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                  THE CARETAKER

THIS IS OUR 161st ISSUE!        (206) 462-1818       

Published since 1983                 Volume 27, Number 5         

September/October 2009                ISSN 1074-3642     


-Caretaker Job Listings
This issue contains 120+ caretaking opportunities in 39 states
and 19 countries
-Caretaker Profile
Melissa Wood: Professional Housesitter and Petsitter 
-Letters to the Editor
Property owners and caretakers write about their experiences with
the Gazette



DOG HANDLER WANTED for a 45 dog kennel on the Yukon River from
September to May. Live in a small cabin heated by wood.
Responsibilities would be to assist in feeding, training and care
of a competitive open class sprint team. Must be responsible,
eager to work and learn. Some limited racing opportunity might
exist for the right person. Room and Board only, other
opportunities to work in village are limited. For more details,

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX needs help. We are a 30 acre shellfish
farm located across Kachemak Bay from Homer. I grow mostly
Pacific oysters but I also grow mussels, scallops and clams by
the suspended culture methods (not on bottom or on the beach).
Life is on the water on skiffs or on the docks. Some tasks are
done on the beach. They involve cleaning, sorting, and counting
oysters. The suggested length of stay is negotiable, but a seven
day trial period would be wise to determine compatibility. Five
to six hours would be a good day in work exchange. Accommodations
will be on my 42 foot fishing vessel, or on a 36-foot landing
craft, in docks, in tents or in the woods at a tent camp.
Children and pets are negotiable. The farm is seven miles across
the water from Homer, or seven miles from Seldovia by road. I
supply transportation to the farm. English is the primary
language (with a very little Spanish and French). Diet is
negotiable. All the shellfish and fish that anyone could eat are
available. The food is wild and prepared by me. The farm is semi
remote and the setting is strikingly beautiful. There are ample
walking and canoeing opportunities. For more information, please


CARETAKER(S) NEEDED immediately for a 40 acre isolated
off-the-grid homestead with mountain views in southeastern
Arizona. We are 100% solar, except for propane for cooking and
bathing. We have well water, a large fenced organic garden, a
rock shower house and sauna, fruit trees, two yurts, and hiking
and mountain bike trails. Hot springs are nearby. Own living
space preferred; this would be an ideal spot for RVers. Our
caretakers need to be honest, clean, resourceful, healthy,
self-motivated and handyman types. Free of tobacco, alcohol, and
drugs. Must be experienced in rural and off-the-grid living. Must
have an outside income. References required. Please call

CARETAKER NEEDED in Concho. I am looking for retired couple to
caretake my six acre property. Free rent for providing security
here. I need a caretaker to watch over my place because I travel
a lot. Caretaker must have own camper or RV. Please call
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for more information.

LIVE-IN CARETAKER OR COUPLE wanted to help with a quiet homestead
on 14 acres on solar, one mile from Saguaro National Monument
just outside Tucson. Duties include tending organic
vegetable/fruit tree garden, landscape and irrigation system
maintenance, milking two goats, feeding poultry, animal pen
cleaning, handyman duties, project help. No rent, no salary.
Share farm produce (vegetables, fruits, eggs, poultry, and milk)
as available. Individual must like desert heat and gardening and
be willing to live an alternative lifestyle, including using
composting toilet. Must be non-smoking, no alcohol, drugs, or
heavy scents, and no pets. Live in spartan, separate guest room
or your own RV. Use of vehicle possible. Owners live on premises
but you must be able to care for all independently when we go on
trips. Carpentry/building skills a plus. If you enjoy the
outdoors, nature, eating healthily, and sunny weather, this may
be for you. Please reply with resume and references to

REMOTE ARIZONA HIGH DESERT oasis needs you to enjoy a quiet,
off-grid homestead now. Irrigate gardens and vineyard in exchange
for a place to stay through the winter.  Longer term is possible.
Pets OK.  Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.


Hi Gary, my wife Dee and I want to thank you. We have gotten two
great positions via your publication. The first, immediately
after my retirement, was as caretakers of Dripping Springs, a
beautiful park in the Organ Mountains above Las Cruces, NM. We
were volunteers for The Bureau of Land Management in the
Visitor's Center a couple of days per week; provided with nice
housing and a monthly stipend.  It is at the base of beautiful
mountains, overlooking Las Cruces; and includes hiking trails,
waterfalls, birds, butterflies and flowers.  The sunsets are
breathtaking! They advertise in your publication often. The
second, where we are now, is caretaking a ranch in northern New
Mexico.  We were city folk, but are no more! Thanks, D. and J.
D., San Jose, NM

Congratulations Dee and Jay. Caretaking in such beautiful
settings sounds like a wonderful way to spend your retirement.
We’re glad to have helped bring about such a positive
lifestyle change for you. Best of luck to you in your newest

Dear Gary, I've been enjoying the Gazette for quite a while and
one thing puzzles me. There seem to be a significant number of
ads where the property owner has pets but will not welcome a
caretaker's pets. This seems a bit hypocritical. While it is
understandable to be hesitant about having more animals on the
property, and to fear bad interaction with existing animal
residents, I think there is a risk of losing out on really good
applicants as a result. I, for one, won't apply to ads that say
no pets. Yet I have a pet that would not interfere with the
owners' pets in most situations as described. I would like to
suggest that more of your ad placers consider making pets
negotiable, rather than ruling them out completely. They might
decide that pet fish are OK. Or a cat that stays indoors in the
caretaker's residence. Or they might take a pet deposit like
landlords do. Another thing to bear in mind is that the more
inflexible a property owner conveys him/herself to be in the ad,
the fewer applicants they will have. In my experience, people
prefer to work for people who are understanding, flexible and
kind. That's just my opinion.  K. J. Raleigh, NC.

Thanks for writing and sharing your opinion, Karl. There are
various reasons why some property owners do not want other pets
on their property. If you see an ad for a position that
you’re interested in applying for, you might want to
discuss your individual situation with the property owner. 

WOW I can’t believe I received four offers from my
situations wanted ad for housesitting. I choose the best long
term offer and am now happily housesitting in San Francisco.
Thanks Gazette for having a place to advertise one’s
availability. J. K. San Francisco, CA

Jill, it’s great to read that your Situations Wanted ad
resulted in four offers for you. We have thousands of property
owners who subscribe to the Gazette in order to find qualified
housesitters and property caretakers either by running an ad in
the Gazette or by responding to our Situations Wanted ads placed
by our subscribers who are looking for positions.

The Caretaker Gazette
This publication is a private newsletter researched and written
for landowners, caretakers, and interested readers. It is the
only up-to-date publication for property caretaking opportunities
in the world. All information is derived from sources believed to
be correct and reliable, but for which we assume no
responsibility. The Caretaker Gazette does not screen caretakers
or landowners, and only provides a medium of information
exchange. We assume no liability for arrangements made between
parties. No part of this publication may be copied, reproduced,
or distributed in any form or retrieval system without the
Publisher’s prior written permission. 

Our Caretaking Philosophy
The Caretaker Gazette is dedicated to the property caretaking
profession, and to our subscribers who have kept the Gazette
going since 1983. We publish the Gazette in order to help
property owners and caretakers find one another. We support the
caretaking profession; a lifestyle encompassing everything from
simple housesitting assignments, where one can live rent-free, to
full-time estate management positions that include salary,
benefits and housing.

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CARETAKER COUPLE wanted for a holiday let hobby farm in a
rainforest environment, bordering the Cedar Bay National Park and
situated within the Daintree World Heritage area of Far North
Queensland. Gap Creek Retreat offers an unparalleled rainforest
experience. The property nestles amongst the trees overlooking an
amazing rainforest creek of crystal clear water. Wake to a dawn
chorus of tropical rainforest birds and find yourself in
paradise. Free rent available in exchange for housekeeping, with
some paid work. Retirees welcome. Our website is

CLEANER/CARETAKER, person or couple required for a Bed &
Breakfast in the Willunga, Sellicks area. Please apply by mailing
your resume to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

CARETAKER WANTED. The position of Caretaker at the Bedford Weir,
Blackwater will be vacant from August 2009. The Caretaker is
responsible for cleaning of the designated amenities block and
other public areas. Minor maintenance works in the designated
amenities block and other areas. Mow and maintain the area of the
Bedford Weir Recreation Area and camping area. Taking an active
interest in the promotion of the Bedford Weir Recreation Reserve
and will reasonably assist visitors including monitoring
compliance with Council rules and regulations. Assist in
notifying relevant authorities of emergency situations at Bedford
Weir and may assist with signage erection when road closures are
necessary. For more information please express your interest in
this position in writing to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

HOUSESITTER/PET-SITTER needed in Aramara, Queensland (situated 30
minutes drive west of Maryborough). We are looking for someone to
care for our dogs and other farm animals while we have the
occasional weekend away and when we're on holiday. You must love
dogs and be willing to share our home with them. For more
details, please call Barb in Australia at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE FOR FREE in peaceful southern Belize. Seeking
responsible, capable, drug-free caretaker(s) for an isolated
homestead on the Caribbean. Access to this beautiful property is
by sea; boating skills are essential. This is a terrific place
for nature lovers – quiet, isolated, lots of wildlife on
land and sea, plenty of flowering plants, fruit trees and forest.
Want folks with off-grid experience, ability to maintain/repair
outboards and small gensets, common sense, “safety
first” attitude, and a sense of humor. Please contact
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. We always reply. If you don't hear from
us, keep trying. Our server is unreliable.

