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THIS IS OUR 178th ISSUE!        (206) 462-1818       

Published since 1983                                 Volume 30,
Number 4                            

July/August 2012                          ISSN 1074-3642 


-Caretaker Job Listings
This issue contains 100+ caretaking opportunities in 35 states
and 19 countries
-Caretaker Profile
Traveler, Adventurer, Alternative Health Scientist, now Caretaker

-Letters to the Editor
Caretakers and property owners write about their experiences with
the Gazette

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CARETAKING COUPLE needed from September 1, 2012 through late May
2013 on a comfortable, alternative energy, Alaska Peninsula,
remote homestead. You can enjoy wildlife, fishing, hydroelectric
power, internet, phone, chickens, greenhouse, woodworking shop
and sauna. Skiff/outboard, general mechanical and maintenance
skills are required. Remote living experience recommended. A
monthly stipend will be provided. For more information, please

NEEDED: a strong and reliable helper (with no pets) for the
summer on a small organic farm in Alaska, some farm chores, work
with horses, cattle, fencing, haying and yard. Small rustic cabin
and garden veggies in trade, plus hourly wage for farm work. Must
be flexible, (no schedules!) and easy to be around. We also have
guests and travelers renting summer lodging. If you are
interested or capable of helping with guests, bookings and
cleaning rooms, we would consider giving a manager’s
position. Our property adjoins the beach, and is within five
miles of Homer, a world famous artist town and tourist
destination. To learn more please visit

FARM HELPER-HANDYMAN needed. We have camp style lodging, basic
vittles, you cook it, 20 hours/week. Negotiable stipend or wages
for over 20 hours. More work available on area farms. Live on a
beautiful 620 acre historic homestead. Lots of ongoing projects!
I am looking for a mature, nonsmoking, nondrinking, individual
with no health or diet issues. High energy 67-year-young woman
doesn't want to do this lifestyle solo. Need someone who can be
my right hand helper. I am "camping" in my unfinished
house. Needs a lot of work to be livable before winter. Any
construction experience welcome. Please call

WORKERS NEEDED with general farm experience; fence building, wood
cutting, carpentry or other trade skills, such as machinery and
tractors. Various lodging available; some private, some communal.
Basic food staples provided, do your own cooking. Stipend or
hourly wage can be negotiated. Garden space available, chickens.
Several job descriptions offered; singles to work in communal
garden, yard work, farm chores, etc. For a couple;  share
indoor-outdoor duties, answer phone, small on site Museum host,
give tours, help with overnight guests, cleaning etc, keep yard
and flowers trimmed, supervise other workers. Possible use of
summer vehicle or bring your own. Located on one of a kind
historic 620 acre homestead with beach frontage on Kachemak Bay.
If you are interested in a unique summer experience please call


PERSONAL ASSISTANT NEEDED ASAP on a small horse-breeding farm in
the Andes of Northern Patagonia, Province Neuquen, for a
63-year-old woman with Multiple Sclerosis. I am an artist and an
experienced horsewoman who is beginning to ride again after
breaking my back in 2009. All my life, I have believed that
creativity is healing, as well as the power and love of nature
and her creatures, especially horses. I currently live on a small
horse farm which serves as an office for large nearby
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. We are in a non-touristic part of
Patagonia, in the foothills of the Andes, in the heart of the
real gaucho (Argentine cowboy) culture. In exchange for food and
housing, you’ll be my personal assistant. Assistant duties
include: typing (internet work, like emails and Foundation work),
helping with occasional art shows, light housekeeping/cooking (to
help supplement my employed maid/cook), occasional help with the
animals (giving food to the horses or gatito), helping me get
around (putting my wheelchair in my truck/pushing me around on
occasion), occasional help with my MS challenges (e.g. exercise),
acting as a host(ess) for international volunteers and clients
for XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, making maté! (a local
herbal drink - don’t worry, we’ll teach you how!). I
need you to be “on call” when we’re together.
Your private time is respected and arranged as needed. You must
be flexible on hours and type of work. This is a work-exchange
for room and board. Minimum stay is one month. A stay of three
months is preferred. Please email your resume, a description of
why you are good for this position, your personal interests, and


Hello, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy receiving the
email updates from The Caretaker Gazette! Though my husband and I
still have a couple of years to go before retiring it is fun to
see the positions for caretakers and housesitters that come up
via your publication. I read them out loud to my husband, and
every now and then I see that he is weighing the option of
retiring early when the description is just right. Thank you, J.
C. Alturas, CA

Hi Jennifer, thank you for taking the time to share your
experience with the Gazette. We appreciate having you as a
subscriber. Hopefully you and your husband will be able to take
one of the caretaking or housesitting positions from the Gazette
when he retires.

Hi Gary and family, I want to thank you and The Caretaker Gazette
for sending me a great pair of caretakers for my property. Due to
a death in our extended family we were left with a vacant home
and land and no one to step in and care for it until it could be
sold. Our help-wanted ad with you resulted in several great
responses so we had top-notch people to choose from. The
caretakers we found through you cared for the property as if it
were their own. We couldn’t be more pleased. Thank you from
all of us. P.K., Philadelphia, PA

Thank you for taking the time to write to us, Paul. We were sorry
to read about the death in your family but happy that you could
find some great caretakers to look after your family home and
property. Property owners have told us that they have found the
most experienced and reliable caretakers via The Caretaker

I see so my advertisers requiring me to email them and I
don’t have a computer. Why do so many advertisers ask me to
apply for their position via email? J. T. Albany, NY

Jim, we have no control over how our advertisers prefer to have
applicants contact them. Many of our subscribers don’t own
a computer. There are several Internet Service Providers that
offer free email accounts, such as Hotmail, Gmail, and Yahoo. You
can access one of these providers to register for a free email
account. Additionally, most unemployment offices, public
libraries and college placement offices have computers and
Internet access for their patrons to use at no charge.

Hi Gary, please sign me up for another three years of The
Caretaker Gazette. Over the years I’ve made great use of
your publication as far as finding housesitters for my own home
and finding housesitting positions for myself around the world
for when I travel. So, I’ve happily been on both sides and
look forward to more years of traveling with the help of you and
your publication. Thank you from me. M.A.W., Boulder, CO

Hi Mary Ann, thanks for writing! Many of our subscribers who are
in a situation similar to yours, where they are able to travel,
utilize the Gazette to find housesitters for their own homes and
find housesitting positions for themselves while they travel.

The Caretaker Gazette
This publication is a private newsletter researched and written
for landowners, caretakers, and interested readers. It is the
only up-to-date publication for property caretaking opportunities
in the world. All information is derived from sources believed to
be correct and reliable, but for which we assume no
responsibility. The Caretaker Gazette does not screen caretakers
or landowners, and only provides a medium of information
exchange. We assume no liability for arrangements made between
parties. No part of this publication may be copied, reproduced,
or distributed in any form or retrieval system without our
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Our Caretaking Philosophy
The Caretaker Gazette is dedicated to the property caretaking
profession, and to our subscribers who have kept the Gazette
going since 1983. We publish the Gazette in order to help
property owners and caretakers find one another. We support the
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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SEDONA, AZ RV site available at my home located in West Sedona.
You get gorgeous red rock views, and a private setting on 3/4
acre bordering the National Forest in exchange for 20 hours per
week per person. A couple is preferred.  Needed June through
September, 2012 to assist me with: overseeing annual RV
maintenance, general contracting, carpentry, electrical,
plumbing, supervise day workers and vendors, landscaping and
cleaning. Wage available for additional work over 20 hours/week
for project work. Please call  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

CARETAKER/LANDSCAPER/handyman needed 50 miles southwest of
Tucson, Arizona, in the small village of Arivaca
(XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX), through October and potentially
longer. We are looking for a person or persons to maintain drip
watering systems, your small garden, and landscaping around the
house. This property sits on 40 acres of grasslands and rolling
hills and backs to miles of public state trust land and national
forest. Breathtaking views, high chaparral beauty, and peace and
quiet. Full hookup RV/Trailer pad and utilities provided. You
will need your own trailer or RV. Please respond to


APARTMENT MANAGER/CARETAKER needed in multiple locations. We have
positions at apartment complexes located in Hope, Conway, Cabot,
Searcy and 40 other locations throughout the state of Arkansas.
Experienced preferred, but we will train the right person. The
position is ideal for a couple. You will be required to live on
site. We are an equal opportunity provider and employer. To
apply, please mail your resumes and inquires to


DOG AND HOUSESITTER NEEDED in Forest Lake, Queensland from July
13 to July 27, 2012. We have a four bedroom, low set house, with
lots of outside under cover area. We have plenty of
fridge/freezer space, and the Internet. We are within walking
distance to the lake and a bus stop at the end of the street. You
can walk to shops. We have one dog, medium size, to feed/walk, an
Australian Sheppard who is two years old. We have undercover
parking, in our very quiet area. Please call 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR HOUSESITTERS to care for our two aged, spoilt
and lazy cats, five chooks and free roaming guinea fowl in Lake
Barrine/Atherton, Tableland, Queensland from December 22nd, 2012
through January 5th, 2013. All reasonably low maintenance; just
require some feeding and the occasional scratch and/or brush and
you may even receive some freshly laid eggs in return for your
care. Watering of potted plants may be required. We have a modern
home; 15 minutes drive to closest small town- Yungaburra, and
Cairns is one hour away. We are close to Crater lakes, walking
tracks and access to Tinaroo Dam with a canoe available. No
mobile reception at home but is available a short stroll away,
wireless internet connection is available. Sorry we cannot cater
to smokers, children or housesitters with their own pets. Please

WE REQUIRE A MATURE COUPLE to housesit and look after our dog and
cat, and water the plants in our Sutherland shire (Sydney) home
from July 6th until August 2nd, 2012. We have a roomy comfortable
low maintenance home and garden in a quiet leafy street in the
Barden Ridge area. It is a 15 minute drive from Cronulla Beach
and national park. For more information, please email

NEED SOMEONE for approximately 10 weeks from September through
November 2012 to mind our house plus two dogs in Newcastle, NSW.
We have a Dash Kelpie cross and Harley Lab cross who love playing
with a ball and going to the leash-free park nearby. They love
affection and spending time with you. For more information,


WE NEED ASAP a mature, financially secure couple for one to three
months to housesit our beautiful beach front compound, in
Eleuthera, Bahamas. In exchange, we offer a private
cottage/bungalow; shared vehicle, long distance (USA), Direct TV,
and DSL are provided. Owner will be on-site on and off.
Responsibilities: walk and feed our island dogs, sweep floors and
screens of the Great House, rake the grounds and water the plant:
approximately two hours per day, total. This is paradise, but it
is the islands; food is expensive and things work most of the
time. If you are frail or fearful of the elements, please do not
apply! No smokers, no drinkers. Include current photos and
references. Couples only. Please email us at


