About Amazon’s CamperForce

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2014 will be my third year working in Amazon’s CamperForce. I think most people who full-time must have heard about this opportunity before, but since one of my goals is to get more people who want to go full-timing but think they can’t out on the road, I decided to do a general write up on the program based on my research and first hand experience.

Disclaimer: I am not a spokesperson or officially affiliated with Amazon in any way. This is just what I have found to be true myself from the two holiday seasons I have worked for them. It is truthful to the best of my knowledge, but any of it could change at any point with or without warning, please keep that in mind.

What It Is

There are three Amazon distribution centers in the US that hire large numbers RVers to work manual labor around the busy holiday season (and a couple others that will hire small numbers of seasoned RVers who’ve been in CamperForce at least once before to train new people in other facilities, but that’s beyond the scope of this write-up).

There are five advertised positions and at least one unadvertised one that I worked last year, all of which require standing on your feet for your entire shift. Some positions are more physically demanding than others, but from experience and every blog and first hand account I’ve read let me say now that it is hard work. The pay is better than any other work camping gig out there that I’ve heard of, except perhaps the sugar beet harvest in the far northern reaches of the country, and there is good reason for this. Here are the position descriptions, as pulled from workamper.com’s page for Amazon and found true from what I’ve seen:

Receiving: (Inbound) As part of our receiving team, you will be receiving and checking inventory from our suppliers. You will need to be able to lift, bend, stoop and squat frequently.

Stowing: (Inbound)You will walk 2-4 miles a day, and will lift, bend, stoop and squat frequently. Ability to read a hand-held scanner and climbing stairs up to 30% of the time is necessary. Our stowing team safely shelves the millions of items that come through each Amazon facility. (This is what I did in 2012).

Sortation: (Outbound) You might be using a hand-held reader to guide you in taking items from chutes and putting them into boxes, packaging items into a variety of shipping containers.

Shipping: (Outbound) You could be standing scanning and packaging single items for shipment or palletizing boxes and loading trucks.

Picking: (Outbound) You will walk 5-10 miles a day (I’ve heard of pickers who walked up to 13 miles a day) and will lift, bend, stoop and squat frequently. Ability to read a hand-held scanner and climbing stairs up to 30% of the time is necessary. Our picking team picks millions of items into totes and transfers the totes to a conveyor.

ICQA: (Support team, but on Outbound hours) While not listed on any website, during the 2013 season a large number of work campers at the Coffeyville site including me were placed in ICQA. You will walk 2-4 miles a day, will bend, lift, stoop and squat frequently, and will use a step stool occasionally. You will read a hand-held scanner and count bins for accuracy.

These are not the only positions. I have read blog posts from people who ended up doing some other kind of work. When Chris of Technomadia worked at the Kansas location in 2009 for instance he ended up in a sort of support position, running supplies back and forth for the Shippers so that they never needed to leave their stations to go get more boxes or tape. In 2012 I worked a few shifts in ISS which handles customer complaints and is on Inbound hours, my job was taking pictures of products and bins to resolve customer issues.

Job Requirements

Besides being able to meet the physical demands of the job, you’ll need proof of graduation from high school or a copy of your GED. If you haven’t graduated from high school or gotten your GED, Amazon does have a program set up to help people achieve this. You can e-mail the CamperForce reps at the e-mail listed at the end of this article for more information. All applicants also need to pass a drug test.

Solo campers are as welcome as couples, but at least one person needs to work full-time hours. The second person may work part-time, or not be employed at Amazon at all. Hours are discussed more in a later section.

Locations

The three locations that do widespread hiring are: Campbellsville, KY, Coffeyville, KS, and Fernley, NV. Here are the blurbs about the three locations, again pulled from Amazon’s info page:

Campbellsville, KY: Campbellsville is located in the heart of Central Kentucky, nestled between the Cumberland Plateau and the Appalachian Mountains and offering the best of both regions. More than 22,000 people live in the area, with half of those in the county seat of Campbellsville. The area is home to a pleasant mix of agriculture, manufacturing and recreation. One of the area’s greatest recreational attractions is Green River Lake, which offers some of the finest fishing and boating in the state, as well as camping, picnicking, horseback riding and hiking.

There are 7 campgrounds available for Campbellsville workers. The nearest is right across the street. The farthest is about 16 miles out. I’ve never worked at this site, but by all accounts the campgrounds further out have more level sites and more separation between sites. Most sites are 50 amp and full hook up, those without sewer will get a honey wagon service.

