One of the most important considerations when planning for a new work and travel opportunity is housing. Everyone has different needs and preferences. Some job seekers would prefer to live and work in a resort town and find their own housing through traditional lease/rental arrangements. Others job seekers would prefer to locate those employers who provide employee housing on-site or very close to the work location (as is very common in National Parks and more remote / rural locations).
If you're new to CoolWorks and are looking for general information on what types of employee housing are commonly provided, start with this Job Seeker Resource for a proper introduction: Seasonal Job Housing.
CoolWorks provides a few different options for searching and filtering employers by the types of housing they have indicated that they have available.
The quickest option is to visit the Jobs with Housing page. These are all employers who have indicated that they have some form of housing available for job seekers.
Another quick option is the Jobs with RV Spaces page. This is especially helpful for those folks who have their own housing on wheels and are looking for an employer that will provide them a space to setup during their employment.
Another tool that provides more options in your job search is the housing filters available on the Job Search page.
Here you will find six different search filter options, which are explained in detail below.
- Employer Housing - this option filters by employers who have indicated that they provide housing for their staff, usually at a cost that is deducted from pay
- Help Me Find Housing - this option filters by employer who have indicated that they are able to help employees locate housing nearby
- Find My Own Housing - this option filters employers who do nor provide housing, and employees are expected to make their own housing accommodations, likely through traditional leases / rentals in the local community
- Family Housing - this option identifies employers who have indicated that they have housing available for families, which generally means something with slightly more amenities (kitchen, private bedroom/bathroom) than the shared / dorm-style housing that is typical for employee housing
- Pet-Friendly - while seasonal jobs and jobs that provide housing are generally not ideal environments for pets, some employers do allow pets on-site in housing, and this filter helps identify those employers
- Private Housing - this option identifies employers who have indicated that they have private housing available, meaning the employee will have their own private living as opposed to a shared / dorm-style accommodation
Always Ask First
Even if an employer shows up in a certain search result, it is always advisable to ask and confirm details before you accept a position. Some employers hire dozens or even hundreds of staff, and while they may have certain types of accommodation available, they may run out of some types of housing options. For example, an employer who indicates that they have private housing available may only have a limited number of private housing options available on a first-come/first-served basis, and they may only have shared dorm rooms left at the time that you're applying. So always ask, confirm, and if possible, request in writing the type of housing that you will be provided before you accept and travel to a new position.