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THIS IS OUR 177th ISSUE!        (206) 462-1818       

Published since 1983                                 Volume 30,
Number 3                           

May/June 2012                            ISSN 1074-3642   


-Caretaker Job Listings
This issue contains 100+ caretaking opportunities in 33 states
and 20 countries
-Caretaker Profile
Tom and Linda care for the Honky Chateau 
-Letters to the Editor
Property owners and caretakers 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 May through September. 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 run a
chainsaw, manage a small orchard, put up firewood, travel the
beach on ATV's to work at my other vacation cabins, oversee a
summer guest house, communal garden, teach workshops, harvest
wild edible plants, mushrooms, and do a personal salmon fishery
in August. I am "camping" in my unfinished house as
well. Needs a lot of work to be livable before winter. Any
construction experience welcome. Helpful if you can drive a farm
tractor, and change out implements.  For more info please email

CARETAKER/WEATHER OBSERVER needed in remote Alaska starting
October or November, 2012 to job share in a two months on/two
months off, or three months on/three months off rotation. This
position requires passing the National Weather Service test for
taking hourly observations at an airport (Metars). Housing is
five miles from the job with a distant view of Mt. McKinley ...
with snow machine or ATV transportation. For more information,

WORKERS NEEDED with general farm experience; fence building, wood
cutting, carpentry or other trade skills, knowledge of machinery,
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 (May 1 -
September 15 or later) please call us at
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX with links to other sites also
offering summer jobs.


CARETAKER/LANDSCAPER/handyman needed 50 miles southwest of
Tucson, Arizona, in the small village of Arivaca
(XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX), from April 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.

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: oversee annual RV maintenance,
general contracting, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, supervise
day workers and vendors, landscaping and cleaning. Wage for
additional work over 20 hours/week for project work. Please call 


We would like to express our satisfaction with the service you
provide. We placed our first Situations-Wanted ad this week in
your email broadcast service and have had six wonderful responses
in the first two days. We have found our first housesitting job
exactly where we had hoped and see the opportunity to make as
much of this as we want. Thanks again for a great experience and
we will surely use you again. R. and B. Owosso, MI

Rich and Becky, thank you for taking the time to share your
experiences with your first Situations-Wanted ad in The Caretaker
Gazette. I’m happy to read that you had a positive response
and are now about to begin your first housesitting job in the
exact location you wanted! We have thousands of property owners
who subscribe to the Gazette in order to read through our
Situations-Wanted section to find people available to take care
of one of their homes.

Hi Gary, I will spread the good word about The Caretaker Gazette.
Since you did your email broadcast of my Help-Wanted ad, I've had
about 20 responses; some of them look excellent so I'm sure we'll
find someone. But seriously, thank you so much! And definitely,
I'll let my friends know and next time, I’ll go straight to
your website to find people available for cat/housesitting. D. P.
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Hi Denise, I’m happy to hear that our Help-Wanted email
broadcast resulted in some excellent prospective caretakers for
your cat-sitting/housesitting position. Thanks for spreading the
good word about The Caretaker Gazette!

Hi there, just wanted to let you know that our Situations-Wanted
ad with you paid off and we have found our next caretaking
position. We had so many offers and it was hard to choose which
one to take, but we feel that we chose the one that will work for
us at this time. We will definitely post with The Caretaker
Gazette again when we are available. Thanks for putting out a
great service and for the great customer service. S. and R. W.,
Williamsburg, NM

Stephen and Reba, that’s great news! I’m glad your
Caretaker Gazette Situations-Wanted ad seeking a property
caretaking position brought you so many offers and you were able
to choose the one that works best for you and your situation. 

Hi Gary, I was very worried that I wouldn’t get someone to
respond to my latest ad seeking a caretaker.  But the quality of
the applicants who responded to my Help-Wanted ad in your
publication this second time around was even better than just a
couple months ago. Thank you. B.V. Leakey, TX

Hi Barbara, I’m glad rerunning your ad for caretakers in
The Caretaker Gazette resulted in quality applicants for you.
Like you, some property owners will chose to run their ad more
than once in the Gazette in order to get a larger pool of
qualified applicants. The next time you need caretakers for your
property I’m sure an ad in the Gazette will again bring you

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PERSONAL ASSISTANT needed. Seeking a mature and well-established
personal assistant for mature woman in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on a
part-time basis to assist with errands and special projects. Must
have a track record for achieving results. Four references
required. Applicants must currently reside in Arkansas. Please


ANIMAL/HOUSESITTER NEEDED from July 24th to August 24th in a
comfortable home on five acres at Wondecla, near Herberton on the
Atherton Tableland, Queensland. This is a quiet area with good
road access. We have three well behaved pampered cats, one very
friendly collie dog and a bunch of chooks. This would be ideal
for someone who likes animals and a quiet country setting. We
have nice gardens with a lot of birds. We are only a short drive
to Atherton and the many tourist attractions of the Atherton
Tablelands. We are an hour and a half to Cairns, and one hour to
Innisfail. For more information, please email

CARETAKER WANTED, either a couple or a single person, for a
permanent position in Cornubia, Queensland. Accommodation
provided with kitchen, lounge-dining, bedroom, shower, toilet,
laundry, floor coverings, curtains-screens, partly furnished;
along with free electricity. Your only expense will be for gas
for the shower and cooking. Rural experience an advantage. Duties
as follows: feed two horses nightly in the stable yards/transfer
into night area (round yard), release into paddocks mornings,
hold for Ferrier on occasions, feed and water six laying hens
daily (share eggs), housesit and feed two dogs if we are away,
and as needed, pump up water (Diesel pump, electric start). There
is an alarm system installed and there are water underground
systems. A 4WD Quad bike is on the property for your use.
Interested? If so, please ring XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.
Resume and references are required.

HOUSESITTER WANTED in Paralowie (Adelaide) in November 2012 who
could look after our garden (partial watering system) and our two
little Jack Russell terriers. Our dogs are very well behaved
(9+10 years old) and easy to please. We have a heritage style
three bedroom, two bathroom home in the Northern suburbs. Please

HOUSESITTER NEEDED 25km north of Launceston, Tasmania while we
travel from August 26 to October 28, 2012. The house is new and
is well heated in winter and cool in summer. There are 3.5 acres
with beautiful river and valley views. We have four dogs who run
around a big backyard so don't need walking. There are four house
cats which use layer pellets for their litter and litter is
cleaned each day. There are chickens, geese, guinea fowl and
ducks to feed twice a day. We want non-smokers who will look
after our home like we do. I have arranged for lawns and gardens
to be done and we have a housekeeper for three hours each
fortnight. No parties or extra guests in our absence please and
respecting our privacy is a priority. Also need several
references and State and Federal police checks too. No young
children in the house so prefer older retired person or couple or
a gay couple. It's a lovely location and we are seeking someone
responsible to look after our pets and home for two months and to
enjoy lovely Tasmania. For more information please call 


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


SEARCHING FOR A COUPLE to work in Buzios, Brazil. I am searching
for a non-smoking couple (can be a retired couple) to work in
Buzios, a small beach village two hours from Rio de Janeiro. She
must know how to clean, perform the house tasks and cook; he must
know how to do small maintenance projects, like painting,
gardening, etc. We provide free housing and also electricity and
water. References are necessary. Please email your resume and


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. We hope that you'll join the ever growing list
of wonderful volunteers that we've had the pleasure of meeting
over the last six years. Some of the main projects for this year
are: building a greenhouse using the sad and very big pile of
plastic bottles that we have accumulated - I have a wonderful
design that integrates an irrigation system clearing a new piece
of land - eliminating a horrible creeper, pruning and clearing
excess saplings and doing a tree survey, finishing off the barn -
its been renovated using natural materials - mud bricks, clay
plaster, a brick floor building a new shower block using recycled
materials and incorporating a water system that utilizes our well
and irrigates the garden and uses the sun making a sauna, putting
in an irrigation system, planting loads of stuff and looking
after it making the garden that used to be a very big field, into
a beautiful space for people to camp and enjoy plus the daily
stuff involved in keeping this whole place together. Come and
experience a wonderfully different life in a small village in
Bulgaria. I have the pleasure of taking care of a lovely piece of
land which I am slowly turning into a beautiful garden. I also
grow loads of vegetables - all the usual gardening jobs- and I
have more fruit trees that I can handle so if you want to help me
pick apricots, cherries, plums, apples, pears, peaches and
walnuts and make jam, juices and chutneys, please get in touch.
The deal is that you work 30 hours a week and I provide food and
accommodation. You don’t need any experience to be here
just a load of common sense, a willingness to get up early, break
sweat a bit out in the field and then sit around in the garden
and eat my great food. Please visit XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
for all the info on volunteering. 


