Creek Retreat & Campground
Lodging & Camping
Wilderness Campsites, Cabins / Cottage, Tipi rentals & Lodging
Located off U.S. Rt. 50, 3
miles east of Mt. Storm, WV
Back to www.AbramsCreek.com
Role - Job Description
the Lodge House / Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Cabin and Campground Guests and
Interested persons may contact Michael at 703-755-0607, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abrams Creek Retreat and Campground
- We offer 20 acres of wild
whitewater stream, deep forest, open meadow, tent sites, tipis, 10 rustic
cabins, a 2-bedroom cottage, and a 6-bedroom lodge house with a commercial
kitchen, Our campsites set into
the forest, designed to facilitate a true experience of nature.
- As an affordable retreat and
campground, we are in a position to offer excellent prices to individuals,
and to attract groups that otherwise might not be able to afford putting
on an event.We are particularly
interested in drawing groups that focus on promoting environmental
responsibility, social justice, and personal freedom.
- As an organization, we are
committed to environmentally sound systems and structures using
permaculture principles wherever practical.We are at the beginning stages of this,
and we welcome people with the insights and energy to help us move closer
to this ideal, while recognizing that economics and other pragmatic
considerations may limit how fast we can move in this direction.
- We also have a small motel 3
miles to the west.We have two
caretakers there as well; by cooperating with each other, everyone
benefits from skill-sharing, flexible staffing, and mutual support.
House Caretaker -- Skills Desired:
- Independent, self-reliant person
who is kind yet assertive enough to be in charge
- Ability to work independently
and in groups
- Has a general passion in keeping
a home clean and beautiful for guests.
- We are not able to
accommodate children or pets.
- Has good communication-social
- Can answer phones and return
or pass on phone messages as well as check missed calls and return them
- Mechanical skills a plus
(handy if something needs to be fixed or repaired, but not required)
- A love for wilderness/
- Eco-conscious / eco-minded,
environmentally friendly & aware
- Healthy life-style a plus
- Non-drinker, no tobacco use for at least the last 5 years.
- Current valid driver’s
license in good standing is required; preferably, have your own vehicle.
- Prefer someone who goes to
bed at a reasonable hour and rises relatively early (i.e. rises by 8:00am).
Late night personalities may be inconsistent with our Lodge House Quiet
Hours and Guest / Tenant sleep schedules
- Knowledge of first aid / CPR
This individual will be one of
two caretakers living full time at the Lodge House, 7 days a week.This position is designed to provide a basic
living as well as flexible time off.However,
your presence during busy Lodge House / Campground weekends and events are a
big plus and greatly appreciated, as this individual can assist in maintaining
order and to provide guidance to guests.The caretaker registers and assists guests in getting them settled into
their respective rooms and performs regular house cleaning duties, as well as administering
general guidance to campers / cabin renters and basic campsite cleaning after
Caretaker should be present
(along with owner) to receive/ assist guests during busy high season weekend
check-in hours, to answer phones, keep the house clean, to wash bedding after
guests leave and in general keep the place beautiful (guests are expected to
clean up after themselves in the kitchen). This is an ongoing position; we prefer
someone who will be with us at least a year, but will consider other
arrangements as well.
In exchange for their duties
as a Caretaker of the Lodge,
this Caretaker will receive:
- Free lodging and use of Lodge
House and all of its amenities when not in use by guests.
- Natural and organic food
- Access to all events and
happenings at the Lodge and Campground
- Free utilities including:
- Unlimited long distance phone
service (2 lines)
- Free high speed satellite
- Free computer use
- Free electric / heat / utilities
- Free use of washer / dryer
- Free use of a well stocked
and equipped kitchen
- Free satellite TV
- All normal supplies except
- We do *not* supply your
transportation or transportation costs.The campground vehicles are for use only on our properties, unless specifically
authorized for a special use.
The caretakers’ bedrooms are located on the ground
floor.There are two bathrooms nearby on
that level. Each caretaker's bedroom has a queen bed, telephone, basic
furnishings, and is clean and well maintained. There are four bedrooms on the
ground floor level, including a dormitory style room for guests, two bedrooms
for the two caretakers, and a small sleeping room for the owner.
What we would like in exchange for all of the above:
- A person who lives in the
home and cares for the home as if it were their own, keeping up its appearance and helping to keep its guests
happy. Your presence provides support, continuity, and security to this
- You are the face of this
business -- do your best to sell the place (cabin rental, campsites, lodge
house room, etc.) to whomever is on the phone or on the front porch.
- Basic lawn maintenance.
- Keeping the house, cottage,
cabins and tent sites neat and orderly, including performing a list of
weekly and monthly cleaning chores as needed -- vacuuming / mopping /
cleaning bathrooms as needed...
- Answering the phone and
taking messages or passing on owner’s number for more detailed
information regarding lodging / camping/ retreats.