EXPERIENCE TROPICAL SUSTAINABLE Living. No experience necessary.
Prefer couple or two adults to caretake XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, a
self sufficient integrated homestead. Age not a factor if you are
in reasonably good health. A minimum commitment of four weeks or
more, anytime of the year. For details, email:


HOUSESITTERS SOUGHT for a lovely four bed beach house on the
beautiful island of Florianopolis, Brazil from August to
November/December 2009, while the owners are in the UK. The
housesitter’s duties will be to keep the house clean, aired
and secure, the garden watered and tidy, and to look after our
two gorgeous cats. We don't see the duties as being too onerous!
The house has wi-fi internet as well as Vonage phone system, so
it would suit someone who works from home or remotely.
Housesitters would be expected to pay for utility and phone
bills. We look forward to hearing from you! Please email


HOUSESITTER WANTED in Sevlievo (situated in the mountain valley
of Sevlievo, along the left bank of the Rositsa River) from
August/September onwards. We are looking to stay in France with
our sick parents for the winter, and we currently have a house in
Sevlievo which is in the process of renovations and we will need
a housesitter. All we ask is that our animals and house are
looked after, just for security more than anything else. For more
details, please email Jo at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


Grande. We are seeking a responsible working team to caretake the
64 unit park. Some duties include: cleaning the clubhouse, yard
maintenance, bookkeeping, etc. Must be 55+ or older. Computer
skills a must. References required. Salary and residence
included. Position is available 9/1/09. Please mail a resume to

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and I own a beautiful, historic piece of
land in the California Sierras with stone outcroppings, access to
wilderness trails, local wineries and wonderful sandy soil to
grow just about anything organic. I’m a student of Bowen
Therapy and herbology with an interest in horses and animal
health. Help with training my Spanish Mustangs, i.e., could do a
carriage tour business through the local wineries or start a
handicapped riding program; bucking hay, and firewood along with
assistance in natural healing therapies and physical transfers
for my handicapped son would be very welcome. I’m looking
to connect with other people who appreciate a positive lifestyle
involving live foods and natural healing. It would be wonderful
to even meet a partner who brings experience and knowledge to the
table. Participate in a healing miracle… Exuberantly!! I
do have a county permitted trailer space with full hookups and/or
a bedroom or two as my home is very large with an ozonated hot
tub on the deck with a cold plunge right next to it. Want to help
build a lap pool? There’s a National Champion black walnut
tree, winter creek, organic garden, old barn, pastures and the
Cosumnes Rivers nearby. Possibly trade ranches with someone in
the Appalachians? If anyone is interested or knows of someone who
may be wanting to share an existence in this magical area, please

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA HOME SWAP available for your London home.
I'd like to swap homes for six weeks from around October 10 to
November 24, 2009. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and am
coming to London to take classes in Regents Park. I don't need
much in the way of space; it's only just for me, and the location
is what's important. If you have cats, fish or birds I'm happy to
take care of them. Dogs might be a bit more difficult as I might
be away for the entire day most of the week. But we can talk
about it. If you're interested and available on the dates I've
mentioned (which are pretty firm, but not set in stone yet) then
do contact me for photos and more info. You can reach me at

CARETAKER POSITION offered in Northern California’s
Siskiyou County in Hornbrook, CA. Willing to provide free parking
and rent for your RV in exchange for part-time and easy caretaker
duties on my ranch, keeping trespassers away. This is
off-the-grid, primitive living. Must be self-sustaining and love
the outdoors. Must have good references and be in reasonable
physical shape and condition, and have a good attitude, as the
property is somewhat remote. No criminal history, drugs,
drinking, or mental issues, and no friends or visitors with same
– in fact we prefer light/little to no visitors. This is
not employment or a paid position, so you must have some other
source of income available to live off of. Animals are OK,
including horses, pigs, etc. Looking for a single male, couple,
retiree, or a small family. A 4x4, SUV, ATV or horse would help
in your duties. I am only looking for serious replies. Please

RANCH HAND/CARETAKER needed for show horses in central CA. Must
have references. Great pay and free housing available for the
right person. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for details.


CARETAKER NEEDED for a mini storage business. A three bedroom,
newly renovated house will be provided. Gardening and handyman
skills will be an asset for this position. This would be suited
for a retired couple. To apply, please mail your resume to

MATURE LIVE-IN COUPLE needed to care for home and grounds with
one permanent resident and three B&B rooms and also to care
for large grounds and have handyman experience. Living quarters
and utilities will be provided plus some remuneration. My home is
located in a countryside setting near Port Perry, ON. To apply,
please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or reply by email to

NOVA SCOTIA - Environmental community forming now, offering
secluded three - five acre home sites on a 350 acre private
wildlife refuge: deer, bear, forest, river, yet only 15 minutes
to a lovely coastal town with restaurants, theatre, shopping, and
yacht club! Zone 6 growing season (commercial peach orchards one
hour north). Along the South Shore's beautiful Lighthouse Route,
one hour to Maine ferry, two hours to International Airport.


CARIBBEAN ISLAND - Caretaker/Petsitter wanted on a small
Caribbean island. This is an island simple lifestyle with
beautiful beaches and many outdoor activities. One acre property
with separate casita. We are looking for an experienced
handyman/woman (couple OK - no children or large pets). In return
for free rent and utilities you would devote 20 hours a week to
groundskeeping, landscaping, basic carpentry and painting. Must
love animals and provide loving care to our two small dogs and
cat. We have a fledgling organic garden for your care and
consumption or sale. Opportunity is available for two months at a
minimum. A driver’s license is required for ID and please
supply references. For more information please contact Dan at


PART-TIME CARETAKER POSITION available. Duties include cleaning,
security, grounds, and customer service for a 60 unit complex
built in 1960 in the Fraser Valley. Position includes a two
bedroom apartment. Must be a non-smoker! To apply, please pick up
an application at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

ORGANIC, HEALTHY, SPIRITUAL HOME adjacent to an open-space
preserve and river in Southwestern Colorado is in need of a
healthy, fit female caretaker for home and property maintenance
and projects. Owner lives on property, but is ill and unable to
maintain and manage the responsibilities and needs of the
property. Housing provided, plus some pay. (Sorry, no pets; owner
is allergic). This position is for a single person, no children,
pets, or couples. (I have received many queries from people with
pets, boyfriends/girlfriends, married, or families. Please do not
respond to this ad if you are in that category. This position is
only workable for a single, pet-free, child-free female). The
private living space offered to the caretaker is a 1,800 sq ft,
one full bath, with a separate entrance. It is fully furnished
and includes a kitchen area with new aspen cabinets and a full
size refrigerator and electric range/oven, and separate
washer/dryer. Seeking a strong, healthy ‘handy’-woman
who is competent at a wide variety of tasks and projects ... from
more traditionally female things such as cooking and cleaning
(lots of cleaning), filing and data entry, to more traditionally
male things such as painting a few walls, staining cabinets,
possibly some small sheetrock patches. Work will include use of
power tools, lawnmower and weed-eater; snow-shoveling in the
winter, as well as tasks needing a high degree of organization
skill, such as organizing closets, garage and storage shed. The
ideal person will be efficient, but at the same time, very detail
oriented and resourceful. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

GREAT OPPORTUNITY to live and work for an Iditarod and Yukon
Quest kennel in the Rocky Mountains! We are looking for a
competent handler, kennel and property caretaker in exchange for
private living quarters in Glenwood Springs. You must be
non-smoking, responsible, hardworking, handy and self motivated
with your own transportation. Duties include training and care of
dogs, kennel and property maintenance. A love of sled dogs and
willingness to learn is a must. Couples are encouraged if both
are willing to contribute to the kennel. Please contact


FULL-TIME CHURCH CARETAKER needed. We are accepting resumes from
applicants for the perspective position of our church caretaker.
To apply, please mail your resume to FXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


the South Pacific Coast Costa Ballena of Costa Rica.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX is a holistic retreat and guest house
surrounded by Permaculture-inspired gardens and tropical fruit
orchards offering a natural setting for healing, cleansing, and
learning. Our farm is surrounded by rugged mountains of virgin
old growth forest that rise above the lonely coconut fringed
beaches below. Several crystalline creeks and rivers carve
through the mountains creating an abundance of mystical
waterfalls, translucent swimming pools, and healing spring water.
Diverse species of native plants and wildlife abound. Tropical
birds are especially abundant. Biting insects are fortunately
nearly non-existent. We are a not-for-profit organization
promoting sustainable solutions and a simple symbiotic lifestyle.
We are open to volunteers who are wholeheartedly committing to
this project and the purely natural style of life. Experience is
not necessary, but very helpful. What is necessary is a desire to
learn and work hard, a sense of curiosity and an ability to
observe. Volunteers must have their own outside income. Work
includes all kinds of gardening tasks, attending guests, house
maintenance, construction of new buildings, etc. We are looking
for calm and conscious, heart-centered people who prefer to live
in paradise without chemical substances, noise, pollution,
intoxicants etc. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


A SEASONAL RV PARK near Fenwick Island, DE is seeking a retired
couple to live on our premises. Must have supplemental income and
a desire to live near the beach. Will trade seasonal RV site for
general maintenance work and caretaking. Applicants should have
basic mechanical skills for general building repairs and
equipment maintenance. Please call Dave at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


HOUSESITTER WANTED in East Sussex, in southeastern England from
either September 26th through October 3rd or from December 23rd
through January 6th 2010. We are just one hour by train to London
and surrounded by Tudor and early English castles. Our home can
accommodate singles or couples only. For more information, please

HOUSESITTER NEEDED in Dorset, England, UK from October 18th -
28th 2009. We have four Jack Russells who need feeding, company,
and walking. We also have around 12 chickens that need feeding,
letting out, shutting in, and eggs collected. For more details,
please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or email


HOUSESITTER WANTED in Saint Augustine from January indefinitely.
I need one to two people who own their own travel trailer or
motorhome to stay on my seven acres (no house access). I have a
wildlife sanctuary, where I care for 100 exotic animals
(leopards, lions, cougars, and wolves). Duties include diet prep
for exotic animals, clean up, and simply watching over the
animals, should I have to go out of town (I live on-site). It's
an easy task, lots of fun, and you get to listen to lions roaring
and wolves howling. Volunteers come out one to two days a week to
do all of the work. I mainly need people who will be here as
guardians. You will be allowed full access to the animal
compound. For more details, please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

While XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, for various reasons, is not open to
the public, we infrequently host permaculture interns who wish to
learn practical matters associated with permaculture design
implementation and maintenance. For details, see our Intern
frequently asked questions page at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and
related documents on our web site at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Our
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX particularly suits internships over the
winter months. Interns here may simultaneously participate in
Cycle 14 of our online permaculture course at no tuition charge.