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

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

DOG/HOUSESITTER NEEDED for our home in Dorris, CA (on the
California/Oregon border) from May 1 through August 1 (flexible).
We have three dogs that will need some tender care. Our property
has a two bedroom cottage, separate from our main house, which
includes an attached bathroom. Over the next few weeks we need to
sort out some business affairs in Portland and would also like to
go away for a few weeks on vacation. This is a bit of an unusual
housesitting position because we would be coming and going from
the property. We require someone trustworthy and with good
references. As specified, the dates required are flexible and we
will work our affairs around finding the right person or couple
to care for our house and dogs. Please email

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.

SELF-STORAGE CARETAKER/MANAGER needed in the North Bay Area.
Immediate position available for a qualified on-site,
self-storage facility caretaker/manager. This position requires
competency in all aspects of our on-site facility operations
including, but not limited to: customer relations, general
maintenance and some administrative duties. Similar previous
experience is a must. Please mail your resume to:

A MATURE ENERGETIC COUPLE (between the ages of 40 - 60) desired
as long term guests for one of my mountain cottages in the bottom
of a canyon located four miles from I-80 and one hour east of
Sacramento. Keep all gold found in river; fish off porch. Must be
OK in a very remote location. Should be a handyman type with
common sense. Need income, 4WD truck, generator, computer, and
phone. Off grid experience recommended. No addictions, no
illnesses, and no children. This is not a job. Must be able to
pass drug and criminal background tests. Please send references
and background info to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or call me at

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


WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING a reliable, trust-worthy, hardworking
individual or couple to look after two luxury ocean front
properties in Sidney, BC on a permanent and long-term 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, and
gardening 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. Accommodation in a two bedroom ocean front home may be
provided in time, but not initially. Remuneration is commensurate
with experience and responsibilities. All applications in writing
and including references, to be sent to
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX prior to April 15, 2012.

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

FARM SITTER AND/OR HORSE TRAINER wanted in northern British
Columbia. Must love horses and semi-isolation. Please call

WE ARE ON THE LOOKOUT for a semi-retired man (or couple) who
would enjoy helping out on the ranch as a longer term commitment.
Details negotiable! Another position is open for a longer term
stay (to the end of August) for a physically able lady with horse
and people skills. Must be flexible, friendly and open minded!
Pocket wages possible for long-term stays. We (father, mother,
daughter, son in law and their two sons) are a family run ranch
in a remote area of British Columbia. We run a 500 head
commercial cow/calf operation and have about 50 head of horses
(give or take a few). We operate a trail riding outfit in the
nearby mountains during July and August. We start calving at the
end of February; do a pile of range riding in May and June, head
to the mountains in July and start haying by the beginning of
August. Our horses are gently started and then learn as they go
on the ranch and in the mountains. They are almost all out during
the winter as we really don't start riding until the end of April
or so. We have always had luck with those people with previous
agriculture experience, but it isn't really necessary, just a
conscientious attitude and a great work ethic gets anyone by.
Most importantly, you must be easy going and adaptable, as every
day can bring a new challenge. If you need 'routine' in your
life, our ranch may not be the place for you. What you will be
helping with will change with the days and the seasons. There are
no set rules or hours, you'll just hang out and work with us,
side by each, for all aspects of ranch life. That will include
both outside and inside work, from helping prepare dinner and
sweeping a floor to outside chores, from range riding and
checking cows – it all depends on the season, your
abilities and what is happening at that time. So if you are
looking for a new challenge and enjoy a cold beer or glass of
wine around the campfire, drop us a line! Please note that we are
quite isolated and are more than three hours away from shopping
malls, movies theatres, or cell service. As a rule, we don't
normally accept people for a short term visit - by the time you
get here and settled in, it seems you would have to move on.


HOUSESITTER NEEDED from June 1st to November 1st, 2012, on
Vieques, a beautiful, unspoiled Caribbean island paradise, eight
miles off the eastern tip of Puerto Rico. Must Love Cats (there
are three). The housesitter(s) (a single male, couple, or single
woman) get a first floor apartment, which has two bedrooms, a
kitchen, bathroom, living room and verandah. The House is located
right above a small bay, so hearing the gentle surf is a serious
plus. The view is spectacular and it's only 50 steps to the
beach. It's quiet and tranquil ... an excellent location for a
Writer, Artist, or Computer based businessperson. (Housesitters
with excellent trades’ skills can find work here as well).
It's a great place to de-compress and rejuvenate. This is not a
salaried position. In return for taking care of the three cats,
house and garden ... free rent, utilities, cable TV, high speed
Wi-Fi internet and free local telephone calls are offered. (The
use of a car, scooter, or truck could also be included).
Applicants should be non-smoking health conscious people who are
free of drug and alcohol problems, and who have a
Peaceful-Loving-Kindness Life focus. A background check will be
conducted on all applicants. Please email a recent photo, bio,
questions, and at least three checkable references to
CaretakerGazette@gmail.com (please include these words in the
subject line: "Vieques Housesitting Assignment") for

HOUSESITTER WANTED in Nevis, West Indies from June 35th through
September 15th, 2012. I would like to find an animal lover who
would be available to come to Nevis in the Caribbean for July,
August and half of September. For more details, please email


are offering a chance to live in the midst of wild surroundings
with breathtaking views … 30 minutes from Telluride,
Colorado. Rent-free living/barter situation in a classic,
comfortable “old west”, off the grid homestead
located in a gorgeous setting. We are looking for a super
competent caretaking couple or incredibly talented individual to
do intermittent work equaling approximately 15 hours per week on
average. Most of the year the workload is moderate, however from
time to time the ranch becomes a full-time responsibility
(usually for a couple or so weeks, a few times a year). High
level of excitement, commitment and skill needed to grow a lush
vegetable, fruit and flower garden. This will serve as your
personal garden but must be in fantastic shape throughout the
growing season for the shared enjoyment of caretaker(s) and
property owner alike. Experience with alpacas and horses a huge
plus. Exceptional handy person skills which result in prompt and
consistent attention to doing needed repairs and maintenance.
High quality of attention for keeping the physical space clean,
beautiful and functioning smoothly. Excellent leadership skills
for overseeing occasional ‘hired out’ work. Flexible
schedule to accommodate the intermittent nature of the work.
Magnanimous personality to assist in the dynamic social aspects
of the job. Available for placement spring 2012. Interested? Or
for more details, contact us/send resume and references to: 

NEED CARETAKER/HANDYMAN help on 40 acres near Denver. Person will
feed three horses, do light fence mending, and maintenance.
Exchange a new one bedroom private cottage for work. Equestrian
centers nearby/income. Non-smoker only! Please email

CARETAKER/ANIMAL CARE COUPLE needed for May 16 - June 27, and
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


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

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


I AM LOOKING FOR AN ADVENTUROUS COUPLE to housesit for a minimum
of one year, starting mid-September. I would like to find a
couple who can roll with any adversity that comes their way and
living in another country. I prefer a couple who are well
traveled and nice and open but at the same time street smart. My
home and property are stunning and is located on a river set in a
botanical garden and a lovely walk or bike ride to the beach, the
yoga center and town. I am looking for a couple to keep the home
in the excellent condition, clean and organized. Someone who
loves to garden and be available and to work with my gardener
that comes on a weekly basis (I pay). Should have the skills and
knowledge to do basic repairs if needed. The couple who house
sits will be responsible for payment of the use of the utilities.

