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THIS IS OUR 221st ISSUE!        (206) 462-1818       


Published since 1983          Volume 37, Number 5       

September/October 2019        ISSN 1074-3642  
Caretaker Job Listings
This issue contains 100+ caretaking opportunities in 28 states
and 12 countries
Caretaker Profile
Where Monkeys Roar From Mountaintops a Profile of Chris
Letters to the Editor
Property owners and caretakers and write about their experiences
with the Gazette


HOUSESITTER/GARDENER needed in Helena, a suburb of Birmingham,
from September 15 to December 31, 2019. In addition to our three
bedroom/two bathroom home, we have beautiful gardens, so we are
looking for a housesitter to maintain both our house and gardens
while we are away. The climate of Helena is typical of the Deep
South. Our private house, including utilities, is offered to stay
in for free in exchange for about two hours a day of taking care
of our gardening needs. Our preference is for a single,
non-smoking person, who is financially secure since we are not
offering any compensation for this position. We received many
housesitter responses from our last ad in The Caretaker Gazette
but not from housesitters who are able to do our gardening work.
We would appreciate hearing from housesitters who would also
enjoy some of our landscaping work out in our beautiful garden
area. Must be a non-smoker/drinker, with no pets, or children.
Please email your interest and reasons for wanting to take this
housesitting assignment, let us know your gardening background,
and include your references to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Thank you.


CARETAKER WANTED for a remote lodge in southeastern Alaska. The
lodge is located 50 miles north of Ketchikan in the heart of the
Tongass National Forest. We are currently looking for a couple
who is willing to re-locate and live a remote lifestyle. Ideally,
the dynamic of the couple would consist of them having a strong
background in household maintenance, construction, equipment
maintenance, expertise in all clerical and house duties, and
outdoor living. The position start date is anywhere from the last
week of September to the first week of October to get acclimated
to the lodge with the caretaking transitioning into the winter
months where the routine check-ups of the lodge and necessary
maintenance would be imperative to this position. Please send
your resume and information to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and please
reference The Caretaker Gazette.


AN ANIMAL SANCTUARY in the mountains of Southern Arizona, near
Sierra Vista, is seeking a live-onsite caretaker experienced in
all aspects of caretaking horses and other animals. The minimum
requirements include the ability to do heavy lifting, work on
your feet in all weather, recognize colic, and administer
medications. No smoking/drugs/alcohol use allowed. Other jobs
onsite include cleaning for the B & B, ranch maintenance,
weed-wacking, and tractor work, depending on your abilities.
Housing, utilities and pay will be dependent upon experience.
Please forward your bio and resume to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, a historic ghost town in remote southwest
Arizona, is seeking a full-time caretaker to oversee the 360-acre
property (to learn more, please visit XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX).
Primitive housing available, but with solar power and rain water
collection. Open to the public four days a week for touring,
camping and fishing. Applicants must have the ability to interact
with the public and be conscious of environmental conservation.
Would consider half-year appointments and/or RV travelers. For
details, please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

SEEKING SOMEONE EXPERIENCED in horse care to feed our horses and
other animals, maintain water tanks, manure removal, property
maintenance, etc. We are located in the mountains in Southern AZ,
which is cooler than Tucson. Manual labor and heavy lifting
necessary. Must be able to follow directions, and communicate
with the owner. We can provide fully furnished housing or you can
bring an RV and we provide utilities, but living onsite is
necessary. Salary will be based upon your experience and skills.
The work is part-time, but may be more depending upon your
abilities. Please no smoking, heavy alcohol use or drugs. We are
a peaceful place, with no drama, no chaos, and prefer to keep it
that way. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

A SMALL HORSE/ANIMAL sanctuary in Sonoita is seeking an
experienced live on-site horse caretaker and ranch manager for
full-time work. We are seeking a caring person who is
responsible, reliable, and physically capable of manual labor and
heavy lifting, able to listen, follow directions, be mindful, and
communicate. Prefer someone with recent experience in horse
health care who is able to do first aid and recognize signs of
illness. Must be a non-smoker, no drugs and no heavy alcohol use.
Housing and utilities plus compensation provided. Please forward
your resume of relevant experience plus three work references to

Good morning, Gary. It looks like we have found a caretaker
couple for our rural Texas farm caretaking position. I took your
advice and signed up for a Gazette subscription and found some
very interesting and experienced people in your Situations Wanted
section. I contacted several couples and found one who is
familiar with this region! We have already met on the property
and they have been out several times to get the caretaker cottage
set up the way they like. We just talked again and they will move
out to our ranch permanently in September. I'll let you know
further how it all works out. Thank you for your suggestions and
the Gazette. Scott C., Dallas, TX

Thanks for your message, Scott. I'm happy you were able to
find such a great caretaker couple via our Situation Wanted ads.
Please keep in touch and let us know how things work out for all
of you.

Hi Gary, I've enjoyed seeing the Beautiful photos of new Gazette
ads on your Twitter account. After following you for a couple of
years, I think I'd like to apply for some of the more recent ones
so can you tell me the best way to do this? Thank you! Elizabeth
M., Brooklyn, NY

Hi Elizabeth, thank you for your message. You will see on our
Twitter and Instagram accounts that additional details (including
contact information) was first sent out to all of our subscribers
as part of one of our email broadcasts. If you would like to
apply for some of these positions, you need to be a Caretaker
Gazette subscriber. In addition to receiving the bi-monthly issue
of the Gazette, you will receive email updates, featuring these
new ads, several times per week. You can decide which type of
subscription will work best for you by going to www.caretaker.org
and clicking on the Subscribe tab. Thanks.

Gary, you won't believe it, but it happened again. This time it
was one of your male subscribers with whom we were writing
frequently over the past year. Everything was cleared and agreed
to, and six days before the agreed upon arriving date he realized
that he did not have enough money for the trip down to Belize,
which he planned to do with his truck. So, please could you again
publish a little emergency ad for us and use the same Visa Card
to pay for our ad. Thanks, Stephan C., Hopkins, Belize
Hi Stephan, I'm very sorry to read about one of our
subscribers standing you up like that, so close to your agreed
upon start date. We have emailed out your emergency ad and also
have it on Page 4 of this new issue. I hope you get a great
caretaker applicant from our subscriber base, like you've had in
the past.

Just want to congratulate you on a First Rate service! After
receiving our first issue, we submitted our resume to one of your
advertisers. We were very pleased to hear back from our potential
employer within 24 hours with a caretaker job offer. And with a
nice package, including a generous salary and benefits plus a
lovely home! We highly recommend The Caretaker Gazette to anyone
looking to fill/find the perfect position/employee! Thanks again
Gary! Best regards, Judy B., Sacramento, CA
Judy, that was quick and easy. You must have an impressive
resume! Most folks need to respond to a number of our advertisers
before they receive offers like yours. Let us know how it works
Hi Gary, you can remove my Help Wanted ad as I have already found
a great caretaker couple from our first ad in your Gazette. I had
many responses and so many qualified caretakers to choose from!
The caretaker couple who came to us from your Gazette have
already been out here to visit and things went well from both
directions! Thanks for everything! Your publication is the best.
Dee R., Boulder, CO 
Dee, glad to hear you received a great response and found the
right caretakers via your Help Wanted ad! Please spread the good
word about the Gazette, so other property owners can have the
same success you've had by advertising their property needs in
the Gazette.

The Caretaker Gazette
This publication is a private newsletter researched and written
for landowners, caretakers, and interested readers. It is the
only up-to-date publication for property caretaking opportunities
in the world. All information is derived from sources believed to
be correct and reliable, but for which we assume no
responsibility. The Caretaker Gazette does not screen caretakers
or landowners, and only provides a medium of information
exchange. We assume no liability for arrangements made between
parties. No part of this publication may be copied, reproduced,
or distributed in any form or retrieval system without our
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 WANTED for a farm at Tullamore (wheat-growing country).
We live outside this small town in Parkes Shire in the Central
West of New South Wales. There is a railway station on the Bogan
Gate-Tottenham Branch line. This caretaker position would be
suitable for a single person or pensioner couple. To apply,

opportunity for an experienced On-site Property Manager for a
stunning residential building. This is a small, stunning building
that is located centrally in Brisbane, with approximately 95
residential apartments, 80 which are in the rental pool, with
stunning common areas including the pool, BBQ and entertainment
space. Working alongside a highly competent and professional team
with a live-in caretaker, this opportunity far exceeds
expectations! There is the option for a 30 hour week rather than
full-time for the right candidate, however full-time is
definitely fine. Console experience desirable, as well as the
ability to work autonomously. A highly attractive pay package is
on offer with the ability to earn profit shares on top of your
salary. The desired candidate will have a minimum of four years
property management experience, with on-site experience highly
desirable, and we prefer a valid Queensland Real Estate
registration certificate. Must have a friendly and engaging
personality when dealing with lot owners and committee members,
tenants, Body Corporate representatives and tradespeople.
Strongly team orientated - high level of communication both
written and verbal to ensure the operation runs smoothly. Working
as part of this amazing team will have you feeling motivated,
engaged and excited about your work. The start date is as soon as
possible, however there is a willingness to wait for the right
candidate. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX to apply. You must
have the correct working rights to work in Australia and only
shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your

CARETAKERS WANTED. Looking for an active couple for a property at
Quilpie. Must be able to work independently, check cattle, water
and fences, and maintain established gardens. A comfortable
furnished three bedroom homestead will be available for the
caretakers. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

ASSISTANCE NEEDED in exchange for accommodation and living
expenses. Our home is in a beautiful location at Darwin's
waterfront precinct, right in Darwin City (Northern Territory).
We are currently looking for a caretaker (or couple) to live
on-site to assist with some help around our property (4.5 hours
per day - five days a week) and small maintenance items and
walking of our dogs (in the afternoon). This would ideally suit a
retired person (or duo) that likes animals, and doesn't mind
daily physical exercise, and enjoys the build-up of Darwin's wet
season. We are delighted to offer in exchange a beautiful,
luxury, self-contained one bedroom apartment at the Waterfront
plus extras. The apartment has a queen bed, 2nd room (with a
small bed and desk), amazing water views, is fully
air-conditioned, with TV and streaming TV (FETCH/Netflix)
including electricity and water, and a vehicle will be supplied.
A small on-site living allowance will be provided. General duties
will include a lot of physical exercise of moving, lifting and
tidying our holiday apartments between 10am to 2pm on a seven day
roster (weekend assistance required), some small maintenance
trouble shooting and assistance where possible, walking the
owners dogs (plus cuddles) seven days a week. The time frames
will be in three month stints, broken into two parts (as the
owners will be away for the first part). The first stint will be
from August 19 to September 24, 2019. The second stint will be
from September 24 - mid November 2019. Unfortunately this will
not suit anyone bringing their own pet to stay. We have three
small dogs that like their own territory. The successful
applicant must have a friendly and outgoing personality and have
good communication skills and are highly organized, and happy to
work in a team at all times. The position requires school
holiday, weekend and some public holiday tasks. The successful
applicant will also be required to have a full Australian
driver's license. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX to apply.