CARETAKER/COUPLE wanted in Lake County in Central Florida. Must
be hardworking, organized, and detail-oriented. No smoking or
drugs. Eight buildings and property to maintain, including care
of some domestic and exotic animals. Please send complete resume,
references and salary requirements to be considered to


CARETAKER COUPLE needed for a 10 acre private horse farm, 80
miles east of Atlanta. The job is well suited for a mature, fit,
early retired couple looking for additional income. The property
is in a well kept gated community fronting on Lake Oconee. Duties
include handling and upkeep of horses and other pets, maintaining
a small barn, yard work including lawns and flower gardens, using
equipment like a tractor and pressure washer and being a general
handy-man. Accommodation provided is a one bedroom fully
furnished apartment with balcony overlooking pastures and lake.
Utilities are included plus salary. We are looking for a long
term arrangement. Reliability and honesty are essential and
experience in all aspects of the job is required. References are
needed. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or email


HOUSESITTER NEEDED in Brackel (near Hamburg) for August and
September. Looking for a housesitter to look after our two dogs
and one cat while we are on vacation. Must have a good
relationship with animals and have your own mode of
transportation. Please call Mary at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX in
Germany or email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

FARM CARETAKER COUPLE needed in Hattingen for farm maintenance
and riding instructor/child care work. Two positions are
available on our small farm. Must speak fluent English and a
couple is preferred. Both are flexible positions and require
someone who can work unsupervised and take pride in their work.
Someone to run this small farmyard and soon to be a riding school
as well taking care of the farm animals. You will be required to
use your initiative and maintain the farmyard as well as some
basic construction, repairs, cleaning of the stables and general
grounds maintenance. Normal stuff that needs to be done on a
farmyard assisting with child care and lessons. You will have
your own cottage (for a couple), satellite TV, no bills and food
provided, plus a wage The owner plus two others live on the farm
and all speak good English. For more information, please email


HELP NEEDED. A non-vegetarian, non-smoking household seeks a
single person or couple to help with house/garden maintenance.
Quiet country living affords multi-cultural opportunities, ethnic
foods, tropical fauna, and outdoor activities. Large garden
bedroom, private bath plus kitchen/laundry privileges provided.
For more details, please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

exchange homesteading chores for an 800 square-foot cabin on 76
acres in "Sunny Kapoho" (average of 75 inches of rain,
mostly in the early morning hours) on the Big Island. We would
prefer a health and ecologically focused couple who are drug
free, responsible, energetic, fit, stable couple (age 20 - 40's)
and looking for a long-term living arrangement (six months to one
year minimum but ideally desire lifetime commitment) for an off
grid (solar and wind) educational living project, that supports
fair, responsible, sustainable, and healthy living on a beach
front, sustainable homestead/land trust. We would also consider
recurrent seasonal stays for part of the year and occasionally we
may be open to single people and short term (three - five months)
stays. The cabin is set back about 300 feet from the ocean, and
is about 50 feet above sea level. The 20x40 foot cabin has an
outside shower, chest refrigerator, propane oven, and the
bathroom consists of a composting bucket, which is under a
conventional toilet seat. The cabin is single wall cedar
construction, and three of the walls are mostly window, which
allow in a lot of natural light and allow for enjoyment of the
panoramic views of the ocean, jungle. The work exchange entails
watering the organic gardens, feeding the chickens and collecting
the eggs, feeding and milking the goats, taking the buck out to
be tethered and fed, and feeding the cats and dog. Work takes an
average 15-18 hours per week for single or 20-23 hours a week per
couple. Working hours are flexible. Food available for extra
hours. Surfing is four miles away, and snorkeling 1½
miles. Please visit XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX to learn more.

NEEDING SOME HELP NOW. I am offering an approximately two month
work exchange on a private organic permaculture farm on Kauai. If
you babysit – that is a big plus! I ask 12 hours per week
for a glorified camping set up, with hot shower, gas cooker,
sink, outdoor bath, composting toilet, covered 20’ x 30'
with wooden floor and two walls, plus electric and Wi-Fi.
I’m seeking a private person. Kauai is awe-striking in
beauty! The magic cannot be described! For more information or if
you have any other questions please email me at


VOLUNTEERS needed from September 15 – 29 to work on the
John Lennon Imagine Peace tower. Volunteers will be living and
working on the island of Viðey by Reykjavík. The group
will mainly work on the preparations for the lighting of the
Imagine Peace tower on the island; which is an outdoor work of
art conceived by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon. Diverse tasks
will be done as coastline cleaning, maintenance and marking of
hiking paths or bicycle trails, putting up of signs in noteworthy
places; as works on common and green recreational areas,
gardening and painting works, etc. The tower is composed of a
tall shimmering tower of light that will appear every year and be
visible from October 9 (John’s birthday) until December 8
(the anniversary of his death). Volunteers will be lodged in a
local house, sleeping on mattresses on the floor; a warm sleeping
bag is suggested. Food ingredients will be provided and
volunteers will share common duties as cooking the meals, among
others. Whale watching, puffin boat excursions and free time
activities in the area will be organized free of charge for the
volunteers. Volunteers will also have free rides in the
boat/ferry to the city of Reykjavík during their free
time. For more details and up to date information please visit us
at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or contact us via email at
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or call us in Iceland at


SELF-STORAGE COMPANY is seeking a resident manager couple, to
oversee the day-to-day operations of a self-storage facility.
Great opportunity to live and work together. Will work from 8am -
6pm between the couple, 35 hours each, five days/week (to be
scheduled.) Required to live onsite. Duties include general
office, telephone sales, record keeping, computer bookkeeping,
rentals, collections and light maintenance. Prefer exceptional
customer service skills, strong communication skills and
experience with Windows based personal computer applications.
Previous experience in storage industry is required. Weekend
shifts plus a valid driver`s license and reliable transportation
is required. The employer offers a competitive compensation
package that includes salary, bonus, housing and utilities. Pay
starts at $2,100 - $2,200/month per couple, depending on
experience. To apply, please mail your resume to


A DOMESTIC COUPLE is needed for a family of five in the
Indianapolis area. She will be responsible for housekeeping and
laundry in the 8,000 square foot home. Must have experience with
the care of antiques and other fine materials. Good ironing
skills are a must. He will do minor repairs and take care of the
mechanicals, vehicles and oversee the 12 acre property. He will
also chauffeur approximately twice weekly and do a variety of
errands. She must have a minimum of three years housekeeping
experience or professional training in XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX,
and he should have experience related to the duties required.
Both will need good references, a clean driving record and be
credit worthy. A two bedroom, one bath cottage is located on the
property and is provided with utilities in addition to a salary
of $75,000. Applications available at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or


RENT FREE - Caretaker required to look after a small Estate in
the Southwest of Ireland - in Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry. Located
in a remote area - about 15 miles to the nearest town.  Duties to
include caretaking, gardening, house maintenance, looking after
dogs etc. Fully furnished, three bedroom Lodge provided. Suited
to those who enjoy the quiet, country life and located near the
sea. References required. Minimum salary to be advised. Please
contact either John on XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or email 


HOUSESITTER WANTED in Apulia, Italy from September 15 through
November 15, 2009. I would like to find a house and pet-sitter
for this two month time period. We live in a trullo (a
traditional Apulian stone dwelling with a conical roof) in the
Apulian countryside, 4 km from the first village. To apply,
please email Francesco at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


the mid-coast Maine area from September 1st to October 31st.
Circa 1850 farmhouse with gardens on seven acres. Ideal for
writers, etc. Must love plus have experience with dogs. Village
setting. Humble, informal and comfortable house. Free Wi-fi. I
will likely (but not sure) be returning to house about every 7-10
days for one to two nights.  Please contact Susan at 

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


ACCEPTING EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST for housesitting on our boat
from October 16 – November 20. This would be suitable for a
single, non-smoking person only. We are a retired couple living
on a converted whaling ship (now a yacht). Permanently berthed in
a marina and golf resort, located at the very southern tip of
Malaysia just over the Singapore border. Accommodation is a
private single bunk cabin with fan (no air conditioning). We
would need a single person with common sense to look after simple
things. Typical daily duties would be to look for leaks when it
rains and place buckets under leaks, use swatters to kill large
insects, discourage sea wrens (birds) from building nests in
small areas on the decks, make sure food scraps are not laying
around as cockroaches will see this as an invitation to dine,
keep monkeys from climbing on the boat, and also small daily
chores like keeping everything clean and tidy. We also have a
ship’s cat who loves people. This jungle resort can be
reached easily by ferry from Singapore. This housesitting
assignment would be for the entire time we would be away, as
someone needs to be here every night. Those with travel plans
should travel before or after the housesitting period. The resort
is a destination in itself. There is free wi-fi internet and all
resort facilities included. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
for more details.


FREE RENT with a small salary is available for the right person
in East Baltimore (at Folcroft and Eastern Avenue). You will need
to provide care for my 85-year-old Mom. She is not bedridden, nor
is she incompetent, but she does have some medical issues, but
nothing that a caretaker can't handle. In exchange for living
there, you will not have to pay for rent, cable, utilities, food,
and we hope to compensate you with a small salary. All things are
negotiable, and we will help you along the way if necessary. Your
heart has to be into this, not your pocketbook. Hope to hear from
you. Please email Chris at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

A LARGE PROPERTY in Cambridge, Maryland has a full time opening
for a couple able to provide a range of services. The duties to
be covered would include exterior/interior painting, light finish
carpentry, routine plumbing, electrical, and general maintenance
functions. Other skills that would be preferred include
landscaping and small engine repair. Sufficient experience to
care for and exercise several horses on the property would be
favorably considered. Additional duties may include alternate
weekend responsibility for care and feeding of all other animals
on the property, farm and grounds maintenance, possibly including
light housekeeping. Compensation package includes a competitive
salary, as well as employer provided housing, medical and dental
insurances and a pension program. Interested parties should
forward resumes to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Please include
references and salary expectations.


