We love our workampers! Having workampers on our staff has been a great experience for us and them!
If you are interested in a workamper job in a super-friendly mountain town (think “Mayberry”) with hiking trails, fishing, horseback riding, antique shops, lot of downtown shopping, and live music, then we have a great position for you.
There are two positions, one for the Wildflower Bed and Breakfast and one for the Ozark Country Inn. The Ozark Country Inn is still in the process of being purchased. Closing date should be around the end of May.
AROUND THE AREA
Mountain View Area
Our little mountain town of Mountain View, Arkansas is located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains in Central/North Arkansas. It is on a plateau surrounding by beautiful mountain ridges. The White River runs through the north end of the county, which is perfect for fishing. The Sylamore Creek intersects with the White River providing a great place for canoeing and kayaking. There are plenty of hiking trails, mountain bike trails, and great overlooks. The Blanchard Springs Caverns are a must see, along with the springs and Mirror Lake.
Mountain View is also home to many musicians and artisans. There is live music every weekend at the Picking Park, the porch of the MV Music Store, and the Court Square stage. The Mountain View Meeting Place has a show four nights per week. The Arkansas Craft School provides a place for folks to learn many types of arts and crafts. Artisans display their wares at the Arkansas Craft Guild Handcraft Museum. All of these locations are within walking distance of the Wildflower.
The Ozark Folk Center State Park is less than a mile from the Wildflower. Our work campers get free access any time. The craft village at the OFC has over 20 hand craft artisans that work daily on their crafts, including pottery, candle making, black smithing, wood carving, and so much more. They also have a 1000 seat theater where guest musicians come for concerts. Several times per year, they host music workshops for folk instruments.
There are other activities as well, such as horseback riding, Loco Ropes tree top ropes course and zip lines, several other music venues, and an excellent disc gold course.
Even though we are a small town, we do have a Walmart Supercenter and a Harps. There are several medical clinics and a top-rated hospital. There is chiropractic care, massage therapy, physical therapy, and a gym.
As full time RVers, you have likely experienced the togetherness of people of like interest. Bed and Breakfast guests are somewhat the same. They are usually very social people who love meeting and talking with others. Several times per year, we have groups that return together on an annual basis. We are also blessed to have returning guests who have become like family to us. Some have “interesting” personality quirks, but most are just genuinely delightful. An “undesirable” guest is an exceedingly rare occurrence.
Since our busy time is through the weekend, days off will be during the week. Usually, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are days of for the work camper, but that may vary. For a weekend or more than two days off, a 2 week notice is required.
The hourly rate for our work campers is $12 per hour. The first 15 hours will go toward rental of the RV space. Our work campers are 1099 contract employees, so the remainder will be paid in full. Work campers will receive a 1099 at the end of the year. If you wish to be a W-2 employee, that can be arranged.
There are also great perks like free tickets to the Ozark Folk Center, breakfasts, free concessions at the music shows, and much more. We treat our workampers like family (the good family!) .
THE WILDFLOWER BED AND BREAKFAST
Our business consists of three parts. The Wildflower Bed and Breakfast, Cottages at the Wildflower, and the Mountain View Meeting Place.
The Wildflower Bed and Breakfast consists of 8 rooms, 2 on the ground floor and 6 upstairs. The building is over 100 years old but is well built with very little maintenance issues. The dining room holds up to 16 people comfortably, but we can add tables to hold up to 20. A virtual tour is available at our website.
The Cottages at the Wildflower are located just next door. They are two cottages in one building with a laundry room in between. They are handicapped accessible and pet friendly. Each one has a king bed and full kitchen.
The Mountain View Meeting Place is located across the main parking lot from the B and B. It is a small venue for events, 1000 square feet total with about 800 square feet of public space. We have a free music show featuring local musicians every Tuesday and Thursday night, which is broadcast on the MVMP Facebook page. Friday nights, we host the Pam Setser Show. She is a professional musician (and a super nice lady) who has a weekly show. We rent the space for public and private events as well.
The RV pad has full hookups and included broadband Wi Fi. It is located just behind the Mountain View Meeting Place, so there is some privacy from the guests. It can accommodate a 45 foot motor home/camper trailer. As with the BnB, it is within walking distance of the Court Square, restaurants, shops, Pickin’ Park, music store, and other attractions.
Duties of the Work Camper
The main duties of our work campers will be kitchen help on busy days (usually Friday through Sunday mornings), clean rooms and cottages as well as common areas, and clean the small event center. For kitchen duty, the work camper arrives about 7:30 am. One of us will have breakfast started. The work camper will be responsible for helping serve breakfast and cleaning up the kitchen and dining room after breakfast. After breakfast cleanup, the work camper will look over the front of the BnB, checking for trash, straightening the porch, and changing the trash on the porch.
Other duties include checking the Meeting Place to ensure it is clean and ready for events, restocking and refreshing rooms if needed, yard work (mowing, weed eating, pulling weeds, watering flowers, etc.). There will be times where the work camper will need to answer the phone, take reservations, and check guests in to their rooms. There may also be special projects, like painting, organizing, or redecorating for the season as required.
For couples, there is plenty of work for both work campers. We want our work campers to enjoy their work here and have plenty of time to experience the area.
THE OZARK COUNTRY INN
The Ozark Country Inn is owned by Christopher Smith, who also owns and operates the Wildflower Bed and Breakfast, the Mountain View Meeting Place event center, and the Cottages at the Wildflower.
The Inn consists of 7 rooms, 2 on the ground floor and 5 upstairs. The building is over 100 years old but is well built with very little maintenance issues. The dining room holds up to 12 people comfortably.
The RV pad has full hookups and included broadband Wi Fi. It is located next to the Innkeepers quarters in the back. The space is covered with a metal RV cover.
Duties of the Workamper
The main duties of our workampers will be kitchen help on busy days (usually Friday through Sunday mornings), clean rooms and common areas. For kitchen duty, the workamper arrives about 7:30 am. The innkeeper will have breakfast started. The workamper will be responsible for helping serve breakfast and cleaning up the kitchen and dining room after breakfast. After breakfast cleanup, the workamper will look over the common areas checking for trash and provide needed cleaning.
Other duties include restocking and refreshing rooms if needed and yard work (mowing, weed eating, pulling weeds, watering flowers, etc.). There will be times where the workamper will need to answer the phone, take reservations, and check guests in to their rooms. There may also be special projects, like painting, organizing, or redecorating for the season as required.
For couples, there is plenty of work for both workampers. We want our workampers to enjoy their work here and have plenty of time to experience the area.
Since our busy time is through the weekend, days off will be during the week. Usually, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are days of for the workamper, but that may vary. For a weekend or more than two days off, a 2 week notice is required.
The hourly rate for our workamper is $12 per hour. The first 15 hours will go toward rental of the RV space. Our workampers are 1099 contract employees, so the remainder will be paid in full. Workampers will receive a 1099 at the end of the year. If you wish to be a W-2 employee, that can be arranged.
I hope this answers all of the main questions that you may. Please feel free to email us at innkeeper@thewildflowerBandB.com if you have any other questions or concerns.
On a personal note, we love to involve our work campers in activities as much as they wish such as music jams, board and card games, meals together, and other social activities. We also respect your privacy and wishes.
Thank you for your interest. Please feel free to look at our Facebook pages, our websites, our YouTube channel, or just give us a call at 870-269-4383.
Christopher Smith Owner/Innkeepers Wildflower Bed and Breakfast