CARETAKER NEEDED to live/caretake on our five acre piece of land,
located on the beautiful Mopan River in the foothills of the Maya
Mountains in the district of Cayo, close to the Guatemalan
border, four miles from San Ignacio and in the village of Bullet
Tree Falls. It is a great location to access Tikal, Caracol,
Mountain Pine Ridge, El Pilar and other local Mayan ruins and
sites. Just a few hours to the coast to beaches and access to
diving/snorkeling on the world’s second largest reef with
up to 300 islands and atolls. The land has been planted up with
fruit trees, coconuts, and a mix of hardwoods and ornamentals.
There is over 1,000 feet of river frontage and a riverside deck
and stairs down to the river for swimming or tubing or boating
etc. A rope swing also. There are two sleeping cabins and a
22’ diameter thatch building with kitchen, dining, and
living area. It is off the grid with no electricity, phone or
town water. But we are set up with butane gas and stove for
cooking, a composting toilet; cistern water system and water pump
for filling tanks with river water for washing and watering.
There is a waterline and tap to the kitchen and a shower. We have
a local villager who does basic maintenance of the land but we
need someone to live there and love it. It would cost $250USD to
cover his fees. There would be the option of renting out one of
the cabins to cover the fee. Any other improvements to make your
stay more comfortable (solar panels for music and lights, kayak,
canoe, kitchen accessories, mosquito net, etc.) would be up to
you. We lived there for many years and totally loved it! I know
it's not for everyone, but awesome for the right person. If
seriously interested, please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


HOUSESITTERS WANTED. Experience a tropical lifestyle in southern
Belize. The property is bordered by rainforests in the center of
Maya culture. Caretake a self-sufficient owner built homestead.
Electricity from the sun. Biogas is from organic materials. Enjoy
cosmically charged rainwater and unpolluted, energy packed
rainforest air. Taste a different tropical fruit each week. Stuff
yourself with organically grown veggies. Make natural perfume
from ylang-ylang petals. Prefer a mature, responsible, drug-free,
non-smoking couple or two adults. A minimum commitment of five
weeks anytime from April through November. Your primary
responsibility is having a presence on the property. Duties, as
of this date, will be the care and feeding of one cat, six dogs,
fish tanks, vermiculture, watering young plants and minor
maintenance. For additional information, please email
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX For photos, please visit


HORSE CARETAKER needed. We have a small one bedroom caretaker
trailer on a horse ranch located between Red Bluff and Los
Molinos. Do you dream of living among horses and feel the wind in
your hair upon the back of a horse? We are looking for an
experienced horse person who would enjoy riding young horses and
working with foals and yearlings in exchange for rent and
electric. There is also a possibility of earning money if you
want to give beginner riding lessons to youth. Applicants must be
a drug free and be a gentle person who could pass a background

CARETAKER/HOUSEKEEPER COUPLE wanted for a ranch property in San
Luis Obispo County, California. A mature, hardworking and
responsible couple with previous caretaker/housekeeping
experience is desired. A mobile home is provided along with a
small monthly salary. No children. Responsibilities include
property maintenance, landscaping, housekeeping and keeping
property secure. Must be healthy and have experience operating
weedwacker, blower, chainsaw, and performing household plumbing,
carpentry skills and handyman duties as needed. Able to
communicate and work well with others. A credit, character and
criminal check will be ordered. Please send your resume and

EQUESTRIAN RANCH POSITION available on a large Northern
California horse property. We are looking for an honest and
responsible person or couple who is experienced in riding,
training, and caring for horses and all related ranch
responsibilities. This includes managing pasture and feed
programs, handling light medical issues, and keeping horses
conditioned and fit (gaited horse experience is a plus). The
position may include other duties such as providing direction to
a crew and maintaining ranch records. Must be in good health. No
drugs, smoking, or chewing. Light drinking only. Background check
and references required. Housing and utilities provided plus a
salary based on qualifications. Ideally we are looking for a
long-term person or couple with substantial horse and ranch
experience and a keen attention to details. Please contact us
with relevant experience and verifiable references at

Sierra foothills. We would like someone with a RV/trailer
(electricity and water provided) to watch over a peaceful,
secluded 37 acre property from mid-June – mid-August or
longer. The property is located 65 miles northeast of Sacramento
and 100 miles from Reno, NV via Lake Tahoe (I-80). It borders two
intersecting rivers (gold panning and fishing); five minutes away
from 14 mile Lake Englebright (boating/fishing/swimming); 2+
hours to San Francisco; four hours to Hwy 101, the Redwoods and
the Coast. Only duty required: Be on premises each night. Please

BEAUTIFUL KLAMATH RIVER property in remote Northern California
seeks a caretaker or cabin rental Business Partner. Need
carpentry, plumbing and/or orchard skills. Riverfront, fruit
orchard, garden/farm space, Wi-Fi available. Photos at
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX For details, please send a blank

HOUSEKEEPER/CARETAKER Position available. Must like dogs and
pets. Looking for a single woman who has experience with
living-in and all aspects of maintaining a home. Someone who is
seeking a long term position. Must be tidy and well organized. No
dogs, no smoking and only moderate drinking. Must supply good
references. Salary, living accommodations and utilities provided.


CARETAKER NEEDED for a small out of town farm, located five miles
from Atlin, British Columbia, Canada. Duties would be to cook and
keep house for an 82-year-old gentleman. Horse experience is a
must. Some fencing skills as well as irrigation work involved.
Must hold a valid driver’s license. For contact info,

CARETAKER WANTED for the Ladner area for a 30 suite apartment
building. The caretaker will need small repair skills. A retired
couple would be ideal. Please reply to

CARETAKER WANTED for a 60 unit condo building in Saskatoon, in
central Saskatchewan. The successful candidate should have great
people, phone and general maintenance skills. Please submit your

invite the right manager to apply for a position caretaking
cabins and RV sites. The position includes a house on the
property. The successful applicant will have excellent people
skills as well as experience with all aspects of running a small
resort including, marketing and sales, managing the grounds,
monitoring and maintaining a swimming pool and water treatment
system, housekeeping, accounting, and comfortable running an
online reservation system. This opportunity could be suitable for
a couple. The compensation is $30,000 per year. If you are
interested in this position please send your resume to


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. We are a Buddhist nonprofit endeavor located
at the base of a magnificent mountain range in South-Central
Colorado. The valley floor is at 8,000 feet surrounded by
14,000-foot peaks. We are close to the Sangre de Cristo
Wilderness and the Great Sand Dunes National Park. This is an
agricultural area in an Alpine-desert environment. We have
chickens, horses and dogs and are planning to get goats or sheep
for milk, yogurt and cheese. This year (2012) we will finish the
greenhouse and grow greens and herbs in it. We also plan to plant
gardens on our land of potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, carrots,
quinoa and millet using permaculture designs. We are especially
using Geoff and Nadia Lawton's "Greening The Desert"
concepts. For the past three years we have been creating our
compost to use this year. We are seeking one or two volunteers
who can stay at least a month at a time (hopefully longer). We
prefer people who can stay a minimum of eight weeks. People with
building abilities to finish the greenhouse would be very
welcome. Helpers would be asked to carry out morning chores (feed
and water the horses, goats or sheep, and chickens), along with
other farm chores when needed. They would also help with planting
seeds, plants and trees, as well as composting and watering them.
We plan to make home-made egg noodles from the eggs and will be
making cheese and yogurt this summer. We do not slaughter any
animals for food (or for any other reason). Our ultimate goal is
to be as self-sufficient as possible. All volunteer work will not
amount to more than three hours per day, leaving volunteers time
to explore this wonderful community. In return, helpers will
receive accommodations but must provide and prepare their own
food. Volunteers will stay in a lovely retreat cabin or in a
trailer - both with a gorgeous view of the mountains. All
volunteers must have their own transportation (car, truck,
motorcycle or bicycle). Sorry, but we cannot accept children or
pets. No alcohol or drugs may be used on our property. We have
many other on-going and compassionate projects involving Buddhist
teachings, healing, music and film, as well as collaboration with
Native American leaders, which volunteers may find interesting.
Buddhists do not do "missionary work;" we do not try to
convert others. If volunteers wish to learn more about our
teachings and meditation while here, they can, but it is not
necessary. There are many spiritual centers of various religious
traditions here, along with world-class hiking, climbing
(Penitente Canyon is across the Valley); white water rafting and
hot springs. We want to express our gratefulness in advance to
all those kind enough to help us with our good endeavors. Those
interested in contacting us and viewing pictures can see some on

COUPLE WANTED for a Colorado Estate. Small salary available, live
on the property in a furnished home. Mechanical skills a must and
have own tools. Both must have people skills for entertaining!
Mowing grounds, removing snow, working on dirt bikes,
snowmobiles, 4 wheelers, etc. Housekeeping, laundry, helping with
cooking, etc. Running errands, caring for guests as they arrive.
Representing us in the community in a professional manner. This
position is for a couple, who wants a long-term relationship in
this field, so if this fits you, please contact

CARETAKER LIVE-IN NEEDED in Silt in exchange for a three bedroom,
two bath home, garage, stables, workshop, and pastures. To apply,

CARETAKER/ANIMAL CARE COUPLE needed from July 29 - September 5,
if compatible. Later dates also possible in addition. We have a
ranch home on 25 acres in the foothills near Denver. Must be
honest, self-starters, clean, handy, and trustworthy. Must enjoy
working/communicating with animals. Position involves living on
the property to care for an older dog and cat and a younger dog,
two parakeets, and three cows, most with special needs. Must be
non-smokers, with no drugs or alcohol addictions. Must be able to
lift/move hay bales, mend fence, if needed, provide care/medicine
for animals multiple times a day, including walking dogs, and
handle general maintenance. We can also pay a generous bonus for
successfully and properly caring for our historic ranch property
and pets for the entire specified period ending upon our return.
Home has easy access with wonderful views. References required
with contact information plus personal biographies, with letters
of introduction. Please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


sq. ft. home in Middlebury, CT. Applicants can be an individual
or couple (will consider a small child). Housekeeping, laundry,
some cooking, shopping, meal planning, some child care including
pick-ups and/or drop offs, and supervision of chores. Pet care,
snow removal, random projects, and minor repairs. Yard work,
pool/tennis court maintenance, party planning and cooking/serving
at party. Caretaker(s) receives a small salary, board, two rooms
and a full-bath. Must be experienced, professional, good with
children and hard working. Please email