CARETAKER NEEDED for a cattle property located 70 km from
Goondiwindi, Queensland. This would suit a retired stockman or
couple. Local references and experience with cattle required.

FULL-TIME CARETAKING COUPLE needed in Blackall, a small town in
the Blackall-Tambo Region in Central West Queensland. A position
exists for a couple to relocate to Blackall for a caretaking role
for our client. Located on a cattle property, the successful
couple will be responsible for duties such as the maintenance
around buildings, checking waters, vehicle maintenance, cleaning
and cooking. Ideally, the successful applicants will present with
excellent references and be willing to live and work in a remote
location. A three bedroom house, plus meat, groceries, and
electricity provided. Must have agricultural experience and a
current drivers license. Please note that this is a permanent
position and not available to Working Holiday Visa Holders. To
apply, please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Caretaking Couple.

CARETAKER HELP WANTED on our cattle station for about six weeks
approximately, starting at the end of August. We are a family
friendly cattle station looking for a friendly couple to help us
out to finish our muster. Ideally a couple with a van to park up
and look after the homestead and kitchen area would be great.
Station cooking, feeding the animals, caring for the garden and
vegetables, basic maintenance around the place and possibly some
water runs. We are in the East Pilbara in the north of Western
Australia, between Port Hedland and Broome, one hour from Marble
Bar and Pardoo. Local Australian applicants should email

AN ACTIVE PENSIONER CARETAKER wanted to assist in a country
garden in Narrabri, North West Slopes, New South Wales, by the
Namoi River. A small wage in addition to a cottage, gas and
electricity will be provided. For more information, please call

CARETAKER/HANDYMAN needed starting in August 2019. Seeking a
reliable, hands-on caretaker on a rural property near Canberra.
Ideally this would suit a semi-retired person looking for some
part-time work (about 20 hours per week), who would live on-site
in a renovated three bedroom cottage. Applicants must have
general maintenance/handyman skills and experience (trade
qualifications a bonus), gardening skills and experience, a
positive attitude and friendly nature, and experience with family
dogs and be prepared to care for them when the owners are away.
Interested candidates should contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

CARETAKER REQUIRED for a farm property in the Dalby, Queensland
Area. Accommodation provided or the caretaker can use their own
van. For more details, please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

WORKING COUPLE NEEDED for cooking, cleaning, and caretaking in
Western Victoria. Our client is seeking a mature working couple
to take care of their on farm accommodation complex in a
Housekeeper/Cook/Cleaner capacity on their mixed cropping
operation in Western Victoria. The work will be fairly consistent
for nine months of the year but allows for flexible hours. The
accommodation will be quieter during the winter months. Duties
may include responsibility for managing the accommodation
quarters for casual and contract staff and shearing gangs,
planning, preparing, and cooking meals for the residents (with
assistance during particular busy periods or events), organizing
and carrying out laundry and cleaning services, monitoring stock
of toiletries, laundry, bedding, food and cleaning products etc.,
carrying out general maintenance where possible, and
ordering/purchasing of any required supplies. A salary as well as
extra day rates per resident are on offer for the right
applicants, commensurate with experience and qualifications. A
house on the farm will be provided with the job, or caravan
parking for travelling nomads nearby is also an option. If you
think this position is suitable with your background, please

CARETAKER POSITION available on a cattle property in Theodore.
Theodore is a small town in the Shire of Banana, Queensland. This
is a permanent, live-in caretaker position, plus a small wage.
This would be suitable for a retired person or pensioner. Rural
experience required. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


Caribbean Island off of Belize - Virginia Caye Island. We need a
young to middle-aged, physically and mentally fit individual or
couple from the middle of September 2019 on, who feels confident
living alone with a free pig on a very remote island in very
simple environment. Frugal dealing with resources is required, as
drinking and using water comes from the rain water harvest during
the wet season. Your job would be: being present on the island
24/7 and looking after and feeding Piggy, a free living, dominant
and not castrated male pig, maintaining and controlling the water
and solar system, cleaning the beaches and trails, watering the
plants and other small maintenance jobs. In your spare time you
could watch the sky, sunsets, dolphins and rays, explore the
island, go snorkeling or fishing around the island, find
meditation or yoga spots or just seize the day. Accommodation is
a little wooden beach hut with comfortable queen sized bed,
kitchen corner with two burner gas stove and basic equipment. We
have perfect conditions for snorkeling and fishing in shallow
waters around the island. There is cell phone reception on the
island, but there is no boat on the island. All the supplies that
you will need, you have to bring when you come in a hired
motorboat from the mainland. There is no delivery service!
Depending on the weather - there can be numerous sandflies. A
solar shower is outside, along with a compost toilet. To learn
more and see our video and photos, please visit

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


WELCOME TO THE BEAUTIFUL BEACHES of Southern California. We are
seeking an individual with finish carpentry skills, as well as
light plumbing, electrical, painting, and general maintenance.
The position is for a minimum of 90 days, but if all parties are
content, it could be extended to a longer period of time. The
position is open now. The property is located in the heart of
Huntington Beach. It is a short block from the beach, and a block
from the popular downtown area, where you will find lovely
restaurants, shopping, and a magnificent pier to view one of the
best surfing spots in the world. There are miles of beautiful
sunny sandy beaches to enjoy in your spare time, just outside
your door. A surfer's dream. You are also near Disneyland,
Hollywood, San Diego (two hours away), and Long Beach. If hired,
one can expect a round trip ticket from your nearest airport to
LAX or SNA. We will provide a high end furnished room and bath,
with the use of a gourmet kitchen. There will also be a
negotiated stipend. No drug use, non-smoker, and responsible
alcohol use! The applicant must have his or her own health and
auto insurance coverage. This is a Work for Hire position and
does not imply employment. We are seeking a self-motivated,
organized, in shape and strong, and very tidy and clean
individual, who will work 30+ hours a week to upkeep and upgrade
our properties. You must be experienced and proficient in these
areas. There are areas that will always need regular sanding,
painting, caulking and pressure washing. You will need to have a
decent understanding of plumbing and electrical, be able to
repair drywall and small tile projects. We undertake many small
and large projects that need to be accomplished in between the
general maintenance responsibilities. We have and will provide
all the tools that would be needed. If you find yourself
interested, there is one last requirement. Our approach is
quality. If you do not intend to approach the work with complete
commitment, please don't bother. We like to do our jobs well and
reflect on a job well done. If you would like to live by the
beach and all the activities that it offers, this is a great
opportunity. Huntington Beach is a fun and vibrant city. Please
send your resumes and references to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and
include Huntington Beach Caretakers in the subject line of your
email. All applicants will be subject to background checks. You
are welcome to contact me, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for quick
questions. I use FaceTime, or Skype for my interviewing process,
so you will need to have access to one of these. Thanks.

CARETAKER NEEDED to help on an avocado farm on the central coast
of California (Cayucos). It's in a beautiful and peaceful
setting. Weed-wacking and some occasional maintenance and chores
required. Care for animals (dogs, cats, horse, hens) and
irrigation when the owners are gone. Separate quarters provided,
rent free and utilities paid. Prefer a single person, as quarters
are not large. To apply, please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

CARETAKER(S) with building experience, diverse handyman skills or
foreman capabilities wanted in southern California. Must be
organized self-starter(s) and able to live on-site. Any
landscaping, gardening, permaculture, organic food growth,
computer, office, animal care and domestic skills also useful.
Please send a letter describing your training/experience, resume
and references, and include your phone numbers. Please email

HOUSESITTER NEEDED. My long-term housesitter has decided to get
married and leave here on short notice. I need a housesitter and
dog-lover for my small home in Santa Cruz. I have a single-family
1930s home with two bedrooms and one full bathroom, and plenty of
space for a garden, on a quiet street, and only 11 blocks to
Sunny Cove Beach. Need someone to sit our house and our two dogs.
They are in and out kind of dogs, and spoiled rotten too. Need
plants watered too. For more details, please email

Woodside, CA. We are looking for a special hard-working person
capable of working on a Woodside farm with horses and animals.
Accommodation provided. Must be reliable, have a good work ethic,
and be honest. Pay will be commensurate with your skills. This
position requires a driver's license, that you be a non-smoker,
with good references. For more information, please email

acre horse ranch in San Juan Bautista, CA. Care for the hundreds
of wild and rescued horses is the main priority along with upkeep
of homes, land, outbuildings and equipment. Other ranch
management duties include road maintenance, irrigation/well
maintenance, weed and fire control, fence maintenance and
wildlife management. We grow our own hay so management and
participation in this process also required. This is an on
premise position that has irregular hours and requires the
ability to self-motivate, work independently, supervise other
employees and work with outside contractors and subs that come on
the property. Looking for a couple who can build and maintain a
positive team environment and who will operate with the best
interest for the equines welfare. This position is physically
demanding and involves working with heavy tools and large
equipment as well as the ability to lift and load bales of hay.
Operation of the following equipment mandatory: John Deere
tractor, bob cat and excavator. Other large equipment operation
such as backhoe loader and motor grader a plus. At least one
applicant should have knowledge and experience of basic
veterinary care to medicate, wrap and treat injured/sick horses.
Prior experience with training and handling wild horses a plus.
Domestic work includes housekeeping and maintenance of
residences, barns, shops and landscape. Will not consider anyone
without a resume and references. Competitive salary of $50,000 -
$75,000 available, dependent on your experience. A newly built
three bedroom house on the property, including all utilities and
usage of the ranch truck will be provided. Previous ranch
management experience required. Must have valid drivers licenses,
clean driving record, no criminal record or outstanding warrants,
be non-smokers and drug free. Must be able to pass a background
check. To apply, please forward your resume to


SHORT-TERM CAT/HOUSESITTING opportunity available. We need
someone to stay and farm/house sit for about ten days beginning
around the first week of October, 2019. We live in Gillam, a
small town on the Nelson River in northern Manitoba. We are near
the Hudson Bay Railway line. You can stay here for free, sightsee
in the area, but be here enough hours in the day to keep our cats
company (there are two of them). Please email

FARM HELP needed. We have a small diverse farm in east central
Saskatchewan very close to the Porcupine Forest. We have a little
bit of everything on our farm. We have honey bees. We also have
sheep, cows, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, guinea hens and pea
fowl. Our busiest time is now to mid-September because it's honey
season. We also live close to a lake so we go kayaking and
fishing in the evenings. Farm helpers are welcome to borrow the
kayaks or borrow the pedal bikes to explore. We like to spend a
lot of evenings sitting around the fire or visiting friends and
neighbors. If you're interested in farm life, give
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX I look forward to hearing from you. 


