Monday, December 24, 2012

Friends and Summer Job


Rockport, Texas
Saltwater Flats RV Resort
Weather Condition; High 81 Low 63, Sunny

We have been busy this week. On Wednesday we went to the post office to mail a few Christmas gifts and had lunch at The Shack - Bar B Q in Fulton.

Friday we attended a 60th wedding anniversary for our good friends Charlie and Carol. WOW! Sixty years, that’s a life time. They are a wonderful couple.

On Saturday we did laundry and ran to the grocery store to pick up a few last minute items.

Sunday a group of us met for lunch. We went to Butter Churn. It’s a buffet with home style cooking. We all stuffed ourselves and had a good visit. 

Later that afternoon we drove our friends Charlie and Carol to the Corpus Christi International Airport. They’re flying to Amarillo to spend Christmas with their daughter and family.

I did skip a day there, Thursday! I skipped Thursday because that was an interesting day for us. We decided last summer that we would try our luck at bidding on a gate attendant job with Our Lands and Waters Foundation. We requested to be placed on the bidders list for summer 2013 season. We received our bid packet on November 27th.  The deadline for bidding was December 18th.

Can I just say that it covered a lot of information? It was 61 pages that contain information covering the job description and a lot of legal jargon!   

We’ve never bid on a job. This was a new experience for us. We didn’t expect to get the job but at least we would have knowledge for future bidding.

We read the bid packet and talked about it. A week or so later we read it again. We discussed it and dropped it. A week later we discussed it some more and sent emails to the contact asking for clarification on a few items. We read the packet again and had a lengthy discussion. This time we decided to go for it.

We submitted our bid for 3 different parks on December 10th.  We planned on getting a response sometime after the first of the year.

Thursday morning we received a call informing us that we were awarded the bid.  We couldn’t believe it! We have a summer job near our home turf.

The job is gate attendant at a Corps of Engineers lake. This park has 23 RV sites, day use pavilion and 2 boat ramps. The hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. 4 days on and 4 days off. Our contract dates are April 1st to September 30th. We are looking forward to the experience and the extra cash will be nice too. We will be paid for our hours and provided with an RV site with utilities and storage building.

We were going to spend most of our summer in the area anyway due to a few events that we were planning on attending so we’ll be getting paid for being in the area, how sweet is that?! 

8 comments:

  1. Congratulations! What lake will you be at?

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  2. Sound like you two have a great plan for next summer...and extra cash is always nice!

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  3. sounds very sweet to me :) congrats...and Merry Christmas

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  4. Congrats on your summer job! I just learned last week I will be working at Yellowstone National Park this summer.

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  5. That's a really interesting idea to bid on a job - like an actual occupation is bid as though it's a project. I find that fascinating. Seems like there's a business idea somewhere in there... helping connect job searchers with job offerers...

    What sites or resources did you use for help learning what price to bid?

    Andrew
    Mattress Insider

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  6. I've never heard of bidding for a work-kamping job. So are you considered an independent contractor? Are you covered by workman's comp insurance? The paying work-kamping job I had last summer and the volunteer job I have now both have workman's comp coverage. It will be interesting to hear more about this job on your blog.

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