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,


XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Our wilderness guest ranch and
retreat center in Croatia is family run and located inside a
Nature Preserve. The owners are an educated and well traveled
couple in their late 30s with 50 acres of gorgeous land in
Croatia. We have beautiful surroundings, a small organic garden
(seasonal), and sustainable (re)construction. We just finished
building a new yoga studio. The ranch has eight horses and offers
horseback adventures into the mountains during the summer months.
Looking for people with building skills, horse skills, gardening
experience, and those who are not afraid to get their hands on a
variety of projects. Hard work, homegrown food and complete
honesty are guaranteed. A minimum stay is six weeks. For more
details, please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


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 contact us

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


COUPLE REQUIRED in Yorkshire for a small, but high quality, self
catering business, domestic duties, and property maintenance.
Must have clean driving licenses and a love of dogs (Springer and
Spaniels) is essential. On-site accommodation provided. Smokers
need not apply. Please reply with full resume to the 

AN ACTIVE ELDERLY Lady in the Cirencester/Lechlade area seeks an
experienced female for domestic assistance, cooking, personal
care, occasional driving/shopping, and general care, starting at
the end of April 2012. Would suit a couple as gardening and
handyperson work is available for a partner. Accommodation
available. For further particulars, please call

A RETIRED DOCTOR in Rural London offers a self-contained, garden
studio, rent free plus a small salary for a few flexible hours
per week. Cat owner/lover especially welcome. This would suit a
person with a day job. Please mail your resume and references to


CARETAKER COUPLE WANTED for a Tarpon Springs, FL Estate. Routine
maintenance of home and property. Must have own tools. Clean
daily drivers, maintain Motor Coach, motorcycles, ATV's lawn
equipment, porches, flower beds, grills after each use. Good
housekeeping skills, ironing, some shopping, running errands,
preparing small meals, and helping with large events. Must like
to host and entertain. Will take employers to and from airport.
Walk and feed two dogs and one cat while employer is away. Must
like animals. Real nice two bedroom apartment furnished
overlooking water. Salary as well. Please contact


XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. We need serious help in renovating a
small Chateau, originally built for the Grimaldi Family around
the 1650's. We have to put up a gable end and redo part of the
roof. The original windows have been bricked up, so someone
interested in old stonework with use of lime pointing and
plastering would be helpful. New staircases are needed to put in,
etc, etc. This is a long-term project and you can stay for as
long as you would like. We also need general help in the garden.
I would like to have an organic vegetable plot and herb garden
and I am also interested in permaculture, alternative therapies,
yoga, etc. Also need help with painting and decorating, etc. I
would like a poly tunnel put up, some fencing done, pillars for
the gate, hedges to lay and many other things including
renovations such as plastering, electricity, plumbing, masonry
skills, pointing, rendering, roofing, eco-heating, etc. We
provide breakfast and two home cooked meals a day. Wi-Fi
available. Hours are flexible. I am a very patient person. I
enjoy having other people around. Looking forward to meeting new
people who may be able to help us out to. Please email your
resume and references to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

FANCY A BREAK in the South of France (near Cannes) this summer
for up to eight weeks in exchange for some help cleaning, etc. on
our Mobile Home Park? We can offer you free accommodation. You
should be a couple who are easy going and reliable. Must be 40+.


have a guest house high in the Black Forest about 45 kms from the
Swiss border in Germany. We are looking for an honest, friendly,
outdoorsy person to help look after our guests in return for bed,
board and plenty of leisure time to explore this fantastic part
of the World. Nice manners, good social skills and a 'can-do'
attitude are essential. We would prefer a non-smoker but if you
do smoke please be up front about it. We are now looking for help
during our busy summer season. This is from about the middle/end
of June to September. We have lots of families staying during the
summer and from all over the World so any language skills would
be really useful but not essential. Summer is great hiking
weather here so if you like walking in mountains you would be in
paradise! The main tasks we need help with will be helping us
clean rooms, change beds, serve food and helping keep the grounds
tidy - cutting grass, trimming plants and bushes etc. We'll make
sure you have plenty of free time to explore too! Have a look at
our website if you’d like to see some photos –
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. When you write to us please tell us
when you are available and what sort of skills you have. It's
really useful to know what sort of language skills you have too.
We would also like to know if you have volunteered elsewhere and
what sort of tasks you have carried out. Please email us at 


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


LOOKING FOR A DOG/HOUSESITTER in Jaibalito, Lake Atitlan,
Guatemala from mid-April through early July 2012 (the rainy
season here). You should pack mud boots, though when the rainy
season is agreeable, it's lovely. We have warm, sunny days with
afternoon rain and into the night. At its worst, it can be awful
and intense. You pay $20 for electric and $15 for gas, as well as
walk my dog, Zita a minimum of two times a day for 20 minutes.
More/longer are welcome! You have to dote on her, bathe her, and
spend nights at home. Because of boat only access, this means
you're in the pueblo after 5:30pm. The property does better with
some care. A gardener comes 10 hours a week and he knows how to
keep busy on his own. However, with the dry season, an hour of
watering a day is needed (mostly with sprinkler but some hand
watering). I've had 8-year-olds and their Moms, 65-year-old
retired men, a couple in their late 30's, and others stay here.
Life here is somewhat physical with the boat passage, walking,
etc. It’s not for everyone. The most important criteria is
a dog lover who has respect for the house and awareness of the
responsibility that comes with that charge. There is no Internet
or television in the house. Posada Jaibalito has Internet and
Wi-Fi and is only a three minute walk away. Internet (for those
who need high capacity) is best from Panajachel, a 30 minute boat
ride away. The house is a two bedroom/one bath, with kitchen, hot
water shower, and is approximately 1,000 sq. ft. The property is
fenced. Zita has the run of the yard and house. It is a five
minute walk from the public boat dock. Basic groceries can be
bought in Jaibalito. More specialized items must be bought in
Pana, a 30 minute boat ride away. Please email
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX if you are interested. Thanks.

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.