CARETAKER/RANCH MANAGER needed in Durango. A retired couple seeks
dedicated qualified help on a 100 acre hobby ranch and estate
property. Occasional travel and work on ancillary agricultural
real estate interests. Candidate will be responsible for all
facets of operation and maintenance of land, cattle, irrigation
(flood and pump), fencing, structures (homes, barns) vehicles,
equipment and tools, etc. Full-time, year round, caretaker
position available for a mature, experienced, healthy, drug free
male with clean driving record. The right 'fit' would receive an
annual package depending on experience. Some flexibility of
hours/schedule allowing for personal interests and needs. On-site
caretaker house with some utilities available after a trial
period. The correct applicant would be a ranch experienced, take
charge self-starter with a strong work ethic, pride of
accomplishment, respect for the land and environment and a desire
to please. Please email your personal history (health, education,
marital status, family information, etc.), resume of work
experience, and salary history for consideration to


LIVE-IN COUPLE needed in Brecqhou, one of the Channel Islands. A
highly experienced House Manager/Butler and Housekeeper/Cook are
sought for a formal household on a private island near Guernsey.
The household is fully staffed and the couple will manage the
staff on a daily basis, organize the personnel rotations, and
manage the household accounts and order food and supplies. The
housekeeper will oversee a team of two and must be able to stand
in for the Chef, when he is away; simple plain cooking is
preferred. There is a kitchen garden which the Housekeeper will
manage along with the gardener. The Proprietors are in residence
for a total of six months in a year and so the successful couple
must be proactive and flexible and be able to manage the
day-to-day schedule. In addition candidates must have good
computer skills and silver service. Portuguese would be very
useful but not essential. A two bedroom cottage is provided.
Salary is negotiable, dependent on experience. UK residents
should apply with your resume and references to

HOUSESITTER needed for our beautiful ancient longhouse in Devon
with lots of land, a stream, and log fires. Housesitters are
needed regularly through the year since we like to travel. Need
someone to look after the house and two small well-behaved dogs
usually for periods of two to three weeks. Nothing arduous, just
being around and feeding the two pooches. Lots to see nearby,
just six miles from Exeter, and 20 minutes from the coast. We've
had lots of USA, Australian and NZ housesitters in the past -
always good. Housesitters will need their own transport or we
have bikes - the nearest town is 2 miles away. Your accommodation
is a huge beamed bedroom with en-suite. Plenty of logs for the
fires in winter. We have all the modern conveniences. If you are
interested, please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


A LIVE-IN DOMESTIC COUPLE needed in Paris. Our clients, who owns
a substantial historical residence in Paris, are looking to
employ a live-in Domestic Couple - Private Chef/Butler (a
separate apartment within walking distance of the main residence
will be provided). The Principals are a young professional couple
who both work and have two children aged eight and four years
old. The house is fully staffed but they wish to have a positive
thinking couple who are highly experienced with impeccable skills
to fulfil this role. The duties would be: Private Chef - To
prepare breakfast (for two), a light lunch if required, and an
evening meal on occasions. The couple dine out regularly during
the week but do entertain on weekends. The number of guests
rarely go above eight, and they like beautifully presented
nouvelle cuisine. When not entertaining on weekends, the family
enjoy a roast chicken and potatoes, so the Chef must be prepared
to step up to a high level of cooking when required for more
formal dinners but also enjoy cooking simple nutritious family
food too. The Chef will also be required to assist in the laundry
of table napkins and dining cloths, and be prepared to be
hands-on in some aspect of housekeeping, flower arranging, etc.
The Butler duties will be varied. A very high standard of service
for more formal dinners is required and a good understanding and
knowledge of the finer touches when serving drinks and 'snacks'.
During the day, you will be assisting clearing the walkways
outside, washing two of the cars, and attending to little tasks
and chores that need to be done within the residence as well as
preparing the Principal's closet. Excellent service is required,
however this is a formal/informal household and one in which
staff stay long-term as they are greatly appreciated. It is
important you take pride in your work, are attentive to the finer
details and have a great attitude - they like a 'happy'
household. Work five days per week (with two days off during the
week). Hours of work will be 7am to start with a break from
2-6pm, returning at 6pm to prepare and serve dinner if the
Principals are in residence. The Principals are open to salary
expectations so please state yours when applying for this role.
To apply, please email your resume and salary expectations to


COASTAL GEORGIA opportunity. A full-time housekeeper/property
caretaker position is available. Live and work on an island. Off
the grid living. The primary responsibility will be housekeeping:
large houses require deep cleaning for seasonal openings; require
cleaning for turnovers between guests, process laundry, and track
supply inventory. Other duties may include: grounds (clearing
debris, pruning, weed eating); up keep of boats, pools (power
washing); painting, firewood gathering/splitting with hydraulic
splitter and assisting with larger projects. It's a very physical
job. Boat handling skills a plus. Works well with others: be a
Team Player. Communication and social skills, dependable,
flexible, adaptable, self-starter, problem-solver; willingness to
learn new skills. Ability and willingness to help those for whom
we work. Periods of time when busy with guest preparations and
interaction, then stretches without guests. Applicant must be
able stay on the island without going to the mainland for periods
of time. Must be willing to have a flexible work schedule as this
job is not always 9-5. Salary, and benefits such as health
insurance, retirement, vacation, bonuses, and a private house
with utilities included. Please send your cover letter and resume


ORGANIC FARMSTAY AVAILABLE near Kassel. We are a little CSA
vegetable farm and work the land with our four draft horses. We
have our three small children living with us. Two farmer
apprentices and two helpers belong to our steady team. We live in
a very nice little village with friendly people and an active
village life, in a beautiful landscape. We even have a little
swimming lake nearby. We can only take helpers who stay at least
two weeks. We share most meals together at the moment, which
means a rather close living situation. We have a nice house for
guests with big kitchen, bathroom, common room with WLAN, beamer,
etc. and enough sleeping rooms. If you are in Germany, please

HELP NEEDED. I own a shop that sells shoes, clothes and jewelry
in the gorgeous little bay of Lakka on the island of Paxos,
Greece. It is open all day from 10am to midnight. I am looking
for a person or two to help me keep it for the summer months and
maybe into September too. The schedule will be four hours per
day, 14:00 to 18:00 in the afternoon. The shop is on the top
floor and the ground floor has a sweet little apartment fully
equipped where my helpers will stay. For more information, please


ALOHA FROM THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII. Escape, and exchange your
environment for the tropics. We have a 2.25 acre estate in Kona
which is in need of an individual with finish carpentry skills,
light plumbing and electrical, painting, and general maintenance.
This commitment is for a minimum of 90 days, but we would prefer
the position to run until prior to Christmas or just after New
Years. The position is open as of August 15, 2019. If hired, one
can expect a round trip ticket from your nearest major airport to
Kona. While on the property, we will provide you with private
high-end accommodations, maid service once a week, occasional
complimentary meals, and a negotiated stipend. Lastly, we will
occasionally give you free use of a vehicle to explore the
island. We are in one of the most beautiful parts of Hawaii, and
I believe in the world. No drug use allowed, and you must be a
non-smoker with responsible alcohol use! The applicant must have
his or her own health and auto insurance coverage. This is a Work
for Hire position and does not imply employment. We are seeking a
self-motivated, organized, in shape and strong, and very tidy and
clean individual, who will work 30+ hours a week to upkeep our
estate. We are willing to train in our procedures, but you must
have experience and be proficient to do a little sanding and
painting, and pressure washing. We undertake many small and large
projects that need to be accomplished in between the general
maintenance responsibilities. A fully equipped woodshop is
on-site. You must be proficient and competent in using the
following: saws (miter, circular, jig, band, table, scroll,
plunge circular, and Sawzall), multi-tool, tenon and biscuit
joiners, routers, planers, drills and drill press, Dremel tool,
sanders and belt sanders, and finish sprayers. In addition to the
use of the above tools, you would be responsible for the
maintenance and light repairs of these tools. We have over 50
different fruit and spice trees and bushes, vegetable and herb
gardens, and a acre botanical garden with rare palms, Heliconia,
and Gingers. It is fabulous. We all work hard here, but believe
in quality over quantity. Our motto is; If you undertake a
project, do it to your fullest potential - if not don't bother.
We encourage good ideas, creativity, and a team approach. The
property has a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. It is a
spectacular place. If you feel this position might be your
calling, please give me a call to set up an interview (I can do
Skype and FaceTime) and please send me your resume and
references, as well. All applicants will be subject to background
checks. You may contact me, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for questions.
Please forward resumes and references to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and
include the terms House of Kona caretakers in the subject line of
your email. A response should be received within 48 hours. Aloha
and mahalo!

EAST MAUI: Seeking a long-term caretaker couple or single for a
large coastal wilderness property. The position entails intensive
mowing, clearing, infrastructure and building maintenance in
exchange for simple but private living accommodations, vehicle
use, internet, and a monthly stipend. Our remote acreage on the
slopes of Mt Haleakala is far from development, powerlines,
crowds and stores. It provides an ideal lifestyle for happy,
independent, energetic, stable, discrete self-starters who thrive
on hard outdoor physical activity. Opportunities for growing
natural food are endless, and herds of wild deer, pigs and goats
wander the property alongside our flock of domestic chickens.
Required experience and talents include operating and maintaining
a heavy tractor, mower, weed-whacker, chainsaw, 4WD vehicles and
independent power and water systems, gardens and fruit trees in a
rugged, wet and steep environment. Opportunity is available
immediately. Please send enquiries, resumes and verifiable

LOOKING FOR RELIABLE CARETAKERS on the Big Island of Hawaii (near
Naalehu in Kau). We have built a beautiful sanctuary in Kau and
are looking for conscious, responsible, earth-loving people who
would like to help maintain the gardens, and care for several
animals from now through October, 2019, and possibly longer. A
longer stay is a definite possibility if it is a mutually
beneficial exchange. This is a substance-free land, located
between Naalehu and Ocean View. Kipukamaluhia is a unique healing
sanctuary in the heart of Kau. People come throughout the year
for personal and group retreats and we always need help in the
gardens. Kipukamaluhia is an ideal space for those who cherish
elegant, voluntary simplicity, for whom self-inquiry, beauty,
direct communication, mindfulness and integrity are important and
for those who are nourished by and love to connect with and care
for gardens, orchards, and animals. We have a beautiful
hand-carved Timor temple for meditation, a yoga room and an
ancient forest behind the sanctuary for walking meditation and
rejuvenation. Though off the grid, we have solar-powered
electricity and high speed internet. There is no Wi-Fi here, just
an Ethernet connection. Applicants must have a car. Please call
or email, no texting please. Mahalo, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

CARETAKER NEEDED for 10 acres on the Big Island near Hilo, HI.
The work consists of weed-eating and caring for fruit trees and
gardens. It has been neglected and will take at least three or
four hours each day to be restored. Fruit trees need to be
pruned, composted, manured, and mulched regularly. We have a year
round growing season and a lot of potential. Experience would be
helpful but most important is a desire to learn and to get
started as soon as possible. Living space will be provided. You
may use any fruit or vegetables which are harvested. For more
information, please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Thanks.

