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THIS IS OUR 186th ISSUE!        (206) 462-1818       

Published since 1983                           Volume 31, Number

November/December 2013                ISSN 1074-3642 


-Caretaker Job Listings
This issue contains 100+ caretaking opportunities in 35 states
and 18 countries
-Caretaker Profile
The American Dream (for some) is NOT 9-5! 
-Letters to the Editor
Caretakers and property owners write about their experiences with
the Gazette

received at THE CARETAKER GAZETTE every day. Some listings are
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HELP NEEDED 1/4 mile down Mosquito Lake Road in the Chilkat
Valley/Haines area of Southeast Alaska. Currently I operate a
"mini farm" with four goats, seven ducks, two geese,
three dogs and two cats, and two alpacas! I moved the entire farm
27 miles up the river back in July 2012. Don't let the name
"Mosquito Lake" put you off! For a limited time we have
them, and the beauty and wonder outweigh the minor intrusion!
What I need help with is fence maintenance, composting, food
processing, vermicomposting, adding another room to the goat
house and building on to the duck house (or build a new one),
brush clearing, and general organizing, house cleaning and up
keep. Friendly companionship is also especially needed. I need to
get my winter wood in as well, and any number of other chores!
Interested? It is the most beautiful place and there are so many
opportunities here for fun and photos and all kinds of hiking!
You will never want to leave! Please call
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for more information.

MANAGEMENT TEAM NEEDED for the winter to live on-site and manage
a small store and two apartments, plus aircraft fuel sales and
monthly home heating oil deliveries in the small village of
Bettles, Alaska. Work is similar to caretaking but has some store
hours. Duties include all aspects of managing the office - from
renting the rooms by phone as well as in person, answering the
phone, limited book keeping, purchasing supplies, housekeeping,
etc. General maintenance skills are needed for upkeep on the
property, room maintenance, fuel pit inspection report,
maintenance, etc. Light plumbing and basic electrical knowledge
preferred. Compensation includes a one bedroom apartment, all
bills-including electricity, water, TV, Wi-Fi, salary plus
bonuses. Season begins in October. Please send your resume to 

EXPERIENCE THE WONDER and beauty of Alaska! Enjoy world class
fishing, great hiking trails and abundant wildlife. We are
seeking energetic singles and couples as Campground Hosts in
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Camp hosts receive a scenic
campsite, stipend, and training for 30 - 40 hours/week. Job
duties include monitoring fee compliance, site maintenance and
visitor assistance. Season is mid-May to September, with a
minimum four-week commitment. Please write to 


A SINGLE MAN is needed to help with maintenance and fence
building on a large ranch in the Phoenix area. You will have the
opportunity to learn to work cattle and ride. Housing furnished,
with utilities, meat, and a grocery card provided. If interested,
please fax a resume to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

CARETAKER NEEDED for a Horse Rescue Facility in Sierra Vista. A
one bedroom/one bathroom furnished cottage/cabin will be
provided. A long-term caretaker is needed to feed twice a day and
clean stalls once a day for two to eight horses, depending upon
how many are rescued at any given time. In exchange for the
services provided the caretaker is being provided a 28' RV with
pull out living room and bedroom. All utilities are included. A
stall is available for a horse if you have one and friendly pets
are acceptable. The caretaker must be animal oriented and be able
to get along well with a variety of people. This is a great
opportunity for a retired couple or single person. For more info
please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or email

HOBBY POULTRY FARM WITH spacious gardens near Tucson needs help
from a responsible individual, preferably long-term, in exchange
for a small furnished guest room with minimalist kitchen,
utilities, and Internet. Applicant should be handy, conservation
minded, willing to live simply and sustainably, and be
financially secure. 15 to 20 hours per week assistance with
poultry and gardens, more when owners are on vacation with
compensatory time off. Additional benefits - situated on lush
private desert acreage surrounded by mountains with abundant
wildlife, very quiet. Non-smoker, drug and fragrance-free, no


YEAR-ROUND MOUNTAIN HOME Project Office/Campground General
Maintenance volunteer positions available for persons to assist
with the Maintenance Operation Staff. Volunteers will perform
various light duty maintenance work. A pleasant personality, good
safety habits, the ability to work with the maintenance operation
staff or independently perform task with proper instructions is
advantageous. A background check will be performed. The work
schedule is 24 hours minimum per week for each position. The
office is located at 7th Street in Mountain Home, Arkansas. A
free RV campsite, which includes electric, water, (sewer if
available) is offered in lieu of payment for work. Please go
online at our website here to apply for these positions: 


Hi Gary, the Situations-Wanted ad you sent out last night has
found us a new position already. This is my third job so far from
The Caretaker Gazette.  Thank you again! N. R., New York, NY

Congratulations, Nancy! Keep in mind that whenever you advertise
with us, your ad will be read by thousands of property owners who
are searching for people like you to take care of their property

Hi there! Well, as I mentioned earlier on, I got married in
January to the guy I met through The Caretaker Gazette who came
to work for me last summer after I placed my Gazette help-wanted
ad! And he has a subscription already so I guess we don't need
two of them! If you could check when his subscription expires,
then we'll just start using his and renew that subscription when
the time comes around. Thanks, L. G., Fritz Creek, AK

Linda that is great news about your new marriage! We have heard
of other marriages occurring via the Gazette advertising.
Although we are dedicated to property caretaking, marriages,
friendships, and other forms of networking and connections do
occur through the pages of the Gazette.

Dear Gary, thank you so much for running my help-wanted ad in the
Gazette. Through your kindness and thoughtfulness I have found my
housesitter - a lady from Texas, who read my ad in the Gazette
and subsequently thought: "This is for me." It all
started from there. Sherry is flying into Tasmania on Tuesday and
is the perfect person to look after my home and all my animals.
Sherry and I are both so excited, her looking forward to coming
to Australia and starting her travels in my home with animals,
and me being able to go on my holiday. It is the first time
Sherry is travelling out of the USA and WOW what a way to start
her one year journey to Australia, Thailand, Malaysia and Bali.
Thank you again, Gary, you are a gem. Kind regards, U. D.,
Promised Land, Tasmania

Dear Uschi, thanks for writing and for sharing your update about
finding a housesitter (all the way from Texas!) for your property
in Promised Land, Tasmania. It’s always a pleasure to hear
about global connections. I wish you and Sherry all the best and
I look forward to reading about your arrangement.

Hi Gary, I was so happy to find you on Twitter! I love seeing the
photos of the new positions on your Twitter feed. It's very
inspiring and sometimes I need inspiration! Are you on any other
sites besides Twitter? Are you also on Facebook? Thanks for
putting out a great publication and it's nice to see you on
Twitter! Regards, C. M., Minneapolis, MN

Hi Carol, thanks for your message! I'm glad you connected with us
on Twitter. The Caretaker Gazette has been online since 1995. As
far as other social networking sites, in addition to our Twitter
at twitter.com/housesitter and our blog at
caretakergazette.blogspot.com we are also on Facebook, Tumblr,
and Pinterest. Our subscribers who've joined us there tell us
that they also love seeing the photos of the new positions and
reading the caretaker profiles. Although we’ve joined these
social networking sites, the majority of our new subscribers and
advertisers still come to us directly via our website at

The Caretaker Gazette
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for landowners, caretakers, and interested readers. It is the
only up-to-date publication for property caretaking opportunities
in the world. All information is derived from sources believed to
be correct and reliable, but for which we assume no
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The Caretaker Gazette is dedicated to the property caretaking
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going since 1983. We publish the Gazette in order to help
property owners and caretakers find one another. We support the
caretaking profession; a lifestyle encompassing everything from
simple housesitting assignments, where one can live rent-free, to
full-time estate management positions that include salary,
benefits and housing.

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needed in the Andes of Northern Patagonia for a 64-year-old woman
with Multiple Sclerosis. I need a commitment of a minimum of one
month, starting December 1st, the longer the better. I am an
artist and an experienced horsewoman. I believe in the healing
power of creativity, as well as the love of nature and her
creatures. My ranch is located in a non-touristic part of
beautiful Patagonia, nestled in the foothills of the Andes, in
the heart of the real Gaucho culture. In the winter months (April
through December) I will be in San Martin de los Andes, a lovely
ski town. This is not a salaried position, as it is a volunteer
opportunity. In exchange for basic food and housing, you will be
my personal assistant. Duties include, but are not limited to:
personal care, occasional housekeeping and cooking, helping me
get around, administrative work, help with my MS challenges,
occasional help with the horses. Important that we enjoy each
other's company. This is not always an easy position, but it is
life changing. Free time to be arranged as needed and wanted. You
should have a mastery of English, Spanish, and a major plus would
be basic computer skills, a driver's license, and the ability to
drive a manual/stick-shift truck. Please send a description of
why you are interested, something about yourself, and a photo to
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Please see my webpage at
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Thank you for your interest.  