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

HELP NEEDED on the Big Island. My four acre organic farm needs
experienced responsible caretaker(s) June until January, three to
six month positions available. This is a remote jungle paradise
next to miles of open ocean. Ten minutes from Pahoa town. Tasks
are to tend garden, and tropical fruit tree orchard. No alcohol,
smoking or drugs. Please send resume to

AVID GARDENER needed: caretake private Hawaii Island agricultural
acreage and a rustic cabin. To apply, please email

CARETAKER(S) NEEDED. Responsible, experienced, competent
individual or couple wanted to care for a unique and beautiful
vacation home on five acres on the Island of Molokai. Must be
enthusiastic and adaptable to the rustic life on an island with
limited services. Must be capable of maintaining extensive
landscaping, provide housekeeping and maintenance duties and
personable, superior customer service for guests. Experience
living on Molokai desired but not required. No tobacco, drug or
alcohol users please. A small but comfortable cabin and
compensation provided. Please send a letter of interest to 

“Tom and Linda care for the ‘Honky
Dates of Birth: Tom 3/22/52 and Linda 6/27/56
Interests: Tom: walking, swimming, golfing, skiing, surfing,
travel, fine wine and exercise; Linda: walking, guitar, reading,
cooking, gardening, skiing and travel.
Quote: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto

Tom and Linda

Tom, a native Californian, recalls, “I met Linda, a Boston
girl, in Estes Park, Colorado in the summer of 1975. We married
in 1977 and began our journey down the road less traveled.”
The Tessmans subscribed to The Caretaker Gazette while wintering
in Clearwater Beach, Florida, in their RV. They answered an ad in
the Gazette for a caretaking position at a chateau in France. The
couple applied for the position and waited. Tom explains,
“Then in April, as we trekked back to New England (our home
base) we thought it prudent, and suggested to the lady hiring
that we have an in person interview.” The Tessmans called
the owner and she agreed to interview them in person. Tom
continues, “This meeting in South Carolina took us 200
miles out of our way and proved to be a worthwhile endeavor. A
month later she emailed us with the offer to caretake her
chateau. We were elated.”   
Tom and Linda arrived at the French chateau to begin their
year-long caretaking position. The “Chateau de
Parthey” is located in Jura, in eastern France, near the
quaint town of Dole, 100 kilometers from Switzerland, in the
foothills of the Alps. The Tessmans are paid 200 Euros a month
and have the use of a 1988 Volvo. According to Tom, “Our
quarters in the chateau include two huge bedrooms and a private
bathroom. The chateau has 27 rooms and is 35,000 square feet.
Easily the biggest place we have ever lived in. The chateau sits
on 40 acres of parkland, very wooded and with several fields of
sunflowers, corn and hay.” Tom says, “Linda’s
duties include keeping the 27 room chateau neat and tidy, while
caring for the 98-year-old Madame each weekend. Madame has 24/7
care Monday through Friday, and is a very sweet lady with a
lifetime full of great memories. Her family has lived in this
chateau since the 1800’s.” 
Tom describes his responsibilities as, “Security for this
estate. My daily duties including feeding the chickens, (they
provide country fresh eggs) and care of Darween, a silky terrier.
Darween needs several walks a day and is bathed weekly. Darween
belongs to Madame, and she is quite fond of him. The security is
not problematic, as we are quite in the country.”  However,
the chateau sits within a short walk from a walking and biking
path near the river Doubs. Occasionally, well-meaning tourists or
locals wander onto the property. Madame insists on her privacy,
so Tom obliges. He also oversees maintenance on the grounds,
including hauling and stacking wood to feed the woodstove during
cold weather. 
Tom continues, “All in all, we are free during the week. We
often take drives along quiet country roads, and eventually end
up on the ‘rue de vin’ (road of wine). Having been in
the ‘wine’ (food and beverage) business for so many
years, we feel we are qualified to judge the many wines the
region has to offer. Arbois, Chateau Chalon and Ormans are
amongst our favorites.” Tom says, “We spend a lot of
time wandering the narrow cobbled streets of Dole, many of which
lead to the imposing cathedral of Notre Dame. The cathedral can
be seen for miles, and at night lights up like Disneyland. Dole
also sits on a canal that is used for houseboats (the Rhone to
Rhine). When we get to the market, we both shop elbow deep with
the locals, sampling and buying fresh products. Linda then comes
home and is trying to become the next Julia Child.”
Tom explains, “We really only venture out a couple times a
week. Hanging around and exploring the chateau is awe inspiring
enough. Often with wine in hand, we go room to room and ponder
the history of this place. A couple of times we've stumbled onto
a room we hadn't noticed or stairs that are concealed and lead
down or up depending on the ‘salon’ (room) you're in
at the time.” Tom continues, “The attic is on the 4th
floor and is filled with things from another time, and is quite
entertaining. The 14th century tower continues up from there.
After two more stairways and a final ladder you reach the top and
a window from which to gaze.”
“This part of France is quite agricultural and farming is a
mainstay of the area. The chateau is surrounded by fields of
sunflowers. Linda picks them daily and fills the chateau with
huge vases which are towering and colorful. Immediately she
noticed not only sunflowers but vast fields of wildflowers. She
then decided to create some dried flowers and hung thousands of
these (free gifts) in the attic and in the winter the chateau is
filled with color from the summer.”
Tom advises, “When in France, do as the French do. The tiny
town of Domparis is three kilometers west of the chateau, and we
either walk or drive to the boulangerie (bakery) daily. Recently
I got the notion that I should also try a pastry a day routine.
Seems to be working. Don't know if I’m gaining weight
because the scale is in kilos and ‘only’ reads 80. It
is helpful that our suite is on the third floor, and 45 marbled
steps up create caloric burn.”
The Tessman’s 35 years on “the road less
traveled” has taken them to another chapter of their life.
They feel blessed and very grateful to be in what Tom
affectionately calls “the Honky Chateau.”

The Chateau de Parthey


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED on remote fjords - where the road ends! SEEDS
volunteers will take part in environmental projects in the
Icelandic Western fjords - one of the most breathtakingly
beautiful places in Iceland, with its high mountains of extreme
beauty and dramatic fjords cutting deep into the landscape. The
area has a mythological aura and the landscape draws people into
the world of elves, trolls and other supernatural creatures. We
are working with our local hosts in diverse projects including
cleaning the coastline and collecting driftwood. We will be going
out to a small and beautiful island in the fjord where there is
an eider nesting ground. We and the local inhabitants will be
collecting the eider down, which is the most valuable and best
filling for unique eider-down duvets. If wished, we will be
assisting the sheep and locals during the lambing season, which
is both fun and very rewarding being a part of receiving new life
into the world. In addition we will also be assisting our hosts
with putting up fences, clearing old ones and some paint jobs. We
will be hosted in a local Icelandic family house, sleeping in
shared rooms with mattresses on the floor. Please bring your own
sleeping bag. Food ingredients will be provided and a kitchen
will be available as well as a washing machine; we will share the
duties of cooking and cleaning activities. Please visit


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


DISCOVER WESTERN MAINE - summer and fall are beautiful here! We
have the Lakes Region, where you can hike, canoe, kayak, paint,
write, reflect and learn from nature. Owners are offering free
room and board (three meals), private room and bath, laundry
privileges; swimming, hiking, kayak usage and internet connection
for help in painting, weeding, mowing, wood cutting and general
outdoor maintenance. The deal is: work ½ day (8:00 a.m. -
12:30 p.m.) five days a week for two to three weeks. Non smokers
only. Looking for one interested strong male to help out with
many long overdue projects ... seeking help now. Please email

century museum and farm, in Livermore, Maine. A year-round farm
hand position in exchange for housing. Requires experience with
large farm animals and general maintenance. The Caretaker is
primarily responsible for the care and security of the buildings,
safety of the overall site, general maintenance, cleanliness and
daily animal care. Compensation includes housing in a one bedroom
apartment, heat, laundry and electricity. Restrictions on the use
of the buildings/grounds apply. 15 hours per week required. No
pets allowed. Please visit XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for a
detailed job description or email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for
more information.  


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 from May – October
(September) 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


WANT TO SPEND RETIREMENT on the beautiful Sea of Cortez but can't
afford to rent or buy a beachfront home? Senior looking for
healthy retired couple willing/able to do 40 - 50 hours a month
in maintenance/cleaning/repairs to well maintained beachfront
home in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), Mexico. Located 215 miles
southeast of Phoenix, AZ on the beautiful Sea of Cortez. Two
units = top floor for owner/beach walk-out for caretakers - 1,300
sq ft, fully equipped and furnished two bedroom apartment. No
smokers, no pets. Satellite TV, Wi-Fi included. Free rent (value
$3,000 per month), you only pay for your water/electricity.
Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (please put
"MEXICO" in subject line). Serious inquiries only. For
pictures please visit 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.