APARTMENT AVAILABLE for a person who values solitude. A rent-free
upstairs apartment is available in exchange for chores for a
disabled hermit (Father Randall has chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease) located on a 25-acre property near New London, CT.
Duties will include the care of three dogs, housework, and
general upkeep. You will have a shared kitchen and a large living
room/library. Please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


experience of living in a community to take over the role of Head
Gardener and Volunteer Coordinator, who can commit to at least
six months. This is an organic chocolate farm run by a local Tico
family in one of the most amazing places in Costa Rica. Nestled
in the secluded village of Mastatal, near Santiago de Puriscal,
the farm sits at about 1,000 meters above sea level in the lush
and rugged tropical environment that is ideal for cocoa
cultivation. We have been producing organic cocoa for over 25
years. Our farm is within walking distance of the La Cangreja
National Park, Zapaton Indigenous Reserve, and many beautiful
waterfalls and river swimming holes. The area is as rich in flora
and fauna as the Osa Peninsula, including many endemic species,
even the Scarlet Macaws. The work of the farm fluctuates with the
weather. Although all stages of cocoa production, from cocoa
harvesting to making the chocolate products is the main
concentration here, this is a fully functioning farm. The farm
includes an organic/medicinal garden, bean fields, a small banana
plantation, cows, horses and chickens. The main cocoa harvest
takes place during the rainy season (roughly May - November) and
the expansion of the organic terraced gardens, bean harvesting,
and various other farm work takes place during the hot, dry
summer season (roughly December - April). Volunteers are asked to
pay $9 a day for food and accommodation, which includes three
substantial meals a day (with fresh fruits and vegetables from
the garden/farm), and sleeping in either the dorm room or tree
houses. This is in exchange for five hours work in the mornings.
The work varies day to day, however help is always needed in the
kitchen and garden and you will have the opportunity to help with
all stages of the chocolate making process, including roasting,
shelling and grinding the cocoa and making the final chocolates.
For more information, please get in touch via email with

CARETAKERS NEEDED for our small farm near Nuevo Arenal, Costa
Rica. We are looking for someone to live on our small farm while
we are in the U.S. for three to four months this summer. The
dates are negotiable. We have eight acres of landscaped property
bordered by jungle and river with numerous tilapia ponds as well
as lush vegetation, flowering plants, orchids, a vegetable
garden, and fruit trees. Photos can be emailed to interested
parties. We are located one mile above Lake Arenal and the small
village of Rio Piedras and 10 miles from Tilaran, the nearest
town with a full array of stores, banks, hospital, etc. Reliable
and frequent buses pass through Rio Piedras. The caretakers will
need to feed our dog and the fish two times daily, water indoor
plants, maintain and clean the house, and agree to stay on the
property every night. Lawns and property are maintained by our
worker. Telephone, satellite TV, internet, and laundry facilities
are provided. There is no salary but we ask the caretakers to pay
for the utilities ($200/month). A basic knowledge of Spanish
would be helpful but is not a requirement. For more details,


HOUSESITTER WANTED in Ecuador from October 2012 through January
2013 while we travel back to England for a three month holiday.
We are an English couple who live permanently in Ecuador, and
have a beautiful wooden house on six acres of Cloud Forest, two
miles outside of a town called Mindo with approximately 2,400
residents. On our property we have three dogs, two cats, a parrot
we rescued and a lot of chickens and ducks. We have different
areas of the land that we maintain as garden or for growing sugar
cane, bananas, vegetables etc and the rest of the land we leave
pretty much untouched with a trail running around the land and
through it. We have our own water supply and electricity and
although our house is rustic we have many of the comforts of
anywhere else! The housesitter needs to be someone who has a love
for the outdoors, animals and gardening. All our animals have
been brought up by us and are well behaved but they like to be
with us all the time. Everything talks, barks, crows and wants
affection so you need to really like animals and have some
experience. We are also surrounded by beautiful reserves and
activities, zip lining, waterfalls, butterfly farms, abseiling,
horse riding and there are restaurants and bars in the town of
Mindo. We will also provide you with our Quad to get around on.
We feel as though this is a great opportunity for someone maybe
considering a life abroad somewhere tropical with a unique
environment and culture. We are looking for someone who is going
to truly embrace being somewhere remote (although only 15 minutes
on the Quad to the town which has many National and International
tourists all year round!) and going to enjoy living there as much
as we do. Mindo is famous for its birds, orchids and its
biodiversity! From our balcony we daily see toucans, quetzals,
parrots and mammals such as Armadillos, Kinkajoos, and Apossoms.
This is not a paid house sit, nor we do not expect to get paid
but general maintenance of the house and land is definitely part
of the deal. Cost of living is very cheap and eating out or
cooking is very cheap, you will need to pay the electricity bill
and buy petrol for the Quad but the electricity bill is not more
than $10 a month and petrol $1.50 a gallon! Our house, land and
animals have been a true labor of love for two years so we are
really keen to make sure we find the perfect people to housesit
for us. If you think you might be interested I am sure you will
have lots of questions as we will have for you. But if this
sounds like something you could be interested please email

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. We look for enthusiastic fellows who
would like to help us and learn about building a round shaped
sustainable cob and bamboo house, as well as organic farming,
cheese and bread making. We will start an organic vegetable
garden while working on the house. We have a flat for helpers to
stay, with a bathroom and kitchen and Wi-Fi. We offer
accommodation and lunch, but the helper should provide their own
breakfast and dinner. We expect people to work at least six hours
per day; you will be working with local workers, which is a good
way to learn Spanish, and can get you in contact with the
neighbors. We can also organize Spanish classes and excursions,
especially to the jungle, and shamanic ceremonies. We are an
Italian couple, Cecilia and Francesco, with a two-year-old son,
who first came to Ecuador in 2006. We have lived in this
beautiful country for over five years now. Cecilia is a
sociologist with a Master’s degree in Gender Studies while
Francesco has a PhD in Physics. We worked on international
cooperation and environmental research and now we started this
beautiful project of building a house for us made of cob and
bamboo. We fell in love with nature, the jungle, spirits and the
culture of Ecuador and its people, its sunsets, its climate, its
power, and we felt that here we could make our dream of living in
a self-sustainable way with real caring for the earth and our
lives. A few months ago we bought a plot of land on the slopes of
the volcano Ilal in the valley of Tumbaco, a half hour from the
city of Quito. It is a beautiful place, still quite rural but
close to everything you need. The land has approximately 3,000mq
and has a nice view of Ilal and the volcano of Quito, Pichincha.
Here we will build our house, capturing rainwater, recycling
water from sinks, using composting toilets, and in the future we
hope to take energy from the sun. Please email

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX always welcomes volunteers who wish
to join the community and help out! We are an organic farming
community located on a beautiful mountainside overlooking the
town of Vilcabamba, in Loja Ecuador. We aim to regenerate a small
(10 hectares) piece of degraded land into a self-sufficient farm
using permaculture design principles. We provide opportunities
for learning about permaculture and living off the land as well
as a beautiful space for meeting new people, reading, yoga, and
meditation. The farm is always growing and we are open to
collaborating with volunteers to create and implement new
projects. We’ve built a community kitchen, a dormitory that
sleeps as many as six, three bedroom cabins, a yurt bedroom, a
water tank, composting toilet, greenhouses, and orchard and
agro-forestry gardens. There is a $10 initial fee and $25 per
week for food. We work five days per week, for five hours per
day. Private rooms available for couples. Telephone service, but
no internet access (however, there is internet access in town).
If you have any other questions, or wish to confirm that you will
be coming, please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or call
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX from outside of Ecuador). 


COUPLE REQUIRED for a part-time position as housekeeper/cleaner
in a rural area near Swindon. Duties include general cleaning,
laundry, some cooking, occasional child care and looking after
two dogs. Driving is essential. A flexible 'can do' attitude is
required. A caretaker’s cottage will be provided.
References required. Sorry, no children. Please call

WE POTENTIALLY need volunteer help from the 6th of June 2012
onwards. We have recently moved onto a small farm/smallholding
and are looking for like minded people who can help us by
bringing skills with them or by learning new ones whilst they are
here. The farm has 33 acres, most of which is woodland that we
intend to manage and use in a sustainable way. We have recently
built two yurts in a small woodland that we rent out to holiday
makers; we will need help with the maintenance of these also. We
are primarily Vegetarian (macrobiotic) but can cater for whoever
and their preferences. The work we require help with is Yurt
cleaning, domestic help, when necessary help with converting the
barns into self catering cottages, help with the vegetable plot
and working on improving the land and forestry work around the
farm. The accommodation would be a bedroom within our family
home. We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. We
are situated near the small village of Hawkhead, and a couple of
miles from the town of Ambleside. Please let us know if you are
interested and would like any further information by writing

HOUSEKEEPER/COOK needed for a farmer, plus three young adults,
mostly away at school/university, plus dogs and a cat. The
successful applicant must be confident, flexible, and give
attention to detail, with good organization skills. A high
standard of cooking is required for shoot lunch parties,
preparing and serving main meals, with occasional dinner/lunch
parties. A cottage with garden and parking provided. Partner
welcome, with own employment. A full UK driving license is
essential, with your own vehicle. Please mail your resume to

HOUSEKEEPER needed for a large country house in East
Leicestershire, to help and supervise with the running of a large
house. Usual domestic duties included with minimal cooking. Other
daily help are employed here. A cheerful, trustworthy, competent
and reliable person is sought. Must be a non-smoker. Excellent
remuneration including a separate three bedroom cottage with
garden. References required. Please reply to

COUPLE REQUIRED. A gardener/handyperson is needed full-time;
housekeeper part-time. Top salary, car, two bedroom cottage with
own garden and garage provided. Working in a seven bedroom
country house, 20 miles from central London (south Essex). Five
days a week, most weekends free. Housekeepers duties to include
day-to-day cleaning, laundry, shopping - must be used to keeping
a house to a high standard. Gardener/handyperson must have
experience, good knowledge of plants and all aspects of gardening
including garden machinery, sit on mowers, etc, as well as a good
knowledge of household maintenance and DIY. No pets, no dependent
children and non-smokers. Both must have full driving licenses.
Applicants should be looking for a long-term position. Please
mail your resume and references to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


LOOKING FOR AN ESTABLISHED COUPLE to enjoy the surrounding
privacy of a 50,000 acre preserve, yet 30 minutes to seaside
Florida's spectacular beaches. We offer a three acre property
with fruit orchard, organic gardens, stocked fish pond, Gym, bike
trails and more. You can live in our 3,000 sq ft cedar home and
enjoy all the amenities. You just pay the expenses of $350-$450
all inclusive. Want work? There are many jobs 30 minutes away. Or
work from here with home business skills. Pets OK and RV's are
OK. If you love it here, there is a smaller house for permanent
time on the property should we come and go in the fall. Plenty of
storage for your things. Google