Coffeyville, KS: Approximately 10,000 people live in Coffeyville, which is located near the Verdigris River in southeast Kansas, about 75 miles north of Tulsa, OK, and 60 miles west of Joplin, MO. Coffeyville’s most famous moment may have been the end of the Dalton Gang on October 5, 1892. The area is mostly rural farming community, and a short drive from many recreational parks and lakes. Just outside of Independence is the home of the Little House on the Prairie. Local cities host several festivals such as the Coffeyville Fair & Rodeo in Coffeyville and Neewollah in Independence.

There are 7 campgrounds available for Coffeyville workers. The nearest is right across the street which is where I always stayed (Big Chief RV Park). Then there are three in the town of Coffeyville about 10-20 minutes out. The farthest is Elk Lake State Park, about 18 miles out but very beautiful – I stayed there for a few days in 2013 before starting at Amazon. Most sites are 50 amp and full hook up, those without sewer will get a honey wagon service.

Fernley, NV: Living in the Reno area, you have an opportunity to engage in a wide variety of activities and hobbies. The city and surrounding recreation areas offer great casinos for the risk-takers! A short drive away and you can enjoy water activities at the well-known Lake Tahoe and Truckee River, such as fishing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, and kayaking. During the winter, the snow covered mountain slopes attract visitors to enjoy cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and snowboarding.

There are only 4 campgrounds available for Fernley workers, the closest two of which are in the town of Fernley which is still a good 20-30 minutes away. Most sites are 50 amp and full hook up, those without sewer will get a honey wagon service. Electric is not covered for Fernley workers! But you’ll also have the highest hourly rate of any site – more on that later.

I checked weather.com for climate information for the three sites, since I live in a three-season travel trailer and cold weather can make for a miserable experience, here is what I found:

Location

October

November

December

Campbellsville, KY

(temps are listed as hi/low in Fahrenheit)

Average: 71/44

Record: 93/20

Average Precip: 3.5”

Average: 59/35

Record: 84/-3

Average Precip: 4”

Average: 47/28

Record: 78/-19

Average Precip: 4.5”

Coffeyville, KS

(precip values are rounded to nearest ½ inch)

Average: 72/47

Record: 99/16

Average Precip: 4”

Average: 59/35

Record: 88/5

Average Precip: 2.5”

Average: 46/25

Record: 78/-16

Average Precip: 2.5”

Fernley, NV

Average: 70/34

Record: 90/10

Average Precip: 0.5”

Average: 55/25

Record: 77/-2

Average Precip: 0.5”

Average: 45/19

Record: 70/-31

Average Precip: 0.5”

Yes, below freezing temps can be expected overnight at all three sites particularly during the second half of the season, and there is a possibility of it getting really cold. Even if you only have a three-season RV like me, you absolutely can handle these temperatures, just take precautions to keep your plumbing safe. I’ve written more about cold weather RVing below.

During 2012 working at Coffeyville it never snowed and only got below freezing at night, the coldest temps were mid-20′s. During 2013 at the same park it got down into the single digits three different nights, would stay below freezing for up to a week at a time, there was accumulating snowfall on three occasions and an ice storm in the last week of the season which delayed my departure until Christmas. At Fernley I heard that it got down to 0 twice last year. So basically: be prepared for anything. The Farmer’s Almanac predicted that 2013 would be a harder winter than the previous two had been, I’ll be keeping an eye on the forcasts for this winter.

While Coffeyville is on average dryer than Campbellsville, Big Chief campground doesn’t drain well and mud and soft ground can be expected especially in October. At least it has the benefit of being within walking distance. Coffeyville also can get pretty windy sometimes. It was never strong enough to make my 17′ RV feel like it was about to take off, but if you use an awning, you’ll want to make sure it’s rolled up when you’re sleeping or working, just in case it gets gusty.

Hours and Pay

Traditionally, the period of employment is from the beginning of October, through December 23rd. Yes, you do get out before Christmas (barring weather). Sometimes some people will get out a few days before December 23rd, but CamperForce representatives will tell you to expect to work through that date. In 2012 I got out on the 22nd, in 2013 it was the 23rd. A limited number of work campers will start before October, and new hires will be starting on a weekly basis all the way up through the middle of November, so whether you’re available starting in September or not until November you have options.