- Being available for
scheduled maintenance appointments and contractors. You would need to let
them in and generally supervise if needed during their work.
- Overseeing new monthly
rental tenants and their minimal needs.
- Collecting money from
weekly / monthly tenants and any guests that may stay at the lodge house,
cottage, cabins or tent sites. This will include using the online
booking system and processing credit cards.
- Sleep schedule must be
consistent with business hours.
- As this is a hospitality
business, pride should be taken in
keeping the household neat and clean
- Need someone who can
enforce our House Rules to our guests, our own staff members, and lives by
them themselves. Quiet Hours and the No Shoes policy are especially
important to enforce for all guests and tenants peace and serenity.
- The base number of hours
required for this caretaker position is 21 hours per week, in exchange for
meals and lodging.Additional work
is available for pay, or you may choose to work outside the campground,
run your own business (with our support and encouragement), or just live
very simply so that you can pursue your personal interests.
- Write daily reports so that
we can all stay in touch with each other.
- Check mail each day; place
mail into mail slots in kitchen
- Oversee the general order
of the property as a whole, and of the lodge house, cottage, cabins and tent
- If kitchen or other trash
cans get noticeably dirty, please wipe down
- If noticeable smudges
appear on a door or near a door knob or light switch, please wipe down
- Change out recycling bags
if they get fullboth in basement
and in laundry room area -- put full into garage
- Place all full trash bags
into outside dumpster
- Note: Please check
periodically, that basement lights and heaters are not on / running after
tenants leave for the day. Also, ask tenants not to run basement bedroom
electric heaters much higher than the specified temperatures in order to
control electricity costs.
- Note: Please do not disturb
tenants in basement after 9/9:30pm at night as they often need to go to
bed to wake by 5am. Do enforce Quiet Hours among them and basement TV off
- Frequent work opportunities
will arise both at the Lodge House and at the campground where additional
monies can be made on a regular basis at $10/hour.
- If you are a skilled
handyman, and have a vehicle, you are free to take on jobs / work in the
community, esp. during the morning and afternoon hours.
- If you possess marketable
workshop type skills (for example: yoga instructor, artist, etc.) you are
free to market (with our help) workshops throughout the year where you
keep the monies made.
- The position does not
include health care or vision or dental coverage.We can help you to select individual
plans that are affordable.
- There are only a couple of
slow months typically during the whole year, and as time passes, we are
working on filling those time periods with workshops and events that utilize
whole lodge house rentals.
Lessons learned from past Caretakers
- Caretaker should keep a neat
and clean appearance, and wear clothes appropriate for running a tenant /
guest house that will include guests from all walks of life.
- Please do not set the whole
house thermostat beyond the specified temperature.It takes an enormous amount of energy to
raise a 4,000 square foot house even 1 degree.
- Be extremely courteous and
helpful to potential guests on the phone and in person. Frequently, people
are considering several locations for their vacation and it is up to us to
sell them on ours – usually we will get only one chance.
- Please be very conscientious
about our tenants Quiet / Sleep Hours, particularly Sunday night through
Thursday night. Our tenants are frequently are in bed by 9/10pm to be up
by 5am. Loud TV’s, noisy
foot stomping, excessive noise on kitchen floor or any stair case,
- Please do enforce all House
Rules with tenants, as well as any overnight guests in the house. Also, we
must abide by the same rules that we enforce as well.
- Please do enforce the “No
Shoes” rule in the lodge
house. This really helps to minimize cleaning efforts and reduces noise on
- Most guests visit between
Friday night and Sunday. Cleaning chores, after the weekend guests depart,
can be spread out over 4-5 days so as to balance the work over several days
and to allow a good job at caring for the house.
- Absolutely no pets in the Lodge
House or Retreat Cottage. Not guests pets, not our own. Dogs, but not cats, may stay in the
cabins or at tent sites.Dogs must
be on a leash at all times outside of the cabins.
- The basement is an equally
important area of the house to keep clean (vacuuming / dusting / monthly
floor mopping / keeping bathrooms clean and trash/ recycling bins
emptied). Our tenants are a big part of our financial livelihood for the
winter and they should be kept happy and feel good about the place that
- Illegal drug use of any
kind is never acceptable
- Guests are allowed to
consume alcohol moderately, and to smoke at a distance from the lodge
house, cabins, or cottage.The caretaker is not to consume
alcohol at any time on the premises.
- Our guests are here for
their own purposes.We need to be
friendly to them, but not to impose on them in any way, or behave in ways
that might make them uncomfortable.In particular, romantic/sexual advances toward guests are not
- Your private bedroom /
personal space is yours, but needs to be kept reasonably clean and in
- No pets or other animals are to be kept on the premises.No wild or feral animals are to be fed
or otherwise encouraged to be near human habitations.
Interested persons may contact Michael
at 703-755-0607, or email email@example.com.