CARETAKER needed for a large working farm, 40 minutes west of
Ballarat. This position requires a keen, fit, active, and house
proud couple to clean a large homestead and maintain lawns,
garden and a swimming pool. A good three bedroom house provided
plus garage and shed. This position reports to the owner and Farm
Manager. Free rent and a small wage provided. To apply, please

LIVE-IN CARETAKER needed in Oberon, NSW. Would be suitable for a
couple but not limited. General housekeeping duties including
washing, ironing, some meals, house maintenance, lawns and garden
maintenance required. Package includes two bedroom self contained
accommodation with water and reasonable electricity usage.
Approximately 20 hours work per week. Hourly rate negotiable. No
farm work. No children or pets. National criminal history check
required. Please mail expressions of interest to Caretaker

CARETAKER REQUIRED in the Gympie area. Will need to perform
general caretaking duties in exchange for single accommodations
and power. This position would be suitable for a pensioner. To
apply, please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

CARETAKER/GARDENER NEEDED in the Southern Tablelands - 40 km
north of Taralga, NSW. An active pensioner couple is required for
this Tablelands property. A comfortable two bedroom cottage with
garage, power and phone rental will be supplied in return for two
days per week gardening and maintenance around the homesteads,
plus caretaking when required. Eight hours paid housekeeping per
week. To apply, please call the property owners at

SEEKING A HOUSESITTER AND DOG-SITTER for our home (four bedrooms,
and two bathrooms) in Kenwick (near Perth) along with our dog
Tali and tropical fish for three weeks, from March 6 until March
27, 2014. Our dog Tali is a diabetic dog and will require insulin
injections twice daily (am and pm) and is on a strict diet and
lifestyle plan, walking not required. Our home is comfortable
with most modern conveniences including air-conditioning/heating,
outside spa (heated), garden and is close to public transport and
is 20 minute walk to local shops/post office. A larger shopping
centre is a ten minute drive away. If you are interested in
taking care of our beloved dog and our home please do not
hesitate to contact me. Please call  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


LIVE FREE in the Bahamas! A man or a couple is needed as house
caretaker/dog sitters for one to three months, but could become
full-time property managers sometime in that period. Must be neat
and professional in appearance, no smoking, or drinking. We are
located on an out island where things work most of the time but
you must be able to deal with inconvenience, sometimes. Have
phone, Wi-Fi, and direct TV. Outdoor camp or B&B managers are
ideal. Please send your resume and current photos to 

HOUSE COUPLE needed ASAP in Nassau, Bahamas. Salary will be
$100,000 to $120,000 per year, according to experience. The
housekeeping job responsibilities include: being responsible for
the daily cleaning and maintaining the general appearance of the
whole residence, caring for the fine furnishings, finishes and
delicate surfaces, washing, ironing, steaming and linen care,
including washing delicate fabrics, making beds, ironing sheets,
and turn downs, wardrobe management for organization of closets,
pack and unpack suitcases, etc., organizing and managing
household inventories, meal planning, preparation, cooking and
serving, fridge and pantry management, general errand running,
including grocery shopping and dry cleaning, watering plants,
assistance with private and social events, handling of special
requests and related duties as needed. The caretaker/houseman job
responsibilities include: day-to-day running of the property to
maintain standards and efficiency, general handyman services and
non-complex facilities maintenance, swimming pool and grounds
maintenance, scheduling and supervision of household
installations, trades and vendors for interior and exterior and
seasonal projects, reporting any maintenance and repair needs,
calendar management, monitoring household inventories and a
budget, greeting of guests and visitors, overall vehicle
management and chauffeur duties, as required, boat management,
possible pet care, and handling of special requests and related
duties as needed. Email your resume and references to 


XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX needs a volunteer to take care of the
catteries starting at 6 a.m., six days each week. Will need to do
cleaning, doing litters, watering and other miscellaneous animal
related duties as well as maintaining the sanctuary grounds and
helping as needed with the hostel. Terms of engagement include
working six hours/day, six days a week; have a minimum stay of
two months, after that you can apply to stay longer. Volunteers
pay a reduced accommodation rate of $5 U.S. per day to stay in a
shared cabana. Please, only serious individuals need apply! You
must like cats and dogs! Please contact
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, on Caye Caulker Island, Belize
through her website at  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 


caretakers. References required. Flexible hours, motor home,
water and propane onsite with a small stipend. Duties include
greeting visitors to a small two acre depression-era camp. Placer
mining available nearby. You will need a high clearance vehicle
and a love of roughing it! Please email
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and visit our website at

A SMALL FAMILY FARM needs help with our horse, goats, chickens,
dogs, cats and a parrot. We are looking for a non-smoking
farm/horse-sitter who can milk the goats and take care of the
property while I go to set up our new location in the Santa Cruz
area. I will be gone one to two weeks at a time and need a
dependable person to milk two goats and take care of the animals.
My husband will be on the property at night and working during
the day. Wi-Fi is on site. We are located in a rural area, about
10 miles from town, with a Laundromat in town. A utility sink
available for hand washing of laundry with drying rack. We are
near National Parks. The chores include forking manure, pulling
weeds, harvesting, milking. We are a tobacco and smoke-free
environment. This is a work exchange for room. It would be best
if you have your own transportation. Please tell us about
yourself - work, travel, education experiences, hobbies,
interests, skills, and how long do you wish to stay. Please

DYNAMIC DUO WANTED! Live-in caretakers wanted in the San
Francisco Bay Area. 2.5 acre property with chickens and dog.
Full-time, permanent. Ideal candidates will have combined skills
including, but not limited to healthy, attractive natural foods
cooking - whether a meal for one, a small gathering, or a large
party, organic gardening and landscape maintenance, handyman
skills of plumbing, electrical, painting, carpentry,
housekeeping, pool maintenance, animal care, budget keeping and
expense reports, vehicle maintenance, shopping, errands, laundry,
organizing and appointment scheduling. Knowledge of Apple
products and technology a plus. Characteristics desired are
maturity, discretion, reliability, flexibility, honesty, and a
positive can-do attitude. Both must have valid driver’s
licenses and clean driving records. No smokers, please. Work
schedule will often include weekends and holidays, and will
always be 24/7 on-call. Salary plus benefits package plus a
separate one bedroom cottage. To apply, please send a cover
letter, resume and references to  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

CARETAKER WANTED on a ranch in the foothills of central
California to care for gardens/drip irrigation and domestic
animals. Must have experience with both. The caretaker will need
to be a non-smoker, and using no drugs. References are required.
Please send your resume to  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

A CARETAKER POSITION is offered which provides a newer, lovely,
large 30’ 5th wheel trailer with all utilities, satellite
TV, high speed internet and extra storage. Located on a rural
ranch, surrounded by open space, where the absolute beauty of the
land, peace and quiet are supreme. We are at the end of a five
mile private gravel road, 20 minutes from a paved highway and one
hour from the nearest town of any size (Santa Rosa, CA). Duties
include forest management work, mowing, weed whacking, and
general handyman chores. 20 hours/week, which includes four
hours/week housekeeping. Care for chickens and a dog in the
owner’s occasional absence. This is an ideal situation for
a couple as there are very limited opportunities for outside
social contact due to the remoteness. However, there are two
other worker/tenants in residence. Participation in our organic
communal garden is encouraged. As there is no stipend offered,
you must have sufficient outside income to cover transportation,
medical, etc. This position will be available in November. A one
year commitment is requested. Qualified applicants are encouraged
to plan an early visit to interview. Please respond with as much
information about yourselves as possible to 

CARETAKER WANTED for a 20 acre farm. Will substantially reduce
rent for taking care of our 20 acre farm in the Sutter area.
Includes approximately 1,500 sq. ft. house. Available
mid-October. Please send resumes to  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

LODGING AND MAINTENANCE MANAGERS needed. A beautiful 39 acre
Non-profit Nature Education Center located halfway between
Mendocino and Fort Bragg on the coast of California is looking
for a live-in lodging and maintenance manager couple to manage
overnight guest lodge, including guest services, outreach, upkeep
and maintenance. This position is available February 2014.
Looking for a combination of computer/office management, people
skills, maintenance/handyperson/grounds management skills, and
love of nature. Lodging provided in a two bedroom house with
ocean view plus a living stipend. No pets, no smoking, good
landlord and work references required. Please write to 

OFF-GRID CARETAKER(S) needed for a rural property in the Central
California Bradley area. Need your own RV, no septic on site, but
within five miles. Has water tanks for water delivery (no well)
and has generators and water pumps. There is a yurt on the
property, storage buildings and a large propane fridge. Being
bonded is preferred. Please email your info and references to 


LOOKING FOR A RESIDENT CARETAKER. Must be financially secure
(since we are offering a minimum modest compensation) and mature.
The position is for part-time light duties on a desirable
location at a small Caribbean Inn. Free housing and utilities are
provided on the resort's premises, plus approximately $500/month
minimum stipend in exchange for part-time work. The applicant
should be in good health, resourceful, trustworthy and addiction
and drug-free. If you are handy, it would be a plus. For USA
citizens, a passport is not needed to fly from the States, as
Culebra, Puerto Rico is a territory of the USA. To get more
information, please visit this website: 


WE ARE LOOKING FOR HELPERS all year round. Brave the Alberta life
spring, summer, fall and winter, caring and working with horses!
We are looking for a helper who will stay on the farm for the
fall and winter months. The farm manager/horse trainer has had a
sports injury - "broken shoulder". The farm chores
would be feeding, watering horses daily, checking pasture horses,
some household duties, like helping prepare meals, etc. Help
prepare the farm for winter. Some snow shoveling of the walk way.
Help with the grocery shopping once a week. Just need someone
else on the farm with my husband and me and the horses, until I
mend this winter. I will be back working horses in the spring. We
are looking for persons interested in learning and working with
horses all year round and staying for two to three months or
longer. We have 20 horses. We live three hours from Jasper and 45
minutes from the West Edmonton Mall for weekend getaways. We are
a Horse Boarding Stable on 160 acres of rolling hills, with
wildlife on the property. You will learn as you go each day, if
you have never worked with horses. There are miles of marked
trail to enjoy on horseback or walking trails. At times we all go
for a trail ride on a trustworthy school horse or start the
beginner rider with lessons in the riding ring. The warmer months
we spend lots of time outside playing with horses. Winter time we
still care for the horses, cross country ski, snow shoe and if
not to cold ride in the snow! We also take a day once a month to
cut wood for the family/TV room. You will need very warm
clothing/boots for the winters in Alberta! Your accommodations
are in a bunkhouse that sleeps four or trailer/camper. All
meals/showers are shared in the house. Must be non-smokers,
non-drinkers only, and non vegetarian. Please call

Cortes Island) - Whaletown, BC. A full-time, live-in, salaried
assistant caretaker couple is required for a private island with
modern infrastructure in the vicinity of Whaletown Bay, Cortes
Island, BC. A mature couple in good health, with a valid driver's
licenses, basic first aid and stable employment history with
references is needed. Must have the ability to work well with
others in a remote location. Must have experience operating and
maintaining vehicles, equipment and machinery. Have mechanical
aptitude and familiarity with electrical, water systems,
generators and overall building maintenance. Experience with
under 30' power boat operation and routine outboard maintenance.
Must have a valid PCO (Pleasure Craft Operator) card. Need a
general knowledge of grounds keeping, gardening and housekeeping,
with basic clerical and computer skills. Competitive salary and a
furnished two bedroom home including utilities are provided.
Please fax resumes to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

beautiful wilderness settings not only of Canada, but of the
world? We are an established wilderness tourism business with a
guest ranch located in the stunning south Chilcotin Mountains.
You will be expected to work in exchange for your room and board.
In return we offer valuable internship positions, a unique off
the beaten path nature experience, a challenging and rewarding
adventure, where you will be able to learn and develop
professional and personal skills. You will meet adventurers from
around the world, working in this exceptional and unique
environment. As part of living on a ranch, you get to be part of
our lifestyle. On your time off we offer activities based on
availabilities (western riding, hiking, swimming, skeet shooting,
bareback riding, barrel racing, mountain riding, wildlife
viewing, lariat trowing, etc.). In the wilderness setting, you'll
be expected to grow and progress through the challenges presented
in your tasks, each and every day. This philosophy encourages you
to identify your interests, for your interests drive your goals,
and it's your goals that propel your purpose in life, not only at
the ranch. We need help with many aspects of running this
successful guest ranch from cooks, cleaners, hospitality and
office administration, to outside work involving ranch/equipment
maintenance, forestry management, wilderness guiding and much
more. We ask our Interns to stay for a minimum of two months as
we train on the job. We offer a variety of wilderness training
programs and lodge management programs which could lead to a paid
position. We are looking forward to hearing from you. Please call