CARETAKER NEEDED in Howell Michigan. Seeking a couple or single
to exchange an apartment for work - horse care, grounds
maintenance. For a non-smoking caretaker, only. You can bring
your own horses or business. Please contact 


CARETAKER WANTED for a central Minnesota farm yard while we are
away for business May - September. Must enjoy and be able to do
yard/garden work mowing etc. and be able to think for yourself
and be security minded. No smoking. We prefer that you have your
own RV as a nice full hookup site is in our yard. More info
available upon request via email to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


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


LIVE RENT-FREE on central Missouri acreage. Need a couple or
single person with excellent handyman skills to clean up and
repair the property, work with our realtor and stay in the home
until the home sells. Please respond by calling
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Need references and letter or resume
describing skills. To start ASAP. Length of stay and possible
additional compensation are negotiable.


CARETAKER/WORKING MANAGER needed year round for a southwestern
Montana grazing ranch with flood irrigation. Looking for a mature
couple (children gone) with recent ranching experience. Extensive
flood irrigation knowledge a must. No haying. Job includes caring
for Lessee's cattle during the grazing season (no calving), fence
repair (no new fence construction), assisting Lessee's crew with
checking, doctoring and rotating cattle between pastures, and
salt/mineral distribution. Also, year round maintenance of yards,
buildings and equipment. Recently remodeled Manager's house
provided (no smoking). Two other seldom used historical houses to
care for. Limited horse pasture/barn available to the Manager
only plus all feed for your work horses (if any) and
reimbursement for your pickup use on ranch business. ATV
furnished. Prime hunting and fishing. Owner is an older
particular type not always available for day to day management
but very interested in the condition and appearance of the
improvements and equipment. Talk won't suffice - results are what
counts with him. Applicant must be a self-motivated, hard
working, handy type person who has proven he can efficiently
manage his time and prioritize the jobs that need to be done.
Must be thorough and want every job done right. Must be clean and
neat, sober, drug free, "good folk" types with a
reputation for honesty and friendliness who can adjust to a long
winter season. Please mail your resume to


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 


XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX's only Bed and Breakfast. The current
owners are looking to retire and would like to find someone
interested in operating the pub as a lease agreement or as a
partial owner. The situation is negotiable. The Inn has 40 rooms
36 of which have private baths. The current owners have been in
operation for 35 years. There is a 24 hour pub on-site that is
open to negotiations also. Please email


CARETAKER NEEDED for a remote ranch property in southwestern New
Mexico starting late April through October or possibly longer. An
average of 10 hours per week to care for the livestock, dogs, and
electric fence. Nice fifth wheel trailer with slideout, water,
propane and solar power furnished. Phone service available. The
closest town is 30 miles away. For more details 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.

A PAUL SMITHS ESTATE is looking for a mechanic/caretaker to
fulfill a team position. Must be proficient in auto repair and
equipment mechanical skills are needed. Living "on the
property" is required with provided housing. Some nightly
and weekend duty is also required. Please mail your resume and

SEEKING A CARETAKER for female WW2 Vet and her beautiful 30 acre
farm, located three hours north of New York City. Free lodging in
main farmhouse and use of farmable land; salary negotiable. Must
be mechanically inclined, responsible, caring; couple preferred
35+, with no children. Sustainable farming skills desired, but
not necessary. Starting June 2012. Please email your references


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
cats/dogs. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


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 be
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
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. No phone calls will be accepted.    
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


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

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX on the Rogue River, with great
fishing, is looking for help 16 hours a week for our RV site.
Wi-Fi and cable TV provided. Work includes office and
registration, plus cleaning restrooms, showers, rentals, and
pavilion. Campground Master software knowledge is helpful. Can be
flexible with days worked. Extra pay available for more hours
worked. Please contact us through XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


PET AND HOUSE SITTER NEEDED for the month of October 2012, in
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


WE’RE LOOKING FOR A CARETAKER, ideally a couple, to look
after our simple, off-grid house on Angaur, an outer island of
Palau in the South Pacific. Palau is a former-U.S. territory
located 1,000 miles south of Guam. This is a challenging and
unpaid assignment not dissimilar in its intensity and remoteness
to the Peace Corp. Responsibilities include general maintenance,
maintaining good relationships with the community, and preparing
for occasional visitors. You will need to make a one year minimum
commitment. For photos and job description please visit:


BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY managing a Guesthouse/Hostel in beautiful
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. Turnkey-operational eight seasons:
includes website, brochures, graphics, furnishings, inventory,
training, office, computer and more. Low Investment. Great
opportunity for a single-income couple. Take-over early 2012,
train until then. Please visit XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX then
call or email for more information.

EXPERIENCED HELP needed in Huntingdon, PA for our family
campground for the 2012 season from April 15 through October 15.
Responsibilities to include assisting with guest arrivals, cabin
and bathhouse cleaning, minor maintenance and repairs, and
conducting social events. Applicants must have good customer
service skills, and knowledge and experience in campground
operation. This position will require approximately 30 to 50
hours per week. Please contact us via our website at

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


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

LIVE-IN HOUSEKEEPING COUPLE required for a historic property in
Scottish Borders. Daily security, minor general property
maintenance, general housekeeping, cleaning, laundry, some
cooking, dog walking, car washing, arranging vehicle maintenance,
errands, etc. The successful candidates will be responsible to
the resident trustee and will be required to live on site in rent
free accommodation as part of the package. Knowledge of working
in historic buildings would be advantageous but is not essential
as full training will be provided. Work averages approximately 40
hours per week including weekends. Salary will be by negotiation.
Please mail applications to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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 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


URGENT HELP needed with horses and farm work in Andalucia.
Energetic help required to join our team of helpers. Help
required with the care and feeding and exercising of the horses
and general farm maintenance work. Please contact us for more
info. Previous riding experience would be great, but not
essential. To learn more, please visit our website at


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 our DC office at

ON-SITE MANAGERS needed in the Jamestown, TN area. A couple is
preferred to manage a small rustic lodge retreat for the next ten
months. Duties will include: food preparation, housekeeping,
grounds maintenance, and weekly shopping.  Must be people
oriented. Pay includes room and board.  Bonus paid at the end of
contract. Please email your resume and references to


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. This
is a 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

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

CARETAKER COUPLE NEEDED in the Austin area (near Pflugerville,
TX). A horse farm needs a couple to be responsible for the care
and upkeep of the property (70 acres) and about a dozen horses.
We want and expect workers, not housesitters. A familiarity with
horses and ease in handling them is essential. Be sure to list
your qualifications in this area. Care will involve feeding,
cleaning stalls, turnouts, exercising, grooming, bathing, vet
care, etc. We have new barns, and first class facilities. Housing
provided in a new custom built two bedroom gate house, near the
property entrance, which is outstanding! Duties will involve
maintenance of buildings and grounds, equipment use, fence
building, general repairs, gardening work, mowing etc. - general
handy man skills. Ideally, the wife would have extensive
experience with horses and the husband would be the handyman.
$3,000 per month for the couple: $1,500 each. Health insurance
provided after 30 days. Housing furnished (with utilities), five
day work week. Non-smoking. Experience, honesty, responsibility,
neatness and organization are all very important. The job starts
about mid-May. This is a special opportunity for an exceptional
mature couple, who like the fresh air of country living!
Background checks and valid ID required. Please email your resume
and references to CaretakerGazette@gmail.com and include these
words in the subject line: "Texas Caretaker Couple
Position" for screening. Thank you.