A full shift is 10 workings hours with a half-hour lunch in the middle. Work weeks are 4 days in a row on, 3 days in a row off unless you get the donut shift which is 2 days on, 1 day off, 2 days on, 2 days off. This all changes once overtime starts though. You’ll also get two 15 minute paid breaks. There are two shifts: daytime and nighttime.

From what I saw at Coffeyville, shift times for Outbound jobs are 6am to 4:30pm for the day shift, and 5pm to 3:30am for the night shift. Inbound jobs start ½ hour after Outbound.

Wages and how overtime is handled differ between the three sites. There are some common denominators though. All sites pay per hour worked, and all overtime (hours worked over 40 in one week) is time and a half. To get weekend pay, you need to work both weekend days.

Wages for all three sites have remained the same since 2009 I believe, and I did ask and 2014 will be the same:

Campbellsville: $10.00/hour, $10.50 per hour if working nights or weekends. From blogs and forums that I have read, it sounds like overtime becomes mandatory for those working Outbound jobs when the season picks up at the end of November, but remains optional for Inbound.

Coffeyville: $10.50/hour, $11.00 if working nights or weekends. In 2013 Amazon tried something new and made all overtime for work campers voluntary. You could sign up for up to 58 hours if the hours were available, you still had to sign up for overtime in half or full day increments. Whether this change carries over into 2014 will depend on how many campers sign up and what the work load is like. Historically Coffeyville has less overtime than the other two sites – I ended up with about three days (30 hours total) of overtime both years I was here.

Fernley: $11.50 per hour, $12.25 if working nights or weekends. Overtime will become mandatory for Inbound and Outbound once peak hits. I spoke with a woman who worked Fernley in 2012 and she said she worked nearly 80 hours of overtime during her stay.

Benefits

All campground costs (electric, water, and honey wagon services where sewer hook ups aren’t provided) are billed directly to Amazon during your employment, from two days before your start date to one day after. Unless you work at Fernley. At Fernley, water, site, and honey wagon/sewer are paid for, but you have to pay your own electric. Of course Fernley also pays the most per hour. None of the sites pay for propane, so if you’re at Campbellsville or Coffeyville you’d do well to heat your RV with electric as much as possible to save on money.

At all locations, you get a 10% discount on things ordered online, up to the first $1,000 spent. Which equates to a maximum of $100 off if you do the math.

There is a $0.50/hour bonus for the Fernley site for completing the season (it sounds like for 2014 it may be boosted to $1 per hour like the other sites, but I haven’t been able to confirm that yet), and a $1.00/hour bonus for the Campbellsville and Coffeyville sites for completing the season. Because of the hard work and cold weather, a lot of people who start will not finish the season, so the bonus is Amazon’s way to try to keep you there once you start.

While not listed as a benefit, some swag is handed out as part of the CamperForce experience. A lanyard and t-shirt seem like a given if you make it through the season. In 2012 I won a drawing for a $50 pre-paid visa card for meeting my quota. There are other things here and there too. At Coffeyville you got special points for meeting goals and having perfect attendence, and these points could be spent at a little store on site for Amazon labeled goodies like hats, folding chairs, pens, shirts, etc.

Meals on site are also occasionally provided by Amazon, the frequency again seems to vary widely. At Coffeyville both years there was a Thanksgiving meal and a Christmas meal, both of which were quite good. There was also a donut and juice day both years, and a cookie and fruit day. You will also receive a $50 referral bonus for every person/couple you refer to the CamperForce program who gets hired. I did this once in 2013 and the extra money was added to my check for that week. If you’re going to work in CamperForce this year thanks to this information, my full name is Rebecca Schade and I will be working at the Fernley site, hint hint.

Reality Check

  • There are quotas to meet, both per individual and by group and shift. How strict your supervisors will be about meeting those quotas varies widely and seems to play a big part in how people rated their CamperForce experience. As CamperForce workers in Coffeyville, our individual goal was only 85% of the full-time Amazonian’s goals, which all but a couple of us were able to make both years I was there. I’m not sure if the goals for Fernley and Campbellsville are the same.
  • You will be working alongside permanent Amazon employees, and people who were hired through other temp programs. In an ideal world all employees would treat each other with dignity and respect, but this is not an ideal world.
  • No cameras, and thereby phones and the like, are allowed on site. This is strictly enforced.
  • There are metal detectors and security agents at the entrances/exits. Expect to have to deal with the hassle of searches if you have metal plates or something like that.
  • You must be not only punched in, but at your station by the start of your shift, or by the end of your lunch. This means that you actually need to arrive to work a good deal early to get to your station on time, and don’t have time during your half hour lunch to go back to your RV unless you’re at a campground right across the way (and even then you better move fast).
  • You will be on your feet a lot. Every account I have read has considered a pair of high-quality tennis shoes to be a must, most also buy gel inserts for their shoes. I paid about $50 for the pair I bought at the start of the 2012 season, and it was a good investment.