CARETAKER/COUPLE wanted in Lake County, FL. Looking for a
husband/wife team to work at our property. The ideal couple would
have experience in general building maintenance, mowing,
cleaning/housekeeping, etc. also including care of animals.
Accommodations are available for a live-in position. Please send
your complete resume and any pertinent information to
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Be sure to list relevant experience,
salary requirements and references as we are presently accepting


ANIMAL AND HOUSESITTER WANTED in Lot-et-Garonne, a department in
the southwest of France named after the Lot and Garonne rivers,
from December 1st 2012 until February 28th 2013. I need a
housesitter who can look after my horse, dog and cat. For more
information, please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


PET/HOUSESITTER NEEDED in the Atlanta outskirts for two weeks in
early July. I have three adorable cats and two great dogs living
in a farmhouse near the town of Tyrone. I need a friendly,
reliable and independent housesitter(s) to take good care of
them. The person(s) interested would also need to love the
countryside and have their own transportation. This is a
beautiful area with a lot to discover and simply enjoy. For
further info, please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


LIVE-IN COUPLE needed for a house on the Island of Kefalonia. The
woman is needed for housekeeping, cleaning and cooking, to a high
standard. The man needs to be a competent gardener, and
handyperson. A clean driving license is necessary. Must be child
and pet friendly. References required. email


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. We are a small jungle hotel located in the
middle of the Rio Dulce National Park between Rio Dulce and
Livingston. Our accommodation ranges from a dormitory to private
bungalows with a bathroom. We offer drinks, restaurant services,
rent kayaks, organize tours etc. We are living completely
off-the-grid and electricity is provided by a solar panel. We are
looking for an enthusiastic volunteer willing to stay for at
least one month and to engage in whatever needs to be done. We
are looking for an adaptable person with good social skills, able
to take initiative and to work independently. It is necessary to
speak English and Spanish. The tasks include reception work,
serving dinner, closing the restaurant area, doing inventory and
socializing with the guests. Depending on the skills and
interests you can also assist us with some of the projects that
we work on like carpentry, construction, landscaping, gardening,
maintenance, cleaning, art and painting and cooking. The yoga
instructors are specially invited. We ask for four to six hours
of work per day, in exchange for free meals (breakfast, lunch and
dinner), free accommodation and cheap drinks. If you are in
Guatemala and looking for a peaceful experience in the jungle and
enjoy a simple life with the nature around, come, see the place
and let us know if you like to volunteer. We ask people to come,
see the place and talk to us if they would like to volunteer.
Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for more information.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. We are a very small Tibetan
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX offering jungalow rentals for
individual short and long-term meditation and Art retreats.
Currently our website doesn't really reflect what we do anymore,
as we have reduced it to a minimum, but you can still visit us at
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX to see photos, and a revamp of the
website is in the works. We are looking for two friends or a
couple who truly know orchards and know about pruning and
weedwacking work. They need to be comfortable in maintaining
small solar systems and know how to repair and maintain our
buildings. The commitment is for six months with a possibility of
one year. This is not your mother’s backyard. Hawaii is a
subtropical rainforest and a fast-growing jungle. The exchange is
five days of three hours each, for a total of 15 hours each week
per person. The starting date is August 2012, at that point in
time, there will be a vegetable garden to be taken over from
caretakers who are leaving. The season for our citrus fruits
orchard is winter, but with care bananas can grow the whole year
round for your consumption. Do you know how to prune a tree? Can
you fix a weedwacker/small machines? You need to like this kind
of work, and we have had several foreigners who were used to work
in the Alps and other mountains and did hard labor graciously.
They enjoyed using their strength effortlessly and made very
interesting friends and had life changing experiences and we all
had a great time. They had a place to live and partially eat by
using some of their free time, to grow and tend their own
vegetable gardens while we had great maintenance work done. You
will need to be in very good physical shape to work in our
orchards, vegetable gardens, chicken coop, buildings and grounds.
Ongoing work includes weeding, orchard maintenance, building
maintenance, composting, and some housekeeping. Seasonal work can
include cultivating, harvesting and processing of citrus and
other tropical fruits, as well as winemaking, bread baking and
learning the "natural farming" method of making one's
own plant foods. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and
please send us a picture and your age, as our age limit is
30-years-old. Please tell us a bit about your experience.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY available for a couple near Hilo, on Hawaii
Island. We are looking for a mature, healthy, clean-living,
eco-minded couple to help with maintenance and operations on a
30-acre tropical farm and also to participate actively in the
learning process of planning/designing/establishing a diversified
forest garden permaculture habitat system on this farm. Must have
strong backs, mechanical ability, and experience with chainsaws
among other things. Must be avid learners, hungry for new ideas
and information about plants, animals, and how to weave them
together. Must be good team players. Modest but new housing is
available on site. No salary. Must provide own transportation,
health insurance, and living expenses other than housing. You can
start ASAP. Prefer several months if the fit is good. Longer-term
possible. Please send resumes to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING a reliable, trust-worthy, hardworking
individual or couple to look after two luxury ocean front
properties in Kihei, Maui on a permanent, long-term and fulltime
basis. Duties include safety and security of the properties,
general maintenance, guest services and occasional driving (i.e.
Airport pick-up and delivery). Coordination of bookkeeping,
cleaning, gardening, and pool maintenance is required as well as
infrequent project management. The chosen candidate(s) will
possess very high standards of care and attention to detail,
exemplary communication skills, computer literacy and will
understand the need for excellence in all areas. A very
comfortable one-bedroom Ohana is provided with one garaged
parking stall. No pets allowed. Remuneration is commensurate with
experience and responsibilities. All applications in writing and
including references, to be sent to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

“Traveler, Adventurer, Alternative Health Scientist, now
Date of Birth: 12/15/63
Interests: Hiking, kayaking, ice skating, horseback riding, etc.,
travel, multicultural places, people and music, and studying
alternative health science. My dream is to help homeless
children; volunteering, adopting, and/or starting an orphanage.
Quote: “It is easy in the world to live after the
world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our
own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps
with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, on Independence”

Jackie Barrera

When I moved to New England, in the rural Boston area, I found a
place to rent from a family who was going to be out of the
country for two years. And, I fell in love with their home. It
was warm, open, large, and comfortable with a beautiful yard that
had plentiful flowers to pick from for bouquets.  I found myself
caring for the home and yard, and giving it the time and
attention it needed. It was then I got the idea that maybe I
could take care of someone’s home for them; help a
homeowner who needed an extra hand, who is too busy and
doesn’t have the time, or needs to be out of the area for a
while, and have it benefit me. I could love someone’s home
for them. 
After that idea, I started looking and came across The Caretaker
Gazette. When I read about all the great jobs available across
the world I instinctively knew it was the right move for me. I
found a Caretaker Gazette ad for a caretaking position in the
area, responded, met the owners for an interview, and very
shortly after was moving into a new home as a caretaker. The
situation was, and still is, taking care of a primary home for a
busy couple; a 10,000 square foot perfectly restored, historic
New England mansion. The arrangement is to be at the home when
the owners can’t be - to turn on the lights at dusk, etc.,
to clean the home once a week, and to take care of the two
terriers, in exchange for the fourth floor apartment.
I have now been at this historic home for two years, near Boston,
Massachusetts, tending and caring for the historic mansion, and
the dogs. I also work a full-time job in the same town, one mile
from the house. It has been a perfect arrangement at the perfect
My daily routine looks like this: 
Between 6 and 7am I get up and dress appropriately for the
weather conditions, while the dogs go crazy, because they know
they’re getting breakfast and get to go for a walk. After
our 15 minute walk, I pick up the newspaper, and bring them back
inside where they settle into the kitchen for the morning. Then I
straighten up the kitchen, load or unload the dishwasher, take
out the trash, etc.
After that, I get ready for work, go to work, and come back at
lunchtime to feed and walk the dogs. Before I return to work, I
help them settle onto their beds with their toys in the kitchen
again. Between 5 and 6pm I come home from work, turn on the
outside lights and the few inside lights, pick up the mail and
walk the dogs. They love to be walked, and they are always so
happy to go outside. Sometimes I walk them longer during this
time, especially if it is nice weather, or if there are new
Christmas lights to discover. At first this was an odd routine to
get used to, but now I enjoy it, especially if one is not apt to
going out in certain kinds of weather. I get to experience
more… thanks to dogs. Then I have free time until 10pm,
when I’ll walk the dogs again, and then bring them upstairs
to my room, where they’ll play, then settle down in their
beds for the night. I also take them to the vet when needed, for
check-ups, and to renew any medication. 
On one of my days off I clean the house. This takes around five
hours. Most of the home is like a historic time piece, is truly a
work of art, and is not often used, so it gets vacuumed, dusted,
polished and shined. The common areas are furnished in a
different design, modern contemporary, and will also look
immaculate after the weekly cleaning. 
The historic home is currently for sale, although it is not
expected to sell immediately. As a subscriber to The Caretaker
Gazette I am planning ahead, and looking at other possible
caretaking opportunities. I am ready to travel and explore again.
I recently visited Montreal which I enjoyed very much. It is a
‘perfect place,’ full of culture and outdoor
activities. I also have an interest in western Montana, to
participate in all the outdoor activities, and since it is
seasonal possibly travel a month or two a year. I would like to
visit parts of Europe, and have an interest in Turkey too.
I am so grateful to be able to use The Caretaker Gazette to
enhance my lifestyle. My true love is children and my ultimate
dream is to help homeless children. I want to create a home for
those in need, but I’m also interested in volunteering in a
place that is already established to do so. I recently discovered
an orphanage in Mexico that adopted 27 children, who were the
least likely to be adopted. I have been corresponding with them
via email to possibly volunteer at their school to teach English
as a second language. At this stage of life, giving back seems to
be more of a priority than anything. Thanks to The Caretaker
Gazette for letting me share my experiences and my story. My
outlook on life has expanded in so many wonderful ways thanks to
the caretaker lifestyle.