HANDYMAN OR WOMAN needed in northern British Columbia. Must love
horses, be able to ride and enjoy semi-isolation. Small salary
plus food and lodging. Please call  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

LOOKING FOR A COUPLE (or two brothers or two sisters) to fill two
full-time positions on the farm. The job may include, but is not
limited to the following: animal care (feeding, care of calves,
bedding, heard health, milking skills are a must. (The job
entails about 60% milking 40% feed and/or other jobs), basic
machine operation and maintenance, and facility and yard
maintenance. A three bedroom house is included for the right
applicant. Please mail your resume and references to


WE NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR NEXT YEAR starting in January! Are you
looking for permaculture? Situated in a beautiful valley near the
village of Amaga. 45 minutes from downtown Medellin. This Hostel
is a live Hostel – educational center/farm and showcase of
best practices for sustainable living and alternatives energies.
We offer an excellent opportunity to help, learn Spanish and
permaculture! Free room for one to two months for our exchange
program in Medellin. Your only requirements are to teach English
to locals (one hour per day) and help maintain the organic
gardens. (only three hours per day) – so you only work four
hours per day, with two days off. For those who want to travel
and change people’s lives this is an excellent opportunity
and also an ideal environment to learn Spanish as well! If all
works well, we'll offer you to stay longer. This is a program for
volunteers who don’t speak fluent Spanish to enforce the
English program. To learn more and to contact us, please visit 


LOOKING FOR A PERSON OR COUPLE to become partners in a new
business in southwestern Colorado near Dolores. The business
includes caretaking a small hermitage plus related
micro-ventures. For information go to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
While helping to found the business, partners will build their
own place on the grounds. While the place is under construction,
they will live in the hermitage for $550/month plus utilities.
Once constructed you will own it. The grounds around will be put
on an inexpensive long-term lease. Profit-sharing will commence
as the business becomes successful. Interested? Please contact 

LOOKING FOR A COUPLE to maintain a 54 acre ranch 17 miles from
Telluride, Colorado. The caretaker’s house has two
bedrooms, living room, and full kitchen. Duties include caring
for two horses, maintaining fence line, changing oil in
generator, solar maintenance, plowing, and overall upkeep in
exchange for rent and utilities. Please contact 

LIVE-IN RANCH CARETAKER needed for our property outside of
Colorado Springs in Larkspur. Can be a single or couple.
Responsibilities include full care of five horses, feeding,
turnout, stall cleaning and general ranch maintenance. Need
experience with horses, tractor, and a bobcat. Heavy lifting
required. Salary plus a furnished apartment provided. To apply,

HOUSESITTER NEEDED in Denver in January and February 2014. Dates
are slightly flexible. Located in the Washington Park
neighborhood. There are two cats to care for. References
required. Must be a non-smoker/non-drinker. Can be a single or
couple. Please send info to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX 

AN ORGANIC FARM in southwestern Colorado is looking for long or
short-term help in exchange for room and board. Or we have a
hookup for a motor home. We live in a beautiful area. For more
details please contact  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


I NEED A RELIABLE HOUSESITTER who likes cats to stay in my
Fairfield County home from January 15 through March 15, 2014. I
have three well-mannered cats to care for. You must have good
references. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and let me
know why you would make a great house/cat-sitter here. Thanks.


FARM VOLUNTEERS needed. With stunning views of El Valle de
General and Costa Rica’s tallest mountains, including Mount
Chirripo, our agricultural ecological farm is well named. It is
situated in the county of Perez Zeledon, three hours south of San
Jose. The farm is run by a family of five:
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Our farm is twelve acres in extent,
and accommodates horses, chickens, ducks, medicinal plants, fruit
trees, grass for forage, several crop species, spring-water
wells, an area of rainforest, red worm composting for soil
regeneration, a biogas digester and a pond. As a volunteer on the
farm we provide lodging and three meals a day in exchange for
roughly five to six hours of work. You can stay in one of four
cabins on the second floor with two bunk beds each; and there is
also space available for tents. The work will include
construction, feeding the animals, planting seeds, soil
conservation, and maintenance of medical plants, using and
producing organic fertilizer, maintaining the spring-water wells,
and harvesting crops. The work is at times challenging, but
volunteers have invariably found it stimulating and rewarding.
You will need to be reasonably fit for some of the work.
Volunteers will not have to work very early in the morning nor
late at night. The working schedule, though intense, is intended
to be exhilarating, not exhausting. For more information please
view our website at  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. We are located near the small town of Veragua
on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. We are a trail
riding horse ranch. We also have an organic garden that is
working to expand to create an organic share farm. The garden is
located on this 10 acre horse ranch. It's peaceful and relaxing.
The horses roam freely and create a relaxed positive energy.
Volunteers would work the garden for a minimum of four hours per
day, five days per week, and in exchange receive meals and
accommodations. We grow staples such as tomatoes, yucca, mangoes,
pineapple, bananas, cucumbers, peppers of all varieties. Our goal
is to have a community share farm and to be able to introduce
organic farming to the community children. Together with our
future Community Veterinary Program we hope to help educate the
youth of the area in newer healthier ways of growing their own
food and raising and caring for their animals. Volunteers will
have time off to explore the island, go to the beach and go for
horseback rides in the surrounding hills. There are also
opportunities to work with the horses or take tours out on the
trails. If you want adventure, to learn or expand your Spanish
skills, love horses and nature or just want to find a quiet place
to write, paint, draw or to just be then this is the place for
you. You will get plenty of fresh food; meet amazing local people
and exciting international guests as well. You will enjoy our
family dogs and cats as well as our horses who often like to come
into our open air house for a visit. For more information, please


A SKILLED COUPLE is needed. Have just acquired a beautiful
ancient property in rural Suffolk which is in need of work: some
skilled, (carpentry, general building) some less skilled
(wallpaper stripping) but lots of space and 1.5 acre garden. The
property is on the edge of a large village/small town with great
facilities - and easy connection to London (Diss is five minutes
away, London is 1.3 hours by train). References a must.
Possibility of some paid work for a qualified
builder/decorator/plumber/electrician. Food allowance in lieu of
'homestay' as private accommodation on site with bedrooms,
kitchen, sitting room and bathroom of your own, but all very much
in need of renovation, so separate and private, but very basic
indeed at present. Skilled couples especially welcome. Please
email your resume and references to  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

HOUSEKEEPER NEEDED in Bedfordshire. Required to live in the 10
bedroom country house set in beautiful surroundings, including
lake, and deer running freely. As the dedicated housekeeper you
will be required to fulfill the following duties: cooking and
cleaning, catering for the owner (when on site – two to
three times a week and his family when required), walking the
dogs, local shopping, and the laundry. As an absolute must you
should love the countryside and support country pursuits, be a
dog lover, a non-smoker, a good car driver, have good cookery,
catering skills and experience, along with excellent
interpersonal skills and outgoing personality. A self contained,
fully expensed flat is provided for single use only (no pets)
together with the use of a car for both business and private use.
To apply, please send a covering letter and your resume to
PXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for further details.   


HOME AND CATSITTER NEEDED for a small home in a quiet garden
community of Jupiter, Palm Beach County, Florida from November 1,
2013 through February 9, 2014. We have two cats that require
staff while we are away. Our home is small and ideal for a single
mature person. The housesitter would be expected to keep our
small home clean and tidy as we will leave it for you. The
kitty's both love people. You would need to enjoy the company of
our wonderful cats and the care that goes along with having them.
There is some small garden maintenance. Preference given to those
within a four hour drive away. The swimming pool is for
residents, free Wi-Fi (internet), extended cable TV, utilities,
and more. Our location is close to supermarkets, shops,
restaurants, attractions and the beautiful beaches. There are
bicycles, however a vehicle is necessary. For more information,


A MATURE COUPLE is needed for 13 hours of light farm work/13
hours housekeeping per week. Exchange for a 5-year-old, three
bedroom/two bathroom house with appliances on one acre in
beautiful, rural Chattahoochee Hills that is only 25 miles from
Atlanta, GA. You will need your own transportation and income.
Nonsmokers, excellent references, and pets are acceptable. Please
send a letter with your contact info to Caretaker Ad,

WANT A QUIET LIFE ON A HORSE FARM? We are looking for a
semi-retired couple. He would work approximately 3.5 hours per
day. Live in a three bedroom, two bathroom, 1,000+ sq. ft. cabin
mostly furnished with all modern el. Equipment free in return for
feeding horses and maintaining the grounds. We have eight horses,
mostly in pastures who come up for feeding and grooming 8 - 9am
and 5 - 6pm. You should be self-sufficient with insurance and
some income. Monthly stipend will be $500, extra work will be
compensated. All utilities included. We have a 60 acre farm with
walking and riding trails, a fish pond, and swimming pool
available. We are located 20 minutes west of Augusta, GA. Must be
able to take charge as an independent contractor. Organic garden
available. Wife to help in the house approximately eight
hours/week at $10/hour. Additional outside work possible. Please