The Hiring Process

You can get started by filling out an application at Amazon’s Career site here, or by e-mailing a CamperForce rep at seasonal-camper@amazon.com. That is also the e-mail any questions should be sent to. It was noted in the Workamper Rendezvous video that a resume is not strictly necessary for employment but I should think it would increase your chances to have one.

Once you have your application and supporting documents in, you wait for a bit. I heard back within two weeks both years, and then was contacted to set up a phone interview. The phone interview lasts 10 – 15 minutes, and at the end of the interview if the job seems like a good fit for you and Amazon you’ll be offered a position under the condition that you meet the job requirements as listed above. A hint: if you make it to the phone interview process, I’ve never heard of anyone not being made an offer afterward. The interview is mostly: can you stand for hours on end, are you committed to safety in the workplace, can you get along with your fellow co-workers, stuff like that.

After Agreeing to the Offer

If you accept, you’ll get additional information from Amazon about the site you’ll be at, and the contact list for the campgrounds at that site. Amazon will not reserve a site for you they just pay for it, so it’s up to you to contact the campground you’re most interested in at set up a reservation. This should be done as soon as possible for the best selection of sites. You’ll also get some paperwork via e-mail to sign: a confidentiality agreement and one or two other things. About one month from your target start date, you’ll have to set up your drug test which in 2013 required driving to an affiliated clinic, and since I was in the Badlands it was a good 45 minutes away. Luckily I had a two week window to get the drug test done in, so it wasn’t impossible to arrange to drive in to Sioux City on a day off.

Site Contact Numbers:

Campbellsville, KY: (270) 849-2604

Coffeyville, KS: (620) 464-2665

Fernley, NV: (775) 575-8045

This original post was written up in the summer of 2012, before I’d worked at Amazon. Since then, I have written a lot more about CamperForce. Here are links to later posts which talk more about orientation and what the work and pay is like, and more about dealing with the cold weather.

2012 season:

2013 season: (wrote mostly about what was different from the previous year)

And that covers it! Any questions or comments ask below. If you’ve worked with Amazon in the past and have any insight to add or corrections that you think should be made to this information feel free to do so. The picture for this post is TUL1, the Amazon fulfillment center in Coffeyville behind a frozen tree during the ice storm in late December 2013.

 

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35 Responses to About Amazon’s CamperForce

  1. Misty June 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    This sounds like an awesome opportunity for people who are mobile, especially if they cover electricity! The cold is what would get to me, but I have a pretty decent heater in my RV. Still, right now I’m making better money with my online projects, so I probably won’t apply. But it’s good to know this is something I could try to do if my current work should start to dry up!

    Hee, of course, I also don’t have an official high school diploma or GED. I snuck into college without it. ;) I’m assuming they would accept a bachelor’s degree, instead. Heehee.
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    • Becky June 27, 2012 at 11:26 am #

      I should think they’d accept a Bachelor’s degree. ;)

      I’m pretty sure I couldn’t do this kind of work year-round but for 3 months it should be manageable, and it should hopefully give me enough savings to be okay the rest of the winter without working. After visiting my parents for Christmas I’d like to veer down to Arizona for Quartzsite, but that’s still a ways off to be planning.

      I have an electric heater that came from the previous owner to plug into the RV, I’d probably look at getting a catalytic heater if I end up getting hired though since they sound safer adn more efficient. Least it’s a small space to have to heat but I worry about the plumbing freezing up, guess thats why heat tape and piping insulation exist. :P

    • Kim August 5, 2012 at 4:46 am #

      I wouldn’t share that one, Misty edit if you can, assume as advice from your Mom
      lol seriously..HR for many years 20+
      Only posting to help, if snuck may appear as if dishonest. Please take no offense.