exchange your environment for the tropics. We have a 2.25 acre
estate in Kona that is in need of an individual who can care for
its landscape, gardens, and general maintenance. This commitment
is for a minimum of 90 days, but a longer-term relationship could
be possible for this position if all parties are content. This
position is open at the start of October 2019. If hired, one can
expect round trip transportation from your major airport closest
to you to Kona. While on the property, we will provide you with
private high-end accommodations with air conditioning, maid
service once a week, occasional complimentary meals, and a
negotiated stipend. Lastly, we will occasionally give you free
use of a vehicle to explore the island. We are in one of the most
beautiful parts of Hawaii, and I believe in the world. The
applicant must have his or her own health and auto insurance
coverage. This is a Work for Hire position and does not imply
employment. We are seeking a self-motivated, organized, in shape,
strong, and very tidy and clean individual, who will work 30+
hours a week to upkeep our estate's land, agriculture, and
gardens. We are willing to train in our procedures, but you must
have experience and be proficient in the following areas: there
are occasions where we have to do a little sanding and painting,
pressure washing, and spraying bug insecticides. These are done
quarterly and sometimes bi-annually. You must be proficient and
competent in using a commercial mower, weed eater, blower, hedge
trimmer, chain saw, and pole saw. We use mostly Stihl equipment,
and have an echo weed eater, and a commercial mower by Honda.
This equipment will be your responsibility to maintain, and you
should be able to do light repairs on them. You will have to tend
to all fertilizing and weed maintenance. You must be competent in
installing, maintaining, and repairing irrigation. We use Toro
products. An education in horticulture is highly recommended. We
are due to prune back our trees this fall. I believe pruning is
an art, not everyone can do it. One has to understand each tree.
We have over 50 different fruit and spice trees and bushes,
vegetable and herb gardens, and a  acre botanical garden with
rare palms, Heliconia, and Gingers. It is fabulous, but it is
hard work to maintain them. If you love plants and the outdoors,
this is your dream job. The property has a panoramic view of the
Pacific Ocean. It is a spectacular place. If you feel this
position might be your calling, please give me a call to set up
an interview (I can do Skype and FaceTime). Please send me your
resume and references, as well. All applicants will be subject to
background checks. No drug use, and you need to be a non-smoker,
with responsible alcohol use! You may contact me,
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for questions. Please forward resumes and
references to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and include the terms House of
Kona, caretakers in the subject line of your email. Applicants
should receive responses from Michelle within 48 hours of your
applying for this position. Aloha and mahalo!


April 22 to May 4, 2020. This is the ninth year in a row
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX offers projects in the Botanical Gardens in
Reykjavk. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living
plants, founded in 1961. The garden's main role is to conserve
plants for education, research and delight. It conserves some
5,000 plant species in eight plant collections. The collections
give an idea of the enormous diversity of vegetation in the
northern temperate zone. The garden is open to the public and
free of charge. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX volunteers will be doing
general park maintenance and assisting the horticultural staff
attending the collection of perennials, alpines, trees and shrubs
in the garden. The garden organizes guided tours and events
throughout the summer and some groups of volunteers will assist
in the preparation and practical work related to these events.
These special events are all related to the general aim and work
of the garden and some of them are carried out with a short
notice. The work can be repetitive as general gardening tasks
tend to be and most of it is outdoors. The project starts early
every weekday, working hours are from 8:00 - 15:00, except on
Friday when work finishes at 12:00 as a part of an ongoing
research into shortening the working week. Volunteers have to be
motivated to join early in the morning, but they will have more
free time in the afternoon. No previous experience is necessary.
As it is outdoors work, volunteers shall be ready to adapt and be
flexible with the working and free-time schedule, as depending on
the weather, we may not be able to perform some of the tasks or
activities planned. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX volunteers will stay in
an equipped house, in a beautiful setting in the Botanical
Gardens of Reykjavk, which are located about four kilometers from
the center of the city. Volunteers will be sleeping in shared
rooms/dorms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your
own sleeping bag. Please note that volunteers from other projects
will also be staying in the same house. Volunteers will receive
food supplies and be in charge of the cooking and cleaning
activities. For more information, and to learn more, please visit


IDAHO BACKCOUNTRY. Looking for caretaker(s) to live in a remote,
beautiful location from April 1 through December 1 yearly. The
property is a two hour drive from Challis, Idaho. Lodging plus
$1,000/month provided. Off grid, with solar/generator
electricity. Internet available via satellite option. Light
duties, mechanical and stock skills a plus. For resumes or
questions please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


QUALITY LIFE STYLE available, located one hour outside of
Chicago. Our 80 acre farm with a small number of animals, needs
groundskeeping, livestock feeding, and family help. In exchange
you will be provided with a two bedroom apartment, utilities,
vehicle and possibly a small stipend for right family, couple, or
individual. We are not commercial, it's a relaxed environment,
with beautiful facilities. Pond, fishing, wooded trails await the
one who can help us care for a magnificent property. Horses,
donkeys and a loving family await the right person who wants to
become a part of a new family. Quality of life living the dream
is what we have to offer. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

CO-INNKEEPER NEEDED. An upscale Country Inn and Cottage Property
in upstate Illinois is seeking an enthusiastic, talented,
full-time Co-Innkeeper. The ideal candidate will be able to
effectively perform a variety of tasks, while smiling through the
long day, in an often fast-paced environment. He or She will be
responsible for bringing a positive attitude and flexibility, to
guest service, kitchen prep, housekeeping, gardening,
reservations, phone and email response, and all the innumerable
duties of innkeeping. They will work closely with the Innkeeping
Staff and Owners to provide the ultimate guest experience, and
fun and comfortable work environment, in a countryside Farm to
Table atmosphere. The position will be live-in, and will require
immense flexibility with hours, 24/7 guest response, and working
of weekends and holidays. Must haves: a team-player attitude,
passion for hospitality, excellent organizational and problem
solving skills, sense of urgency, and a calm can-do attitude. To
be included in our interview process, please email your resume to


CARETAKERS NEEDED in 2020 at a family-owned, historical house in
Tuscany. The family has owned the Villa since 1536 and they will
need caretakers between March and October 2020 at the
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX in the Tuscany countryside. The Villa is
seven kilometers from Pisa and 10 kilometers from Lucca, inside a
nature park reserve in the Tuscan countryside, on an old Roman
Road. The Villa's exterior is decorated with graffiti dating back
to 1500 and which are typical of Florentine Mannerist Art. Inside
the salons of the Villa frescoes by Andrea Boscolo (1592) and
Nicola Matraini (1750) can be admired. We are looking for a
responsible, reliable person who loves historical houses and is
willing to stay in the Villa, carry out some duties in exchange
for free lodging while on holiday in the area. The duties include
staying in the Villa every night from 8pm until 7am. Mornings and
afternoons are completely free and Monday is a full day free. We
want the caretaker to stay a minimum of two months and a maximum
of the tourist visa (three months). Accommodation will be a
single room at the top of a spiral staircase with a kitchenette
(small frig, sink, hot plate and toaster over) in the corner and
a private bathroom with shower. The room has satellite TV and
free Wi-Fi, but no meals are provided. A washing machine is
available for use in the Villa. Duties will include some of the
following: gardening, building, helping with tourists, and art
projects and include light gardening in the early morning or late
evening for a maximum of two hours, check of doors/gate closing
(after 11pm) and sleep in the Villa each night from 8pm until
7am. So basically the caretaker will clean the garden around the
villa, help guests if they need suggestions for where to
eat/visit or to call for a taxi, verify that the doors and gates
are closed before going to bed, and generally keeping an eye on
the place, especially at night. There are also many events at the
Villa, such as weddings, concerts, gala dinners, etc. and the
caretaker helps direct the guests to the designated parking
areas. The main requirement is to sleep inside the Villa for the
overall security of the guests. Your bedroom is upstairs so you
have a good view of the main Villa entrance. The property is
occupied by the working staff and gardeners from 7am until 8pm,
so those hours are totally free for the caretaker. This is a
volunteer/exchange position and no money compensation and no
meals provided, for one person only. This could be a holiday
opportunity if you would like to spend some time in Tuscany (the
Pisa - Lucca area) for cultural tourism connected with nature and
art heritage cities. The Villa is inside the Monti Pisani Park
and the Migliarino San Rossore National Park near the beach of
Marina di Vecchiano, requested for rural tourism, nature tourism,
wild beach tourism, spa and health tourism, art and ethical
tourism, trekking and cycling tourism. For those who can't wait a
year to go to the Villa and would like to visit on a rental
basis, one can rent a small apartment for 550 Euros per month
plus utilities of around 80 Euros/month. For more details or
inquiries regarding the Villa volunteer caretaking position,
please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and for the apartment
rentals, please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX(Pisa, Italy). To
learn more about the XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


Where Monkeys Roar From Mountaintops - a Profile of Chris
Interests: Being a sculptor.
Quotes:  True art makes the divine silence in the soul break into
applause. Hafiz

Chris Isner with his English/Spanish dictionary

	I was caretaking a hillside property in Los Angeles when the
owner unexpectedly decided to return home early, and I needed to
find a new place, quickly. What to do? I Googled "caretaker
positions" and discovered The Caretaker Gazette, of course! I
immediately subscribed to the Gazette and then read this
Help-Wanted ad in my first issue online, and responded to it


A BAMBOO HOUSE is available for you in the mountains of Costa
Rica, on nine acres, secluded with a 10 foot waterfall on the
property. We need long-term caretakers, with minimal duties. We
have many fruit trees, no electricity currently - but it is
coming soon, a gravity water system, and composting toilet. We
are 20 minutes from Dominical Beach and surfing. The caretaker
must be reliable and responsible and be a sustainable lifestyle
type. Please email for pictures at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
	My initial email message led to a phone call with the property
owner. We chatted a while, I outlined my experience and skill
set, and we agreed that it would be perfect for me. So, within
just a few hours I had secured a position and booked a flight to
Costa Rica. Three days later I was living in paradise.
	The property was an organic farm of sorts in the pristine
Tinamastes Valley between the inland city of San Isidro de
General and the coastal surfing town, Dominical. Located on Costa
Rica's amazingly beautiful Central Pacific coastline, the small
village of Dominical is a surfer's paradise where waves can reach
over 10 feet high. An experienced surfer's beach, Dominical lies
some 40 kilometers south of Playa de Jaco in Puntarenas province.
Attracting surfers not only from across the country, but from all
over the world, Dominical is a great place to lie back and enjoy
the various activities and water sports found around here.
	There was a funky bamboo house built by the owner, but I lodged
in a derelict old RV in the jungle that I shared with a couple of
giant geckos that sang like birds at night. While the house was
connected to the electric and water mains, my light was a lantern
and my shower was a waterfall. The Swiss commune that was up the
road has water rights to the potable freshwater springs but they
allow the community free access. 
	Life was good. The owner of the property worked back in the U.S.
half the year and there really wasn't all that much to do. I
worked on a few projects - plastic tarp greenhouses, mulch
rotation, bamboo harvesting - and I did some gardening, but the
heavy work of incessant weed-whacking and orchard pruning was
done by a local guy. More than anything I was there for security,
just a presence lest the property be ransacked. While far safer
than anyplace in the United States, there does seem to be a
peculiar attitude towards thievery in Costa Rica. Maybe it's
assumed that those who don't utilize and secure their property
have too much to know what to do with, so people feel justified
in sharing it. Who knows? But it is a good idea to keep
belongings secured at all times.
	There is nothing like walking down a red dirt road with a
machete on your hip and thirty pounds of bananas on your shoulder
while thunder rumbles and monkeys roar from the mountaintops! I
fell in love with the place. I could literally spend entire days
watching amazing birds, bugs and lizards, cooking amazing foods
in the outdoor kitchen, beefing up my less-than-amazing Espanol
with my English/Spanish dictionary, and brewing awesomely amazing
local coffee. I grew zucchini the size of my thigh and hung bags
of produce on the fence every few days for my next door
neighbors, who in turn left me fresh milk and eggs and homemade
cheese. I carved a bunch of Virgin Mary gourds and left them on
the neighbor ladies' porches. I made friends on the thirty-minute
bus rides to and from the beach.
Noni juice is had by letting the fruit rot in the sun in a water
jug, and then pouring out the liquid that collects at the bottom.
I would take a shot of that foul juice every morning as there is
just nothing better for you, but it's definitely one of the most
gruesome things I've ever tasted. Whoever said that the nectar of
the gods is sweet was a romantic fool. Fruits from the peach palm
(pejibaye), on the other hand, are lovely when boiled, with a
bean-like consistency, delicious with a bit of salt and chili
sauce. Harvesting them, however, requires caution. The palm
trunks bristle with needle-sharp, four-inch spines, like a giant
cactus, and punctures from those spines never stop itching.
Here was Chris's Funky Paradise in the Tinamastes Valley