HOUSESITTER NEEDED in the Hamburg suburb of Niendorf in
northwestern Germany from November 15 through January 10, 2014. I
have a three-room apartment with one cat and several plants. A
woman (a lesbian is preferred) is desirable, non-smoking,
non-drinking, and drug free. My apartment can only accommodate
one person because one of the three rooms is rented out to a
23-year-old student. She is a very nice, and quiet. The apartment
is situated in a two-story block, very near the airport, but is
rather quiet and very green. A nature park, with beautiful foot
and bicycle paths is nearby, and two bicycles come with the
housesitting. The subway station is within two minutes walking
distance, and then 20 minutes by subway into the city. There are
shopping opportunities, doctors, banks, and restaurants all
within walking distance. The cat is Miss Marple, a black coated,
12-year-old lady, very dear and cuddly. You will be required to
keep the litter clean, feed Miss Marple, water the plants and
keep the apartment tidy. For more information, please email


free, and hardworking. Farm, homestead, and gardening experience
preferred. References required for a 13 acre property on the
coast in Hawaii, Big Island. We have poultry, sheep, gardens,
fruit trees, and live in a rustic off-the-grid home. There is an
opportunity to earn some income. We are asking 15 hours a week of
work for a place to live. Owners live on the property. To apply,

A RANCH ON THE BIG ISLAND, HI (North Kohala, near Hawi) is
seeking a special individual or couple for year-round caretaking
in exchange for rent-free living. The candidate should be
retired, with military, mechanical or engineering experience,
with a secure income or pension. The primary responsibilities
include monitoring and minor repair of structures and systems and
the coordination of outside professionals. The spacious caretaker
house features a full master bedroom and bath, indoor-outdoor
living room and dining-kitchen area. Utilities are provided.
Applicants will receive a background check and drug screening. If
interested, please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

CARETAKER WANTED in remote Waipio Valley, Hawaii. We are looking
for a couple for our riverfront three acre property, in exchange
for weekly hours of outdoor physical labor in landscaping and
building. You will live in separate caretaker’s quarters.
The owners don't live on the property. A 4WD vehicle and
references required. Cell phone and internet via cell phone
hookup on site. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Aloha,
Rob and Pam

WORK EXCHANGE available. We are three miles from the coast (very
rocky, not safe for swimming, but very beautiful), about 10 miles
from Keaau, and about 20 miles from Hilo. We have a bike for your
use, and are located right near a bus stop for easy
transportation. We also head into town and travel quite often and
you are able to tag along for hiking, site-seeing, surfing, etc.
We're on only one acre, but we are using every inch to become
self sufficient and environmentally sound. We also work off the
property doing alternative health and organic farming. We have
goats, dogs, cats and a horse. A big greenhouse with mainly kale
and hundreds of fruit trees throughout the property. The help
needed varies including gardening, maintenance, cleaning,
building, and hopefully your skills and interests that you are
passionate about. We are looking to host those who are vegetarian
or vegan. This is a great spot for someone who wants to go
further down their spiritual path. You will really enjoy this
islands energy! Our usual agreement is 25 hours a week for a
room, and very simple food. Please email
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX if you are interested and we can
figure something out! Thanks.


SEEDS VOLUNTEERS needed at the Photo Marathon in Reykjavík
– Laugardalur from February 18 through March 1, 2014. This
is the sixth year that SEEDS has organized a series of
International Photo marathons! Last years' were very successful
and we want to continue organizing this project! One of our
objectives is to deliver messages and draw the attention to the
local population through pictures and photos made during the
camp. The main idea and task of the project is involvement and
participation of the volunteers in the SEEDS Photo Marathon.
SEEDS coordinators will prepare different topics on which the
participants will base their entries; these topics will be mostly
related to SEEDS work: Intercultural understanding, peace and
environment. Participants need to take their own digital cameras
and its main work will be done taking photographs on the issues
given; the best pictures will be selected for a final exhibit.
The last part of the project will be putting up the exhibition.
Volunteers shall be prepared for walking and working flexible
time schedule. Volunteers with artistic skills, such as singing,
juggling, playing music are encouraged to apply for this camp as
they will have the chance to help create a nice and friendly
atmosphere. SEEDS volunteers will stay in a well equipped house,
in a beautiful setting inside the Botanical Gardens of the city
of Reykjavík, which are located about four kilometres from
the centre of the city. Volunteers will be sleeping in shared
rooms/dorms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your
own sleeping bag. Volunteers will receive food supplies and be in
charge of the cooking and cleaning activities. Do not forget some
traditional/typical food from your home country for the
international evening. The population of Iceland’s capital
Reykjavik is over 200,000 including the metropolitan area, so two
thirds of Iceland’s inhabitants live here. It is a dynamic,
modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using
renewable energy sources - geothermal power and glacial rivers.
The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic,
between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread
across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the
Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides. Reykjavik is often called
“the nightlife capital of the north”. But there is
more to Reykjavík than pubs and clubs. Reykjavík
also gathers the most interesting of Icelandic culture. It is an
incubator of new ideas and styles which often indicates new
global trends. It is an International city with a lively
cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.
Visitors to Reykjavík experience easily the pure energy at
the heart of Iceland's capital city - whether from the boiling
thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the
city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled
nightlife. In February you can see the Northern lights (Aurora
Borealis) in Iceland. In the area closer than 100 Km from
Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls,
geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue
Lagoon spa to visit. To learn more, please visit our website at


CARETAKER WANTED for a remote North Idaho ranch that has all
utilities and a phone. There is a good garden spot, with spring
water. Must be a self-starter.  There are not many jobs in this
area, so you must have your own income. Prefer someone with
experience with cattle/horses and mechanical abilities. Must
enjoy solitude. This is a gorgeous setting, with an idyllic
lifestyle. Hunting and fishing are in the area, and there is no
hunting allowed on the ranch. A nice home and some utilities will
be provided. Please email your qualifications with email address
and phone number to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


CARETAKER POSITION AVAILABLE for a rental property in Knoxvville.
Duties include upkeep of grounds, cleaning, painting and showing
vacant units. Also includes some light maintenance duties and
resident relations. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and
leave a message for more information. This is an Equal
Opportunity Provider and Employer.


Manager position in Indianapolis. This is a live-out position. We
are seeking someone who is seeking a long-term position,
dependable, dresses professionally, honest, and takes pride in
the abilities of managing a home. Are you a Martha Stewart
without the staff, who really enjoys caring for a home and the
people who reside there? Then please contact

“The American Dream (for some) is NOT 9-5!” 
Date of Birth: 12/05/58
Interests: Bible Study, Photography, Writing Children's Books....
and of course, the Great Outdoors!
Quote: “Time is better spent building relationships rather
than bank accounts!" (An original of my own!)

John with Crissy Mae, one of the dogs.

Back in the late 90's when everyone was into the "Y-2K"
frame of mind, I had the good fortune to discover The Caretaker
Gazette through listening to my local radio station (WDLR -
Delaware, Ohio) where Mr. Gary Dunn was being interviewed. It was
during that interview that I was introduced to a lifestyle that I
never knew existed! I was glad that Mr. Dunn gave his phone
number over the air during that interview, as after work that
day, he set into motion a new lifestyle for me, that for the past
14 years now I've enjoyed more than any other living experience
that I've been blessed to enjoy! Thank you Gary Dunn!
Initially, the caretaking position that I was accepted to fill in
southwest Oregon was established as a trial period situation
where after one year, (if I liked it and chose to remain), I'd
begin paying a small amount of monthly “rent” for the
privilege of living in one of the most beautiful settings I've
ever seen! As it's turned out, after that first year, the owner
of the property was so impressed with my personal character and
the “value” that I brought to the property with my
skills and “can-do” attitude, that he actually waived
the afore mentioned rent and began paying me a small stipend on a
monthly basis! WOW! That went on uninterrupted for 12 years!
After those 12 very satisfying and rewarding years of interacting
with one another, the owner of the property decided that it was
time to sell that particular piece of acreage.
The 40 acres of property was purchased by a private corporation
which already owned property adjacent to it - with the request
that I consider staying on as their “unpaid” resident
property caretaker. Since serving the new owners, I have
maintained the same levels of freedoms on the property (without
the small monthly stipend) that I had previously held with the
former owner. Basically, I have the incredible blessing of living
where I do, as if I own the property without the worries and
financial burdens of having to pay for it!
For my livelihood, I've successfully established myself in the
local community as a well respected, independently self-employed,
“Building and Grounds Maintenance Man” –
“Handyman” – “Jack of all Trades”
(Master of None).
This caretaker lifestyle has also enabled me to build upon a
life-long interest of being a nature photographer as well as a
creative writer of fictional children's books. Those pursuits and
interests are paying off in many exciting ways!
Now I know that I've painted a rather “dreamy”
picture of a lifestyle with what I've shared thus far, but make
no mistake, through the years and along the miles, there have
also been a few painful “cost factors” worth
mentioning. For example, the off-the-grid lifestyle may be an
ideal experience for some, while others might see it as being
more like an isolated prison term. Such was the case for my
ex-wife who, after six years of trying, just gave up on me and
the caretaker lifestyle to move back to her coveted civilization.

Too, there was a year-long saga that involved dealing with a
chicken-eating, canine-killing cougar! Without factoring in the
loss of much sleep and rest, the partial cost of that particular
episode came to: 
1. The loss of an entire flock of 50+ free range chickens.  
2. The loss of a 7-year-old male Golden retriever.
3. The loss of a 9-year-old female Siberian Husky / Malamute
4.  An unsuccessful attack upon my 6-year-old female German
Shepherd / Rotty mix that I was able to save with my timely
presence and a powerful battery operated spotlight at 3:00 A.M.
5. And finally, a head to head confrontation of that 130-pound
male cougar and my 165-pound, 4-year-old male Newfoundland. The
cougar chose to climb a tree where I was finally able to dispatch
Tranquility, Peace and Quiet were finally a part of my mountain
living experience once again! 
More good news.....A new and exciting chapter of my life began
six months ago when I met a wonderful woman to whom I am now
engaged! Thus far, she loves the location and the off-the-grid
lifestyle that I have to offer her as a shared effort in property
caretaking! Even the afore mentioned cougar story hasn't scared
her away! (Although, she has strongly suggested that I teach her
a thing or two about proper firearms handling! - Done!)   
Overall, the caretaking lifestyle has brought an incredible
quality of life to me that I never knew was possible when working
in the professional 9-5 world, while trying to achieve the
“American Dream” (which I now believe to be more of
an American nightmare!).   
Thank you Gary Dunn, and thank you Caretaker Gazette! Sincerely,
John and Bonita  

