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The Caretaker Gazette
Caretaking opportunities that have appeared in THE CARETAKER GAZETTE
(Note: These opportunities are from back issues of the GAZETTE, starting in 1983. All landowners' phone numbers, addresses, emails, etc. have been removed from this sample page)
CARETAKER NEEDED late September to May on a self sufficient comfortable Aleutian homestead. Free housing and stipend. Orcas, eiders, sea otters, caribou, hydroelectric power, Internet, loom, hot tub. Writers and naturalists have prospered here. Please call (907) XXX-XXXX.

COUPLE, or a single person able to handle isolation, is needed on a remote southern Arizona ranch. Caretaker, cooking, housekeeping, and maintenance responsibilities. Small salary, housing and insurance provided. Please send a letter to: XXXXX XXXXXX, PO Box XXXX, Tucson, AZ 85702.

CARETAKER(S) NEEDED. Responsible, competent single man or couple, with one child OK, with strong body and alternative minded. Must be enthusiastic about rustic jungle life, experience with off-grid living and solar equipment. No tobacco or alcohol users please. Maintenance of 2Ĺ acre homestead in a beautiful coastal jungle area in an eclectic, but rootsy, neighborhood on the Big Island. Care for orchards, garden, and cats. Small but comfortable cabin provided. Please send a letter explaining why you are interested in this opportunity, to: XXX XXXXXX, XX-XXXX Napoopoo Rd, Captain Cook, HI 96704.

CARETAKERS needed on the Great Keppel Island to look after a holiday house. Live in flat available, perfect for a couple. Please apply in writing to XXXXXX XXXXX, XX Challis Avenue, Potts Point, NSW 2011 Australia.

HOUSESITTER WANTED during owner's absence and companion for exploring the jungle, fishing, snorkeling, coral reef and canoe trips. Have your own bedroom, living room and bath on 3rd floor overlooking the Caribbean. Pay for telephone, electricity, and your own food. Please write to X. XXXXX, XXXX SW 138th Avenue, Miami, FL 33186 or call (305) XXX-XXXX.

LOOKING FOR a semi-retired person or couple for part-time light duties on a small Caribbean resort. Free housing on the resort's premises plus moderate pay in exchange for about 50 hours per month work. Applicant should be in good health, resourceful, and addiction and drug-free. If you are handy, it is a plus. Please email letter to or fax to (425) XXX-XXXX, or mail to PO Box XXX, Culebra, PR 00775 for info.

LOOKING FOR SOMEONE like me . . . Mother naturalist establishing retreat. Room/board exchanged for creativity and fulfillment of a dream. For more info, please contact XXXXX XXXXX, RR 1 Box XXX, Ewing, VA 24248.

NEED CARETAKER or handyman or woman or couple to help on 8Ĺ acre farm and Inn on Orcas Island. Person or persons need their own tools to do fence mending, landscaping, light plumbing, light electrical. Lots of landscaping and gardening in small orchard garden. Have just purchased property and need help getting it into shape. Have some tools but not for carpentry jobs etc. Person will work with animals, ducks, Geese, miniature horses, etc. Will exchange room or guest cottage for work. Please call XXXXX XXXXXXXX at (360) XXX-XXXX.

HELP WANTED year-round to caretake home, property, and pets (one dog, six cats). 37 acre property half way between Santa Fe and Taos, bordered by the Rio Grande. Two bedroom, recently remodeled home, (unfurnished) plus utilities offered, as well as negotiated salary. To apply, please fax: (505) XXX-XXXX.

CARETAKER positions available on St. John in a hillside community. Free housing and a 40% meal discount are available. Anyone aged 18 to 80 is eligible to apply. Please write to XXXX XXX XXXXX, Box XXX, Cruz Bay, Virgin Islands 00831.

HOUSESITTERS of adventuresome spirit, Europeans, jet setters, retirees, caretakers. Discover unspoiled Alamos, Sonora's city of silver in semitropical Sierra Madre Mountains. Live in 250-year-old Spanish colonial mansions. Experience a unique community. The Santa Fe of Mexico. Little theater, tennis courts, bridge club, poker, chess. 4000' municipal airport. Please write XXX XXXXXXX, Postal # XX, Alamos, Sonora, Mexico 85760, or call 011-XX-XXX-XXXXX.