FARM AND RANCH HAND needed. Duties include farming, fencing,
irrigation, and handling yearlings a few months out of the year.
We prefer a married man. Ranch hand duties including cows,
calving heifers, some farming and fencing. No dogs – this
is a resort area in the Texas Panhandle. House and utilities
included, and beef after six months. Please fax your resume to


business of three rental cabins in the heart of Flaming Gorge
country near Manila, Utah) from May 1 – September 30. We
are looking for a couple with their own RV who enjoys working
with people and is happy, outgoing and patient with the public.
Need to work five days a week for a combined 40 hours per week.
$800 monthly with full RV hookups and Wi-Fi provided. Duties
include: greeting guests, answering phone, taking reservations,
cleaning cabins, laundry, cleaning laundry facility, yard work,
mowing, irrigation, weeding, basic maintenance/repairs, basic
handyman skills, requires lifting. If interested please visit our


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

FARM CARETAKER needed. We will provide a two bedroom cottage,
rent free in exchange for farm caretaking duties consisting of
mowing and general property upkeep. The caretaker should have
experience in operating and maintaining farm and mowing
equipment. To apply, please mail your resume to


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 before June 1st. Bainbridge
Island is a "sweet spot" and only a 30 minute ferry
ride from downtown Seattle. Please send your resume to

CARETAKER POSITION available on Shaw Island, WA. Property owner
is seeking a Caretaker (or Caretaker Couple) to care for and
maintain a private 100 acre estate. Caretaker will report to the
onsite property owner, but must be self-motivated and work
independently. Caretaker is expected to work an average of 40
hours per week, and should have experience in landscaping of
manicured yards, organic gardening, daily farm animal care,
repair and maintenance of facilities and equipment, maintaining
shop and supplies inventory, forest and trail maintenance,
general handyman skills, and management of subcontracted projects
or services. This is a salaried position that includes private
accommodations to live on site. Interested applicants may submit
a cover letter and resume to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

MOUNTAIN MAN needed to steward our 60 acre old growth forest, in
the central Cascades, Washington. This is ideal for a fit retired
person. Small cabin provided in a beautiful setting. A whitewater
river is 200 yards from your doorstep, and one-half mile to a
wilderness hot spring. Salary will be $700/month for one hour of
steep hiking daily, with additional part-time work available at
$12/hour. Off grid with satellite internet connection; propane
cooking, and wood heat. Annually, from May to November. The
position will start in May, 2012. Please email

MANAGER/INNKEEPER wanted to manage our luxury cabins/retreat
center. Our property consists of 10 luxury cabins with in-cabin
health and wellness services as well as wedding grounds in the
Columbia River Gorge, WA. The desirable candidate is an
experienced innkeeper or hotel manager with sales/marketing
experience and an outgoing entrepreneurial spirit who can handle
all aspects of lodging business. You will be required to oversee
all operations, including and not limited to: sales and
marketing, management of employees, guest relations, front desk,
planning and organizing weddings and retreats, prepare and cook
breakfast, inspect guestrooms, assist with cleaning, press
relations, maintaining the property and arranging wellness
services. We take a huge amount of pride in our property and we
are looking for someone to treat our business as their own.
Compensation includes base salary, commission on sales and
separate furnished living quarters including utilities. If
interested please send a picture, cover letter and resume to


HANDYWOMAN/CAREGIVER NEEDED to help me start an organic garden,
maintain property and care for my pleasant 89-year-old mother. We
are located in West Virginia, one hour from D.C. in a beautiful,
quiet setting near the Shenandoah. You will be provided with a
one bedroom apartment, including all utilities, phone, internet
and meals plus $400/month. Must enjoy working outdoors and have a
caring attitude. Three references and background check required.
Please send your resume to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

NEED FARM HELP on my homestead: 21 acres of woods and three acres
grass. Mow grass, cut weeds, apiary help, general upkeep, water
young fruit trees. Care for chickens, guenies, goats, cats, dogs.
Plant flowers, herbs, vegetables, weed, cultivate, harvest,
home-can vegetables. Must be reliable, not afraid of hard work,
self-motivated, mechanical aptitude, carpentry knowledge,
experience animal husbandry, early-risers, have inner enjoyment
of nature. No smoking or drinking. There are five rustic
buildings. Natural color and texture. (1) Rustic one-room cabin
with porch. Hardwood floors, handmade kitchen cabinets,
galvanized double-tub kitchen sink in polyurethaned wood counter,
hidden kitchen table with fold down legs looks like drawer
beneath counter. Climb ladder to sleeping loft, railing around
overlooking down into 1st floor, windows all around gives feeling
of sleeping under stars or winter sun bathing and passive solar
gain heat. Back of cabin has sliding double doors, front and side
has very large windows. Supplement heat by wood or propane. (2)
Root cellar with rustic bath house, guest area above. Upon
entering through the gate, looking right are 10 acres some
semi-level bottom land, year-round creek, beyond that woods.
Looking left are 14 wooded acres, buildings, yard, garden. Please
email your availability, previous work experience, references,
skills, and phone number to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX –
then I will call you after our initial emails.


APARTMENT CARETAKER needed for 10-15 hours/week in La Crosse.
Must have your own tools and basic repair skills. Must live
within 10 minutes of Ontario, WI. Duties include unit turn-overs,
lawn and snow removal and some paperwork. Please mail your resume
or letter of experience to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


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 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.

RANCH CARETAKER needed for a small ranch on a river near the Big
Horn Mountains. We need an individual or couple to feed and care
for horses daily. Some additional chores; fence maintenance, lawn
and landscape care, clean/upkeep barn and cabin. Includes housing
in a three bedroom log cabin with full bath, plus free pasture
for three to four horses. Can earn added wages and board more
horses. Must love horses and be experienced with their care.
Please mail your resume and references to: Caretaker Position,


Bonded experienced caretaker available - professionally providing
housesitting, property security, maintenance and loving pet care
for 12 years. I am neat, clean-cut, uniformed gentleman, 50,
extremely caring, dependable, honest, and trustworthy. Huge
animal/nature lover, licensed wildlife rescue agent, habitat
management, relocation, repairs. Seek a position in the Fenton,
Michigan or surrounding areas. Have a RV hook-up. Please call

Soon to be retired biology teacher looking for a new experience.
Good with a hammer, chainsaw, and paintbrush. Will keep your
place clean and safe. I love the sun, animals and clean air.
Non-smoker. Please contact  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Skilled Horseperson/Caretaker: Seeking a horse and/or house
caretaking position in Colorado. Responsible, motivated, mature
woman looking to care for your horses, dogs, house, etc. in
exchange for free rent.  Please contact: 

Single mother with toddler seeking long-term position involving
housekeeping, light grounds keeping,  gardening, tree pruning,
animal care, office work and/or the opportunity to learn new
skills. Living accommodations with full utilities (no RV) and
Wi-Fi necessary. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX 

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.

Experienced Caretaker/Hosts – Our experience includes
"River-quest Excursions" in Hell's Canyon, Idaho.
Boardwalk Lodge in Thorne Bay, Alaska, Driftwood Keys in
Hansville, WA, Miller Manor in St. Thomas, USVI, and Silk Cotton
Villa in St. Thomas, USVI. We are looking for a regular
Caretaker/Host Position in a warm climate during the winter
months. Our skills are Hospitality, Cooking, Cleaning, Gardening,
repair and maintenance of almost anything mechanical, and normal
painting and repair of plumbing, electrical and carpentry
situations. Please call  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Horsewoman with 20+ years experience available to caretake
home/property/ranch and most stock in Western Colorado.