John on the property he is caretaking


WE ARE OPEN to any offers for a home exchange in Japan. I am
looking to trade my house for anywhere in Japan, starting
November 1. We have a six-bedroom, five-bathroom converted house,
which was built in 1890, in Hamilton, located on the border of
Steuben County, Indiana and DeKalb County, Indiana. The house is
totally restored and is in excellent condition and is set on ten
acres, with a large garden, with fruit trees and vines. There is
a heated 60-foot pool with pool house, three showers and two
additional bathrooms. Locally, there is golf, fishing, riding and
water sports readily available. The rolling countryside is ideal
for leisurely walks or cycling. We do not have any pets at this
time, and we are non-smokers. For more details, please email


A PRIVATE MAINE ISLAND with a 100+ year old small working farm is
looking for the right couple to fill two salaried year-round
positions with benefits. One position is for the Staff Cook who
prepares breakfast and lunch for the island staff and has other
duties. The other is for someone with boating, mechanical and
handyman skills. Ideal candidates will be adaptable, versatile,
flexible, hardworking, honest, have good communication skills, be
team players, self-starters and have the ability to "figure
it out". Benefits include housing, insurance and paid
vacation. Please apply with a letter of introduction, work
history and three references to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

A RURAL 400 ACRE RANCH in Maine needs to hire an individual but
ideally a couple team; estate/farm manager and barn manager. This
is a full-time position managing a 20 plus horse rescue farm
while maintaining the indoor arena, barns, corrals, pastures,
home, grounds, roads and all structures on the property. Seeking
an experienced hardworking couple who are comfortable with
horses. The farm needs a strong leader to manage the team of
eight. Manage, support and work with staff with a team mentality.
Work within a budget while keeping accurate and detailed records.
Hire, train and supervise support staff as needed. This family
owned farm is seeking someone who has some horse knowledge and a
willingness to work hard to provide the best possible care for
the animals while understanding the position isn't all about the
horses. This position requires flexibility and willingness to
care and manage the overall 400 acre property, maintaining the
equipment, the grounds, roads, fences, pastures, paddocks,
structures and barns. If a couple is hired the spouse could work
with the horses assisting with all aspects of the daily animal
care including exercising, feeding, watering, leading and
grooming in the manner prescribed by the farm owners. Must have
experience working for a private employer and caring for a large
property with an assortment of animals. We are seeking a
proactive individual capable of anticipating and acting on the
needs of the employers and their horses. Someone with an eye for
detail who is extremely organized and proactive self starter.
This position requires coordination with existing staff to ensure
the continuous care of horses seven days a week and an
appreciation that this is a lifestyle choice. Salary will be
commensurate with experience, housing on site with possible
benefits and other perks. Please send resumes and cover letters
to Maine: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Please do not apply if you
do not have experience.


A MATURE COUPLE OR SINGLE PERSON, with your own income, is needed
to housesit a split-level home in South Boston from this
September through the end of the year. No pets or smokers please.
References required and will be thoroughly checked. Please email


42 acres of beautiful mountainside fields and wooded areas. We
are working to become completely self-sufficient and we would
love your help! The XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX offers spiritual
aspirants the opportunity to live in the beautiful
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX setting, as well as receive classes
and guidance in exchange for service work. Volunteers serve six
hours a day, six days a week. Our volunteer program is ideal of
service oriented individuals seeking strength, clarity and
inspiration on their chosen path. Volunteers who take full
advantage of the opportunities offered in
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX are able to deepen their practice and
enter an intensive experience that can be quite life
transforming. We are accepting agriculture volunteers, on a
limited basis, to help us out in our greenhouse and other
agricultural projects around the ashram. We are also accepting
short-term volunteers, with a two week minimum stay and we also
accept volunteers who can assist us in classes and tutoring with
the children. Volunteers should go to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
for more information.


LIVE-IN CARETAKER NEEDED in northeast Ann Arbor. I am seeking a
full-time, live-in, caretaker who is 50 years old or older to
care for a gentleman who has recently suffered a broken hip.
During the day you will be responsible for some light housework
such as laundry, dishes and shopping. You must have a car and be
available to take Mr. W on errands as needed. The caretaker
candidate will be asked to pay for half the groceries. Mr. W is
responsible for all utilities. The hired person will have a
refurbished bedroom in a fully furnished house and be paid $400 a
month. References are required. To apply, please call


St. Paul. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX is seeking an experienced
caretaker, building manger in St. Paul for a 42 apartment
complex. Needed qualifications include a minimum of one year
full-time management and maintenance experience, good safety
habits, being capable of lifting at least 20 pounds, working
knowledge of electricity, plumbing and carpentry, being familiar
with HVAC systems and various appliances. Must have a valid MN
driver's license and own reliable transportation, good
communication skills, a confident, positive attitude and the
ability to interact with a wide range of people. A special class
boilers license and your own basic tools are required. Monday
through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm, rotational on-call and, as
needed, and month-end turnovers or special projects. The
caretaker must pass a credit, rental and criminal background
check. Must live on site. Compensation includes a one bedroom
apartment, salary, and performance based bonus. Duties include:
showing units for rent and completing lease paperwork, daily
cleaning, vacuuming common areas of building, grounds upkeep
(mowing and trimming), snow removal - sidewalk and steps,
reporting service needs, preparing apartments for turn-over in a
timely manner, light plumbing, light electrical, painting,
keeping the property looking nice and keeping it safe for tenants
at all times, and interacting with tenants in a professional
manner. Please fax your resume, proof of previous employment
letter, and references with salary requirements to
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Specify applying for Morning Star
Apartments caretaker job.


I AM LOOKING FOR A SINGLE FEMALE to be a caretaker for an
80-acre-ranch in Heron, northwestern Montana, ASAP. Duties are to
take care of about 16 lambs, a young sheep dog, to feed chickens,
and 2,000 fish in the pond. Also to water fruit trees and gardens
with berry plants. The caretaker will live in a beautiful redwood
cabin with phone, cable TV, computer, exercise bike, orthopedic
bed, and whirlpool bath, surrounded by 360 degree pristine views
of the Rocky Mountains.  Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


CARETAKER NEEDED in the Stromsburg, NE area. I am seeking a
reliable person for a caretaker position in the Nebraska
sandhills. A small trailer and electricity furnished in exchange
for light daily chores. This is a good opportunity for a retired
individual. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for
information. A background check and references are required. 


volunteer resident to work 20 hours per week plus on call
responsibilities for retreats in exchange for a large bedroom and
kitchen privileges (utilities and 50% phone cost included).
Rustic accommodations/limited privacy. A special place on 20
acres in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, 30 minutes from the ocean,
near services. Open year round. Applicants should be physically
fit, liberal-minded, respectful of Unitarian Universalist
principles and appreciate simple living. Desirable skills may
include building maintenance, landscaping, housekeeping,
plumbing, carpentry, computer, or writing/editing. Good people
skills, flexibility and willingness to work cooperatively in a
small team are essential. With expansion in mind, interest in
green technology, permaculture, fundraising and social action may
be a plus. Please send a letter and references to
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for organizational information.


A FULL-TIME RANCH COUPLE is needed to care for and maintain a
vacation property and provide some personal service to family
members when they are in residence. This is a second home to four
siblings and their families who utilize the property throughout
the year. The woman would need to keep the home clean all year,
purchase fresh groceries before arrival, wash laundry, occasional
ironing and provide family style meals and BBQ’s when
requested. Plant and care for yard, flower gardens and pots. The
man would be responsible for the grounds keeping the three acres
of landscaped property around homes and various structures on the
property. Trim trees, watering plants, mow lawns, maintain
sprinkler system, care for and clean several vehicles, and ATV's.
Basic trade skills and mechanical abilities needed for
preventative maintenance, basic repairs, and troubleshooting.
Assist with washing the windows and heavy projects and other
deferred maintenance projects on the inside of the 4,800 sq ft
home. Provide airport shuttles and keep accurate accounts and
records. They are looking for a cheerful, responsible couple who
are friendly but respect privacy and boundaries. Please note the
altitude at the ranch is 5,000'. A two bedroom unfurnished house
with a patio is provided. Full health and dental insurance and
salary commensurate with the job and experience. Please do not
contact us or apply if you do not have experience. Applicants
must have experience. Please email your resumes and cover letter
to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and mention Listing Number 599.

I AM AN OLDER WOMAN, living on five mostly undeveloped acres just
outside Roswell, NM (yes, that Roswell) who needs help mostly
outside, including landscaping (xeriscape), fencing and turning
at least half of the property into a site suitable for goats,
llamas and chickens, as well as a garden (and, if you're into
cooking or housekeeping, I wouldn't turn that down either). I
also have several older motorcycles (my means of transportation)
that could use some TLC if anyone has mechanical knowledge. My
priorities currently are repairing barbed-wire fences, building a
chicken coop, putting in a vegetable garden, some outdoor
plumbing, and others as needed. You'd get a private room (shared
bath) in my home, and could work as many or as few hours a day as
you'd like. I'm not a cook, and I work very odd hours, so I'll
buy your food but for the most part, it'll be up to you to cook.
The help will be nice, but just meeting interesting folks (which
is what I've done lately) is the best part. I'm also a font of
knowledge about what there is to do in New Mexico (aside from
Roswell aliens) and would give you lots of time to explore. My
only restrictions are no pets (I have two very old cats),
firearms, drugs and smokers must smoke outdoors only. For more
information, please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