The Massachusetts house that Jackie is caretaking


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED in the West Fjords and Reykjavík Music
Festival from June 17 through June 28, 2012. Volunteers will be
part of the annual music festival “Við
Djúpið”. The festival is held in the
‘capital’ of the West Fjords,
Ísafjörður, around summer solstice every year.
The event offers a series of concerts and master classes, which
are held in close cooperation with the Iceland Academy of Arts.
During the last eight years the festival has offered master
classes and concerts with national and worldwide known artists.
We will share all types of tasks related to the festival and the
group will be split according to the needs to give everyone the
chance to try out different assignments. The input of volunteers
will make a big difference in making the festival an impressive
cultural event. The tasks include receiving guests at the
airport, driving them, selling entrance tickets, controlling the
entrances in the venues, helping during the classes and concerts,
guiding and assisting participants and audience, setting up the
venues before and after the concerts and a wide variety of many
different duties. We are an integral part of creating a special
festival atmosphere in Ísafjörður and shall be
prepared for a flexible time schedule (like for evenings and
weekends). Ísafjörður is surrounded by mountains
that offer endless opportunities to enjoy nature and wilderness
during all seasons. Despite its small population, the town has a
rather urban, or one could say international, atmosphere. It is
known throughout the country for its rich cultural life, with
music and visual arts having a long tradition and firm roots in
the town’s history. In the West fjords one travels through
the whole range of Icelandic flora from the shore and meadows,
through birch and willow, to mossy moors. On a stroll amidst the
driftwood on the shore one can see birds and seals and then an
occasional arctic fox around the deserted farmsteads. In the
month of June, when the camp takes place, the sun never fully
sets at this degree of latitude and the nights are as bright as
the days. The bright nights are magical with almost 24 hours of
sunlight and staying awake enjoying the beautiful surroundings is
a unique experience. The last couple of days in this camp will
take place in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. We will
explore the world’s northernmost capital and get a glimpse
of this dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with
beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources. Volunteers will
stay at a local house/school; volunteers will sleep on mattresses
on the floor and need to bring a warm sleeping bag. Volunteers
will be provided with food and be in charge of the cooking
themselves. Do not forget some traditional/typical food from your
home country for the international evening. Please visit


CARETAKER (OR COUPLE) WANTED for a 60 acre Invention Development
Retreat in the wooded Northwest (near Sandpoint, ID). Seeking a
candidate whose professional background falls within the broad
product commercialization field. Rent-free living offered. Please


A SINGLE HOUSESITTER/CARETAKER wanted for a five bedroom house on
a eight-acre farmette in a rural area about 100 miles south of
Chicago. You only need to work about 15 hours a week (grass
mowing, landscaping, snow removal, and maintenance) in return for
a private room and bath and kitchen privileges. My wife and I
travel and will be in the house only occasionally. No pets or
smoking, please. Prefer someone with handyman and carpentry
skills and accustomed to living on an isolated rural property.
You will need a car. This long-term position is available now.
Please email when you would be available, and why you would be
interested in this position, along with your references to
CaretakerGazette@gmail.com and place this in the Subject Line:
Illinois Farmette Position. Thank you.


XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, a not-for-profit organization
serving persons with disabilities seeks a caretaker for 175 acres
of hilly forest and pasture land located in southern Indiana in
Bristow off I64. Duties include organic gardening, grounds care,
small greenhouse and animal care. Private residence, board,
utilities and small stipend are furnished. Ideal position for a
single or married couple desiring to learn/practice animal
husbandry and organic gardening with optional participation in
summer camp programs for adults and children with disabilities.
Owners in residence. Please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


PET/HOUSESITTER WANTED in County Antrim, Northern Ireland from
September 22nd to October 8th 2013. I would love someone to take
great care of my three dogs and one cat starting in September
2013 for two weeks and two days. My dogs would hate to be away
from home and I would not enjoy my time away. I live in the
country, Co Antrim, so if you have a car that would be good, as
you would need this to get about. Possible loan of a car could be
arranged. There is so much to see and do in this area and it is
very peaceful. You would need great references please. For more


OUR CLIENT SEEKS a mature, responsible and discrete couple with
the skills necessary to manage a home and small farm/forest
operation on a large property in Downeast Maine. Candidates must
be able to anticipate the needs of the owners and their guests,
have good communication skills, and liaise with other managers,
contractors and security firm. Duties include routine property
management of large forest: light maintenance of roads, trails
and gates; snowplowing; light use of chainsaw, brush-cutter and
tractor; etc. Other duties will include the supervision of a
blueberry field lease, apple orchard development and maintenance.
In addition to property management activities, the couple would
manage the home, keep it clean and ready for use, and provide
light maintenance and repairs, grounds-keeping and gardening. In
addition to these skills, the ideal couple would bring formal
training and the ability to serve as Chef/Cook when the owner and
guests are present. A nice on-site home in a private location is
provided in addition to salary commensurate with experience and
level of duties performed. Please email a letter of interest,
resumes and three references to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


Washington, DC Metro area. I am searching for a highly
experienced Private Assistant/House or Estate Manager to oversee
properties in Potomac, MD, Washington DC, and New York City. You
will need to oversee housekeeping, nanny/tutor, handyman,
chef/assistant, etc. Must have supervisory experience, be
proficient in MS Office, possess outstanding interpersonal
skills, be service oriented, and very discreet. Salary will be up
to $100,000 plus benefits. This is a live-out position. To apply,
please email your resume and references to


SEASONAL CARETAKER COUPLE needed at a coastal compound on the
South Coast of Massachusetts. Couple needed for light
housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, occasional serving,
minor maintenance, yard work and random projects. Driver’s
license required. Private one bedroom cottage with bath and all
amenities included.  Must be experienced, professional good with
children and pets. References are required. Please reply to


FREE SPACE AVAILABLE to a family or persons who would like to
live near Casas Grandes, a town located in the northern Mexican
state of Chihuahua. I am looking for a person who would enjoy
being a permanent resident here. A studio style apartment is
available on a farm, 18 km from Casas Grandes. People who have
come to this area have supported themselves through their
Internet business, teaching, therapeutic massage, tuning up
modern cars, making things and exporting products to the US. Or
come with a retirement pension, use the nine hole golf course,
swimming pond, museum, and be close to Mata Ortiz and Colonia
Juarez. A good understanding of Spanish will make the stay more
enjoyable. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


A CARETAKER COUPLE is needed for a family of seven in Saginaw,
MI. This position includes light housekeeping and childcare,
gardening, and property maintenance. Free room and board will be
provided. Applications should be sent to
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Please feel welcome to call
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX with any questions.


looking for a professional and reliable maintenance
technician/caretaker for our 36 unit apartment complex in Apple
Valley, Minnesota. The two positions available are full-time. We
would consider a couple who want to split the duties into two
part-time positions. Applicants must have experience and be
skilled in plumbing, electrical, gas and appliance repair. Duties
will include all apartment/building maintenance, turns, grounds
and building clean-up. Requirements: two or more years experience
in apartment maintenance or related work, boiler license. Must be
able to pass a background check and drug test. Please submit your
resume by faxing it to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

APARTMENT CARETAKER COUPLE needed part-time in West St. Paul.
Must live onsite, and one person must stay home during each day.
Duties will include cleaning, light maintenance, and leasing. A
background check and two years experience are required. Please


A BEAUTIFUL PLANTATION near Natchez, Mississippi needs a friendly
caretaker or couple. This is a gorgeous environment for a
naturalist. The caretaker will need to do heavy lifting once in
awhile, regular two horse care, one dog care, have organic
gardening, maintenance and repair skills, and be computer savvy.
Because of marketing the vegetables, you will need to be friendly
and have good social skills. You will need to drive, have your
own vehicle, and be able to drive a pickup attached to a horse
trailer. If you can ride and work the horses, it would be great.
You will also need to be self motivated, a creative thinker,
healthy, non drug user, and prefer no tobacco. Need a progressive
thinker without trauma residue that affects work. Two bedroom,
one bath, big porches, historic, rustic, comfy home is yours to
use and keep neat and clean. Small monthly salary and opportunity
for extra jobs for extra income. The job starts mid-July for a
minimum of six months. I would need to interview you before then,
hopefully in person. Must be tolerant of heat, humidity, insects
and wild critters because of the tropical woodsy climate here May
through September. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


permanent, live-in, year around position for a younger retired
couple in my home in sunny Las Vegas. You will help the owner
with improvements, maintenance, and hosting vacationers, for
example; facility maintenance, including hot tub, sauna, desert
landscape, security, and transportation service to/from the
airport, also to Zion National Park, the Grand Canyon, Lake
Powell, etc. This is a 4,400 sq. ft. home with seven bedrooms,
five ½ baths, and one RV hookup. Reimbursement would
depend on your capabilities, and willingness to work with the
owner. Please do not oversell yourself if you’re not
willing to deliver. This job could lead to the manager’s
position, and/or a future partnership. Please email inquiries to


HOUSESITTER REQUIRED from June 15 through August 31, 2012
inclusive in Sparta, NJ. We have a three bedroom/two bath split
level house, with a large back yard. We would like a housesitter
who will look after our three cats, one dog, and four fish (in
the fish tank). This would include feeding them, giving one cat
its medicine once a day, and walking the dog. We would also like
people who are security conscious and very clean. No pay, just
free rent and all utilities will be covered. Please provide
references. If interested, please email


XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX needs volunteers. This is a fully
sustainable farm/renewable energy learning center powered by
wind, sun and biogas. It borders beautiful mountain wilderness in
northern New Mexico, next to lakes, rivers and hot springs.
Helpers can expect nice accommodation (there are several
apartments) and excellent local food (trout, mushrooms organic
greens, etc.); tasks are varied and range from farming, taking
care of livestock, to construction and repair of energy systems,
or picking mushrooms at 11,000 feet altitude. There are also all
kinds of food-related tasks such as baking bread or fermenting
root vegetables and cabbage into kim chee, or making kombucha
those interested can learn about all aspects of sustainable
living, on actually existing systems - not just theory. It is
also a great place to see low-budget building methods such as
adobe (mud brick), strawbale, pumicecrete, pallets and
Earthships. Longer stays work better for me; it takes a while to
understand how my house works. Due to slow internet I prefer to
be contacted by phone, at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, but short
emails will be answered in even shorter replies. Pets may be
okay, but need to prove they don't harass my livestock - though I
do have emus that harass dogs. Please email

CARETAKER COUPLE needed in Santa Fe, NM in exchange for two days
of housekeeping per week and very frequent dog-sitting. You will
be provided with a new, fully furnished, casita with all
amenities, (750 sq. ft. plus private portal) adjacent to owner's
home. Ridgetop views, privacy, and only 1.5 miles from the Plaza.
"Must love dogs" as pets are retired show dogs, well
trained, very dear.  No salary, but freedom to pursue other
paying jobs... and explore magnificent New Mexico. Long-term
position for right applicant. Please email
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX with current resume and references.
Telephone and/or personal interview after references checked.


acre property with two buildings and barn in the Catskill Region
of New York. Looking for a competent person with a friendly
disposition, who is skilled in carpentry, plumbing, electric,
forest management and animal care. This is a hands-on,
labor-intensive, full-time position. Salary and housing provided.
Please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and include a cover
letter, resume and references.