EXPERIENCED PERSONAL ASSISTANT needed for an entrepreneurial
gentleman in Boston. This gentleman seeks a polished,
professional individual who is comfortable entertaining clients
in a formal setting and understands the etiquette adjustments
needed for clients of other cultures. You must have good computer
and research skills, be able to make detailed foreign and
domestic travel arrangements and be flexible with your work day.
Having multi-lingual skills would be a plus. Eight or more years
experience requested. Offering an executive salary with benefits
and studio apartment. Applications available at

CARETAKER needed for Veasey Park, near Groveland. Must be an
experienced handyman. Work 20 hours/week for free housing. Please
mail resume to Caretaker,  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


WE NEED a fun loving, adventuresome, 60ish single female to spend
November to April with us in the beautiful, colonial village of
Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. Should be computer savvy and enjoy
socializing with our American and Mexican neighbors. We are
currently in Arizona. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or call

LOOKING FOR an energetic individual or couple to watch over a 100
acre ranch on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Small rustic off grid
ranch house, great views, and short walk to pristine beach.
Friendly locals, turtle research station, and some minor tourist
activity around the area. Basic caretaking responsibilities in
exchange for lodging, although longer term position with
additional compensation will become available as we begin future
sustainability projects at the property. Spanish speaker
comfortable with critters and village life and who can improvise,
laugh, and fix a clogged water pump preferred. Knowledge of adobe
building, solar, water systems, xeriscaping, livestock, or
organic gardening would be a huge plus. References required.

SEARCHING FOR ONE SINGLE PERSON to live rent free with all bills
paid in my house in Kino Bay, Mexico. Duties would include upkeep
of the property and checking in and out guests. There would be
other paid tasks as assigned. I will also share a portion of the
rental proceeds with the caretaker. Kino Bay is a quiet sleepy
fishing village. There are no violence problems and the local
economy is doing very well. Kino is only four hours south of the
border at Nogales, AZ. The house is very close to the Sea of
Cortez but is not on the water (it is two blocks away). Looking
for someone to start right away. The situation would be best for
a retired person with tools and some construction know-how. Call


CARETAKER NEEDED (can be an individual or couple – sorry no
children) to care for our small farm in the Owosso area. Must
take care of our animals, horse, lawn, garden, general
maintenance, etc., in exchange for a two bedroom house. To apply,
please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.  

ROOM AND BOARD available in exchange for work at
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX in Columbiaville. We grow a wide variety
of vegetables and berries. The flock of Shetland sheep are
rotationally grazed and we spin, knit and weave their wool.
Honeybees are seen all over the farm and their honey is extracted
in the late summer. We have reforested 11 of our 23 acres. New
this year: earthen building on our land. We welcome apprentices
who want to challenge themselves to grow in harmony with the
natural world. Stay for a week, a month or a season.
Accommodations available in a cozy camper or the carpeted
upstairs of the barn: both have electricity and composting
toilets. Meals taken together, shared kitchen. All diets ok, from
raw foods to omnivore. This is a good place to explore your
dietary preferences. Opportunities for recreation including
swimming, hiking, biking. You can learn yoga and Dances of
Universal Peace when not working. For more info, please email 


CARETAKER COUPLE needed for a medium-sized condo with underground
garage in New Hope. A full-time, on-site caretaker couple is
preferred (optional full-time - off-site couple or individuals).
Light maintenance to include plumbing, electrical,
groundskeeping, and the cleaning of the building. Pool
certification and boiler license desirable. Salary plus benefits
and a two bedroom bath unit provided. To apply, please fax

SUBURBAN MOTEL is searching for a caretaker couple to manage and
maintain a small suburban motel in the northern suburbs of
Minneapolis. Housing and wages provided. Duties will include
housekeeping and yard work. Please mail your resume to


AN ESTABLISHED HUNTING CLUB in Coahoma County seeks a full-time
caretaker. Farming and heavy equipment experience required.
Please mail resumes and inquiries to Managing Manager, 


FARM CARETAKER needed in the Louisiana, MO area. Our farm seeks
an on-premise, responsible, couple for caretaker management.
Responsibilities include caring for owners' home, maintaining
light machinery, barn and outbuilding; yard and field mowing.
Couple must have basic farm operations experience. The
caretaker’s home is four years old, three bedroom, and full
basement, with a finished office. The compensation package is
negotiable. Must have clean credit history, no criminal record.
Please mail contact and personal info regarding credentials to

A LIVE-IN HOUSEKEEPER is needed in St. Louis for a semi-retired
professional couple. They are seeking a woman with a minimum of
two years experience and/or professional training from
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. The duties include careful, detailed
cleaning and laundry with a minimum or ironing. The home is
12,000 square foot and sits on five scenic acres. They are
offering a salary commensurate with skills and experience plus a
two bedroom/one ½ bath apartment. Applications available

240 ACRE CORPORATE RETREAT needs a year-round, live-in caretaker.
Looking for an energetic self starter individual or couple with a
love of the outdoors with experience and/or a desire to perform
day to day operations. Responsibilities/Requirements will
include: grounds and house maintenance, visitor and guest
services, wildlife management, pond maintenance and management,
organizing large group functions such as corporate training
events, etc., basic carpentry, mechanical, plumbing skills, as
well as knowledge of basic farm equipment, and a willingness to
be available most weekends to accommodate guests. Accommodations:
a private caretaker house and utilities expenses are included
with compensation package. To apply, please mail your resume to

“Melissa Wood: Professional Housesitter and
Date of Birth: 12/11/64
Interests: nature, birding, nature photography, traveling,
reading, discovering new music, cooking and healthy living.
Quote: “Follow Your Bliss” Joseph Campbell.

Melissa Wood

        Melissa Wood, a long-time subscriber to The Caretaker
Gazette, has been working as a professional housesitter and
petsitter for the past ten years. Her career as a professional
housesitter and petsitter started when she began helping out
friends by housesitting for them when they were away from home
for long weekends. Melissa explains, "Before I realized what
was happening, other people began calling me to ask if I could
come and take care of their homes and pets while they were on
vacation." Word spread fast and her pet sitting business was
born.  With over 30 years experience caring for, raising, and
nurturing all types of animals, Melissa says that she feels
uniquely qualified to offer home and pet owners peace of mind.
Melissa says, "Families can enjoy their traveling time away
and take comfort in knowing their pets and property are safe and
secure with an experienced pet lover." 
        Like many professional housesitters, Melissa’s
personal and professional backgrounds are diverse. She grew up on
a farm in Wisconsin where she was always surrounded by many
animals. She notes, "I basically grew up in the saddle.
There were 20 horses, 15 dogs, cats, goats, foxes, raccoons, as
well as any other animal found in the woods of Wisconsin."
Melissa and her family moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1976 and
have been there ever since. Melissa's first job was working
part-time on a ranch with her family. As she assumed more duties
and responsibilities, her part-time position on the ranch evolved
into a full-time job. A career change led her to jobs in
commercial and residential real estate and property management
and, after that, in the oil and gas industry, where she worked as
an executive assistant and computer programmer. 
        In addition to professional housesitting and petsitting,
for the past ten years Melissa has also been a practicing
naturopathic doctor. She explains, "I help both people and
animals utilizing natural therapies to improve their health and
well being." Melissa explains, "As a business manager
for one of the clinics where I practiced, I developed a software
program to handle the invoicing; accounting and payroll and daily
sales figures, built a website and a blog, and helped prepare the
monthly newsletters." She adds, "Recently, I realized
that I want to do more extensive traveling, so I have
transitioned from working in an active and busy natural health
practice, to developing an online health coaching program to
coach people to wellness." This recent change, according to
Melissa," Keeps me busy and gives me the freedom from being
tied down in an office, and allows me to travel to my
heart’s content." This change also allows her the
freedom to explore and experience her love of housesitting and
pet sitting. 
        Melissa has found several of her housesitting and
petsitting experiences through the positions advertised in The
Caretaker Gazette. One such experience brought her to the
historic King William neighborhood of San Antonio where she is
responsible for the care of a large property situated on the San
Antonio River. The property, owned by a retired couple who spend
summers in Europe and in northern Minnesota, consists of a main
house, a guest house, a garden house, and a greenhouse. The
extensive landscaped grounds overlook the river. The owners of
the property are actively involved in cat rescue so, in addition
to tending to the house cats and daily walks with the couple's
dog, Melissa cares for the rescued cats that live on the
property. She provides the cats with food, cleans their cat
boxes, dispenses medications, checks that all of their cat trees,
blankets, toys, and other playthings are in good conditions, and
engages each of the cats a daily playtime. Melissa explains,
"The ten cats in the guesthouse have all been rescued cats
that no one wanted to adopt. Five of them are blind and require
extra special attention and care." 
        Melissa's other responsibilities include coordinating the
schedules and payments for the housekeeper and landscaper, taking
out trash and recyclables, putting food scraps and materials in
the compost bin, cleaning the bird baths that are located
throughout the extensive gardens, and refilling the bird feeders.
Melissa notes, “In addition, according to Melissa,
"The owners of the property receive an extraordinary amount
of mail that I sort and handle for them. I also ensure that any
pressing mail pieces get forwarded to them at their
When Melissa completes her current long-term housesitting
assignment toward the end of this year, she says, "I will be
looking for new and exciting opportunities through the pages of
the Gazette that hopefully will allow me to fulfill my passion
for traveling. Finding unique and interesting places to housesit
with great animals to care for, would simply be icing on the cake
for me."  Melissa continues, "I specialize in difficult
pet sitting assignments with multiple animals, horses and even
animals that require specialized medical care." As a single
woman with no children, she says that she has the flexibility to
look for new places to housesit and caretake.  According to
Melissa, "I am definitely ready for a change from the severe
Texas heat and looking forward to meeting new people, seeing new
places and experiencing new adventures. As someone who has wanted
to stay in my current city, I've found The Caretaker Gazette to
be extremely useful for finding housesitting positions in my
current geographic area that weren't advertised anywhere else. 
Now that I'm ready to travel, I will use the Gazette again but
this time to find housesitting positions worldwide."

Melissa relaxing in the backyard


OZARK RURAL HOME needs a long-term single male having handyman
skills in exchange for rent free quarters with shared utilities.
Must be honest, clean, peaceful, drug-free, non-smoker and not
afraid to work when needed. Trusting friend growing together as a
team. Must have own income and vehicle. Please call
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for more information.


