our long held Great Grandfather's mini
estate pristinely maintained and presided over (
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX ) for five years, give or take; to a House
Manager for a resort for a French couple in the High Desert of
California. Equally, it warrants mentioning I've worked in a
variety of disparate domestic related capacities rounding out the
overview. I possess a certain jen ne sais quoi replete with
dynamism, worldliness, erudition, sense of elan/grace and
unequaled professionalism. Moreover, for your personal assurance
I'm decidedly a non-smoker/non-drinker; the embodiment of;
epitomizing "straight laced"/straight arrow with a conservative
sensibility. Open to all geographical locations;
nationally/internationally. As a compensation package I'm seeking
a minimal/negotiable salary with Live-In/Live-On premises either
in main house or Guest House. I can be reached at

Caretaker Position Wanted in the Boston area. I have a full-time
career in HighEd so I am currently seeking a part-time situation
at this time. I am hoping to find something long-term and am
available for a live-in opportunity. I am an experienced
caretaker and housesitter, I was an estate manager in Greenwich,
and have been a property security and maintenance manager. I am
12 years away from retirement, conscientious, responsible, and
all the other Boy Scout adjectives apply. Excellent references
available. Please contact me at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Mature, trustworthy, conscientious, jovial, flexible,
House/Petsitter seeking short/long-term opportunities. Have four
years international experience on luxury estates, off-grid homes,
island vacation homes, gated communities, and family
homes/condos. Have 20 years homeowner experience. Testimonials
validating my professional history can be seen at

Want to go away but need a house/pet sitter for the holidays?
Short-term caretaker available. Professional couple seeking to
escape the holiday bustle, and instead offer you peace of mind.
We can care for your four-legged friends or your property
(either/or) while you enjoy your time afar. Dates can be anywhere
from December 1 – January 6. A two week timeframe would be
ideal, however a couple can alter if you need a longer stay.
Character references available upon request. Photos available.
Phone interview(s) easily accomplished. Let us put your mind at
ease so you can enjoy your holiday(s). Please email

Two mature gentleman seeking a long-term onsite caretaking
position on Maui or another Hawaiian Island. We have a wide
variety of experience including but not limited to Property
Management, Caretaking, Landscaping/Gardening, Irrigation,
Graphic/Website Design, and Reiki. We are health conscious,
quiet, trustworthy, and have our own health insurance. Resume and
references available upon request. Please contact

Seeking house or pet-sitting in the Nashville, TN community. 
Experienced in both, love animals, confidential, very clean
non-smoker, live locally, and work full-time weekdays at
prestigious healthcare organization. Short-term, long-term,
overnights or just check-ins as needed. Please text

Healthy, happy mature woman seeks a housesitting position in
Reno, Carson City, or the Lake Tahoe vicinity. Want to get away
for a few weeks or so and want your house kept warm and secure?
Available in December through April. Short/long-term position. I
was an Airbnb SuperHost, I am happy to do light housekeeping in
exchange for a rent-free accommodations. Non-smoking, drug-free.
Hope to hear from you soon. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX 

Colorado Front Range: A Very Happy Middle-Aged Couple with great
attitudes seeking a position as a property manager, business
consultant, sales, caretaker, handyman, guard/security,
farm/ranch operations, or similar. Background: He is a White
Collar college educated, business savvy general manager,
self-motivated, adaptive, reliable, and stable; and a blue collar
able-bodied, handyman, light/heavy equipment operator,
jack-of-all trades, from a fully working Midwestern 450 acre 60
cow/calf-pair ranch, Wow! She is an even more amazing 50
something long-term gainfully employed full time remote project
manager. We are flexible to your needs and open to many different
situations. We live in a self-contained 5th wheel that meets
RVIA/UL standards. We are clean, tidy, and well maintained. When:
Spring 2020; Where: Ft. Collins, Loveland, Longmont, Denver, or
Castle Rock. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Retired 60's male seeks a southern tropical locale. Property
grounds caretaker, degreed horticulture gardening, handyman,
professional pest control, landscaping, wildlife management
looking for an estate agricultural gardener 20/30 hours per week.
Looking for a year/year contract with housing, auto, and monthly
small stipend. For over 30 years combined professional job
skills. Please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

My name is Paul; I am seeking a live-in caretaker/caregiver
position in California only. Age 73. I’m looking for a
permanent or long-term job position or work exchange. Excellent
references, and resume available. 30 years’ experience.
Housesitting, security guard, handyman, pet-sitting/care, house
cleaning, house carpentry/maintenance, wall painting, gardening,
grounds care, light food prep and cooking. Can run errands in
town and country with my van. I have current driver’s license
and car insurance. Smoke/drink/drug free. Quiet, able bodied, and
reliable. Clean, quiet living quarters must go with above
position. Available immediately. "The caretaker/caregiver with
the caring touch". Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Experienced mature person seeking Caretaking/housesitting or
petsitting in Napa Valley, preferably Calistoga or St. Helena.
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 	Over the decades many of our advertisers and subscribers, both
property owners and caretakers/housesitters, have discussed their
healthcare situation and possible insurance options/alternatives
with us. We have dropped our current medical insurance when the
premiums jumped to $2,000 per month with a $12,000 annual
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For Sale: Unique property with ocean view on the South Pacific
Coast of Costa Rica. If your dream is to live in the tropics, run
your own bed and breakfast, have your own organic garden, or
eco/green mini-resort, hostel or simply own your own piece of
paradise it will be hard to find a better place to do it – or a
better opportunity than this one. For more information, please
email caretaker@caretaker.org with Costa Rica Property For Sale
in the Subject Line.

Need to earn a living to support your travels? Want to “give
back” by volunteering at state parks or wildlife refuges?
Workers On Wheels can help you learn how and can help you find
your perfect position. For Help Wanted ads, how-to articles, tips
for finding the best jobs, and a community of people who are
actually living the lifestyle you dream of, visit
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50 Shades of Flowers offers delivery of flowering plants to local
businesses in Maryland. Our service offering includes design,
professional installation and ongoing maintenance and care of
live plants. Our clients include hotels and other hospitality
organizations as well as law firms, businesses and property
management companies. Please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Arizona Cowboy has written true stories in four exciting and
interesting books all about half a century on horseback. 2005,
was the year the books closed on the Arizona, cattle and horse
ranch named the DK Ranch. After nearly fifty years there as a
cowhand, I had advanced as their chief honcho. During the start
of the year 2005, the handwriting on the wall began and the books
closed on this historic steer and horse ranch. I sadly, then,
became my pen-name, The Last DK Cowboy. Read stories of true
happenings during our daily work. Happily chasing steers over the
open range while aboard bronco horses we were trying to make into
usable cowponies. Join me by enjoying these true tales and later
in the other books describing a rewarding, exciting life among
wild cattle and wilder cowhands. Ridin’ out in Arizona’s
beautiful, natural scenic wonders. These true tales, although
unusual, are just as I recollect them. To all those who have ever
dreamed of being a cowboy, here’s your chance to ride along
with me as your side-kick and saddle pard. You can view an
entertaining introduction with many colored pictures at
lastdkcowboy.com or you can write to me at   

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