NH Seacoast/Southern Maine caretaking opportunity sought by a
responsible, detail-oriented, professionally established
homeowner and graduate student returning to school for advanced
training. Available beginning Summer/Fall 2012. Strong
references. Please contact Christine at

Professional Corporate Security Manager seeking
Caretaking/Security position, (Arizona, Colorado, Florida)
extensive background in law enforcement, executive protection and
club management. Please contact Pete at 

LA Housesitter Available: I might be the most ideal person you'll
ever meet to housesit your Los Angeles home. Very flexible: can
vacate when you're "in" and boomerang back after you
leave. Can start June 1 or thereafter. North Dakota native.
Super-duper conscientious/positive. Single 52-year-old female.
Active. Kind. Funny. Confidential. Loves pets. No smoke/drugs.
Now in San Diego. Happy to come to you in LA for personal
interview. I carry $1m umbrella liability policy and oodles of
references. Please call  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Personal Executive Assistant, House Sitter Available. Preferably
seeking a position in Spain (but will consider other countries if
the position is right). Would like to start in summer or fall of
2012. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree, Excellent Computer
Skills (Excel, Microsoft Word, etc). Hard-Worker, Mature,
Organized and Reliable. Would be willing to Travel if the
position called for it. References available. Please email

Mature Nurse available to care for your pets, home and plants
while you are away June-August. Prefer the St. Thomas Virgin
Islands but will consider all locations. Please contact me for
this summer 2012 at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Well-educated and highly mechanically skilled caretaker couple
(43, 42) available for Patagonia, Southern Pacific, Australia,
Tasmania, New Zealand. October - March. Please email

Writer seeking house-sitting or pet sitting (cats or small dogs)
position, June - August in Arizona (Glendale, Peoria, Surprise,
North Phoenix areas). I am retired from the Detroit Police.

Non smoking, single man seeks long term property caretaker
employment. Former U.S. Marine, excellent health, with great
checkable references available. Geographically flexible. Please

Seeking a long term caretaker position near New Smyrna Beach,
Florida. Mature, single female, semi-retired and gainfully
employed with impeccable references. I am more than qualified;
based on my varied experience in private domestic service and
B&B, property management and repair, and the Military. I am a
non-smoker, drug free and rarely consume alcohol. For more
details, please contact Jennie at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

Professional, trustworthy, mature female, background in
healthcare and hospitality, seeks housesitting or light
kitchen/housekeeping duties in small B&B/retreat - will take
impeccable care, and bring comforting presence to your home or
business, garden and small doggie - long-term/BC/Canada
preferred, excellent references. Please email

Mature retired couple seeking first time caretaking position. He
is a handyman who loves to fix and repair rather than throw away.
He also has many types of tools and equipment which he keeps in
excellent condition. She loves gardening and animals and worked
as an admin assistant for many years. Since we currently own a
home we are looking to find a position within New England or
possibly New York since it may be a while before we actually get
our house sold. Picture, references and resume all available. If
interested, please email us at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Idaho. Seeking house sitting or sublease/rental (room, apartment,
studio, pet free) in the Ammon / Idaho Falls area July 1st
through the end of September 2012 while I'm there taking summer
classes. I'm a mature quiet spiritual female, Pilates instructor,
non-smoking, no pets, with excellent references. Please contact

Retired/self employed former Dairy Inspector, current
carpenter/contractor. Have raised horses/cattle for 40 years,
cow-calf, stocker, bottle calves, AQHA breeding operation, and
run machinery. Could assist you or take care of your place for a
week or so while you are gone. Feed, build or repair, with some
time to experience your area. Work solo or run a crew. Could
bring tool trailer or use yours. Wife (Science teacher) could
come summers. Non-smoker, drinker, just play honky-tonk piano.
Located in southern Illinois Ozarks. (Yep, they're there). Please

Married Couple (44-47) with an outside income,
non-smoking/drinking, college educated, exceptionally clean and
quiet seeks long term house sitting/caretaking position of your
vacation home in O.V./Dove Mt/Marana, Arizona area in lieu of
unfurnished two bedroom/two bath living quarters. Experience in
(not limited to): light maintenance/repairs, cleaning, gardening,
drip irrigation and plumbing. We have two indoor only cats
(de-clawed) and our own vehicles (2011 Chevrolet Equinox and 2009
Ford F-150). Excellent local references. Please note that we
currently reside at The Golf Villas and would need to provide a
30 day notice before vacating. Please contact

Rhode Island caretaking position desired. Experienced landscape
gardener; organic vegetable, fruit, and herb grower; building and
maintenance skills. Highest integrity. Responsible and
resourceful. Married non-drinker and non-smoker. Please respond

Married couple seeks live-in, long-term single family home
caretaker/caregiver position with salary in San Diego or Orange
County. 10 years of luxury home care and management with a real
estate license in the Vail, Colorado area. We are paid well
because our clients  have someone who communicates well, is loyal
and efficient, goes beyond the norm and who they trust to take
care of all aspects of a high end home, family and outside
grounds. My husband has held a contractor license in California
and is a framing contractor for high-end homes. I have a PCA cert
for Personal Care Assistant as a caregiver, Hospice Care training
with a CPR certificate. Please email

A mature female is seeking a housesitting or petsitting position
in Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil or Uruguay for a long term. I am
looking to relocate to South America in the fall of 2012 and
thought I would try housesitting to get the feel of the different
areas. I am coming down to SA April 3 - 23 to Buenos Aires and I
would be happy to meet with you during that time if it is
possible. I have a small dog (Yorkie) and I have cared for
parrots, love to garden and have some mechanical skill. Excellent
references available. Please email me at
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for more information. 

Halifax Nova Scotia – housesitter available. A retired
mid-life lady, impeccably clean, fastidious, and organized -
qualified to securely look after your residence/grounds, anywhere
within HRM commencing spring/summer 2012, can be flexible
regarding dates and duration of time. I am a lifelong resident
and homeowner of HRM. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Exceptional Caretakers available.
Reliable, fit, skilled, independent, out-going couple seeks an
on-site security presence position in Central CA, for private
estate, guest lodge, organic restaurant, special  organization
serving others, or similar place. Extensive, combined experience
as residential/commercial property caretakers, with estate
gardening, mechanical, managerial, social service, and many other
related qualifications. Salary/accommodations negotiable, we also
own an RV. For additional information, contact

Artist, Writer, Photographer seeks caretaking/housesitting
position in
Western Colorado. Will care for plants/pets/property.

Energetic, no-drama couple seeks long-term caretaking position in
Southern California beginning September 2012 - focused on Ventura
County, will consider other regions. Both employed in non-profit
and tech fields, looking for some space and eager to tend
gardens, watch animals (no previous horse experience), provide
general property maintenance, security and stabilization. Seeking
private non-smoking housing situation and utilities paid, small
salary appreciated but not crucial. Previous caretaking
experience on Civil War-era historical property in Kentucky.
Excellent references available. Please reply to April at

Looking for a work, travel, skill building opportunity. I am
experienced, professional, dependable, and seeking something new;
a new adventure. I will provide TLC for your ranch, home,
children and or the elderly. I am also an excellent companion,
personal assistant, driver and traveler. I am honest,
trustworthy, and will provide excellent references. I am open to
any location. Please contact Jackie at

Caretakers (with experience as full time, live-in couple for
oceanfront estate) seek new position! Willing to relocate. Would
consider all opportunities. Dependable, Professional, Capable,
Energetic, and Health Conscious couple with First-Rate Work
Standards/Ethics. Flower/veggie gardens, pool/spa, light repair
projects/painting, housekeeping, scheduling/meeting vendors,
driving/errands, vehicle maintenance, computer/tech proficient,
organization/stocking, security presence, creating/implementing
house manual, personal assistant duties, meeting all your needs.
Looking for a healthy, friendly, positive (long-term preferred)
work environment. Please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

Estate/Plantation Caretakers and USCG Yacht Captains seeking new
post: Professional and educated married couple working as a
team/couple for twenty years. Seeking new post following employ
of nine years as yacht/captain/crew and
estate/plantation/managers/caretakers. Experienced working for
high profile/net worth individuals, families, guests, vessels and
properties from New England to Hawaii. Talented and proficient
in: event and fundraiser planning, guest services, cooking,
housekeeping, mechanical systems and building trades,
landscaping, accounting and security to yacht/vessel navigation,
care and systems. Seeking a couples position on coastline/island,
estate/property/plantation and/or on yacht/vessel combination.
Domestically or internationally, we have US passports.  Resumes
and excellent letters of recommendation/references available.