GUEST RANCH in Western Montana is looking for a retired couple as
Camp Host or a person interested in experience in the
(hospitality cowboy) Guest Ranch industry. This position would
include helping with cabin cleaning, ranch maintenance, livestock
handling and feeding, BBQ prep, other odds and ends, and meeting
visitors. These duties may vary depending on the person. There
are no real set hours, they depend on the business. We are a Ma
and Pa type operation where our motto is "You’re a
Stranger Once then you’re Family", so if you are
looking to skin a fat cat or leach off us, don't even apply. We
provide either RV space or RV for room, some board, tips, and
very little pay. The position is for the life style and
experience, not the money. If you think you would like to help us
out email me at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Only the honest &
reliable need apply.


SPEND A GORGEOUS MONTH in the remote high desert of northern
Nevada. I need someone to stay at my comfy three bedroom, 1,400
sq. ft. home in September. Solar power, totally off grid,
complete peace and quiet. It's a house in what is essentially a
wilderness area in the sagebrush ocean about 40 miles east of
Cedarville, CA. Must have a car. Great place to read, write,
think, and sleep. Please contact Bruce at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


CARETAKER COUPLE wanted for a home on an 11 acre estate in
Morristown. A fully furnished, new 1,260 sq. ft. apartment with
utilities will be provided, in trade for services. The male must
be able to do masonry, yard work and repairs, 12 hours/week. The
female must be able to do general housekeeping and laundry 12
hours/week. For more details, please contact Bruce at


CARETAKER NEEDED in the Portales, NM area. Rural, safe, secure,
quiet. No smoking, drugs, pets, children, heavy scents, parties,
or problematic alcohol. This is a rent-free living opportunity,
with moderate duties, long-term. No salary. You will need outside
income and a vehicle. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or email

CARETAKER NEEDED for an elderly person in Corrales. Prefer
someone who has nursing experience. Duties will include cooking
and minor cleaning. Housing is optional and pay depends on
experience. For more information, please call
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or fax your resume to


LOOKING FOR A RETIRED COUPLE for a private estate. Duties include
full housekeeping, cooking, yard maintenance, and care of
animals. Housing and small salary provided. To apply, please

MAINTENANCE/LIVE-IN CARETAKER needed in Sullivan County for
maintenance/grounds duty for a 49 unit senior community. Live
rent-free in lieu of pay. Heat and hot water will be included.
Caretaker must have prior maintenance experience. A background
check is required. To apply, please fax your resume to

HOUSEKEEPER (with husband) live-in permanent position available
in rural Upper Westchester horse-country. Must be able to
maintain our house and oversee a two acre property; pet care
(dog, cat and four chickens). A lovely furnished one bedroom
apartment with balcony and country views and all utilities will
be provided; one salary available for the housekeeper only;
husband is not hired and has own employment; does handyman chores
for free apartment. Housekeeper must be experienced,
English-speaking, legal, with the ability to drive. A mature
couple is preferred, no children. Our family, with three adult
children, uses the house in the summer and weekends; we travel
extensively and require honest reliable caretakers who are
seeking a country lifestyle. To apply, please call


A LIVE IN HOUSEHOLD MANAGER is needed for a busy family near
Charlotte. They are seeking a hands-on Household Manager who will
do the housekeeping in their 12,000 square foot home with the
assistance of a weekly housekeeping service. You will also be
responsible for laundry, planning, shopping for and preparing
healthful dinners five days per week. You will also oversee
vendors for the pending addition to the home. Additional errands
as well as caring for their “lovable lab” will also
be required as needed. They request someone with professional
training from XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or a minimum of three years
experience in a similar home. They are offering a competitive
salary plus health benefits in addition to a spacious private
suite. Applications available at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or call 


APARTMENT MANAGER COUPLE needed in Fargo. We are searching for a
couple to manage a south Fargo apartment complex. Duties will
include renting and maintenance. To apply, please write the


DIANE AND PHIL welcome volunteers to their 40 acre certified
organic country gardens, situated on the beautiful Auglaize River
in Oakwood, called Nothing But Nature. Their greenhouse, in a
woodland setting, is filled with annual, perennial, herb and
vegetable plants. We see our farm as a living system, where its
elements work together to build and maintain soil fertility.
Through a balanced crop rotation and a strict composting system,
we leave our land better than we found it. Length of stay is open
and we cater to special diets. We can pick up volunteers from the
nearest town. Other "non-farming" activities include
lumber, crafts, and trips to the farmers market. Farm animals are
sheep and milk goats. For more info, please email 


Mountain in Pittsburg, OK. Outdoor work, maintenance, cutting
scrub oaks, maintaining trails, gardening, caring for animals,
jack of all trades type work. Basic knowledge of mechanic,
welder, carpentry, and horse knowledge a plus. Prefer a couple
over the age of 40. A cabin will be provided to the couple.
Please email Terry at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX to apply for this


TRADE HOUSES? I house-sit yours? I want to spend one - three
months somewhere in the Southwest December - February. I am a
very conscientious capable retired architect/contractor with a
two bedroom home in Salem, Oregon. Let's talk details! Please

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY available in an isolated high desert setting
in south central Oregon. Winter caretakers needed for a home and
Gemstone mine. Amenities include mobile home with gas heat,
generator electricity, well water, satellite internet/TV, Tipi,
stunning views, and cell phone reception. Team or couple
preferred with four wheel drive vehicle, and experience in
security work. Compensation: access to (weather permitting)
productive Gemstone diggings; stipend/salary negotiable. Please


ESTATE CARETAKER needed. Seeking a live-in caretaker for a
gorgeous, private, riverfront estate near the Oregon coast. We
will provide an apartment and all utilities (including phone,
internet and satellite TV) plus a salary of $1,500 a month and a
$150 vehicle expense. Applicants will need a background in
grounds care, landscaping, home maintenance and housekeeping. You
are non-smoking, dependable and can work unsupervised. The
property is located approximately 70 miles from Portland and 15
miles from the beach (Manzanita). To apply, please mail your
resume and letter of interest describing your vehicle and
personal grounds/repair equipment, along with a current picture
and salary requirement to Estate, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.


CARETAKING COUPLE needed for a Bucks County, PA home with a
private horse barn, busy family with children, dogs, cats, goats
and horses. Responsibilities include maintenance of the grounds,
barn, garden, pasture and vehicles, housekeeping of home and
out-buildings, cleaning, laundry, shopping and cooking. A
healthy, organic, holistic-minded couple is welcome to join us
and maintain harmony and balance in our environment. Please fax
resumes to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or email

A PHILADELPHIA FAMILY of four is seeking a live-in
Housecleaner/Mother’s helper. This is a busy, casual family
with two children ages six and seven who are home-schooled. They
are looking for someone who can easily blend into the family.
They employ a weekly housekeeping service and will need you to do
the day to day cleaning, laundry, and grocery shopping. You must
have a good driving record and be able to drive a full size van.
This is a Monday through Saturday position; 9am to 1pm and 5pm to
7pm weekdays and five to six hours on Saturday. This is a great
opportunity to work for an appreciative and close family with
traditional values. Offers a private room and bath and salary of
$30,000 to $40,000. Applications available at


small, intimate, holiday retreat for peace and relaxation. It
boasts a blend of traditional hospitality, "International
home-cooking" cuisine and a friendly atmosphere with
excellent service. Set in a beautiful lakeside location in
central Portugal, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX is surrounded by
unspoilt countryside with a wide variety of wildlife and rare
birds in its gardens and surrounding countryside. We're hosting
volunteers to help in the garden, general maintenance to
buildings, kitchen help, front of house help, waiter/waitressing,
bar work, water sports, etc. Volunteers get full use of
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX facilities on time off, including sauna,
pedaloes, bikes, canoes, sailing dinghy etc The lake is ideal for
swimming and boating - fishing too as the lake holds both
wide-mouthed Bass and Carp. Please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


CARETAKER NEEDED from October through December for a secluded
house on acreage in the mountains of central Puerto Rico. There
is a cool climate here, one hour to the north or south coasts.
Rent-free but no salary. Please email  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


LIVE-IN CARETAKER needed for an elderly gentleman in Johnston
(outside of Providence). We are seeking a qualified live-in
caretaker/aide for physically fragile elderly gentleman. This is
an excellent position for a qualified candidate. Room and Board
and salary provided. A driver’s license is required. The
candidate must have experience working with the elderly and also
have great references. Please email your resume and references to


HOUSESITTER NEEDED in Angus, Scotland during October and
November. I live in a nice small town, with lots of amenities. I
have a pleasant home, with one cat, so you must take care of my
cat while I am away. For more details, please email
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for more details.


the process of setting up various projects to help the community
create sustainable income for the village. There are no jobs
available around the area; the first project has been to build a
small lodge to finance a crèche and sewing project. We are
looking for teachers, social workers and anyone with building
skills to come and volunteer their time. Education in various
areas will help to increase the skill levels and health of the
villagers. All projects are 100% village owned and donations are
made by private individuals (not NGO's). The project is in the
Eastern Cape near Coffee Bay. The lodge is being built on a
hilltop overlooking two beaches and the sea. Please email
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, or go to our website:


XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX needs interns. We were established to
promote and preserve endangered breeds of livestock. Duties will
be extremely varied depending on season, livestock on premises,
marketing needs and developing projects. General duties will
include 2x daily feeding of livestock, plus fencing, general farm
upkeep, building projects, animal husbandry management and
planning. Accommodations: stipend/compensation: $500 per month,
weekly trip to town, limited vehicle usage. Stipend increased
after 3, 6 and 9 months. Housing: a private bedroom either in the
farmhouse or guest house depending on season and number of
interns on site, shared living, dining, kitchen, laundry. Meals:
community evening supper, most groceries provided for self made
breakfast and lunch. Applications may be obtained by emailing 


HELP NEEDED at our horse riding holiday centre based in Orgiva,
which is the western capital town of the Alpujarras, in the
province of Granada, in southeastern Spain. It is one of the last
remaining rural areas in Spain. Forget the Costas, because this
area is nothing like them. We have mountains, forested areas and
rivers and the rare wild life has to be seen to be believed. You
are going to see Ibex, Golden Eagles, Egyptian vultures, hoopoe
birds, wild boar possibly and we have not even started to
describe the richness of the flora and fauna. We need help with
tourists, animal care, exercising the horses, general
maintenance, cooking/shopping, and gardening. We will provide you
with a house and all the food you need. To apply, please email