THIS IS AN HISTORIC HIPPIE COMMUNE from the 60's, which has
become a working permaculture farm for vegetables, berries, fruit
and chickens. The Rio Hondo drains Taos Ski Valley (18 miles
away) into the Rio Grande (one mile away). Our fields of grasses,
sage, pinion pine and juniper look up to the Sangre de Christo
Mountains and down on the Rio Hondo gorge. We live and teach
self-sufficiency, have a large adobe solar home and shop,
outbuildings, greenhouse, and root cellar. We love art, music,
beauty, simplicity, natural healing, and helping one another
attain skills to live successfully in challenging times. We're
happy to share teaching and learning farming and survival skills
with others who are open, flexible, and independent. We accept a
limited number of farm helpers but are always open to meet new
people and to talk. Experience is great yet a solid work ethic
and genuine interest in sustainable agriculture are more
important. A good helper should be able to listen to directions,
but also be innovative and take initiative. Farming in the
northern New Mexico climate is challenging and full of surprises,
so it's difficult to set regular, daily task schedules most times
of the year. Thus, we are looking for people who are flexible and
adaptable, who can focus on one task and then quickly change
gears to something else. This includes the ability to work
different schedules at different times. We expect a solid
twenty-five hours per week, and offer flexible down-time to
pursue your own interests here or in the culturally rich nearby
village of Taos and New Mexico itself. This experience is more
than farming. New Buffalo is also about living and working
together in a group setting. Though there are no children at the
moment, we are already a diverse group of people in terms of age,
and the ability to work and live in a multi-generational setting
is a must. We are looking for people with the emotional maturity
and communication skills to be able to discuss issues that might
arise with honesty and compassion. At the moment we are hoping to
fill a few, very specific, longer-term positions. The first,
ideally at least a four-month minimum, is for part-time farming
and part-time housekeeping that would include food and a private
room in the main building. The housekeeping tasks are fairly
light, but helping to manage the main building is a must, and
could involve helping occasional guests, workshops, or retreats.
The second position or rather, positions would be another
four-month minimum stay, preferably from June through September.
Ideally, a couple would fill this position and live in a
comfortable two-room adobe attached to our new 900' greenhouse.
There is also a very rustic, plumbed space which could be
developed into a kitchen. This position would be mostly farming
and includes daily management of the greenhouse attached to the
facility. Work could be shared between two people, but a genuine
interest in small-scale, regenerative agriculture is a must. If
any of these situations seem interesting, please write to us and
we would be happy to discuss it further and answer any questions.
Please mail your letter to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.


timber and hunting preserve in the Adirondacks. The job includes
cabin and road maintenance, rental and general property
management, equipment maintenance, property monitoring, and
ideally timber operations. The owner is sustainable forestry and
conservation oriented. The caretakers must be in good health,
enjoy working in rough terrain, and have experience living in the
woods. Five plus years of heavy equipment or logging experience a
must; hunting or forestry background a plus. Compensation will be
consistent with the region, in the form of on-site living (1,600+
sq ft cabin) and salary. The preserve is located in Chesterfield,
NY: mountain peaks, streams, and water frontage on a large pond.
References and background check required. Please contact
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or email your resume and cover letter

MANAGER/CARETAKER WANTED. An animal shelter with a "no
kill" charter in upstate NY seeks a caring, creative,
organized, experienced person/couple with multiple skills to
manage, hire, oversee, repair, groom, do a little of everything
to keep residents safe and happy. Please email your resume and
requirements to caretakergazette@gmail.com with UPSTATE NY
POSITION in the Subject Line. Thanks.

Westchester, NY property. Must love and care for three dogs when
the owners are not present. Meticulous housekeeping, cooking,
serving skills required. Must be able to manage all aspects of a
large property. All grounds work subcontracted but must have
superb management and organizational skills. Couples welcome to
apply but no children. Current clean driver’s license
required. Please email your resume and references to

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX in Woodstock, NY is seeking a
full-time, live-in caretaker. We have a renovated farmhouse
located on the grounds of a rescue for formerly neglected and
abused farm animals. Must be extremely neat, follow vegetarian or
vegan lifestyle and be familiar with animal rights issues. A
valid driver's license is required. Some non-B&B duties are
included in the job. Read more and apply at


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. My name is Celine, a 29-year-old French lady
who is living near the city of Leon, Nicaragua. I would like to
tell you a little story, so pay attention please: I have
purchased land in a little authentic fishing and surfing village
in Nicaragua called Jiquilillo, in order to start a non-profit
project for children and teenagers. This village is beautiful. I
bought some land and I would like to build a playground area and
an art school. Currently everything is in process, the more help
I get, the faster we'll be, and obviously the sooner my social
non-profit project will be done. It is not an organization. I am
doing everything on my own. I have a lot of ideas in mind but I
need people to make them real. It would be great to get some
construction workers with experience, carpenters, painters, etc.
and naturally some engineers. Child lovers with no experience are
also welcome. My idea is that every single child develops his/her
creativity, imagination, etc. to give them a chance to learn art,
painting, languages, jewelry making, dancing, playing
instruments, circus stuff, cooking and many other things, that
are totally possible to learn in another country but not here. I
would like to give them a place where they could play freely,
learn skating, climbing on a bouldering wall, play ping pong and
table football, as extra activities after school, as they have
plenty of time and expect to make the most of it. I first need
volunteers who are able to help me to build a concrete skate
bowl, a wooden climbing bouldering wall, a ping pong table and
many other games. Also, renovate an eleven meter long school bus
which actually will be the volunteering place initially. The bus
will consist of a five bed sleeping area, and another area for a
kitchen shared with a table and some seats. Work will consist in
painting the interior part of the bus and install all the
facilities. Currently, there is just a toilet and a shower and an
open rancho where a campsite can be placed, with hammocks, a gas
cooker, seats, etc. Naturally you must be a nature lover. It is
all I can provide now because everything needs to be built, but
once the construction is finished, it would be a lovely, colorful
and artistic place where everyone will be welcome. Once the bus
is done, volunteers will be given shelter in exchange to 3/4
every day hours giving language, art, and yoga classes. The place
offers lots of opportunities for the volunteers during their free
time such as surfing, climbing volcanoes, fishing, etc. so, if
you are an adventurous traveler who feels like helping me to give
a better future for the children, I can offer you a place to stay
if you give me a hand with the project and make a better world.


LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO HELP with fall roundup in south central
North Dakota. Will need to fix fence, doctor, feeding some, fall
shots, and miscellaneous chores. This could be possibly long-term
for the right person. House provided. To apply, please call


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


A NOVELTY, OH FAMILY seeks a full-time Housekeeper. This family
has a large, beautiful home filled with priceless possessions;
they need someone with experience in caring for upscale homes.
Responsibilities will include general and detailed housecleaning,
clothing care, and possibly some assistance in serving at dinner
parties. Salary will be up to $60,000 and includes benefits

wooded acres with a pond and trails available for a self-reliant
individual/couple. Located 25 minutes from Athens, Ohio, a
diverse, progressive college town with a lively farmers market
and unique international and cultural events. Caretaker(s) is
responsible for one to two older dogs and five outdoor cats and
utilities. Well, washer-dryer, satellite, internet, wood stoves,
furnace, electric heaters and phone. The dates are flexible
– October to May. Please email your info and references to

A CINCINNATI FAMILY seeks a part-time Housekeeper to help keep
their home sparkling. This busy family needs an extra pair of
hands to do the detailed work. Up to $15/hour for the right,
detail-oriented candidate. This is a great opportunity to help a
wonderful family. To apply, please contact


RANCH HAND WANTED. Must be responsible with long time experience
in cow/calf and ranch operations. The location is in northern
Oklahoma. Current and past long-term, solid work references
required. Qualified applicants only. Please send applications to


LOOKING FOR HONEST, experienced, responsible husband and wife
duo, to caretake our two vacation rentals in beautiful Brookings,
OR by the ocean, March 2014 through October 2014. Any additional
hours would be compensated by an hourly wage. We would provide a
place for your newer RV on site, including water, sewer, garbage
and electric in exchange for 15 hours work per person, each week.
Her duties would include cleaning two homes at least weekly
during busy season and greet guests. He would use our riding
lawnmower and maintain lawns and general light maintenance as
assigned. Ideal employees would be in good health, good with
people, and who would like to spend their spring and summers in a
beautiful but mild climate. Please email us at

RESIDENT MANAGER/CARETAKER needed in Neskowin, Oregon. The
homeowners of the Breakers Beach Houses, in beautiful Neskowin
are seeking an energetic, experienced, and dedicated professional
couple with excellent organization and communication skills to
serve as Resident Managers of their 11-oceanfront vacation homes.
Management duties include guest services, building and grounds
maintenance, security, marketing, reservations, housekeeping,
bookkeeping, and owner support. Candidates must have vacation
rental business experience, including management of operating and
occupancy related budgets, training and supervising hourly staff,
proficiency with Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, website design,
and reservation software. A competitive compensation package
includes salary, health benefits, and performance based
incentives. On-site residence, utilities, and a spacious office
will be provided. Please mail your cover letter, resume,
compensation history for the past five years, and three


acre, non-working farm needs responsible, skilled person to
maintain grounds, service pool, perform house repairs and
coordinate with repair and service people. Must be responsible,
knowledgeable and have excellent communications skills.
Experience with construction/electrical/plumbing and/or carpentry
a plus. Salary will be commensurate with experience and
abilities. Please email me at  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

CARETAKER COUPLE needed for a large estate in Bucks County,
Pennsylvania, midway between Philadelphia and New York City.
Duties include landscaping maintenance, housekeeping, minor
farming, and animal care, lawn and pool maintenance. Benefits
include health and dental insurance, an apartment, auto, and
vacation. Must have experience. Salaries negotiable. Please send

GROUNDS CARETAKER WANTED in the Chadds Ford, PA area, for a 30
acre farm. Will be responsible for grounds, pond and landscape
management. Must have experience with the operation and basic
maintenance of farm equipment, some experience with horses
helpful, but would not be a primary responsibility. Basic
handyman skills required. Self-motivation a must. A two bedroom
house in a picturesque location provided, along with a
competitive salary and benefits depending on experience and
qualifications. A young couple is welcome. Please send your
resume and references to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.


LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STAY in with free accommodation and food?
This is for you! Volunteer in Machupicchu District at an
ecological reserve. Recovering and conserving the wild habitat,
helping the sustainability of endangered species of flora and
fauna. Our organization has been working since 1998 for the
conservation and preservation of the native rainforest in
Machupicchu. Located in a wonderful place, 30 minutes from Machu
Picchu. We are requesting volunteers who really would want to
contribute to our efforts for biodiversity conservation; we would
really appreciate your time as a donation to our organization.
Activities at the reserve might be scheduled in a personalized
program depending on your interests, intentions and skills, such
as organically farming and medicinal plants, reforestation,
orchids culture and native ornamental plants gardening,
photography, arts and handy-crafts, ecotourism services: guiding,
restaurant and hostelling, and research in flora and fauna. Some
of the benefits of being here will be to enrich your knowledge
and experience in: Andean culture, Spanish, English and/or
Quechua languages, organic and traditional food, tropical
biodiversity and conservation, ecology and sustainable resources,
nature photography and arts, free accommodation, free food,
incentively excursions, and you will enjoy the wonderful
landscapes of Machupicchu! Are you ready to apply? It is very
important to know that you will be trained from two to five days
(depending on your skills). So the condition to receive the
benefits from our organization are based on your volunteering
period that must be at least 10 days. Please send your resume and
explain your intentions and interests in our project. If you need
more information just ask by email, and I will be pleased to
answer. Please email  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


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


LOOKING FOR A COUPLE OR A FEW WOMEN to housesit in countryside
Puerto Rico. The housesitters need to like animals and enjoy
country life. This is not a paid position. If you’re
interested please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for more


person as a housesitter for my home in Lake Preston, South
Dakota. I have a very nice home, well maintained and fully
furnished. The home has new central heat and air, new windows
siding and roof. The housesitter will be responsible for heating
- which is very efficient natural gas. The house is very
comfortable, with very good covered parking. Located in a small
rural town, quiet and safe with very good services. Brookings, a
college town, is 30 minutes away; and it is 90 minutes to Sioux
Falls. No clutter inside or outside. No storage. The house is
currently for sale. Please call me directly at 


A MEMPHIS HOUSEHOLD is seeking an administrative household
manager to supervise one housecleaner, chef, and caretaker. Other
responsibilities will include being their personal assistant,
taking care of vendors, returns to stores, planning travel
itineraries and managing all the paperwork found in a wealthy
home for national entertainer. You will also be responsible for
planning entertainment affairs for them. To apply please contact 


for cattle, mixing feed for cattle and horses, fence repair,
welding pens and corrals. House and pickup included. To apply,

SEEKING HOUSE AND DOG SITTER for two weeks, last week in October,
and first week in November 2013 for a three bedroom/two bathroom,
1,704 SF house in Kyle, Texas. Easy access to Austin. Possibly
longer term as housemate.  I have two energetic but well-behaved
medium to large dogs. If you are interested, contact me at 

CARETAKER WANTED for a small Texas Hill Country ranch. Mowing,
watering, and general maintenance required, along with the
ability to give care to goats and cattle. Housing and a truck
furnished as part of the compensation. A single or couple is
preferred. Please fax your resume and references to

CARETAKER COUPLE wanted to live and work on our ranch.
Maintenance and upkeep of grounds, mowing, landscape, handyman,
etc. Her duties: housekeeping, some cooking, and special event
preparations. Please send references to 

MARRIED COUPLE needed to live and work on a ranch. She to work in
the house. He to maintain yard and grounds and do minor repairs.
He must also be able to do ranch work; round up, etc. as needed.
Must be non-smokers, and non-drinkers. Please send resumes to 


also welcome) to work at our dog centre in Bang Saphan, Thailand
for one year (we will still accept people for shorter stays of
course). We are a small dog rescue centre which cares for 50 plus
dogs at our centre and around fifty more at a local temple. We
aim to have these dogs adopted within months of their arrival
unless they have medical problems, in which case we would keep
them at the centre and care for them. We also neuter and treat
local street dogs. You would be given your own accommodation
(this is only available if you can commit for more than six
months) for a year in exchange for helping us in our effort to
have all of our dogs adopted within the year and eventually close
the centre. Your day-to-day work will include helping with
adoptions (spreading awareness), treating and caring for the dogs
(feeding, cleaning etc), helping with rescues and fundraising.
Headrock Dogs Rescue will still exist once the centre dogs have
been adopted but we will only treat and care for the dogs at the
temple and on the street beyond this point. Bang Saphan is a well
hidden secret and we want to keep it that way except for
volunteers who appreciate the natural beauty of Thailand and a
peaceful harmonious place to stay that makes you think of
paradise. If you would like to come and volunteer with us we will
help you organize your trip. We can arrange transportation to the
area, advise you on flights, supply information about where to
eat and what is good for trips, etc. We don't charge you for
coming to volunteer; we just appreciate your help. Please read
the thoughts of past volunteers at  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


CARETAKER COUPLE NEEDED for a wonderful, long-term position.
Seeking a seasoned couple to run a large home and property in
Londonderry, Vermont. The responsibilities for this position are
best described as if the couple would run a private bed and
breakfast as live-in caretakers. Located in a picturesque
setting, care is needed for this beautiful nine bedroom, 60 acre
vacation home where only family and friends are hosted. A
successful applicant couple would have a team approach to the
many duties. A skilled carpenter with robust knowledge of
plumbing and electrical issues would be very helpful, along with
operating skills in all types of light to medium equipment. Lawn
care, snow removal and land management are among some duties.
Full charge housekeeping, cooking and book keeping are other
duties. You will live on the property in a beautiful
caretaker’s cottage with all utilities provided by us.
Animals are welcome. This is a year-round, full-time position. A
valid driver’s license with a clean background and
references are a must. Fair pay will be provided by an
experienced property owner. Home and property photos available
via email. Please email your resume and references to
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX if you have any questions.  

HELP NEEDED with the resurrection of an old farm in beautiful
Northern Vermont. Basic skills in carpentry, electrical and
plumbing are helpful. Work needed inside and out, including but
not limited to, clearing trees, setting up organic garden space,
and getting ready for some chickens. Looking for an honest and
hard working individual or couple. Five day work week in exchange
for room and board. Length of stay negotiable. For more
information please email a letter of interest to
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX with your contact information.


HOUSEKEEPER/COOK needed for a Central Virginia residence.
Experienced only need apply. Housing and benefits included. A
driver's license is required. To apply, please fax 


to help care for a 400+ acre gentleman's estate in Western
Washington. This is a full-time position to support the Estate
Manager in planning, directing and coordinating the operations of
the estate, which includes several houses, barns, indoor arena,
grounds, roads, fences and all structures on the property. Duties
include directing the work of staff; maintaining and repairing
equipment; maintaining landscaping, lawns and orchards; caring
for livestock (horses, cows, chickens, pigs); maintaining pool,
hot tub, fountains, reflecting ponds, etc. If a couple is hired,
the spouse could assist with animal care or landscaping. This is
a long-term position; applicants must be non-smoking, and
drug-free. A background investigation will be done. A
driver’s license and references are required. Salary
commensurate with experience. Please submit your cover letter and

WORK EXCHANGE available near Sedro Woolley.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX is a cooperative home, education
center and retreat welcoming individuals, couples and families to
bring their skills, knowledge, interests and joys to share. We
are looking for people who are pleasant to be around and are
pretty flexible, hard working and diligent. You're quite capable
of doing a project for several hours by yourself, and you even
have a sense of pride in making the quality of your work as good
as it can be! You would love to be learning, working and living
in a beautiful country spot. Being isolated from the city sounds
like heaven and while you may be quiet, you basically like people
and enjoy the social opportunities of living in community, too.
Maybe you have a skill to teach us, or you're hungry to learn one
of our skills! We love exchanging information and skills. Our
place sits on a hill overlooking the Skagit River and Valley,
five miles east of Sedro-Woolley towards the North Cascades. The
house proper is gigantic, measuring in at about 8,600 square
feet, and has many varieties of spaces available for individual
and community needs. Our sauna is up and running and we have a
solar heated outdoor bathing area (as well as indoor bathrooms).
We have a flock of chickens, goats, pigs, and gardens. There's a
lot of opportunity to learn about and practice permaculture. We
have plenty of outdoor and indoor projects we can use help with
depending on interests and experience. Much of the help we need
involves physical labor, such as gardening, planting, firewood
cutting etc, but we try to keep it at a pace that respects our
bodies. We also try to keep the work interesting and relevant to
peoples’ interests to build on life skills. For working 30
hours a week we will provide you with a bed and good, healthy
food that's 80% raised here or organic. We can organize your
hours in a variety of ways as suits your schedule and needs. In
addition, everyone here pitches in with meal preparation and
cleanup, and helping to keep common areas clean. There are lots
of sleeping spaces in various configurations. Depending on the
number of people there may be a private room, shared room, or
dorm style sleeping. It's a fun, friendly household -- come join
us for a while. To learn more, please visit our website at 


CARETAKER WANTED for a 300-acre mountaintop
property/home/wilderness camp in Virginia/West Virginia.
non-profit organization that provides wilderness adventure
programs for disadvantaged children. We are seeking an individual
or couple for a non-salaried caretaking position from
November/December through May, with the option to extend. Minimal
caretaking duties while camp is closed and the owners are away.
References/background check required. Please call 


SNOWED-IN ALPINE WILDERNESS RANCH at 8,200 feet, 50 miles north
of Pinedale, Wyoming, 22 miles from nearest plowed road, needs a
caretaker. Various length stints are available through June 1.
Gorgeous scenery, rich wildlife, indoor plumbing, home-generated
electricity, wood heating, radio-telephone and satellite
internet. Electrical and mechanical savvy a plus. See
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for pictures. Responsibilities: 1) be
there, 2) keep water running, 3) monitor weather station, 4) feed
cat, 5) shovel roof if snow exceeds two feet. No pay, but we
supply food, fuels and "utilities". Snowmobile not
provided. References required. Please email 

HELP WANTED on a southeastern Wyoming Cow/Calf Ranch. Needs
experienced, dependable help to do general ranch work. Salary
will depend on experience. Please send your resume, a list of
references and your contact information to 

Buffalo/Sheridan area. A working ranch near the Big Horns has an
immediate need for a full-time Domestic Couple (husband and wife
team) to live on-site and provide housekeeping, cooking/serving,
grounds keeping/gardening, general maintenance/repairs to the
owner’s home, five self-sufficient guest cottages, indoor
pool, vehicles, etc. Mechanical aptitude is important as well as
computer literacy. Candidates should be fit, healthy and flexible
to travel. Should have a cheerful, upbeat disposition and
experience dealing with guests. A competitive compensation
package including living accommodations and benefits will be
provided. Serious inquiries only. References required. Please


Active couple, considerate, kind homebodies (great security),
organic exuberant vegetable and flower gardeners,
environmentalists, love nature, animals, and toxic free living.
100% honest, reliable. Retired walking mailman, semi-retired
wife, at current estate 13 years, 12 years at various remote
campgrounds, seven years on a cattle ranch. Looking for rural
long-term caretaking west of the Rockies for like minded people.
Great references available. Please email 

Retired single woman seeks house-sitting, house share, or
reasonable sublet in the Santa Rosa area for up to two months in
the January - March 2014 time period. Excellent references
available. I have family in the area and want to explore
California possibilities. Please contact 