Couple seeking regular 6 to 12 month Caretaker/estate management
position. As former liveaboard sailors we are experts with boats,
off-grid living, and radio communications. As a British couple
having lived in California we are adaptable. With 30 years
experience as a horse trainer and as former small holders we have
animal husbandry, farming, estate management, gardening, pet care
and building skills. As parents of homeschooled children we are
experienced with the young. As a trained chef with recent Inn
management experience we are adept at all kitchen, housekeeping
duties and customer care. We have been employers and employees,
and have spent our working lives caring for the valuable assets
of others. We are a non-smoking easy going couple with a passion
for all things outdoors. EU passport/U.S. residents. Please

Mature, outdoorsy woman and her dog seeking to escape the heat of
our desert home this summer. Would like a housesitting/pet
sitting position for one to three months. Ideally, I’m
looking for a location on the coast of California or Oregon or in
the Bend and Ashland areas, but I'd consider any pleasant
location in the West. I'm a bookstore manager, former raptor
biologist and river guide.  Excellent references. Please call

Experienced Back Country Caretaker looking for year around
position in remote areas of either; Idaho, Oregon. Nevada or
Montana, or rural areas with room and wages and work references
upon request. Please contact Clint at

Mature Persons seeking a housesitting, caretaking, hospitality
position at State College, PA from 9/12 - 5/13. Can adjust
schedule if necessary.  Please call  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Retired teacher seeking place to call home for one - two months
in Austin Texas - near Cedar Park. Want to be near my daughter
and her family.  Looking for July-or July-August. Would include
my Westie fur child. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) interested in taking care of
you and your farm/ranch. Love animals, all outdoor farm work,
cooking, and housekeeping.  Excellent skills and pleasant
company. No bad habits. Austin, TX area.  Please call

Reliable, can-do attitude woman seeks long-term position, ideally
caring for property and/or pets. I'm UK-based but happy to travel
further afield. I'm a writer so just need internet access and
space for my well-behaved indoor cat. Available from July. Please

Responsible, Honest, semi-retired couple seeking caretaking
situation in and around Santa Monica, CA area. Have property
management and maintenance experience, and adore animals. Desire
our skills for rental compensation. Have outstanding personal
references. We take pride in our abilities and integrity. You
will not be disappointed. Please email

Multi-talented couple available, 15 years experience performing
household tasks and aiding busy people manage their lives in both
formal and informal settings.  House manager/housekeeper, cook,
driver, personal assistant, handyman, vehicle manager (including
boats and other watercraft), landscaper, event coordinator,
companion, caretaker and security.  Gated estates, condos,
private homes and farms.  Strong computer, business, procurement
and people skills.  Experience with both senior single/couple
setting, plus high profile family with children and multiple
pets.  Live-on property preferred.  New England area location
preferred. Please email for resume or further information. Please

Miami caretaker couple (38/30) available for your vacation
home/private residence. Seeking part-time/ mid to long-term
position in exchange for guest house/cottage plus utilities. We
provide security, light yard work/maintenance, housekeeping, run
errands, and more. Great references, financially stable, strong
work ethic, ability to work unsupervised, trustworthy, and
non-smoking. Wife has 5+ years experience. No salary necessary,
but can be discussed if more than 10 hours/week are needed.

Vital husband/wife team is currently completing an 11 year
commitment as Estate/Ranch Manager to affluent property in
remote, central Nevada. Starting fall of 2012 we’re looking
to join another property owner in a tropical climate and help
create their vision. Credible references. We are honest,
dependable, discreet; possess a strong work ethic and extreme
attention to detail. Our talents and skills include: welder,
machinist, heavy equipment operator, artistic trades and
carpentry, plumber, irrigation expert, organic agriculture/
livestock, sales, marketing, food service, golf course
greens-keeper, clerical, retail management, housekeeping, and
child rearing. Salary and living space required. Please contact

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.

Caretaker available for the California North Coast! Exceptional
estate Caretaker from Telluride, CO moved and is immediately
available to caretake your propert(ies). Attentive overseer,
housekeeper, gardener, pet lover, chef, very hospitable.
Trinidad, Arcata, Blue Lake, Ferndale area. Excellent references.

Energetic, Experienced and Responsible married couple seeking
caretaker/housesitter position in Vicenza, Italy area beginning
in the summer of 2012. Short or long term jobs are fine. Please
contact Ember and Chris at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX . Thank

Arizona/Durango, CO area June through November. Fantastic health
and outdoor-oriented experienced professional couple looking to
housesit or manage your establishment! Non-smokers who love
gardens and animals. Please visit  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Personal assistant/companion/caregiver/household manager seeking
employment in York, PA, Santa Fe, NM or surrounding areas. I will
nurture a positive self-image in a warm, welcome, safe and
personable atmosphere. Please call Claudeen 

Single woman with indoor cat seeks a long-term living arrangement
as a caretaker to private residence in San Francisco, California.
Experienced in coordinating upkeep: house and garden, clean,
tidy, clerical, and anything useful. In exchange I need an unused
house, or wing, to live in and study in. I have some furniture.
Non-smoker. References. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

Healthy caretaker couple available. Non-drinkers, non-smokers,
and no drugs, with a clean background, and great references.
Landscaping, gardening, farming, home repairs, maintenance,
cleaning, cooking, administration assistance, loving animal care.
Medium/Long Term, Salaried, Eastern U.S. Please email

I am a 51-year-old, single, male looking for an Event
Venue/Estate to live onsite and offer my services in the
Charlotte, NC Area. Please call David at
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and to learn more about my services

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.

Situation Sought in Central New Hampshire, possibly Southern
Maine or Central Vermont ~ Healthy, pleasant, conscientious,
intelligent, hard-working, capable, responsible, experienced,
positive, spiritual, nature-loving, artistic woman in 40's seeks
a new home through a house-sitting, caretaking, or home sharing
arrangement. Background in natural, holistic health field and in
historic house-museum field. Strong interests in permaculture and
sustainability. Experienced in whole foods cooking, professional
housecleaning, property caretaking, organic vegetable/flower
gardening, compassionate care-giving. Have lived 20+ years in NH
with long-term jobs and have many excellent references. Please

Mature, responsible female copywriter/creative marketing
professional with exec management skills desires house/pet-sit or
caretaking position, preferably in NYC (Manhattan), yet open to
others cities or settings near the water within a close walk to
town. A non-smoking neatnik, seasoned caretaker, ready to give
TLC to your home/pets/plants/staff. Seeking solitude and reduced
living expenses in a clean, comfortable nest while in midst of
new biz start-up. Compensation welcome. Can offer expertise that
covers the gamut of sophisticated strategic/creative/producing
services, plus design savvy ranging from brand concept and
communications to interior design, real estate staging, and
de-clutter/organizing. Longer-term stays preferred (minimum two
months). References available. Please email contact and property
info (plus photos!) to Judith at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Wanted: Horse caretaking position in Northern New Mexico. Prefer
to be near Santa Fe. Professional couple, experienced in horse
care, reliable, trustworthy, down to earth, love horses, the
great outdoors and gardening. Please contact Kim at

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