WE ARE LOOKING for a woman or a couple who will take care of our
holiday home in the south of Spain. For more details about this
position, please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

HOUSESITTER NEEDED in Andalucía, Spain. We prefer a
couple, who are active and keen vegetable growers, interested in
alternative technology, and our large garden with chickens,
Vietnamese pigs, and varied fruits and nuts. We will provide you
with a small, comfortable cottage, and share produce and work.
Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or email 


RETIRED COUPLE wanted for a North Knoxville apartment complex.
Must be able to show apartments and do minor repairs. Rental
discount plus commission offered. To apply, please mail your

FARM CARETAKER needed for a farm in Williamson County. We are
searching for a hardworking and dedicated individual to care for
our grounds and livestock. Responsibilities will include general
farm work plus maintaining the grounds around our home and
overseeing the horses. A complete benefits package is provided,
including the caretaker's three bedroom house will be furnished.
Please mail your resume to Farm Caretaker,


XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX in Cat Spring, TX has a full-time, live-in
position (or your own RV). Maintenance (plumbing, HVAC, some
electrical, carpentry, equipment) groundskeeping, landscaping,
and animal care. See to guests' needs and activities; i.e.,
horseback riding, and fishing. Housekeeping for B&B. Massage
therapist a plus! Free rent and utilities. Communicate clearly in
professional demeanor. No felonies, smoking, drugs, or drinking.
Please email your resume to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

SEEKING A CARETAKER to live in our Dallas-area home and care for
our six dogs in our absence from November through February.
Quiet, older, wooded neighborhood, little traffic, walking
distance to Lake Grapevine and hiking/biking trail. Near
shopping/restaurants. Large private back yard. Comfortable home
with satellite TV, broadband Internet for your computer. Must be
‘dog people’. Possibly ideal match for a fit, mature,
snowbird couple. References required (ours available). Please

SECLUDED SUBDIVISION in the Texas Hill Country needs a permanent
caretaker/host. A newly remodeled one bedroom house plus
utilities will be included in exchange for light duties, i.e.
mowing the park and cleaning the bath house. We are off the
beaten path so you should be able to enjoy living 35 miles from
the nearest grocery store and have retirement or other income.
Please send a brief resume and references to 

CARETAKER COUPLE needed. Long term opportunity for a married
couple on a remote West Texas ranch. Not a ranching job, but full
time caretakers of facilities and absentee owners when there.
Handy husband can build and maintain structures; wife can cook,
clean and launder, while both take care of grounds. No kids,
smoking, drinking or drugs. Housing, utilities, vehicle and
modest salary. Please send qualifications, requirements and
references to Ranch, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or email to 

a storage facility in Houston. One team member is needed to
manage the storage facility, and the other team member is needed
to assist and be the area manager for four other Houston
locations. The area manager must have storage experience. Must
have good customer and computer skills. Must be willing to do
outside marketing for the facility. Responsibilities include
leasing, collections, paperwork and reports, light maintenance,
daily deposits, lock checks and property checks. Must be self
starters and willing to work. A two bedroom apartment and
utilities are provided for the team. Salary will be based on
experience, plus a bonus plan. Benefits include health insurance
options, vacation and sick leave, and a 401K plan. To apply,
please fax resumes to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

EXPERIENCED FOREMAN/CARETAKER wanted for a 200 acre farm near
Taylor. Farm equipment operation/maintenance and carpentry skills
are required. A drug test will also be required. To apply, please
mail your resume and references to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

CARETAKERS needed to live on a beautiful Central Texas ranch.
Must have some carpentry, plumbing, mechanical and ranching
skills. No hunters. To apply, please mail your resume and
references to Caretaker Position, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. 

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS are available for Park Host Maintenance/Light
Construction positions from October 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010 at
Bardwell Lake. We are looking for couples or individuals willing
to assist us in park upgrades and improvements. It is helpful to
have experience in plumbing, carpentry, heavy equipment
operation, chainsaws etc. Maintenance volunteers may also install
or repair signs, boundary fences, trails, or other projects as
needed. If interested, please mail a letter of interest to

PROPERTY LOCATED in San Augustine requires a couple (preferred
but not essential) to maintain the property in exchange for free
rent. Additional responsibilities as well as compensation will be
dealt with in detail under their perspective categories. The
property is near downtown; one house, 3,000 sq. ft., furnished
one bedroom apartment, a furnished two bedroom apartment
upstairs, and a commercial building is on the square. The unit
available is large enough only for two people. Experience is
required and references will be requested. Compensation is free
rent for the downstairs apartment (you pay your utility bill,
phone, etc.). If you need more space but still interested in the
arrangement, you can lease the downstairs apartment to a
qualified tenant and keep 100% of the rent. Commission (25%) paid
for leasing upstairs unit to a qualified tenant. Potential
commission paid for lease of the house (after house is
re-organized to accommodate guests. Commercial building can be
leased out and a commission paid or used by you to house a
business for a percentage of the gross or a reduced rent. I am
willing to assist you financially in establishing a business for
a percentage of the business and re-payment of the loan.
Responsibilities include all maintenance, cleaning, and repair to
the structures and grounds, and keeping the property leased. You
will need to have a basic knowledge of all the trade skills;
carpentry, electrical, plumbing, concrete work, roofing, leasing
property and dealing with people. The property is very nice with
a manicured lawn which requires lots of attention. The
neighborhood is safe, quiet, and conservative. A 90 day trial
period will be necessary to see if this arrangement will be
mutually agreeable. This proposal is not set in 'stone' so if you
have suggestions to make it more equitable, I am open to new
ideas. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


Vermont. We have a scenic 10 acre Farm Retreat where guests enjoy
a variety of activities designed to help re-connect people with
the great outdoors. We need a skilled, motivated, resourceful and
competent team to manage and maintain the main house (four
bedrooms, three bathrooms), small cabin and large barn which
includes a wood shop, studio, classroom and animal holdings.
Responsibilities will also include cooking and cleaning for
guests, and caring for organic gardens, lawn and animals
(chickens, ducks and a cat). Carpentry, fence and shelter
building are also needed. You are welcome to bring your own
horses (we have four large stalls) that would be a big plus for
business, but no pets please. In exchange we offer a lovely
private 24’ x 32’ apartment with stunning views of
Killington’s Bear Mountain Peak, a favorable percentage of
any revenue generated, and the opportunity to enjoy and develop
your own skills and programs, which you may offer to guests and
locals through our facilities, in order to generate your own
income. This caretaking position could offer time for outside
employment as well. We are in the process of developing several
green communities and Holistic Eco Centers across North America.
The Farm caretaking position may one day lead to exciting
opportunities at other locations as well. Please email your
resume, phone number and a letter describing the programs you
would like to implement XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Thank you very

providing a presence in a shelter for women and children fleeing
domestic and sexual violence. The individual caretaker will
receive free housing for one year! The XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
provides 24/7 shelter and hotline services at a confidential
location in Lamoille County, VT. To apply, please mail a letter
of interest, resume and three character references to

SEEKING A EQUINE HORSE THERAPY business partner. I have just
built the site and location in the heart of the green mountains
of Vermont. I will exchange free rent for hours worked and a
split of all revenue generated. Applicants must have a horse
ready to go for therapy work, they must be financially stable,
have entrepreneurial skills, be responsible and motivated. I also
need a person to do farm work for in trade for free rent. For
more details, please visit XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and then
contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Thank you.


PROPERTY CARETAKER needed to do maintenance work for a mobile
home park/campground on Smith Mountain Lake, VA. To apply for
this position, please mail your resume to Caretaker,

CARETAKER NEEDED in Richmond. Home and garden maintenance
required for a private residence. This is a full-time position,
which includes salary plus benefits and vacation. Please email
your resume to  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

AN OPERATING HORSE FARM in Berryville has a position open for a
person to live on the farm. Must be able to take care of horses,
some breeding, and do maintenance and grounds caretaker work.
Experience is a must! To apply, please call
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, Tuesday - Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pm.

A SELF STORAGE FACILITY is seeking a married couple to manage our
property. Must be sales oriented. Computer experience and having
a customer service attitude are necessary. The package includes
an apartment, salary, bonuses and benefits. To apply, please mail


CARETAKER WANTED for a progressive, quirky, dynamic church on
Broadway in Seattle. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (a congregation of
the Disciples of Christ and the United Church of Christ
denominations) has a position available for a live-in caretaker.
Responsibilities will be to serve as the eyes and ears of the
building and to participate in enhancing the day-to-day beauty,
comfort, cleanliness, maintenance, safety, security, and
protection of church property. Suitable living quarters and
utilities are provided in exchange for these duties. There is no
monetary compensation. Compensation will be in-kind in exchange
for use of an apartment and basic utilities (water, heat,
electricity). Hours are expected to be between two to three hours
per day, seven days per week. Our dream applicant is a team
player who self-motivates and can be relied on to identify needs
and address them in a timely manner. Maintenance experience a
plus! For a more detailed position description, please go to
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Please email a letter of interest and

MANAGER/CARETAKERS required for a small motel/hobby farm located
near Port Townsend, WA. Revenue sharing, two bedroom home/office
provided. Requires two people, additional income necessary. Black
loam soil with spring water suitable for organic gardening
available. Pets welcome. Pacific Northwest residents preferred.

CARETAKER(S) WANTED for a 110 acre waterfront organic farm in the
San Juan Islands. This beautiful historic property in a fertile
valley needs TLC for when family is away (most of the time). In
exchange for lodging, general maintenance would be expected.
Additional projects would be paid. Please email your resume and
references to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (please include these words
in the subject line: "San Juan Islands Assignment").