Chris getting ready to surf Dominical
	Oh, right, itching! I did a lot of that. Mosquitos weren't
really a problem but the jaquistas were murder. These are tiny
little biters that fly around in swarms and you can barely see
them or feel them biting. But at night those little bites become
a maddening, inflamed fire. Sitting by the creek one day,
scratching madly, I was playing with a little lump of red clay
and remembered that calamine lotion worked on my childhood poison
oak rashes by drying them out. I had a Eureka moment and
immediately stripped and slathered myself with a full-body clay
mask. The results were almost instantaneous, no more itch! And I
noticed that the clay kept the bugs away as well. With daily clay
masks, my skin became gorgeous. But I soon found that there is a
plant that works much better. Jackass bitters AKA tres puntas,
botanical name Neurolaena lobata, is a common weed in Costa Rica
and making a tea from those bitter leaves was excellent insect
repellent, even works great sprayed in the garden as an
insecticide and fungicide. Drinking the tea prevents parasitic
infection of all sorts as well as having many other medicinal
	A mile up the dirt road from the farm is the little village of
Tumbas, named for the many ancient tombs in the valley, often
unearthed when someone digs a hole for a septic tank. Apparently
this valley was quite sacred to the indigenous people. The
village is on a gravel road running down the mountain from
Tinamastes with just a church, a schoolhouse, and about a dozen
houses, and further down the road is the path up to the
incredible six-hundred foot Diamant Falls. Located near the
mountain town of Tinamastes, Diamant, at 200 meters in height, is
Costa Rica's biggest waterfall. Above that majestic waterfall is
a huge overhang cave with its own twin one-hundred foot
waterfalls cascading down in front of the opening. This is a
privately owned reserve and the cave is fitted out with beds, a
kitchen and full bathroom facilities. Staying the night in that
cave was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
	But this is the jungle and during the arduous hike up to
Diamante Falls, I was viciously attacked by a wild tolomuco!
(Imagine a giant black weasel the size of a dog.) I froze in my
tracks as it came charging at me out of the jungle, fangs
slavering, beady eyes filled with demonic malevolence! But for
some reason it veered off at the last minute and disappeared
through the trees. My Tico friend, Miguel, who was with me
laughed uproariously when he saw the look on my face and
explained that tolomucos are very smart and playful, making good
pets, and that I startled it as much as it startled me. Senor
Tolomuco was probably telling his friends about the crazy gringo
who attacked him! As I replayed the scene in my head, he did
indeed seem much more like a playful, grinning land otter loping
by than some bloodthirsty beast intent on tearing me limb from
	Back in Tumbas, one enterprising lady cut a hole in her living
room wall and opened a roadside convenience store. She had a
rather pathetic marker-scrawled cardboard sign hung on her fence
and I thought it only fitting that the only business in town
should have a real sign, so I carved and painted a beautiful one
for her on a wavy plank of cedar: PULPERIA Los CIPRESES. She was
ecstatic and refused my refusal of store discounts. 
	Word got around. Everyone in town knew who I was and smiled at
me after that. I never even had to stick my thumb out when
walking up the steep mountain incline to the highway bus stop,
people would just stop and pick me up. The shopkeeper tried for
months to set me up with the schoolteacher. The schoolteacher put
me in touch with the owner of an adventure tour company who
offered to show me some waterfalls. I thought it curious on the
hike up that I had to get buckled into a harness....and then all
of the sudden I was rappelling down sheer waterfall cliffs! I met
all sorts of wonderful people, saw all sorts of incredible
	Anyway, that's how you get by and make friends in foreign
countries: give of yourself and don't be shy. If anyone has a
hankering to live in the tropics, I'd highly recommend Costa
Rica. There are cheaper places, but Costa Rica is largely free of
the crime, corruption and crushing poverty endemic to so many
other Latin American countries. It is a functioning democracy and
Ticos take great pride in it. You just don't see piles of garbage
everywhere and the police won't rob you. For single caretaker
men, most of the male residents of San Isidro de General live and
work in either the capitol, San Jose, or in the US, so there are
six women for every man in that city, just FYI. 
             Thank you so much, Gary Dunn, for your top-notch
service. Guess where I'm going to retire!

Chris used this waterfall for his shower


SEEKING AN INNKEEPER for a high paced successful Boutique Bed &
Breakfast in beautiful coastal Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Our 11
room boutique Inn offers a daily gourmet breakfast. This is an
opportunity to learn the systems of a small business. The
Innkeeper is responsible for managing daily housekeeping,
laundry, staff, online reservation system, guest check in, guest
concierge, preparation and serving of daily breakfast (serving 22
- 24 daily), afternoon tea, and showing guests to the outdoor
waterfront hot tub. This is a very physical job that requires
being on your feet and able to lift up to 50 lbs. Must be
ServeSafe certified and have some experience with food. We are
seeking an enthusiastic, trustworthy, energetic person who enjoys
people. Compensation includes free on-site private lodging with a
private entrance, all utilities, biweekly salary and end of
season bonus. This position requires living on-site and working
daily with active Innkeepers. No pets, and non-smokers please. To
apply, please submit your resume to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


AN ELDERLY COUPLE in good health seeks a hands-on single
caretaker or couple to help them be as independent as possible in
their lives. They live in a large 7,000 sq. ft. home on two acres
in Annapolis, which they will share with their caretaker(s). They
are looking for someone without any "baggage" who is/are honest,
helpful, very organized, and nonsmoking. Responsibilities will
include driving, companionship, cooking, laundry, and light
housekeeping. This is a professional couple who are still very
active and social; they go out to dinner a lot. If you have a
pleasant personality and would love to improve the quality of
life for two very special people, this is the perfect opportunity
for you. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience
and includes benefits. To apply, please email your resume and
references to caretakergazette@gmail.com and include Annapolis
Opportunity in the Subject Line for forwarding purposes. Thanks.


REMOTE PRIVATE ISLAND off Cape Cod, is looking for an
experienced, hardworking, resourceful couple to manage an island
farm with three summer rental houses. This is a full-time job for
two people. Duties include maintenance of buildings and farm
equipment, operation of the island boat, assistance to visitors,
maintaining the island vegetable garden, island patrol, trail
mowing and maintenance, management of livestock, and light record
keeping. The position of Island Manager requires a hardworking
farmer's mentality and the ideal candidate must have a can-do
attitude and be able to adjust strategies on the fly. Advanced
boating skills are a requirement. Strong mechanical skills are
needed. The position includes a combined yearly salary for two
people of $70,000, housing and benefits. Please email resumes to

A PRIVATE CONSERVED 1,700 ACRE ISLAND off Cape Cod is looking for
an experienced, hardworking, resourceful couple to manage an
island farm with three summer rental houses. This is a lifestyle
change, a homesteader's dream. It requires a careful balance
between isolation and hospitality. In the summer months the
rental houses are filled with vacationers and responsibilities
are more focused on supporting the visitors. During the winter
months the island is empty and responsibilities shift more to
patrol, maintenance and simply existing through a severe New
England winter on an isolated island. It is a full-time job for
two people requiring a full-time presence in the summer months
and a more flexible schedule in the winter months. Duties include
maintenance of buildings and farm equipment, operation of island
boat, assistance to visitors, maintaining island vegetable
garden, island patrol, trail mowing and maintenance, management
of livestock, and light record keeping. The position of Island
Manager requires a hardworking farmer's mentality and the ideal
candidate must have a can-do attitude and be able to adjust
strategies on the fly. Advanced boating skills are a requirement.
Strong mechanical skills are needed. The position includes a
combined yearly salary for two people of $70,000, housing, all
utilities and a two week paid vacation is provided. There is a
$10,000 yearly contribution toward health insurance and a
contribution toward a pension plan. To apply, please email


LOOKING FOR HARD-WORKING, organized, positive team members to
assist with housekeeping management at our top-rated inns:
TXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX in Leelanau County. This live-in position
is offered now through October 31st, with year-round potential,
is a great opportunity for a couple to live and work next to the
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park. Individuals are also
welcome to apply. Accommodations are a studio efficiency with
standard utilities included. The ideal candidate(s) will have an
eye for detail, exemplary communication skills, be computer
literate, be a self-motivated problem solver, be able to clean
rooms, process laundry and perform light maintenance/landscaping
tasks. Please email your letter of interest and resume to


CARETAKER NEEDED for a small horse farm in Clyde Park, MT from
August 15, 2019 - Mid-May 2020. You will care for horses, goats,
hen, rabbits, cats, fish, and plants. Prefer a single, clean,
fastidious, responsible, conscientious, non-smoking, non-partying
homebody who has outside income (retired, seasonal or works from
home). This special person should have horse-care experience (no
training needed) and it is preferred that they do not have other
pets. Our farm requires strong, healthy individuals who are
observant, very tidy, respectful of other people's property, good
communicators, able to lift 50# feed sacks, deal with snow, and
be handy and able to make small repairs. Excellent references,
and resume requested. A lovely home and utilities in exchange for
am/pm chores and TLC! Located within the small Montana ranching
town of Clyde Park, but not within desirable commuting distance
to work. Nearby skiing and it's just a walk to grocery, Post
Office, bank and gas station. Please email your interest and

WE ARE A FAMILY RUN RESORT BUSINESS seeking a two person team to
assist our staff in the daily activities of hosting our guests,
maintaining the resort and supporting restaurant kitchen. The
ideal candidates are able to effectively perform a variety of
tasks. As a team you will work closely with the owners and other
staff members to provide the ultimate guest experience in a fun
and comfortable work environment at a lakeside resort in
Northwestern Montana. This team will be responsible for: 
- bringing a positive attitude and flexibility to guest service
needs in both the restaurant and resort
- restaurant duties front and back of house
- housekeeping, grounds keeping, building and machinery
- reservations, phone and email correspondence
- as well as other numerous seen and unforeseen resort duties
The position includes housing in an on-site two bedroom home,
with all utilities included; a monthly salary and tips. The
salary offered will be based on experience and variety of skills
the team brings, the tips will be based on restaurant
participation. This position requires immense flexibility, shared
24/7 guest response and work on weekends/holidays. Days off and
vacation days are scheduled based on the needs of the resort. 
- team player attitudes
- back of house restaurant experience
- food preparation and service passion, creativity and experience
- excellent organizational and problem solving skills,
- desire to take on new tasks and learn skills
- desire to provide the very best in hospitality 
- sense of urgency while exhibiting a calm can-do attitude
Please take a few moments to learn more about us by visiting our
Website at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX If you feel you are a good fit
and we have piqued your interest, please call
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX - we would love to talk with you. Phone
calls only please, no on-site visits at this time.