      Awesome you achieved great work and hard work. ! was reading Amazon info sidetracked…

      Respectfully,
      Kim

      • Misty August 8, 2012 at 9:38 am #

        Hahaha, Kim… You should meet my mom before you tell me that I should accept advice as though it’s from my mom. ;)

        I was mostly joking about the fake high school diploma. I was home-schooled, and in Texas, a home school diploma is essential a paper from your mom saying, “We totally studied all of this, scout’s honor!”

        Employers aren’t particularly impressed by that, but it’s perfectly legal for getting into college in Texas. ;)
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  2. Kristin June 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    Thanks for the info, Becky. So, is this something you’re considering? To be honest, in my opinion, it sounds brutal… 10 hours on your feet, and I’m betting it’s all on concrete floors. The thought’s making my knees and back ache :) but it is nice to think that you could make $4,800 (before taxes, assuming $10/hour) and no utility costs over three months! That could pay for a lot of campground fees over the rest of the year…

    • Becky June 27, 2012 at 11:31 am #

      Kristin, I am expecting it to be brutal but consider it a fair trade off for not having to work the rest of the winter. I think I’ll be better off than the more traditional RVers, I’m in decent physical shape and age is on my side. At the worst it’s only 3 months and it’ll be a new experience to learn from. :)

  3. Lynn June 27, 2012 at 1:36 am #

    Sounds like slave labour to me. 10 hours on your feet every day would be very tiring.

    • Becky June 27, 2012 at 11:38 am #

      Slave labor? It’s more per hour than I make at my current job, plus they pay for rent and all utilities. It pays better than the vast majority of work camping gigs you’ll find out there, and the reason is because yes, it’s very hard work.

      It definitely is not for everyone. Hopefully this post will help others decide for themselves if it’s worth it.

  4. Marvin June 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

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    Becky ,

    The work sounds tiresome and rough on the feet and knees , but the money is a lot better than other temp work . The completion bonus would also be a sweet deal .

    Are the pipes on your RV exposed or covered ? A small ceramic heater on the lowest setting and a timer could easily solve your warming issue . Most of the time a simple light bulb on an ext cord would provide enough heat .

    I prefer to do temp work for a few months to supplement other income and keep a cushion built up . I always seem to have more things on my list than time to do .

    • Becky June 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

      The grey and black water pipes are exposed where they meet at the line, the rest of them are enclosed. I’ve done some looking on Casita forums and it seems like it could be done with some heat tape and yeah, a ceramic or catalytic heater for the inside.

      I’d be getting enough from doing this to actually build up my cushion, hopefully enough that I could go to Quartzsite afterwards and not feel bad about not working while I’m there.

      From what I’ve seen it’s the highest paying work camping gig out there.

  5. Ross Macintosh June 28, 2012 at 4:29 am #

    Take the work when you can. Eventually the robots will get all this kind of work. =;^)

    Do you think it will be depressing to see all the cool stuff everyone else (amazon customers) are getting for Christmas? To avoid that downer, think of yourself as one of Santa’s elves. Spread the Christmas cheer.

    • Becky June 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

      Yeah many people who do this call themselves Christmas elves. :P I’ve never been that attached to stuff so I don’t see it getting to me. I mean right now I work in retail selling things to people that I can’t afford myself and it isn’t an issue, I get satisfaction in matching the right customer to the right solution actually, it’s a positive experience for me.

      Besides, the money I’ll make goes toward funding my life of adventure, if I can save up enough to get to go to Quartzsite without having to stop and work again, how cool would that be? It’ll be the first time I’ve had more than 2 weeks off since I entered the work force, actually since I got my first job at 15 really.

  6. Joe July 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    Yep, I’ll be trying Amazon this year in KY. Did you know there are also better paying seasonal jobs out there for RVers? I won’t show up in KY until Nov because I’ll be working the sugar beet harvest in northern MN just before that for almost $14/hr. They also pay all camping costs.

    • Becky July 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

      Wow, nice Joe, how did you learn about that?

      I’ll be speaking to someone at the Coffeyville site tomorrow, I guess that’s my phone interview. :P Seems like most of the people who blog/are active in forums are going for the KY site, hopefully I won’t be all alone in Kansas. ;)

      • Joe July 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

        I first heard about the beet harvest on Workamper News. One of my RVing friends also happens to be a foreman at one of the sites so I got to learn the real story from someone I trust. If you want to check it out go to http://sugarbeetharvest.com/
        Don’t worry about being alone in KS, I’m sure there will be plenty of other folks there. A lot depends on where they want to spend the winter I think. I chose KY so I can head to FL from there. If I was going to be a winter Texan, I’d pick KS.