California and Costa Rica: Retired couple seeking
home/pet/boat/farm sitter positions in Northern San Diego, CA and
Costa Rica. He is a Merchant Mariner and Jack-of-All-Trades. She
is domestic/cooking and event/travel planner.  Available in
California for the Winter Watch from December 2013 to March 2014
and Costa Rica for Spring Watch from April 2014 to June 2014.
Dates are negotiable thereafter! Please contact 

Minister would like to have caretaker position in Santa Cruz, CA
fall. Was a career consultant for an organic farm and downtown
businesses in Northern California. Oversaw a horse ranch in
Mendocino. Please call  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Charlotte, North Carolina – Caretaking or Housesitting.
Sixty year-old male - non-smoking marketing executive. Homeowner
for 36 years. Prior professional painting experience for
exclusive clientele. Ability to maintain home and outside
property on a regular basis. Cleaning and minor repairs performed
as needed. Currently own home in the St. Louis area. Personal and
professional references available. Please email 

Ranch/farm management position wanted. I have experience with all
types of livestock, forage production, irrigation and general
maintenance. Strong skills in animal health, genetics,
land-planning and business management. I am self-motivated,
observant and respectful. Please contact 

Retired Iowa couple interested in short-term live-in petsitting,
any state. Experienced with references. Please contact 

Hello, I am a single individual with horse and dog skills mainly.
I have experience with large dogs mainly but have worked with
from being born to retirement so any age group I am comfortable
with. I am looking for a long term place to live and work
somewhere in the United States. I would prefer on one of the
coasts, but can work anywhere. Will require a house to live in
and at least space for my one dog. I am looking to work at animal
rescue or maybe at a private horse or dog property. I am looking
to start January 15, 2014, or before the first of the year.
Please contact me at  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Professional Organizer / Personal Executive / Travel Assistant
available to assist with: business and pleasure trips; moving
in/out of your homes: in-flight escorting of children or elderly;
house sitting or estate organizing. Well-traveled fit, friendly,
responsible Canadian looking for a change of career direction
after 10+ years running my Professional Organizing company. 12+
years experience as a personal assistant, a good driving record,
speak some German. Flexible, capable and trustworthy:

Two women retiring in January moving off a hobby farm into a
fifth wheel/free to travel. Both physically fit, raised on ranch
with sheep and cattle. Vet tech skills. Both ride horses.
Additional backgrounds in fire management (20 years) and physical
therapy (30 years). Please email  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Energetic friendly couple seeking a caretaker’s job. We are
hard working, honest and a reliable couple, who enjoy working
together and all aspects of caretaking responsibilities. Past
work history include: Gardening, maintenance, carpentry,
housekeeping and cooking. We are ready to relocate and start work
immediately. We give 100% in all we do. Please contact us via

Seeking Marin County, California Property Caretaking Employment.
We offer weekly or daily home visits while you are away.
Co-create a checklist of services needed to maintain the safety
of your home and property. Meredith McCarty is a licensed realtor
and award-winning cookbook author. Peter Willmott is a licensed
painting contractor and handyman. We live in Novato. Please
contact us at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Towns served:
Sausalito, Mill Valley, Tiburon, Belvedere, Corte Madera,
Larkspur, Greenbrae, Ross, Kentfield, San Anselmo, Fairfax, San
Rafael and Novato.

Hi, I am a Canadian woman in my 40's who is looking for a
caretaking opportunity for January - April 2014. I have
experience with seniors and people with disabilities, and regular
housesitting with domestic pets. I also speak French and Spanish.
My educational background is social work and I am also a massage
therapist. I am looking for a working holiday which will give me
warmth and sunshine. I believe in kindness, responsibility and
healthy living. Thanks and good luck in your search. Please email

Married Couple seeking a live-in caretaker position in the
continental United States starting ASAP. We have experience in
various fields of employment, Massage Therapy/Beauty, Restaurant
Management, Transportation, Hospitality and Pest Control. We are
hard working, dedicated and reliable. Please contact 

Experienced, multi-skilled property managing couple. Temporary or
long term. Please visit XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

Retired professional couple seeking a housesitting, pet sitting,
caretaking position on the California coast. Available from March
through May. Non-smoking with own car. Please call 

Experienced, mature, couple seeking a long-term
housesitting/caretaking position in New York State. Prefer being
close to the Warwick/Wallkill area but will consider other offers
as well. Experienced in house management. Husband has 25+ years
experience in construction, plumbing etc. If you are away often
we will be there for security and to take care of your home as if
it were our own. Excellent references and a reputation of
trustworthy and reliable. If you send me an email, I will give
you our phone number or set up a time to meet so we can chat
about what your particular needs are. Please email 

Professional couple available to care for your property and pets.
Over five years experience working for high profile clients. Will
relocate. For resume and references please email 

Experienced home care specialist/housekeeper seeking a live-in
caretaking position in the Vail Valley, Colorado area. Ritz
Carlton trained and currently self employed at Vacation Planners
LLC. Please contact Brandi Horn for resume and references at
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Must be pet friendly.

I’m looking for a long-term horse/property caretaker job. I
have 30 years of experience with horses, tractors, mowers,
pasture/farm maintenance. I would like a modest salary and
accommodations for one dog, one horse, two cats and myself. I
would like to start ASAP anywhere in the U.S. I’m a
dedicated, reliable hard working female who loves the outdoors
and working with animals. References available upon request. I
don’t drink or smoke. Please contact 

Part-Time Caretaking for Reduced Rent! You receive up to four (4)
hours each week of my caretaking services; I receive rent
reduction for a private bedroom and bath. You also get my
positive yet relaxed attitude, high level of detail, great
listening skills, respect for privacy, and my thirst to learn and
explore. Partial list of skills: Filter replacement, sorting and
forwarding mail, maintaining pool/spa/waterfall, securing
doors/gates, watering grass/garden, using and maintaining
machinery, wiring and programming of sprinkler and
home-entertainment systems, managing contractors, escorting
visitors, and patrolling the property on foot. Basic knowledge of
electrical, plumbing, logistics and amateur radio. I am a
Computer Professional working from home, via high-speed Internet
and Mobile phone. 39-year-male, very good health, non-smoker,
great with pets, clean driving/credit/background record,
self-motivated, US citizen with valid passport, fluent English. 
Available long-term anywhere within North America or Europe.

Live-in manager/caretaker available for hotels and resorts in San
Diego, California, and Victoria, British Columbia. Manager,
live-in caretaker of hotels and resorts in North County San
Diego/Victoria, British Columbia. Please contact Donna
O’Neill, equine sports massage therapist, live-in stable
hand/caretaker, by calling XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, or
emailing XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or visiting
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX References: Edward Freeman Racing
Stable, San Luis Rey Downs, California; Stronach Stables/Adena
Springs Nightwatch-Foaling.

Responsible bi-lingual married couple of 12 years (Chris and Alba
Williams) seeking a full-time position as caretakers for an
estate, retreat, or hunting resort. Enjoy outdoor work and
recreation. Chris is experienced in all activities of farm and
landscaping, including heavy equipment, hardscape, stone work,
lawn care herbicide and pesticide application, as well as crew
management. Knowledgeable about many aspects of construction and
able to coordinate activities between the homeowner and
contractor. Detail oriented. Accustomed to being in positions of
responsibility; self-motivated, and able to set goals and achieve
them without direct supervision. Very alert to any needed
maintenance and environmental issues. Able to maintain and
protect the environmental beauty of the property. Exceptional
work ethic. Alba is experienced in domestic, childcare, and farm
work, including supervision. Please email me at
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. References provided upon request.

Responsible mature couple, drug and smoke free, looking for a
caretaker or inn keeper position, preferably in south Florida,
but would consider the northeast or a seasonal position
elsewhere. We need to live on the property. His background is in
the resort industry, owning his business pressure washing,
painting, and handyman services. Her background is a nurse
practitioner, customer service oriented, with a grown family.

Hardworking, non smoking/non drinking, educated married couple
seeks full-time/long-term caretaking opportunity in the
northeastern US. We have skills and experience with farm animals,
gardens and orchards, firewood, timber, carpentry, plumbing,
electrical, woodworking, snow removal, buildings and grounds
security and maintenance, household management, guest
reservations and hospitality, and petty cash. References and
detailed resumes available. Please email 

Extremely responsible, 60-year-young, active, resourceful
semi-retired female  in search of a housesitting position in
Boulder, Colorado or nearby area for a three to six month period
starting mid-December, or early January (to help my local
daughter with medical issues). Former Colorado resident, with
immaculate local and long distance references. Non-smoking,
healthy living, outgoing, animal lover. I do come with a lovely
quiet small dog (a therapy dog for children) who loves other cats
and dogs. I will take excellent care of your home, and should you
need, care for your pets like they were my own. Please contact 

45-year-old woman with a previous career in facilities and
construction management, as well as government and hospitality
experience, looking for long term, paid position. Possess
maintenance, gardening, housekeeping, and administrative skills.
Currently located in the Southeast, but willing to relocate.
Potential for team, with male half who has strong web and
marketing skills, as well as boating and mechanical repair
knowledge. Excellent references and both love animals. Please

52-year-old male smoke free drug free looking to break the
manufacturing mold of 30 years, supervision background, side work
includes 20 plus years roofing, landscaping and care of a local
doctors property for 13 years. I have good transportation and I
am in good health, love working with people and like all kinds of
animals. Looking for long term salaried position and willing to
relocate. References upon request, I look forward to hearing from

Mature, studious woman writer/researcher, art and architecture
historian, MA Fine and Decorative Art (Sotheby’s Institute
of Art) qualified fine and decorative art appraiser (NYU), former
certified organic commercial farmer, landscaper, gardener,
extremely security conscious, respectful, meticulously clean and
well organized, resourceful with large practical skill set,
non-smoker, bondable, seeks 4-6+ month house/pet sitting
assignments in London/environs (within reasonable commute of
British Library). Will consider subsequent assignments in 2014
elsewhere in Europe/North America while I'm writing for
publication.  Art and antique collection cataloguing, appraisal
services, research, pet care, gardening, housekeeping, grounds
maintenance, project management, administrative services, etc.
are offered. Personal and professional integrity, honesty,
discretion guaranteed. References, record check available. Please

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