SEEKING LONG-TERM Property Caretaker/General Laborer for Chadron,
NE to care for several thousand trees on a drip Irrigation
system, repair, and replacement and replanting. Horticultural or
related agricultural experience/background/green thumb helpful.
Mowing, weeding, some fencing and overall land care (no hay or
livestock). Shop building faculty maintenance, equipment, snow
removal and security. Applicant needs to be proficient with
computer/email and have excellent communication skills for
required communications with an absentee owner. Must have viable
references, clean motor vehicle record and be able to pass a
thorough background check. Nice off-site/close by three bedroom
house available at a discounted rate. This is a full-time,
year-round working position. Please send your resume with
references and salary history to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


WE ARE LOOKING FOR A SINGLE PERSON interested in spending the
summer in New England working for us at our 20 room Inn. The
reality is that we need good housekeepers but we also would like
to share our experience including working on our Property
Management System with rates and reservations, helping us with
social media and marketing. We would provide private room and
shared bath on the hall with limited kitchen facilities. We are
in a beautiful area of the White Mountains and can be flexible
with the schedule provided our staff works every weekend. We
would make it a fun and good learning experience for anyone that
is looking for the Inn culture. We serve a continental breakfast
and no restaurant on premises. Work is primarily days with some
nights on occasion. We are on thirty acres, have garden and
flowers that need tending plus we like side projects. We are open
to ideas. Please let us know if you are interested in us. Please
send your resume to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

RESIDENT MANAGER WANTED for New Hampshire's oldest, continuously
operating Inn and Tavern. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (you can visit us
at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX) is looking for a live-in Resident
Manager to assist the owners with guest services and daily Inn
operations. Principle responsibilities will include breakfast
service, supervising housekeeping, guest support at the front
desk, check-out, and ongoing reservations and inquiries for
lodging and the restaurant and, of course, serving as overnight
Manager. This is a full-time opportunity to work in one of New
England's original historic Inns (circa 1789), in one of its most
beautiful regions. The XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX is open year-round.
The restaurant is open five days per week, seasonally, May -
October, and then throughout the winter for holidays and numerous
special events. We will encourage your active participation as a
member of the management team in business planning and marketing
programs. The in-house accommodations are exceptional: spacious
one bedroom apartment, private, full kitchen, laundry, etc.
Interested? Feel free to email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and please
attach a copy of your resume.


WE ARE LOOKING FOR A HOUSESITTER from October 1 - October 25,
2019 for our home in Jersey City, NJ. This will just be an
exchange of your housesitting service for the living space in our
home - no pay involved. You should be comfortable with city
living. Our home is in a quiet urban neighborhood and has a small
garden which will need some watering if we get into a dry spell.
We are close to shops, restaurants and other stores. The
housesitter's primary responsibility will be to look after our
home and care for our two dogs while we are away. Please email
Jay at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX if you are available and please
provide checkable references.


UNUSUAL CARETAKER POSITION available for the right individual or
couple, with accommodations and salary in the mountains between
Albuquerque/Santa Fe at 7,200 feet, in a clean healthy
environment. Can be short or long-term. Looking for skilled,
trustworthy, motivated, team-player(s). We're a successful
collective of small business owners involved in the performing
arts ... focused, hard-working, creative, and fun!
Responsibilities include:
- General building maintenance, interior/exterior
- Renovation projects
- Property maintenance
~Thank you!

HOUSESITTER needed in Truth or Consequences, NM through
September. We have a three bedroom/two bathroom house near some
local hot springs. We have a cat that the housesitter will need
to care for. We need someone or a couple (sorry, no other
children or pets allowed) through September. One of our vehicles
will be available for your use. Serious inquiries should email
their interest and references to The Caretaker Gazette at
caretaker@caretaker.org All responses will then be forwarded.


A FAMILY is seeking an experienced full-time domestic couple to
work on their NY estate in Liberty, NY. The estate has staff who
work as a team and the family is looking for a couple willing to
support the team's goals. Candidates must be eager to serve, as
some days will run longer than others. The family works hard to
make sure each candidate is respected and appreciated. The
principals currently have a live-out housekeeper and live-out
houseman on staff. Positions available: Housekeeper/Cook and
Houseman/Butler. Responsibilities will include: Housekeeping: The
Housekeeper will be responsible for full charge systematic
housekeeping, including vacuuming, mopping, dusting, and
disinfecting, as appropriate, all floors and household surfaces,
including antiques. Clean windows (French doors), bathrooms and
beds, and take care of all the house plants; General washing and
pressing of family laundry and household linens is required;
Cooking (casual and formal) breakfast, lunch and dinner with
occasional parties of up to 20 guests. Additional catering help
will be provided; Entertain, casual and formal settings and
serving the clients/guests; Errands, purchasing supplies,
coordination with security staff, and some outside household
correspondence; Answer doors and phones; serve the client's
guests; Pet care for three dogs: walking, feeding, vet visits,
grooming, etc.; Make sure the house is in good order before going
home each evening; Responsible for the heavy cleaning duties
inside the home as well as general maintenance on the property,
including HVACs, plumbing, electrical, appliances, generator,
vehicles and pool equipment. Should be able to do small hands-on
repairs and improvements and select/oversee outside contractors
when needed. Competencies and Qualifications: Previous management
experience required; Have a strong respect for and understanding
of household management systems in order to maintain a meticulous
and clean home; Have knowledge of cleaning and care for fine
furnishings, valuables and artwork; Good attitude and able to be
team players; Listen, adapt, anticipate, communicate and execute;
Travel for shopping is required. Compensation and benefits:
Target salary of $150,000/year (based on experience), health
insurance, and use of a car for work use. Please email your
resumes and references to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

A HISTORIC INN, located 90 minutes from New York City is looking
for a live-in couple to manage day-to-day operations of the Inn.
This is a hands-on position. Seeking candidates with an
entrepreneurial spirit with attention to details; mindful about
growth, responsible, organized, and a self-starter. Be able to
think on your feet with an at-your-service attitude and be
solution oriented. You will be responsible to manage a small
part-time staff. Must be computer savvy and be able to research
and learn new things every day and be dedicated to succeeding.
Responsibilities include: housekeeping, breakfast, check in and
out guests, assist with luggage, concierge services, marketing,
social media, OTA and website management, admin responsibilities
and customer service and general repairs and maintenance. Must be
able to work independently. We have excellent reviews and expect
you to achieve the same. Please send your resume to

FORMAL ESTATE STAFF NEEDED in Westchester County. Successful
long-term employers with a large formal estate seek to hire staff
to care for their home, as their long-term couple of many years
has retired. The principals would like to hire either an
experienced private service professional or a domestic/household
couple to oversee the care, maintenance, and service standards
for their residence. The ideal candidate(s) will have experience
working in a formal home, be able to travel with the principals,
enjoy caring for a friendly dog, and have a broad skillset.
Primary responsibilities will include daily and deep cleaning for
the home, laundry tasks, caring for fine fabrics and materials,
planning and preparing meals using locally-sourced ingredients,
and assisting with and serving at household events. Generally a
five-day work week, with some flexibility needed. Occasional
travel required. Both individuals with experience as a
Housekeeper, Executive Housekeeper, Houseman, Private Cook/Chef,
or Butler as well as couples who have worked together on private
estates and have a solid joint skillset are invited to apply.
Compensation of $75,000 to $90,000 offered for an individual, or
$140,000 to $165,000 offered for a couple, with a great benefits
package. Separate live-on accommodations on the property are
available if desired. Please apply XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for
consideration. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.


CARETAKER(S) with building experience, diverse handyman skills or
foreman capabilities wanted. Must be organized self-starter(s)
and able to live on-site. Any landscaping, gardening,
permaculture, organic food growth, computer, office, animal care
and domestic skills also useful. Openings in New Zealand, Panama
and southern California. Please send a letter describing your
training/experience, resume and references, and include your
phone numbers. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


beautiful Smoky Mountains of North Carolina - a haven for outdoor
enthusiasts and just one hour from Asheville. We are seeking an
individual or couple who can assist with maintenance,
landscaping, and light carpentry. Knowledge of home repairs
necessary. This is a full-time paid position, with pay based on
experience. Possibility of a second paid position assisting with
housekeeping and laundry. Will trade housing and utilities for
being on-call at night (for the rare after-hours call). Plenty of
free time for kayaking, SUP boarding, hiking, or even motorcycle
riding. Most importantly, must be neat, clean, and have a
positive attitude. Please do not respond if you are a heavy
drinker or unable to provide references or pass a background
check. Please send resumes to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

HELP NEEDED in the Western North Carolina Mountains. We are
located east of Asheville in a gated conservation community in a
rural setting. Interstate 40 at Old Fort, NC is 12 miles away. We
are an active retired couple looking for a mature married couple
or individual to help us gain freedom of movement by knowing our
pets and property are being well cared for if we are out and
about for a day or weeks. We like to travel spontaneously and
want to know that someone is holding down the fort on our 10 acre
creekside home site. Live rent free in our two bedroom cottage
(300 ft. from our home) overlooking a bold mountain stream.
Hiking trails, creeks and other natural beauty are within steps
of the community. Lake Lure, Old Fort, Black Mountain, Asheville
and the Blue Ridge Parkway are 20 - 40 minutes away. We are
looking for a couple or individual for an undetermined period of
time. Short-term (nine months) or longer term are both possible.
We need an arrangement where someone is on-site most of the time
and not working off-site. Most important is attending with great
care to our two 15+ year old cats and an 11-year-old Jack Russell
mix. Handyman/grounds keeping skills could also be important and
details of those skills required. A separate workshop with
groundskeeping equipment and other tools are on the premises. In
the past our location has been popular with artists that do
business on the internet and enjoy nature. The two bedroom
cottage is furnished and private. Most utilities including high
speed internet are provided. Also offered are a laundry room.
Must get your own landline or have a booster for mobile phone
service. Basic maintenance and good order of the cottage and the
grounds around our dwellings will be expected. If you would like
income in exchange for additional services rendered to us we have
possibilities depending on your skills and our needs: errands,
painting, light housekeeping, etc. When we are on-site we can
offer up to 20 hours per week of compensation for additional
tasks. To be discussed. References will be checked. Proof of
outside basic income required. Non-smokers, no drugs, good
health, trustworthy, reliable transportation required. No drama.
Written resume and photos required. A face-to-face meeting will
be required before commitment. We want to make every effort for a
good fit to happen for all. We prefer to engage someone(s) that's
already located on the East Coast. Please respond to