        • Becky July 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

          Thanks for the link Joe! I’m signed on for Coffeyville starting Oct. 1st, but maybe next year I’ll give that a go.

          I’m heading North after Amazon to be with my family in Wisconsin for Christmas (yeah, gonna winterize the RV first, or maybe fine some place to store it in Kansas while I drive up in the truck). Like I said I think I’m doing this full-timing thing wrong, being in the South at the hottest part of the year then moving north in the fall, lol.

          have fun in KY!

  7. Cookie July 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    I have applied last week for Campbellsville, inspite my concern it may to much for me. All the photos that Amazon has posted show very mature adults doing this work. My biggest concern of the duties is the 30% stairs, I have a fear of going down stairs..yes fear of falling.

    In addition I called one of the RV parks today and they had a recording that the Amazon sites were all booked but they had a waiting list. Also, I have a dog. I can’t be the only one that has a dog that will need to go out at least once in a 11+ hour period. Maybe I should just do dog walking for the RV’ers! Those campgrounds are rather costly if staying there on your own around $475 +. I would like to find some over 65 year olds that have worked there in the past and hear what they have to say.

    • Becky July 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

      Hiya Cookie,

      You can always send a e-mail to the seasonal-camper e-mail I listed in the post with your concerns and see what they say. One of campgrounds I tried was full as well, but fortunately my first choice still had sites available (the one right across the road – it may not be sceneic but I’m there to work, traveling around and seeing the sights comes after my term is up).

      If you read the descriptions you’ll see that not every job requires climbing ladders, just some of them.

      Anyway, best of luck! Thanks for posting and let me know how it works out for you.

  8. Cookie July 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Becky I haven’t had a phone interview yet, but I will ask when they call.
    Thanks for all the information!

  9. Madcap August 31, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Your blog came highly recommended and it didn’t disappoint!! You’re attention to all the details is fantastic!! We’re in Coffeyville Kansas now awaiting our start with Amazon. We’re staying at the “campground” across the street, Big Chief RV Park. We’ll also be overnight pickers!! It’s a small small world!! Can’t wait to meet!! Until then…Enjoy the Adventure!!
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    • Becky September 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

      I just finished reading your blog, it’s great to hear from folks who are already in Coffeyville, now I know some of the things to do and places to visit when I get there!

      Yep, I’ll also be at Big Chief, but my meet and greet won’t be until 9/30 (if everything goes as planned, what with the issues they seem to be having). When I arrive I’ll definitely look you guys up. I’m pretty excited. A bit nervous too since it’ll be my first big trip in the RV, but mostly excited. :)

  10. Libby September 3, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    I have been hired at the Fernley site and I am excited. I look at the hard work as a way to get healthy and make money. I can do just about anything for 90 days and I am ready to get started now! Weight loss, lowered blood pressure and enough money to do upgrades on my rv!

    • Becky September 4, 2012 at 12:39 am #

      Indeed! I think I likely won’t have time to keep up with my jogging routine, but if I’m walking 10+ miles a day as a picker I figure that’ll be good enough. :P

      You bring up another good point too. The way I see it, life is 10% what happens to us, and 90% how we react to it. Some people would look at working at Amazon as mind numbing and physically grueling, not enjoyable at all. But by choosing to see the positives as you and I do (an opportunity to experience something new, a beneficial exercise routine, and enough money to do whatever we please with further down the road), our experience will be much more pleasant.

  11. Regina and mark November 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    The info. about working Amozon is extremely helpful. Thank you.

    • Becky November 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

      You’re very welcome, thanks for reading and commenting and welcome to IO. :)

  12. David Heckler December 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    I am at Campbellsville, KY. This is the first year for me and it is almost over. I work in the IT dept. I stay at the Stables Campground. I went to KY because my friend worked at all 3 over five years and had a bad experience in KS. It has been good for me and I think I will come back next year. The Stables is the best campground if you have a tow car or a truck. I have lived in a mini RV or a travel trailer for the last 5 years. I have worked for The Army Corps of Engineers and a few entertainment venues. I am also a PC tech. and can find people who need help with one.

    • Becky December 15, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

      Glad to hear it David. Coffeyville, KS has worked out well for me, it seems like the experience varies quite a bit from year to year.