LANDLUBBERS looking to trade for experience living on the water.
Two responsible, professional adults 50s/60s looking to trade a
month of living on your catamaran for a month of living in their
beautiful, mid-1800s farmhouse in rural North Carolina
(Saxapahaw). Please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Thank

WE ARE AN ACTIVE RETIRED COUPLE seeking a responsible,
multi-skilled woman or possibly a couple to be caretaker(s) for
our ten acre property, and most importantly to be caregivers for
our gentle family pets (four) when we are away for a day or a
couple of months. We live in a beautiful land conservation
mountain community surrounded by creeks, hiking trails,
waterfalls, meadows and a pond. The nearby towns of Lake Lure,
Black Mountain, Asheville, North Carolina and the Blue Ridge
Parkway area provide endless opportunities for close by
activities. For the right person we offer a charming creekside
caretaker's cottage with amenities including high speed Internet,
yard, and personal garden space. Additionally, a weekly stipend
may be available to be determined by what experience you bring
and how that experience fits in with our needs. We are looking
for assistance in any combination of the following areas:
groundskeeping using state of the art equipment, light yard
work/gardening, errands/shopping, computer skills, light
administrative, assistant. We perform all of the above tasks
ourselves and are looking for someone to help on a part time
basis so we have more travel time. The last person in this
position was an artist who found an abundance of subject material
here to study and paint. In order to insure a good fit for all
concerned we have the following interview requirements: be
financially secure, good health, non-smoker, no pets, recent
photos, offer background check info, references, and enjoy


INTERESTED IN SELF-SUFFICIENCY? Want to help build a community?
Love the sea? On an organic farm a few hours north of Oslo, our
collective is for anyone keen to learn, share ideas, and work
hard. We are building a sailboat and when she is finished (we aim
for 2012/2013), we want to sail the world, visiting other
eco-villages, collecting knowledge and traveling in the most
eco-friendly way possible. Anyone who helps us out will have the
chance to join our crew. We also work on the farm, building up
the infrastructure to create a stable base for our community. We
live with our dog, the farm cat and some (very) free-range
chickens. We keep bees and make jam; this year we harvested our
first crop of potatoes and planted next seasons raspberries.
Eventually we hope to grow all our food. We want to create a
place that will continue to flourish, where crops, thoughts,
adventures, and of course boats, can grow! We ask for a minimum
commitment of thirty days, with a week-long trial period. We
welcome anyone as long as you are happy to work hard and help out
where needed. There are enough beds for eight volunteers and the
schedule is Monday to Friday, with approximately eight to nine
hours of work a day. Please bring your pets if you can! Boat work
is predominantly during the winter and jobs include welding the
deck, installing the engine, sewing the sails, constructing the
mast and fitting the interior. If you have any particular skills
in these areas, please let us know. On the farm you may be asked
to do anything from plowing and harvesting to jam making, roof
building, beekeeping, digging, painting, or grinding the barley
for our morning porridge. It is guaranteed that you will be asked
to cook; our diet is vegetarian and we try to eat only seasonal
food, grown as locally as possible. On the weekends there are
forests and mountains to explore, and we have skis, tents and
bikes available for those who want to go adventuring. Come help
us out and join our tribe of sea-gypsies! Please send an email to
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX explaining why you would be
interested in our community and please place this in Capital
Letters in the Subject Line: SEA GYPSY APLLICATION so we know you
have been reading our description here. Thanks.


BUILD OR BRING YOUR OWN HOME to our 40 secluded wooded acres.
Gardening, wood heat, spring water, sawmill available. Christian
couple is offering a permanent home-place and fellowship to
honest, hardworking, humble, self-supporting, like-minded people.
We need occasional animal tending and homestead watching in our
absence. We are desiring to expand, seeking interested co-workers
to build a self-supporting future here. We are visual artists,
builders, etc. in Athens, OH, near Ohio University. Please email

HOUSEKEEPER NEEDED. A Columbus, OH estate needs a Housekeeper
immediately to work in their beautiful home as part of a team
with other staff. Must be experienced caring for fine materials
and expensive possessions. Professional training accepted in lieu
of no experience. Housekeeper will be responsible for detailed
cleaning of all rooms; keeping all parts of the home neat and
organized, laundering and ironing; preparing rooms for meetings
and furniture for social and business functions; and assisting
with kitchen cleanup as required. The right candidate will
hard-working, dedicated, unobtrusive, and discreet. You will work
approximately 45 hours a week (overtime will be paid), with more
time necessary when the family has guests visiting or during
events of entertaining. Must be able to work flexible hours. This
is a fantastic opportunity for a dedicated professional and will
command an attractive salary to the right person. Please email
your resume to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX if interested. Those
being considered will then be required to complete an Employment
Application, if one is not already on file with

A CHAGRIN FALLS AND HUNTING VALLEY area, Ohio family is seeking a
full-time, live-in or out housekeeper for their 7,000+ sq. ft.
home. This is a friendly, active family of six who is looking for
someone to "be a part of the family" long-term. There
are four children that range in age from 7-17, plus two small
dogs. Responsibilities include housekeeping (both general and
detail, working on a 5-6 day rotation); laundry; minimal ironing;
changing bed linens; help with cooking/food prep in the evening;
keeping organization in the kitchen, closets, etc.; and
occasional errands. The ideal candidate will be a non-smoker,
personable, detail-oriented, organized, and flexible. Must enjoy
being around a family that has an active lifestyle, be motivated
to help others, enjoy caring for the family they work for and be
willing to learn. Newly redone living accommodations include a
private bedroom in the finished basement, full bath, kitchen, and
private entrance with all utilities, satellite TV, Internet, and
all meals provided. Work schedule Sunday-Thursday, off Friday and
Saturday, but flexible. This is a fantastic employment
opportunity with a casual and fun family! Annual salary $40,000
-$55,000, as commensurate with experience and skills. Please, no
phone calls. Please send resume to our DC office at


CARETAKERS NEEDED in River Frontage Redwood Country Paradise,
located 20 minutes to Pacific sunsets and seafood. Private but
easy, with paved roads access, offering outstanding river and
mountain views. An active, mature retired couple is preferred.
This is a long-term position. Please call

ENJOY THE OUTDOORS? Land Steward(s) needed on a remote 930 acre
nonprofit land trust preserve, north of Huntington, OR. The house
is on the Snake River Brownlee Reservoir. You can see more
information on our website at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Please


PET AND HOUSE SITTER NEEDED for the month of October 2012,
Boquete`, Panama. We have one well behaved and loving Maltese dog
and a talkative, loving and gentle cat. We are looking for
(preferably one) person to love and care for our pets, home and
gardens surrounding the house. This person would need to be a dog
lover, honest, reliable and a non-smoker/drinker. The perfect
getaway and environment for a writer! You would have two days per
week to explore Boquete` as our maid will be available. Food, all
utilities, Wi-Fi, cable TV (US!) and taxi fare for the two days
per week exploration. We have beautiful tropical gardens, a spa
tub and spectacular views. Also a small coffee farm but no care
required for that. Do you have a mellow, loving heart and
understanding of small dogs? A nice lap? We live in a safe and
very tranquil neighborhood. This would be a retreat and vacation
for the right person. References and criminal background check
required. Please write to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


distributor of shipping, packaging and industrial supplies, seeks
a Facilities Manager at its branch in Allentown, PA.
Responsibilities will include: -Perform duties in carpentry,
electrical, painting, plumbing, heating/ventilating, roofing and
security. -Inspect buildings, sites and equipment for needed
repair / maintenance work. -Respond to emergency maintenance
requests and troubleshoot issues. -Assist with construction
project management. -Maintain records and prepare reports for
management review. Requirements: -HS diploma or equivalent;
Bachelor's degree preferred. -Previous facilities experience in a
distribution environment preferred. -Must be "hands-on"
and assist in completing maintenance work. -Experience in
supervising maintenance personnel. -Background in working with
outside vendors and contractors. Benefits: -Complete insurance
coverage medical, dental, vision, life. -401(k) with company
match. -Generous paid time off. -Tuition reimbursement. -Three
bonus programs. Please email resumes to


and Open Learning centre, a project from the Happiness Everywhere
association. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX is born out of a dream
of reconnecting with nature and ourselves, to share knowledge and
experience with each other, and to live a sustainable life. We
receive volunteers and guests from all over the world, who come
to help in the creation of this project, and to participate in
our open learning/non-formal education activities. Permaculture
including natural building, natural gardening, food forest and
healing are our main focuses. We have activities on a regular
basis such as meditation, yoga, talking circles, improvisations
of music and dance. We are located 3km from Nisa, in the district
of Portalegre in the North Alentejo of Portugal. To learn more
and to see photos, please visit our website at


CARETAKER COUPLE REQUIRED: Housekeeper and Head Gardener/Estate
Worker required for a Country House and grounds by Aberfeldy in
Perthshire. Excellent package including cottage and pension for
the right team. Responsibilities to include housekeeping,
cleaning, driving and general assistance around the house and
grounds Gardening skills a must. First class references essential
together with an enthusiastic, flexible and responsible approach
to the position. Apply in writing including resumes to

family in a large country house in Perthshire. Excellent package
including cottage and pension available for the right team.
Responsibilities to include housekeeping, cooking, cleaning,
driving and general assistance in and around the house and
grounds. Fully experienced in private service and first class
references essential, together with enthusiastic, flexible and
responsible approach to the position. Please apply in writing to


two story house in an upscale, safe, Myrtle Beach neighborhood.
We are close to the beach, and shopping. We have internet access,
weekly maid service, a large backyard deck, and an outdoor
grille. We have three small affectionate dogs. One requires a
medical injection each week. You must have your own
transportation, and have the ability to give our dog weekly
injections. Our vacation is from July 1 through August 1. The
housesitter(s) can arrive early, and stay a few days after August
1 if you like. A minimum of four references are required. Please


XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX in Selby, SD is looking for volunteer
help for August, September, and October. We are a centuries old
organic farm on 1,100 acres. We raise Angus cattle, small grains,
Hair sheep, goats, pigs, horses, turkeys, chickens, Muscovy,
ducks, guineas and more. Everything on our farm is "free
range" which means you may get snuzzled by a mama pig or
some other critter. We have a large garden and are Chapter
Leaders for the Weston A. Price Foundation. We do Lacto
fermentation, make tinctures, do wild crafting, and make cheese,
butter, kefir, kombucha, and ginger beer. We practice holistic
management with our farm and animals. We study Dung Beetles and
really like getting into our soils with the microbes. We will pay
a $50.00/month stipend. We are harvesting Millet and Flax at the
moment, and we also have a large garden that needs to be
harvested. You have two choices for lodging: The old farm house
with no services except electric or we do have a house (for
volunteers) in town, which is three miles from the farm. We are
in the process of making both houses more livable and you would
help with that. We use horses to move our cattle, we practice
Holistic Management. We milk Jersey milk cows and Nubian goats.
There are lots of things to do on this farm. We try to not work
our volunteers to death. And we want you to be part of our
family. You can expect some long days and some not so long. We
want you to bring whatever you have to offer. We expect you to
ride for the brand or ride on down the road. Dishonesty,
laziness, bad attitudes and foul language are not tolerated. Our
in-house library has hundreds of books DVD's CD's and journals
for you to study, read and enjoy. We also have seven dogs, four
of which are Border Collies and they get lots of supervised
exercise and training. If interested, please contact us at


BONJOUR! I am a small environmental research and observation
outpost perched on an alpenfield at 4,000 feet in the
Tri-National Mt-Blanc Conservation Zone’s Trient Valley, in
Switzerland. I can trade a good bed, three square meals and two
snacks 7/7, plus a choice of courses/apprenticeships with
certifications in dry rock wall building, wood sculpting, soil
biology, the practical working side of conservation) in exchange
of 30 hours of work per week (5 x 6 hours, 4 x 7½ hours,
or otherwise flexible.), The work involved ranges from get down
and dirty conservation work, environmental up keeping and general
maintenance to forestry, field and wood work. Required: honesty,
reliability, and a strong sense of ethic toward beings tiny, big,
and small. For more information and to apply, please call


HANDS-ON HOUSEHOLD MANAGER NEEDED. Household Manager sought for
an active, older couple who own a primary home in Tennessee, a
second home in Massachusetts, and other homes elsewhere. This is
a long-term, live-out position (with the possibility of being a
live-in position, if desired) perfect for a Household Manager who
enjoys hands-on duties and can wear a variety of hats.
Responsibilities include running errands; chauffeuring; caring
for personal items; housekeeping/laundry/ironing (in MA);
providing care for crystal, silver, and china; healthy cooking as
needed (more often in MA than in TN); serving wine and dinner;
opening and closing of residences; traveling to the main two
residences as well as others in the United States; working with
vendors; staff management; planning social functions; and
anything else they require. The ideal candidate will be a
well-rounded individual with a wonderful personality and a great
sense of humor that is also patient, non-smoking, bright,
adaptable, flexible, organized, very detail-oriented, computer
literate (Internet/Word/Excel proficient), and a "Jack or
Jill of all trades." Must enjoy traveling, have experience
with cooking and formal serving, be willing to take a personality
test, have good time management skills, like children, and have a
good driving record. This position is perfect for someone who
truly loves their job and has a true service heart! This
household also employs two Housecleaners. Don't miss this
fantastic employment opportunity!  Annual salary $55,000 -
$75,000, as commensurate with experience and skills. Please, no
phone calls. Please send resume to DC office at


I NEED TWO LIVE-IN CARETAKERS in the Lancaster, TX area. A couple
is preferred, since I need one person for personal/household work
and the other person for land/structural work. Must love animals.
To apply, please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

A TRUSTWORTHY, RELIABLE, experienced dogsitter/housesitter (could
be single or a couple) is needed for a multi-million dollar Texas
Hill Country home starting this summer. The home is for sale, so
realtor showings are possible. Will need to care for the pool,
courtyard water feature, and our dog. The dog will need to be
walked at least twice each day. You will need your own vehicle
and a current driver's license. No smokers, drugs, additional
people or pets will be allowed. You will be responsible for
paying utilities. This could evolve into a long-term position for
the right person or couple. Please email a recent photograph,
resume and references to CaretakerGazette@gmail.com and place
this in the Subject Line of your email message: Texas
Housesitting Position. Thank you.

CARETAKER COUPLE NEEDED. Looking for a married couple to take
care of houses and grounds on a Texas ranch. No ranching duties.
No kids, smoking, drinking or drugs. Cleaning, laundry, light
cooking, grounds and building maintenance and vehicle care. Full
time job for two people. Modest salary, housing, utilities and
ranch vehicle provided. Please email your qualifications, prior
employment history with dates and salary requirements to

residences form this 3,000 acre ranch. Qualifications: 5+ years
cattle and horse operations; road, pool, building, machinery
repair skills; manage a small staff; excellent communication
skills to interact with residents; higher education a plus.
House, salary, insurance, vacation, and ranch vehicle provided.
To apply, please mail your resume and work references to


HEAD GARDENER NEEDED. Private Estate Gardener position available
for the management of an estate property in Orange, Virginia. The
property consists of a historic home and gardens, open fields,
and woods nestled along the Blue Ridge Mountains. Within the
garden, there is an herb garden, foundation plantings,
naturalized bulb plantings, a vegetable garden, cut flower beds,
and a small orchard. Duties will include seasonal management of
garden beds as well as scheduling day to day projects. These
tasks include: fruit and vegetable production, pruning and care
of small trees, orchard trees, and shrubs, pest and disease
management, weeding, mulching, trimming, lawn care, flower
arranging, and seasonal outdoor/indoor floral decoration. Some
experience in all these areas is highly encouraged. The gardener
must be able to research and find plants and suppliers for
seasonal plantings and new beds, as well as coordinate and
oversee work done on property by outside contractors. At least
two years horticultural education required with some experience
in garden design, planting, and maintenance. Please send resumes


HISTORIC FIVE ACRE FARM on Bainbridge Island, Washington needs
caretaker(s). Single or low impact couple needed for grounds,
gardens, general building maintenance, and animal care. Green
thumb and mechanical savvy a must. Small view cottage apartment
plus $800/month in exchange for 30 hours efficient caretaking a
week. Position needs to be filled ASAP. Bainbridge Island is a
"sweet spot" and only a 30 minute ferry ride from
downtown Seattle. Please send your resume to


apartment home community. Duties include preparing vacant units
and routine apartment maintenance. Basic electrical, plumbing,
and carpentry knowledge is helpful. Must furnish hand tools and
transportation. Retirees are welcome to apply. Please fax your


(45 miles south of Jackson, WY) starting ASAP and ending
September 30, 2012. Our integrated ranch includes a two-acre
vegetable garden and fruit tree orchard where we employ
sustainable, organic farming methods in a peaceful and serene
environment. The farm currently employs two employees, the Farm
Manager and the Head Gardener. The Farm Intern will report to the
Farm Manager. Approximately 20 hours per week, includes Sundays
and Thursdays. This is an unpaid internship. Onsite housing or
stipend is available. College credit available. Vegetables
included. Duties will include assisting in seeding,
transplanting, weeding, pruning, thinning, trellising, watering,
harvesting, and controlling pests, assisting in preparing beds,
mowing, digging, tilling, composting, and raking, wash, sort,
pack, and label all crops and orders, prepare restaurant orders,
farm stand orders, and sales at farmers' markets, assisting with
the construction of a moveable hoop house and planter boxes,
assisting in everyday farm needs and record keeping. To apply,

near the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming? This is a perfect
opportunity for a graduate student or writer (male or female, or
couple) to spend time in a beautifully situated, recently
restored ranch house near Sheridan. Private use of a cozy vintage
house (kitchen, living room, two bedrooms, bathroom, and Wi-Fi)
in exchange for about 15 hours of garden help and errands a week.
Must have your own insured vehicle capable of rough, rutted
roads. No pets or children. Please send email to
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX stating your background and preferred
dates (between one and three months, June - September). Personal
and/or phone interview and references are required.


Responsible, motivated single female (37-year-old) looking to
build upon travel/writing experience. Ten years experience with
animal welfare. Certified English teacher/Wellness Counselor.
Mechanically inclined. Excellent references. Fluent in French.
Proficient in Spanish. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Trustworthy caretaker available for your Southern California
property. Professional, ex-corporate Executive Assistant, now
self-employed Executive Assistant/writer freelancer looking for a
part-time caretaking position (dogs, horses, property) to begin
in the Fall (flexible). Single woman, 52, in good health,
non-smoker, no drugs or alcohol, with simple needs and two
adorable, well-behaved Great Danes. Dependable with old-fashioned
values/ethics and great references. Please call

Semi-retired professional woman, homeowner for 40 years with
extensive "this old house" renovation experience, seeks
long-term (six months - year) housesitting opportunity in
Wilmington, Delaware/Philadelphia area beginning July/August.
Will care for dog(s) - sorry, allergic to cats and can paint your
home while you are away! Please email

A very nice, trustworthy man, 45, is seeking a paid housesitting,
caretaking position anywhere in the US. Please call George at

Lovely caring woman desires caretaking position in New England.
Experience with horses, domestic pets, livestock, tractors,
landscape, security, gardening, nanny, and hard work in all
climates. Remarkable housekeeper and awesome attitude. I've mowed
the back 40, fed the livestock, loved pets, and planned the
finest of events for property owners. 20 years as a wedding
coordinator, nine years of study for the talented and gifted
child, and honest references. Please contact

We are a mature married couple looking for a caretaking
opportunity worldwide, from November 2012 thru March 2013. I am a
US citizen with a resume that includes a successful ongoing art
career and deep background in fine homebuilding and woodworking
as well as commercial fishing. My wife has a fluency in seven
languages and is currently studying Japanese; she has a degree in
Tourism and is a dual citizen from Brazil and Germany. I spent
the last 11 years in the Hawaiian tropics following 22 years in
Alaska where I built custom homes and owned and operated a custom
cabinet and furniture business. We love and have plenty of
experience with pets and horses. For more information and a list
of references please check my webpage XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
and you can contact us through the contact info provided there.

Caretakers available for your ranch or farm in Northern Elko
County, Nevada.  Husband is a heavy equipment mechanic; wife is a
nurse; together they love the country and ranch life. Please call

Hard-Working free-lance recording engineer seeking
housesitting/caretaking position in Denver CO area fall 2012
through spring 2013. I am a 54-year-old responsible female
seeking apartment/house/studio space while exploring job options
in the west. Please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Caretaker/Property Manager position wanted. Experienced
caretaker, gardens, flower and veggie, lawns, tennis courts,
pools and spas light home repair and maintenance. Plumbing and
electric. Mechanically inclined, hard working and knowledgeable.
Excellent references available. Warm climates and marinas OK.