WE ARE SEARCHING for a wonderful property manager/caretaker
couple to maintain a 150 acre ranch in Ashe County, North
Carolina. The position is open for a couple or a couple who have
children or pets. The caretaker will have a separate home on the
property. The couple would be responsible for maintaining the
interior and exterior of all structures on the property; feeding,
grooming and caring for chickens, horses and pastures;
supervising additional staff on the property; preparing and
maintaining vegetable gardens. Ideally looking for someone who
has basic mechanical skills for minor equipment repairs, and is
familiar with construction and home maintenance and has
experience negotiating and coordinating with vendors and
contractors. This is a year round position and compensation is
$65,000 a year. Please email your resume to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO LIVE in a peaceful country environment?
This could be your perfect opportunity. We are looking for a
groundskeeper/caretaker. Our property is located in rural Western
Oklahoma. Private housing and utilities are included at no cost
as part of the salary. Duties include maintaining lawns, multiple
lawn irrigation systems, tree care, an in-ground swimming pool,
wildlife feeders, dwelling, barn and fence located on absentee
owner's private grounds. Also, some general repair and
maintenance, groundskeeping, and handyman projects would be
required on other dwellings, barns and grounds located throughout
the acreage. The caretaker would also be required to maintain
equipment pertaining to these duties. Applicants should have
experience in landscaping, underground sprinkler systems, tree
care, general plumbing, and carpentry and mechanics. Must be a
non-smoker, have a valid driver's license, and be able to lift 75
lbs. Must be willing to submit to a background and drug test.
Please email your resume with work history and a minimum of two


CARETAKER COUPLE NEEDED for an Oregon Retreat. We are in search
of a caretaker couple (preferably one with wine experience) to
live on our property managing our vacation home located in
Oregon's Rogue Valley. Maintain a 7,500 sq. ft. main house and
property including vineyard. Open to exploring a future as an Inn
or B&B. Seeking an energetic, hardworking, positive and friendly
couple who love and appreciate life. Responsibilities will
include property management/maintenance and
housekeeping/cooking/shopping, etc. Please email resumes to

MANAGEMENT TEAM NEEDED. Located 40 miles southeast of Crater Lake
National Park, our 130 acre ranch has 2+ miles of riverfront. We
have had 23 years of successful lodging and a fly fishing
operation with two guest houses. Senior owners are looking for a
team to manage all aspects. Ranch skills needed: handyman;
plumbing; electrical; equipment maintenance; and gardening.
Office skills needed: computer; internet; reservations; and
registration. Cleaning skills needed: meticulous eye for detail;
and energy. People skills needed: interact with guests to provide
an exceptional vacation experience. May through October is our
busy season - full-time. Compensation includes a house,
utilities, ranch lifestyle, and a modest salary with opportunity
for performance bonuses. Please only email your resume to


CARETAKER(S) with building experience, diverse handyman skills or
foreman capabilities wanted. Must be organized self-starter(s)
and able to live on-site. Any landscaping, gardening,
permaculture, organic food growth, computer, office, animal care
and domestic skills also useful. Openings in New Zealand, Panama
and southern California. Please send a letter describing your
training/experience, resume and references, and include your
phone numbers. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


CARETAKER - FARM MANAGER - Jack Of All Trades needed for this
long-term position. This is ideal for a semi-retired individual
caretaker who seeks a rural environment on a large horse farm in
Anderson, South Carolina. We have a 10 acre lake on the property
for fishing in your free time. In addition to routine grounds
upkeep, machinery maintenance and supervision of other employees
must have experience and real love of horses and all other animal
life. We are not fanatics but believe in preserving nature and
the environment as much as possible. Other help with specific
horse care duties on-site is required. Aside from farm machinery,
the caretaker should have a working knowledge and experience with
light construction projects, plumbing, and water/well lines. The
caretaker must be one who still takes pride in his work, is
motivated and a self-starter without supervision, able to deal
with people without prejudice and above all, has a sense of
humor. Absolutely no drug use including alcohol. Extensive
references will be required and checked. A caretaker's home is
included, plus a small salary. If you are looking for a quality
of life with emphasis on minimal stress, beautiful setting and
employer who truly cares about the "help" as individuals and
friends, this may be the perfect place. For further info, please


Scotland. Live-in accommodation provided in a cottage on the
estate. Duties will include a regular check of all properties,
paint windows and doors, cut wood, basic plumbing, basic
re-pointing, patio cleaning, all gutters and down pipes, checking
all exterior lights, generator start and refuel, empty bins,
airport runs, gathering kindling, window cleaning, cleaning cars
- oils, fuel, washer fluid etc., rake gravel areas, and outside
furniture maintenance. Benefits are a provided car, cottage and
all utilities included. To apply, please send your resume and


WHAT'S YOUR PASSION? Unique opportunity available for a couple or
two seeking a great place to live and work in the Texas Hill
Country. Our property has nine acres that would fulfill those
creative landscaping passions. Fall projects include pathways,
additional ornamental fencing, fountains and another Gazebo
sourced from Antique Corn cribs. Are you a competent woodworker?
We have a complete woodworking shop full of amazing projects.
Have general maintenance/housekeeping skills? There's 11
structures from a 1910 farm house to our newly restored (on-site)
1952 Vintage Spartan RV. Sales experience - two of our ventures
offer opportunities for sales and marketing. We are ideally
looking for people full-time, but have had amazing workcamping
and live on-site couples who worked less days. Yes, there is a
furnished apartment and two complete RV sites with FHU/free
washer/dryers. Another project is to add an outdoor shower/bath
house sourced from on-site vintage/antique materials. Housing or
RV site plus compensation provided. We are energetic and able to
be working right there with you. Team members must be physically
able and motivated to perform tasks on-site. We want references
from you and we can provide references for you to contact of like
minded returning team members with great skill sets, attention to
detail, that take pride in their passions. Our business of 29
years is continuing to grow and we are excited to find the right
fit for us all. What's your passion?  Please share your resume
and how you feel we can meet each other's objectives. Please
email your resume to caretaker@caretaker.org and include Texas
Hill Country Position in the Subject Line for forwarding

HOUSEKEEPER NEEDED at our South Texas hunting ranch in Carrizo
Springs, TX. We are looking for an individual who is trustworthy,
is in good physical shape - (there is heavy lifting and long
hours on your feet.), does not use drugs, smoke or drink, has a
good work ethic, and completes tasks in a timely manner. Must
keep the camp clean along with helping me prepare meals and
cleaning up after meals. We will start preparing the camp in
September for guests. The length of the job will be the duration
of the hunting season. (October 1, 2019 - February 28, 2020). We
do offer a small house for you to stay in while guests are here.
The salary is negotiable. If interested, please call

FULL-TIME CARETAKER/RANCH HAND needed at a small private ranch in
Bulverde, TX. Must be able to care for animals - horses, dogs,
cats and fish, and also be responsible for the property care -
pastures, lawn, trees, shrubs, flower beds, greenhouse (growing
dome) and miscellaneous upkeep. A valid drivers license is
required. Must have a willingness to work and learn. Must be
trustworthy and honest. Salary will be $1,600/month and an
efficiency apartment will be provided. To apply, please email

TEXAS RANCH MANAGER needed. Located approximately 25 miles north
of Huntsville, Texas. The property is family owned and is both a
tree farm and a recreational property. The tree farm has both
commercial timber tracts and an area designated as an
Aesthetically Managed Zone (AMZ), which is dedicated to
recreation and to preservation of an example of the natural
environment and habitat of the region. The AMZ includes lakes, a
main house, and guest rooms, manager house, other recreational
and maintenance buildings, a 3-hole golf course, fish hatchery,
and horse barn. Ranch Manager Responsibilities: Keeping the
integrity and privacy of the property, and protecting against
trespassers; Supervising any additional staff needed; Maintaining
roads and fences as necessary; Maintaining good relations with
neighbors, game wardens, appropriate community organizations, and
other public officials as needed; and ensuring all heavy
equipment, both commercial and recreational, is in good working
order. Timber Farm On-site Supervisor: Overseeing the day-to-day
general health of the commercial timber farm; and acting as a
liaison with the timber consultant, and contractors. When timber
cuts or other timber management tasks are underway, coordinates
with the timber management consultant regarding access to the
property. Makes sure the timber cutting crews and other service
providers follow the terms agreed to in the contract. Manager
Recreational Property: Mowing areas along main roads and around
main recreational areas. Clearing fallen trees as needed.
Overseeing and providing other ground maintenance as needed;
Maintaining the main house and guest houses; Maintaining all
recreational vehicles and equipment; Supervising the staff that
clean, care and assist all recreational visitors; Supervising any
outside contractors hired to: work on the houses and perform
specialized road work; Overseeing the care and maintenance of the
3-hole golf course; and Assisting family members and other
recreational visitors as needed. Lake On-site Manager: Inspecting
lake sand fish hatchery, from time to time, to ensure the lake
dams and drainage areas are in good condition; Treating the lake
for weed control or water quality, if needed; Monitoring fish
populations; Operating the programs to raise fish in the fish
hatchery; and acting as a liaison with the lake management
consultant and their activities. Salary will be determined based
on experience Benefits: health and dental insurance, managers
home: +/- 1,800 sq. ft. home with three bedrooms and two baths
built in 2013, and the manager's truck (the manager is provided a
truck). Please email your resume to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


Gorge Recreation area! Spend your summer in the beautiful
Northeast corner of Utah just minutes from Flaming Gorge
Reservoir, Ashley National Forest or high mountain deserts. This
diverse land of scenic beauty is a pleasure to behold! We are
looking for an outgoing, friendly, energetic, working while
camping couple with their own RV to help manage our family owned
business, Rocky Ridge Outpost, which involves lodging rental for
three log cabins, a yurt and tipi. We are located on ranch land
in a peaceful, quiet valley with plenty of wildlife. You will
need to work four days each week greeting and assisting guests,
occasionally taking reservations, and housekeeping, which
includes cleaning cabins, yurt, tipi, shower house, laundry room
and doing laundry. Will also need to do groundskeeper work, which
includes mowing, weed control, watering, and gardening, upkeep of
the pavilion area, care of trout pond, basic maintenance and
repair and care of farm animals. The job runs through September
possibly into October. Non-drinkers/smokers preferred
Compensation will be $1,000 per month, full RV hook-ups, Wi-Fi,
and use of the laundry facility. Please send your resume,
references, and a picture of your rig to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