  13. carol mcgovern August 23, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    I am appling at Fernley for the first time. My motorhome leaves me without transportation to work. Is there a share-a-ride system? I would be willing to share gas expense. I sort of wanted to work nights and weekends for the extra $$ but I am flexible. Thanks, I will look for your replies. Carol

    • Becky August 24, 2013 at 11:54 am #

      Hi Carol. Amazon does not arrange for transportation for any of their employees (at least they didn’t at Coffeyville, definitely ask the person who interviews you for the position about it), so if you’re at a campground that isn’t within walking distance of the site, you’re going to have to make good friends with other people at your park that do have vehicles. Good luck and let us know how it goes!

  14. Dwayne January 2, 2014 at 2:50 am #

    Just got done working my second year at Fernley. For people who are wondering about working, for your information 4 out of 5 employees that worked last year returned. There were 406 camperforce employees, 240 had perfect attendance.
    On a little side note, there is a gas station in Fernley that is part of the Kroger chain. I purchased $1250 worth of various gift card (Lowes, Home Depot, Amazon). That entitled me to 5 purchases of gas (35 gallons) at $1.00 off per gallon. Saved over $125 getting home. And Amazon gives a 50 cent a hour bonus if you stay the entire time.

    • Becky January 2, 2014 at 11:21 am #

      That’s some interesting facts Dwayne, the returning rate for Coffeyville was pretty similar, but we had only around 220 work campers at any one time for the 2013 season.

      The thought of buying over $1000 in gift cards makes me balk, but if you’re going to be buying that much anyway might as well get some money off on gas for your troubles yes.

      And yep I listed the bonus under the ‘Benefits’s section in the post, it’s $1.00 at Coffeyville and Campbellsville.

  15. Jaxpat February 17, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    Hi there, we applied online for the Fernley site, after 3 weeks I received a voicemail message at 11:00 PM and a follow up call the following early afternoon. My husband and I were not together at the time of the call so we scheduled a time to phone interview together with this past Friday at 4:00 PM. CamperForce didn’t call. We were ready, prepared and real excited about the interview, and disappointed that they didn’t follow through with the appointment.

    I suspect that with the amount of applications, they are busy working through that list and by completing phone interviews.

    Does anyone have this same experience and how will we know if they’ll call us back? Or if we should just move on to other opportunities? Like I said, we were anticipating the challenges of working long hours and not at a desk, a new environment, meeting people in the same situation and a short work commitment with opportunity to save a little for our year-round adventure.

    • Becky February 18, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

      I’ve never heard of anyone not getting a call once Amazon had confirmed a phone interview time, that’s unusual. Mine was late by about 15 minutes once though. I’d try getting in contact with them again, my guess is there was a mis-communication on their end and someone forgot.

      CamperForce really isn’t that hard to get into. In fact if you say “yes” to everything in the phone interview, you’re guaranteed the offer as far as I know. The phone interview is really more of a: Can you stay on your feet for a 10 hour shift, are you dedicated to keeping a safe work environment, do you play nice with others, kind of a thing.

      Good luck, hope it works out!

  16. Roger March 2, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    Hi Becky,

    Well I had a phone interview, my cell battery died in the middle and nowhere to plug it in. I told the interviewer that it could happen and apologized just in case. they called me back the next day and finished, and then she extended an offer and I excepted.
    I haven’t heard anything back yet. Does it take a while for them to contact after the initial interview? The interview was about the 12th of Feb., any ideas on this??
    BTW, my plan after Fernley if nothing comes up is to go to Quartzite. Since I have been thru Q many times, I have never experienced RVing there, it sounds like it would be fun.

    Roger

    • Becky March 4, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

      As long as you verbally accepted the offer at the end of your interview, you should be good, you’re not the first to report on this sort of problem. From what I’ve seen, each site’s CamperForce team is really only one or two people, and they have to do all of the work of interviews and organizing paperwork, and especially this time of year with so many people coming in, it can take a while for them to get back to you. The non-disclosure agreement and other paperwork to fill out might not come until summer, I think that’s when I got mine last year. If you’re anxious to get started on landing a RV spot (which I was), go ahead and e-mail or call in and ask for that list, I had to do that last year.

      If I go to Fernley this year which looks likely, I’ll be heading to Quartzsite afterward, it’s something I’ve been wanting to do since the early days of planning to hit the road.

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