FREE RV SPACE AVAILABLE in exchange for caretaker duties.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, near Ocean Shores, is seeking animal
shelter hosts from October 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010 in
exchange for RV space and utilities. Must love animals. Duties
will include assisting volunteers with animal care, light
cleaning, helping at garage sales, greeting visitors and securing
dog and cat shelters at night. References required. Must be
dependable, trustworthy and personable. Please email resumes to
information, please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or visit the


FACILITY MAINTENANCE VOLUNTEERS needed. Positions are available
mid-April 2010 through fall 2010. Volunteers will perform various
light duty maintenance work to include: painting, staining; light
carpentry work, replace screens in park restrooms and shower
facilities; plant and water flowers and weed flowerbeds; plant
and prune trees and shrubs; pick up litter throughout the project
and debris along the shoreline; mow and maintain nature trails;
clean grills; maintain bulletin boards; and other light
maintenance duties.  Volunteers are required to provide 20 hours
per week service in exchange for a free RV campsite with electric
hookup. For info, please write XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


PROPERTY MANAGER COUPLE needed in Krononwetter, WI. A leading
real estate developer and property management firm seeks an
experienced onsite manager or couple to lease up and operate a
brand new 56 unit luxury apartment complex, called Timber Creek
Estates II, located off I 39/51 exit Maple Ridge Rd in beautiful
Kronenwetter. Must live onsite and be able to start immediately.
Must have prior experience, minor maintenance skills required,
and basic computer skills. Please mail your resume and/or letter
of interest to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Attn: Regional Manager.

CARETAKER WANTED. We are looking for a caretaker for our
Wisconsin homestead – 120 acres of prairie, gardens, and
woods. Goals for the farm include prairie restoration,
permaculture and organic gardening. We need a reliable person(s)
who will help maintain the house, gardens, buildings, and land.
The caretaker(s) will live in part of the farmhouse and pay $100
per person/month (covers electric and phone), plus propone. We
are looking for someone who is physically fit, has basic
carpentry/home repair skills, and enjoys rural life. This could
work into a long-term arrangement. For more information, please


WE ARE LOOKING for a "host" for our Lodge/Dude ranch
resort located 35 miles west of Pinedale, Wyoming. This is not a
full-time paid position, but there is opportunity for part time
additional income for the right applicants. The ideal candidates
would be a retired couple, with excellent people skills, must
like animals and have an RV to live in from June through
September. To apply, please contact us through


Jackson Hole, WY: Responsible, reliable caretaker for your
home in Jackson Hole! Single, mature young female looking for
caretaking position short or long-term. Friendly, clean,
energetic and honest, I will keep your home in great shape while
you are away!  Please email Gillian at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Professional single male available to care for your
property, home, pets, and peace of mind while you are away on
business or vacation. I’m interested in the Philadelphia
and the surrounding counties, to include the South New Jersey
area. Please understand - I know the importance of responsibility
and accountability for your property and valued possessions,
because I am a part-owner of my family's 120 acre farm located in
northern Pennsylvania. Furthermore, I am a Law Enforcement Agent,
Air Force Security Police Reservist, and Certified Self Defense
Instructor with a clean background. I have housesitting,
petsitting, and lawn care experience in exchange for free rent
while I am located in the Philadelphia area. Excellent references
available. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or email

Wanted: Property management opportunity in Northeast United
States. Husband and wife, couple, no kids, no bad habits,
responsible, to caretake or manage property. We have clean,
simple, environmental practices in mind. Have in mind, forest
management, maple sugaring and trail development or any similar
practices in line with these ideas. Both love outdoors and are
hard workers. Have skills to support this lifestyle. If
interested in talking to us, please call us in person at

American Couple seeking International Executive Caretaker
Position. We're attentive to details and needs of others,
including the family pets. Stringent with keeping order and
cleanliness. We work calmly while meeting multiple deadlines.
Between us we have a huge variety of skills and attributes.
Please contact Lisa at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX  

Active, healthy, hard-working, non-smoking older couple
seeking permanent live-in caretaker/property management job in
USA. We own two small trained Dachshunds. Have many skills in
home renovation, maintenance and repair, landscaping,
groundskeeping, etc. and work well together. Please call

Caretaker/Caregiver seeks live in position. Prefer
mountain areas. 10+ years experience giving kind and loving care
to terminal patients. Extensive experience with care for
property, landscape, and animals of all kinds. I am a 50-year-old
female who lives life with passion. Love yoga, travel, hiking,
animals, and the outdoors. Excellent references. Please call
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for more info. Love & Light.

Self-employed, single, mature, responsible, quiet, female,
non-smoker, no pets (no pet-sitting) seeking long-term
housesitting position ASAP. Ideally near a large city. US or
Abroad. Currently living in Santa Barbara CA. Please call Linda

Mid Fifty empty nesters looking for a property caretaking
position with salary. Her - Housekeeping-Organizational
skills extraordinaire. Him - recently retired journeyman
electrician- private pilot- home wine maker. We are an
exceptionally dependable and hardworking couple. Long-term or
short-term assignments welcome. Please email us at

Semi-retired, mature single man seeking full time
caretaker position. Prefer a live-in position with salary
(negotiable). Experienced in groundskeeping, pool technician, can
do small repairs, painting, gardening, etc. Responsible, honest,
caring mature single man. Semi-retired, non smoker, no drugs or
alcohol abuse. East Coast preferred, but other options
considered. References available. Please call

Hardworking, dependable, conservation-minded couple
seeking live-in position on nature preserve, farm or estate in
the Peterborough/Monadnock, NH area. Can offer excellent
landscaping, forestry, trail building, woodworking, gardening,
office/computer skills, and event planning. Will also consider
eldercare, housekeeping, cooking. We are a happily married,
honest and caring couple who can provide outstanding personal and
professional references. Non-smokers, no children or pets. Send
inquiries to Caretaker, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or email

Gentle, experienced horse trainer looking for work
exchange for rent on small farm/ranch.  Prefer rural area in
Pacific NW.  Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Dependable Housesitter Available - Asheville NC area.
Would love to take exceptional care of your home - I've owned my
own home for over 25 years ... I know about taking meticulous
care of a property. Excellent references. I'm working on writing
projects while on break from university
teaching/counseling/supervising - quiet, responsible, affable.
Available anytime after 8/1/2009. Please contact me with any
questions or concerns:

Texas San Antonio area – Mature professional married
couple seeking long-term (one year+) housesitting available
September 1, 2009. Exceptional caretaking qualities and resume.
Non-smokers. Please email Randy and Denise at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Single professional without pets or children desires to
caretake/manage short or long term, city, country or farm. My
personal experience includes real estate sales and management,
home repair, remodeling, landscaping, farming/ CSA, cooking and
entertaining among others. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or
email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (please include these words in the
subject line: "Single Professional’s Ad") for

Quiet Yoga Therapist on writing sabbatical with sweet
10-year-old son seeks home to caretake January through March in
warm safe beach locale. Great with cats and plants. Non-smoker,
ultra clean, peaceful and responsive. References and resume upon
request. Please contact: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or call

Maui resident caretaker position wanted! Retiring general
contractor with vacation rental experience seeks permanent
resident caretaker, manager and maintenance position at your
beach estate or home in south Maui (may consider west side).
Licensed contractor for over 35 years and owner of five unit
vacation rentals for 12 years. Experienced in all facets of
rental management, bookings, maintenance, yard upkeep, etc. Fit,
very responsible and honest single, 62 year young male.
Non-smoker, non-drinker and no drugs. Salary commensurate with
responsibilities. Please contact Ron at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or

"Best of the Best" -  Single mature woman
seeking a progressive, grounded, family or individual who would
love to hire a dependable, honest, energetic, non-smoking,
non-drinking, no pets or children versatile woman. I have
extensive experience as: executive housekeeper, personal
assistant, property management, caregiving with (CNA), "have
bags will travel". I love nature, gardening, reading,
hiking, good music, cooking, cleaning and always willing to learn
new experiences. Excellent references available. You would not be
disappointed in hiring me. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or

Mature, dependable, honest, 48-year-old single male, with
over 25 years management, construction, home inspection
background. Seeking long term, live in
caretaker/farm/resort/estate position with compensation. I offer
you the peace of mind and security you deserve. Thank you for
your time. Please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or call

Married couple in forties would like to caretake property
in Santa Cruz, CA, and will consider any property in CA or OR. I
now work at a Garden Center and can contribute plants and work in
exchange.  I have six+ years at the Garden Center and five years
of landscaping and farming experience. My spouse has handyman and
tree trimming experience. Seeking to live rent-free. I have two
young cats. Please email to discuss your offer at

Seeking House Sitting/Caretaking Situation, up to 12
months, in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill or Asheville NC areas.
Reliable, healthy, nonsmoking, creative couple (54 and 38), no
children. Available after 9/6. Seeking location in town or rural
w/access to urban areas, high-speed internet access, and
workspace. 30 years home owning experience, with general handyman
skills and organic gardening experience. Willing to negotiate
duties in exchange for some combination of salary and rent-free
living. Excellent references available. Amenable to a criminal
background check. Contact Ken or Rochelle at

Mature, female 46-year-old former Department of Justice
attorney--that means I've had my background checked several
times. I am a certified Master Gardener and have a certificate in
horticulture from the USDA Graduate School. I have designed and
maintained several gardens over the years from small patches to
several acres. I can provide photos on request. I am also handy
with uncomplicated household maintenance as I have owned several
historic homes over the years. I am available for caretaking
opportunities across the US as well as abroad in English-speaking
locales. I can also work assignments with my retired spouse if a
couple is preferred. I don't do drugs, alcohol or loud parties. I
can be contacted at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Las Vegas Active mature professional couple seeks
temporary living accommodations in Las Vegas. Minimum one month
beginning approximately August 15th. Willing to house/pet sit.
Experienced former dog and cat owners. Clean, quiet, dependable,
nonsmokers. Please contact us at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Time for a new adventure - Country gal, 50's, seeks
caretaker/caregiver position.  Responsible, non-smoker,
non-drinker, no kids, healthy, quiet, resourceful, flexible,
attractive, a reader, farm raised, animal lover, values
integrity, embraces a simple lifestyle, seamstress, noxious weed
expert, excellent driving record, passed criminal background
check. Excellent references. Prefer rural WA. OR., ID. Please
email for details and include your phone number. Thanks, Susan.

