Want to camp out and work for Amazon? Want to find a small town and work for Amazon? Want to travel and work for Amazon? Want a good job with no "career" ambitions?
Maybe there should be a poster with Uncle Amazon pointing a finger and saying "Amazon Wants You." O.K., so maybe you won't understand that reference if you're under 50 but the fact is that Amazon is hiring seasonal workers in Kentucky, Kansas and Nevada. Amazon calls them the "Camper Force" because many of them are transients living in RV parks while serving as seasonal employees in distribution centers in Campbellsville, Kentucky, Coffeyville, Kansas and Fernley, Nevada.
Some just come for the holiday season to pack, sort and ship items during the holiday rush. They may have a home base and just come for the travel adventure and the opportunity to fund an extended trip away from home. Others are a bit more migratory - moving from one temporary job to another.
Amazon needs seasonal employees in the distribution centers because of the extremely high volume during the holiday season. On the peak day in 2012 Amazon customers ordered more than 26 1/2 million items worldwide. That comes out to 306 items per second so it's pretty easy to understand the need for additional help.
Amazon is hiring 70,000 full-time seasonal workers this holiday season at its order fulfillment centers and these workers average about 94% of what a regular employee is paid. And, they are eligible for health care benefits.
As you might imagine, these employees are a tremendous economic boost to the local communities, occupying RV campsites, eating in local restaurants, enjoying local entertainment resources, etc.
It may be a bit late to plan anything for this holiday season, but it is not too early to start thinking about how you might like to spend the next holiday season. The camaraderie of these workers getting together after work and on their days off will lead to lifelong friendships and the conversations will surely lead to other seasonal opportunities to consider. A couple of examples would be serving as a campground host in a state or federal park or something really different like working in the apple orchards in the lovely small city of Wenatchee, Washington in the fall. But, whatever you might decide to do, embrace this new and challenging opportunity and . . . Keep on Traveling!