Available 2caretake. Skills: organic gardening, dogs, cats,
goats, basic horse, chickens, security, certified teacher, PR,
research, photographer, and writing. Prefer SW/tropical/not2Cold.
Tentative Hours: 20. Shelter: decent, private building OK.
Occasional wildfire work in summer. Own4w&dog. Excellent
references. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX  

Reliable, honest, non-smoking, clean, semi-retired, caretaker
available. Have tools, handyman skills, own income and a valid
driver’s license. Looking for a quiet, rural setting. Will
exchange cabin, cottage or small house plus utilities for 20
hours work. Will work extra for stipend. Can do mowing, general
cleaning, pool care, minor plumbing and carpentry. Am clean and
neat, with a security background. I am flexible geographically.
Resume, references, and driving record available. I will treat
your property as if it was my own, plus some. You will not be
disappointed with me. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX any

House Manager or Estate Manager seeking a position. Excellent
references and resume. Licensed. Please contact Gaston via email:

Skilled gentleman will care for your property. Retired University
Engineering Professor with skills in carpentry, electrical,
plumbing, decorating, and gardening, Marine captain 100 ton
vessel. Fit, healthy, clean, non-drinker, non-smoker, loves
animals, and an experienced housesitter. References available.

Non Drinker/ Non Smoker looking for a part/full time position in
Houston, Corpus Christi, or Galveston, Texas. I am a retired golf
course mechanic, gas and diesel engines. I want to leave the
desert and get back on the water after 20 years. Please contact

Husband/wife team looking to care for any coastal properties from
central California to southern Oregon. Husband has extensive Law
Enforcement/Security background and is experienced in landscape
management. Can operate heavy machinery and most ranch equipment.
Experienced horseman, can provide exercise, grooming, hauling,
etc. Wife is a veteran teacher and aspiring P.H.D. She likes to
keep a clean house and is good with interior plants, pets and
garden. We are in our 40's, drug free, non smokers and proponents
of higher learning. References available. Please contact

Responsible, resourceful, and trustworthy, professional available
to house sit in the Richmond, Virginia, and Chevy Chase, Maryland
areas. Prefers to be near shopping amenities. Services include
care of your pets, light house cleaning, and plant care. Can
provide clean background check. Reasonable rates.  Available up
to seven days. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

Seeking House-Sitting Opportunity in the Santa Barbara, CA Area.
Professional middle-aged couple is seeking a house or estate
sitting opportunity. We are experienced professionals with a long
history of people management experience. We are flexible for
start and end dates and are ideally seeking a situation for six
months or longer. We are stable, long-term homeowners and very
handy around the house and garden, love and respect animals, and
will take good care of your home while you are away. We are both
very energetic and enjoy a non-smoking, health-oriented
lifestyle. We are very flexible as to the nature of the
responsibilities required but are seeking a position which is
focused primarily on a security presence, light maintenance and
estate management. References and additional information will be
provided to any interested parties. Please email us at

Searching for a Caretaker Position. My greatest strength is my
management ability, a born organizer and detail person in home,
office, and property. I am very attentive to the desires of my
employers with a keen eye for actions to be taken. Office
administration, on-site apartment management, plant care (Master
Gardener), health and nutrition are areas of expertise. Seeking a
long-term position, salary, and accommodations in a peaceful,
lovely nature rich area. Geographically flexible. Reliable and
trustworthy, I bring you a fine mind, resourcefulness, and a warm
sense of humor. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Mature and responsible woman seeking barn management or
caretaking position on private estate. Experience with preparing
horses for show ring. Monitor inventories, schedule veterinary
and farrier appointments, and teach lessons. Does everything with

Writer/Blogger seeks caretaking gig, I can do gardening feeding
of animals, etc. I have five chickens at home. I also have
restaurant management experience. I'm looking for a place that
has fun stuff to do in the area like snorkeling, funky
restaurants, etc. so I can blog about them at
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX I'm male, married, 46, speak OK
Spanish. Look forward to hearing from you. Please call

Healer (XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX) Animal care, teach English
show jumping. Licensed k-12 sub teacher, took kids to shows, ran
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. BS in psychology. Require housing on
as farm for me and my animals. Have Borzoi, need a/c with me,
also farm animals including three horses. Please contact Linda

Responsible young couple looking to relocate to London in a
long-term house/pet sitting position (available September 2012).
We are non-smokers, well-organized and dependable. US/UK
residents who are adaptable, enjoy culture and adventure. Please

Maui Resident Caretaker Position Wanted! Retiring general
contractor with vacation rental experience seeks permanent
resident caretaker, manager and maintenance position at your
beach estate or home in south Maui (may consider west side).
Licensed contractor for over 35 years and owner of five unit
vacation rentals for 12 years. Experienced in all facets of
rental management, bookings, maintenance, yard upkeep, repairs
etc.  Fit, very responsible and honest single, 65 year young
male. Non-smoker, non-drinker and no drugs. Salary commensurate
with responsibilities. Please contact

Honest, Loyal and Discreet. Married couple looking for a long
term house sitting or estate management position. Our children
are grown; we have no pets and do not smoke. Our top priority is
a good working relationship with the home owners, and our salary
is their million dollar view. We both have good retirement
incomes and credit scores in the 800’s. We will love,
manage and maintain your home as we have our own which is gated,
has a pond with twin waterfalls and has a Crestron controlled
high end security system and home electronics. To view our home,
please go to: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Rich or poor most of
us at least once in our lives, needs hope. In the past fifteen
years we’ve been given the opportunity to provide hope in
the caretaking of poor children in Mexico, cancer patients, the
elderly, and mentoring troubled children. If you are hoping, in
these uncertain and troubled times, to find a couple who are
honest, loyal and discreet to care for your home or estate, then
maybe your hopes will be fulfilled in us, and our dreams in you.
To learn more about us, please go to:

Mature older lady, healthy energetic, dedicated, retired LPN,
nurse seeks long-term varied positions to fit your needs for you
and your loved ones. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

"We will take care of It" is our Motto. Married for
over 35 years we are responsible, Educated, Self-motivated Couple
ready to make life easier for you and your family. We have
traveled to over 55 countries for business and pleasure and are
savvy planners and problem solvers and blessed with gifts of
intuition concerning situations and people. Want someone who
loves children? Gracie is a gifted Elementary teacher &
Masters in Education. Want someone patient with ability to take
care of operations and all situations? David Experienced with a
Management degree. We are not bragging...we are just trying to
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Tennessee/Alabama Active and Mature (40's) Woman available for
Pet/House/Farm sitting and/or chores. Clean Background.
References available. Temporary live in or outsourced, depending
on location. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Well seasoned healthy caretaker available now. Over 25 years
taking care of prestigious properties throughout the Northeast.
Single male, age 61, with yellow lab, 4WD truck, own tools and
furniture, no additional baggage. Looking for a long-term
commitment with salary and on site housing. Complete grounds
maintenance (mowing, weed whacking, edging, pruning, weeding,
perennial and vegetable gardens}, pools, general repairs, equine
and canine/feline care, auto care and estate/farm machinery
maintenance. Willing to assist housekeeping services. Security
and privacy guaranteed. Willing to relocate. Caretaker
extraordinaire. Please reply to CaretakerGazette@gmail.com with
caretaker available in the Subject Line. Thanks.

ASAP - Mature female seeking permanent housesitting/caretaker
position in Somerset/Hunterdon NJ. Please call
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. References available.

Financially independent retired (60ish) business entrepreneurs
looking for house-sitting opportunities of 3-12 month duration in
Europe, Buenos Aires or Montreal. (Location and duration open to
discussion!) Physically fit and active, non-smokers. No indoor
pets due to allergies. Fluent in German and English, and skilled
in most aspects of indoor and outdoor maintenance. Please email

Mature artistic Christian bookworm lady, and healthcare
professional seeking housesitting/ light caretaking position. 
Prefer Maine but am open to hearing other opportunities within
States.  I am looking for a beautiful place to be quiet and
inspired and be able to create while caring for your home/
animals. Available August 1. Please contact

Couple seeks housesitting position in Northern New Mexico.
Extremely reliable, skilled (carpentry, plumbing, etc.) for
July-September ±. Excellent references. Please email

Wanted: A permanent position on a ranch or farm property. I can
go anywhere, and provide great security for your property. I need
a house or trailer house to live in (no RV) and all utilities
paid and a guarantee of $500 automatically deposited in my bank
on the 3rd of every month. I’ll also need a ranch truck or
4WD and gas or diesel to get around the property. Great
references available. You wouldn’t be disappointed with me.

Responsible, trustworthy, female graduate student with caretaking
and executive/personal assistant experience seeking
housesitting/caretaking/or other work in exchange for lodging
opportunity within one-hour of Egham, Surrey, UK beginning
September 2012. Excellent references. Please contact Rose at

Mature, healthy, responsible and resourceful
caretaker/housesitter available June 1. Geographically flexible,
I've had two previous positions, one in the U.S. (present) and
one in the U.K. I am non-smoking and non-drinking and have no
addictions except chocolate and books. I have a diverse
background including security training, retail management and
property renovation. I have good D.I.Y. skills (especially
painting) and will happily provide excellent and caring animal
and plant care. I am honest, tidy and clean and respect privacy.
I am very comfortable with being alone but am social as well, and
a good communicator and problem solver. Excellent references
available. Please phone XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Conscientious 51-year-old woman, with income, seeking long-term
housesitting (minimum duration of one year). Also willing to
consider oversight of more extensive property maintenance or
protective presence for an elder in exchange for cottage,
accessory dwelling unit, or other separate living quarters. I
would be accompanied by a gentle and kind retired service dog who
charms all who meet him. Available after August 2012, open to all
western locales, including BC, with preference given to mountains
and coast. Please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

45-year-old Male housesitter/caretaker/security expert available
for any coastal California clients (I currently live in L.A.).
Great with kids, (former 4th grade school teacher). Great with
pets (former pet care biz owner). Your loved ones and belongings
will be safe when they're with me (former MMA fighter and Krav
Maga expert). Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

Seeking Florida Opportunities: Mature, fit couple returning to
Florida from abroad, seeking a caretaking, house-sitting, or
right business opportunity, ideally with long term possibilities.
I have years of experience with customer and client care
worldwide. Areas include hospitality management, residential
property sales and rental management, and office administration.
My husband, a retired professional with a well-travelled, varied
and experienced life, is at home with tropical island living, an
avid fisherman, practical and self-sufficient. Currently based in
the UK, we are available from end of August 2012, possibly before
for the right opportunity. Please contact us at

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