Retired couple, healthy, active, and non-smokers. We
enjoyed 13 years of employment at a Dude Ranch and have also have
been caretakers. We are currently available for full or part time
positions. Salary negotiable. We are versatile, can do many
things, including, carpentry, handyman, cooking, and office work.
We will need a place to park our motor home. We are reliable and
have references. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or call

Responsible writer/artisan seeks basic live/work space in
exchange for clean-up, caretaking, organic gardening,
landscaping. Flexible, but Internet access required. Prefer
eastern Washington, north Idaho, and western Montana. Please

Mature responsible married couple seeking a long term
position on an estate, ranch, lodge, vacation property, etc.
Salary desired, would prefer housing but have our own RV.
Husband, 53 has spent 20 years in public safety/law enforcement
plus 10 years as a large property caretaker. Wife, 48, hard
working and very organized. Caretaker experience includes
property security, wildlife maintenance, groundskeeping,
equipment operator, and other miscellaneous tasks. We are a very
responsible, quiet, discreet, and honest couple. We have no
children and we love animals. Excellent references available. You
will not be disappointed with us. If interested we would love to
hear from you. Please email responses to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Dependable single man seeking caretaker position with four
continuous years of experience in challenging remote
environments. Available after September 15, 2009. Skills include
general handyman repairs, basic carpentry, painting, cleaning,
snow removal, firewood splitting, guest services, property
maintenance, oversight of contractors and pet-animal care.
Reliability, solid work ethic, integrity, and excellent
references. I require private living accommodations and monthly
salary. Please contact Dennis at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or

Professional single male available to care for your
property, home and pets. I am interested in the NYC Metro for
6-month minimum assignments. Excellent references available.

Laid off. At 59, I think this is great. Real Estate and
property manager with desire to garden and work outside. Looking
at New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California for this winter.
College town a plus. Trails for hiking and I'll be in heaven.
House sitting experience with references. Please email

Handyman seeks a well-paid caretaker position. Reliable,
efficient, and loyal. I use checklists so you don't. Ex-military
officer and teacher. Friendly. I speak Spanish and Japanese. Also
seeking temporary house-sitting in the Miami area for me and my
Mom for two to four weeks. Thanks! Please email

Service Heart, Servant Budget. Energetic, couple, eager to
serve seeks private household position, with employer sponsored
education. Accepted to HM institute but unwilling to risk cost of
schooling in this economy. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or

Four Wheel Access. Couple (retired) but in excellent
health available to work in woods/semi-remote mountain area?
Out-of-doors--in exchange for small stipend, use of cabin. We
have our own household things. Husband has some knowledge of
carpentry (has own tools), both animals and grounds keeping.
Available September, 2009.  References available. Please contact

Dynamic Estate Management couple seeking world-wide
opportunity! Experience in managing 10 staff members,
contractors, formal gardens, security, and pets. Pastry chef,
antique care, driving, organizational, and HR experience! Please

Self-employed home improvement specialist for 30 years,
Tom XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, is seeking permanent resident
caretaker/ manager/ maintenance position at your beach estate.

Hello, thirty-four year old female, seeking housesitting,
caretaking position. Full time employee, dependable, no children,
non smoker, reliable transportation. Prefer Austin, TX and
surrounding areas.  Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

Professional caretaking team seeks position in Oregon or
other opportunities in Pacific Northwest. Full details,
references and photos are located at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Housesit your home in southern, coastal California for
free! Single, mature lady with 4 dogs, 1 cat, seeking cooler
climate for all of us June through October in Orange, Los Angeles
or San Diego Counties. Have own home and income; I just need to
beat the heat where I live. Reliable and clean,
non-smoker/drinker. Watch your home/plants. If too late for this
year, start investigating me for next year. Please email me at

Looking for a long term caretaker position in Washington
State. Prefer a rural area. Can look after your property;
lawn care, general fix-it, some carpentry, gardening,
landscaping, fencing, etc. Need small livable house or cabin. No
salary required, just some place to live on a long term basis.
However, I do go south from November to April, so can possibly
work out a reasonable rental agreement while I'm not there.
Reliable, neat, clean, responsible, non-smoker, honest. Mid-60's.
Please call Roger at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Thank you.

Santa Fe: Need to downsize and don't have time? Home
organizer can house/pet sit and take over all the organizing
headache for you.  Have also had success in grant writing and am
willing to barter services for housing. Excellent references.

Mature, financially independent, and responsible female
looking for a housesitting/caretaker position in the Southern New
Jersey Shore area. I attend grad school and have two well behaved
cats. If interested, please contact Kristin at

I am looking for a job on a real working ranch or farm
somewhere in the U.S. I want to work outdoors, not as a cook,
office, or house keeper. I am a mature, honest, hardworking
woman, in excellent health ... no children, pets, smoking, drugs
or alcohol. I am a retired teacher of 23 years and I'm most
interested in the outdoor daily work on the ranch or farm. I am a
horseback rider. A salary, food and shelter would be necessary. I
have my own transportation, health and car insurance.  Please
know that I am serious about this type of job because I have sat
in a building behind a desk for long enough and want very much to
be outdoors doing physical labor. Excellent references available.
Please contact me if you can use me to help you at

Fun Loving, Energetic, Easygoing, family seeking to
exchange their time for a beautiful place to live. We are a new
family of three. We are in our 30’s and our beautiful
daughter was born in September 2008. Our combined skills include:
Certified teacher (her), childcare, tutoring, cooking, cleaning,
project manager (him), handy-person, painting, plumbing, basic
electrical, carpentry, and overall simple renovations. We both
also have a strong desire to work with organic farming/gardening
and/or natural building and would love an opportunity to learn
hands on. Community and meaningful relationships are very
important to us; therefore we would like to live in a place where
these qualities are shared by those around us. We would prefer to
be located in the Southeastern part of the U.S. but, willing to
go anywhere for the right opportunity. For more information
please visit XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or contact Dana or Chris at

Responsible College Student attending Cal in January 2010,
willing to caretake in the surrounding area in exchange for
housing. Animal lover. Non-smoker. Please email

Offering Peace of Mind! Teacher from Oregon desires more
housesitting in wonderful Australia and New Zealand. I am house
sitting one month in NSW to end of January. I am a female, 52
years young, active, healthy, animal lover intelligent,
personable and neat.  Only well kept homes will be a good match
for me. I own my own home and take pride in ownership. I can
offer you excellence in all aspect of house sitting including pet
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and meeting people. Excellent references that will impress you!

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Mature, responsible, organized, independent woman seeking
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Artist Quiet Mature Lady with excellent references,
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Hardworking, friendly, teacher looking for room in
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the Garden City, NY area September - June. Please email

Professional couple seek opportunity to manage household
or private estate. Would also entertain high-end vacation resort
or B&B management position. Possess strong work ethics and
communication skills along with service-oriented attitude.
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experience managing all aspects of property management. We are
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Domestic couple available with private estate experience
in New York and Florida. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Snowbirds seeking one to two month position during January
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handyperson skills. Willing to consider any warm location. Please

Professional estate or ranch caretaker couple looking for
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all areas of management. Owners’ privacy and desires are
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Attractive, healthy couple, caretakers and caregivers.
Outdoorsy, non-smokers, educated, traveled, personable,
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Seeking live-in situation in mild to warm climate. 35-plus years
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Pet/animal care. Driving, errands. He; handyman, electric, paint,
light carpentry, equipment operation, mechanical minded. She;
healthy meal planning and preparation. Excellent baker,
experienced caregiver. Spanish spoken. References available.
Would consider single situation. Please email

Professional counselor with Boston-based practice seeking
a homeowner who would appreciate someone responsible staying at
their home one or two nights a week to look after the property.
Private bedroom and bath, kitchen access, ability to store
clothes on premises required. Will water plants, feed fish (no
tank cleaning or complex maintenance), and clean up after myself.
You receive the reassurance that your property is safe and secure
while you're away. Must be within 15 minutes of Beacon Hill area,
parking required. Contact Jill at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or
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Semi-retired Cape Cod couple would love to spend October
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care for your pets and your home. Extensive experience; excellent
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Michigan. Caretaker, Manager, Outfitter at camp/lodge,
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extensive set of skills such as, managing and caretaking 1,000
plus acre ranches, wrangling and guiding in NW Colorado, camp
counselor, co-. dean, and nurse. We are looking for a unique
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Mature, responsible single 58-year-old male, non-smoker,
non-drinker, and an extremely dependable person. As a former law
enforcement officer with over 28 years of law enforcement and
security experience, I know and appreciate the value of loyalty
and trustworthiness. My strongest attributes are that I am highly
motivated, self-starter, reliable, loyal, and I take great pride
in all my endeavors. I have a positive and up-beat attitude. I
desire the opportunity to work in either a full or part-time
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alone or in a team setting. Owning several homes of my own, I'm
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Recent empty-nester seeks caretaker/caregiver position in
exchange for room and board. Skills include gardening, 30 years
of massage and yoga. Love all animals. East or west coast. Autumn

Santa Fe, NM established artist writer with MS looking for
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time to devote to my interior life.  I have many excellent
references gleaned from 20+ years of life in my beloved NM.  I am
a very private and capable woman looking for a safe place to
adjust to a new way of life. Please contact Cathy at

Hawaii-Bound Youthful Energetic Couple with degrees in
Hospitality Management and Natural Resources seeking long-term
paid caretaking position on Oahu starting Autumn 2009.
Eco-conscious. Versatile. Animal lovers. Fit non-smokers. Open to
myriad opportunities:
Cheerful. Honest. Hard-working guy and gal with ambitions of grad
school. We won't disappoint!! Contact Dustin and Heather at

South Florida live-in caretaker position wanted. Over 20
years property management experience, Florida State Certified
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Canadian couple looking for new caretaking opportunity.
Michael, 51, plumber, carpenter, electrician, pool and all types
of maintenance. Sue, 45, small hotel and camp management
experience. We are fit, love hot climates, animals and adventure.
Speak English/Spanish. Available every November to March or any
part of that. Please write to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Or email

Looking for a progressive "out of the box"
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maintained ranch is for sale; empty and ready to go; in need of
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Situation Sought in the Portland Maine area for Fall 2009.
Healthy, conscientious, hard working, capable, responsible,
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Hampshire with stable jobs and have excellent references. Please
contact Erda at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX or email

Groundskeeper on Private Estate for 13 years looking to
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