EVER CONSIDER spending time in a tropical climate? Within walking distance of one of the world's most biodiverse national parks? Located in southwestern Costa Rica, on the Osa Peninsula, our farm is just outside of Dos Brazos en el Tigre, 6 km downriver from Corcouado National Park. We are a working homestead looking to develop a crop or crops to be marketed in the Dos Brazos/Puerto Jimenez area. We are looking for a person or couple to help with daily chores. In exchange, we offer plenty of free time, a place to live, and meals. For more information, please write XXX XXXXX, APDO X, Puerto Jimenez, Peninsula De Osa, Costa Rica.

CARETAKER(S) WANTED for very remote homestead near Hells Canyon, Idaho. Must have a 4WD vehicle and be self-reliant. Mild climate but winter access varies. Homestead has hydroelectricity & most amenities but no phone. Animals fine. Great free retreat for the right persons. We just want someone to be living in our home. Please send your references to XXXXXXXXX, XXX W North 5th St, Grangeville, ID 83530.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SHARE in the benefits of our growing nature retreat, organic farm and alternative teaching center. Our ten-acre primitive retreat is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. Home of a developing healing arts center, we are only 2000' from the Caribbean Sea, safe, secure, and private. The farm has a running river and artesian springs. We grow almost every tropical fruit and vegetable imaginable. We are registered with environmental groups and agencies worldwide as a bird and wildlife sanctuary. Live rent-free in exchange for light maintenance work such as weeding, raking, gardening, maintenance of fences and buildings, shopping for supplies, rototilling and weed-eating work. Applicants should be in good health, handy, and resourceful with a common sense understanding of the hazards of nature. For more details, please call (201) XXX-XXXX.

WE ARE LOOKING for somebody who will live in our home and care for our dog and birds. The period is from January 1 - March 30. We live in a large house in a quiet street. Garden. Our small town is half an hour south of Rotterdam. Please call 011-XX-XXX-XXXXX, or email:

A HOME on an island off the coast of Maine needs a housesitter. Author's three-bedroom and bath. Easily accessible. Need someone from November to April. Must pay minimal utilities. For more details, please email Dave at

ESTATE MANAGER needed. Position is based in New York City with extensive travel in US to employers' four estates. Must have extensive background in personal service either from a top-level domestic posts or hotel/hospitality experience. Accounting and event planning background helpful, as this family and their corporation entertain on a presidential level. Must be able to liaison with the staffs of the homes and the corporation. Must be a pro at budgeting, and hiring and firing. Must be a hands-on doer not above picking up a mop or serving the table. Starting salary to $100,000 + impressive benefit package. Please fax your resume and references to (212) XXX-XXXX.

HOUSE GUEST(S) wanted to occupy a mountain cottage(s). Full time. Located in the foothills, one hour from Sacramento. Bottom of canyon. Four miles from freeway. You can fish off the porch. Keep all gold found in the river. Must love outdoors, remoteness. Pets permitted. References required. No job. No addictions. Please leave a message, including your name and phone number at (916) XXX-XXXX.

HOME or Hospitality Exchange available. Open to offers. I have a third floor apartment in Maroussi, Athens available for a home exchange. The apartment is very close to the Olympic Stadium and only 10 Km from the Acropolis. It has three bedrooms, one bathroom. There is a parking space in the basement and a large balcony covered by a pine tree. Itís near public transportation. Possibility of a car exchange. No smoking; no pets. Please email

YEAR-ROUND HOUSESITTERS needed for a Cody ranch house. No smokers/drinkers need apply. We need a single, couple, or family who are trustworthy and reliable, and will keep in touch with us. To apply, please call (307) XXX-XXXX.

HOUSESITTERS NEEDED in southeastern France for various time periods. We are located in the beautiful region of Haute-Savoie, with Leman Lake nearby and mountains all around. Our house can accommodate up to nine people. For more details, please contact Chris XXXXXX XXXXXXX, XXXX Gorges du Bronze Hameau de Thuet, F-74130 Bonneville, France or email:

CARETAKER needed to live on our property. Housekeeping, lawn care, and maintenance. Should be mature and with some caretaking experience. To apply, please email your resume and references to

We also have a very successful Situations-Wanted Section in each issue with ads like these, so property owners can contact our subscribers directly:
Single, professional woman between careers looking for housesitting/pet-sitting/inn-sitting position. Looking for interesting, safe location, with at least some community and amenities, to spend some time on fitness and career/life strategy. Excellent references. Would love animals and garden to tend to. Very reliable, ethical, and trustworthy. Please call xxx-xxx-xxxx.

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