CARETAKER NEEDED in Grapeview, WA (Mason County). Seeking someone
to be a long-term caretaker here. This caretaking position offers
on-site housing, but no salary. The caretaker is responsible for
their electric bill, satellite internet and satellite TV. The
caretaker works approximately 72 hours a month depending on
weather, accomplishing mostly landscape type maintenance. Two
homes are on 20+ acres. The property owner lives in one, and the
caretaker lives in the other. Neither home is in view of the
other for privacy. Must have knowledge and experience using
chainsaws, chippers, garden tractors, landscaping power
equipment, and be able to lift 50 lbs. Work is accomplished on a
daily schedule, working at different times of the day. No
smokers, and no pets. This would be best suited for someone who
is retired and does not have work. A security/damage deposit is
required. To learn more and to apply, please call


A RETIRED EXECUTIVE COUPLE with a waterfront summer home in a
Southeastern Wisconsin resort city is seeking an experienced
Property Caretaker Couple to live on and care for their property.
The estate owners are long term employers who use the residence
throughout the summer and early fall. The home is well staffed
and used for family and social events. The ideal candidates will
be mechanically inclined and experienced with sophisticated
mechanical and IT systems, be able to prepare healthy meals for
the couple and guests, have strong organizational and
administrative skills and have successfully managed vendors and a
staff. A separate, newly remodeled apartment on the property will
be provided along with a competitive compensation and benefits
package. Flexible start date. Please apply XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
for consideration. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.


CHEF NEEDED for a 30,000 acre family recreation/cattle ranch an
hour west of Wheatland, Wyoming in the Laramie Range Mountains
(7,000 ft. elevation). We are located in a remote area. Immediate
start date to October 1st. This is a second home to a family that
comes up for 3 days at a time, generally, each weekend or every
other weekend. Healthy cooking required for numbers ranging from
12-20. A very simple continental breakfast is set out for early
risers, a brunch at 10ish, then apps and dinner at 7ish. Work
experience as a personal/family chef a plus. Experience in
grilling and smoking also important. Duties include, but not
limited to meal planning, grocery shopping, prep, and cleanup of
kitchen dishes and buffet dishes. Family style meals. Maintaining
a clean kitchen is very important. Will fly the chef out and back
home at the end of the season. Housing provided on-site in a
private cabin. Health insurance and 401K plans available after 30
days. Discretionary end of summer bonus. You will be expected to
be neat, clean and odor-free while at work. Land-line phones are
available for employee use, unlimited long distance. Cell service
is very limited, but available in certain locations. Internet and
Wi-Fi calling available at the main residence. In your time off
there is amazing hiking, fishing, and biking. Sorry, we do not
have housing for a family. You should be a cooperative team
member with a pleasant and positive can-do attitude. You must be
a self-starter who takes initiative to get things done without
supervision. You must have the ability to kneel, bend, carry,
stoop, climb, and lift items up to 50 lbs. This is a service
industry job, and as such, you must be flexible in dealing with
guests, working hours, and job requirements. Pre-hire drug
screening and background checks are mandatory. Must have solid
working references. Please send resumes and work history to


Looking for a housesitting job in Beverly Hills, California. Able
to take care of your home and lawn, cleaning the pool, and taking
care of your family pets. Please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Mature individual seeking a housesitting position in Hawaii with
pet care responsibilities. Former homeowner with gardening and
light maintenance skills. Current Oahu resident. Please email

Honest, dependable "prepper type" husband and wife team, mid-40s,
Christian with no children seeks a long-term caretaking position
anywhere that doesn't have brutal, snowy winters! Husband is big,
very strong, and perfect for security. Good with small engine
repair, maintenance, upkeep of property and grounds. Experienced
hunter, fisherman, and trapper, knows QDM, and is a friendly,
personable wilderness outdoorsman. Wife has myriad skills:
gardening (vegetables, herbs, flowers), cooking/baking,
housekeeping and cleaning, interior decorating, taking care of
pets and small farm animals. She's also extremely tech savvy and
has 20 years professional experience in sales, marketing,
customer service, administration. Both have experience living off
the grid and with public facing businesses. Looking for
long-term, year-round position. Available October 1st. Excellent
references available. Please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Mature trustworthy conscientious jovial flexible House/Pet sitter
seeking short-term/long-term opportunities. Four years
international experience on luxury estates off-grid homes island
vacation homes gated communities and family homes/condos. Have 20
years home-owner experience. Testimonials and my validated
professional history can be seen at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Jennifer and Bella are seeking a caretaking, house manager or
caregiving situation. Long or short term, preferably near
Evergreen or Denver, Colorado. I am happy, healthy, and strong
with a Zen lifestyle. Good communicator, honest, reliable,
mind/bodyworker. Bella is an 8-year-old hypo-allergenic dog with
good manners and sweet. Experience: In home responsibilities,
care of large and small animals, care of young and older people.
Outside responsibilities, gardening, landscaping, farm work,
handiwork, drive skid-steer, and driving 2-4 Wheeler. Great
references available. Please call XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

58-year-old male, in good health seeking a full-time salaried
position ... my experience includes much side work in the past 20
years ... landscaping, roofing, interior upgrades and repairs and
caring for a local doctors property for 17 years. I have 35 years
in manufacturing though I find the caretaking type of work much
more fulfilling. I can be contacted by phone at
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX I look forward to hearing from you ...

Looking to lend my services and experience in exchange for the
chance to live somewhere beautiful. I have 15 years experience
running daily operations, event planning, guest services, and
marketing. I love horses, the ocean and mountains. I have a baby
and a dog. Please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Property caretaker in Mesilla, NM seeks a position. Please call
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and leave a message. No email or text will
be responded to. Experience and references available on request.

Seeking a long-term position for a Home/Property Manager of
Operations and Entertaining. Female: 58, self-driven, fit,
vibrant, well rounded, seasoned traveler, cultured, reliable,
organized, tolerant, gracious, hardworking, incredible attention
to detail and planning skills. Educated, experienced Interior
Designer having worked in the corporate world and designed and
built custom homes, lived in the Caribbean designing villas,
staged custom homes for marketing, mother of two grown children,
swimmer, hiker, raised on a farm, lived and worked on a ranch,
traveled seven continents, logged many hours on construction
sites managing sub-contractors/vendors and well versed in
home/property management, cooking, and entertaining. Good with
people, children, animals. Love life and using my gifts to better
others lives. Please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Hello, I am a personable, reliable, and trustworthy professional
seeking a live-in position (six months+) as a house/pet sitter or
part-time innkeeper. I am a healthy 57-year-old female
transitioning into retirement from a career in marketing
communications. My experience also includes two delightful years
(2012 - 2014) as a front-desk agent for a 46-room boutique hotel.
In my spare time, I like to make art, read, and take walks. If
you are interested, please contact me at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX I
would be happy to provide you with my resume and answer any
questions you may have. Thanks!

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

We are a married couple with extensive experience working
together as live-in and live-out property care professionals. We
have cared for fine properties and families on Cape Ann,
Nantucket, and Maui. We are available for and are seeking a
live-in caretaking/property management position in the Rockport
and Camden, Maine region. If you need Integrity, Dedication,
Discretion, and Loyalty, please contact us at

Aloha, this is Patty Magill from Oahu, Hawaii. I am looking for a
live in caretaker job for your property including pet, plant,
companion care, etc. I am a local woman born and raised in Hawaii
on Christmas Day 1955. I was in the military, stationed in Europe
and the mainland for 12 years. I returned back to my roots in
Hawaii in 1997 and raised my sons here in Kaneohe Town. I would
be honored and privileged to work in Kokua, the 'aina' land, and

Very active, healthy 66-year-old woman seeking somewhere
wonderful to live/thrive. I have recently purchased a 22 foot
motor home. I would like to relocate to a warmer climate where
winters are compatible with an RV. My first love is animals.
Licensed massage therapist, registered therapeutic yoga teacher,
EMT/medical assistant, real estate, fabulous cook, gardener,
Airbnb owner 5 years, (current,) dog/house sitter. Quiet,
conscientious, fun and easy to communicate with. Perhaps you need
me for a period of time or forever? Please call or text

Caretaker available for a large, private Colorado ranch. As a
retired general contractor I have the skills, talent and
equipment to either perform or direct the full operation, upkeep
and upgrade of all aspects of your property. 30 years in business
have given me extensive knowledge which has included many years
on working and private ranches in CO, MT, AZ, and CA. I am also
very familiar with large, luxury Estate homes and their care. I
am 52 and in good health, highly professional, very motivated and
deeply respectful of the land and owners. No supervision ever
required. Nonsmoker, no drug use, no criminal record. This would
be a long-term, live on-site assignment. The preferred property
would include 300+ acres of wooded land. Salary not required
unless I'm performing extensive contracting services. Your
property could not be in better care. Let me know what questions
you have. Please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

Are you a kind liberal who wants smart, on-site presence in your
beautiful home? Creative, seasoned business woman seeks
assignment, communicates well and understands the balance of
power. My top-ranked management for 12 years delivered high
earnings and all 5-star reviews in Santa Fe. Responsible,
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Hello, I am a 73-year-old woman looking for a live-in caretaking
position in the Newburyport/Plum Island area of Massachusetts for
the late fall and winter months. I'm a non-smoker and have no
pets. Please call or text XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

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

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX - For people traveling for short or extended
periods and want their animals cared for at their home - Pet
sitting, house sitting, dog walking, services. Includes waste
cleanup, mail pickup, watering of plants and gardens, light
housekeeping. $100 per day plus airfare if needed. Bonded and
Insured and member of National Association of Professional Pet
Sitters. Can provide a background check. Just recently passed a
DOJ fingerprint background check for the city to be a docent for
local museums. Can provide excellent references. See my old

Seeking a ranch manager position in the Central to South Texas
area. I have experience with cattle, wildlife, horses, and am
A.I. and Pregnancy Determination certified from Bovine Elite
LLC/Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. I can work with tractors,
shredders, hay equipment (cutters, rakes and bailers),
construction equipment (backhoes, skid steers and dozers), and do
welding, carpentry, plumbing and electrical work. I am also very
proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point. My email is
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For Sale: Unique property with ocean view on the South Pacific
Coast of Costa Rica. If your dream is to live in the tropics, run
your own bed and breakfast, have your own organic garden, or
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Need to earn a living to support your travels? Want to give back
by volunteering at state parks or wildlife refuges? Workers On
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50 Shades of Flowers offers delivery of flowering plants to local
businesses in Maryland. Our service offering includes design,
professional installation and ongoing maintenance and care of
live plants. Our clients include hotels and other hospitality
organizations as well as law firms, businesses and property
management companies. Please contact XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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