Whole Earth Review

The Caretaker Gazette.

The Caretaker Gazette. – periodical reviews

Daniel Meyerowitz

You can try out country living without making a lifetime commitment, by becoming a caretaker. A surprising number of these positions are available – in nature retreats, small farms, and even national parks. Caretakers can migrate, spending their winters snowed in at ski resorts and their summers at summer camps. Some jobs are paid; the majority offer free rent, free time, and a taste of “the good life.”

Caretaking jobs are usually not advertised, and require tenacious searching. I know – I spent six months finding my present position. A good place to begin searching is the Caretaker Gazette. Reviewed here four years ago, the Gazette has recently changed hands. The new editor brings fresh enthusiasm to an old formula: landowners print their ads for free, job seekers pay $18 a year to read them. The eight-page newsletter comes out six times a year.

There are about forty caretaking ads per issue, along with profiles of successful caretakers. If the price seems a wee bit steep, send $11 for a half-year subscription. A self-promoting report about “the emerging career of caretaking” is available free, with an SASE to the same address. The new editor includes ads for magazines to which he subscribes. Their titles sum up his own magazine: it’s a mix of Country Bound!, Rural Network, and The Gentle Survivalist.

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