Work Trade

Work trade applications will be accepted for Winter Count 2023 beginning on November 1, 2022.

As the gathering hosts, we are happy to provide a chance for people to attend who may not be able to afford to pay the registration price or may just wish to trade work for entry. To accommodate such needs, we have a few work exchange positions available. Applicants must be over 18 to apply.

For Winter Count 2023, worktrade applications will be available on November 1, 2022 and must be to the crew leaders by December 15, 2022 unless enough applications have come in and we close it early. Best to get the application in as soon as  possible. 

IMPORTANT -Please note that we typically have many returning worktraders each year which means open slots can be few. This should not stop you from applying, but keep in mind that the crews will not be notified of who is coming until  January 1.

If you do not get on a crew, a suffucient number of tickets will be held back and you will have until Jan. 7 to sign up for regular registration through the website. This is to assure that you do not miss registering while you are waiting to hear back on a work crew.

​Camp Set-up and Take-down: 
The crew arrives Wednesday night and starts work Thursday 9am through Saturday sometime during the day, before the event and cleanup Saturday the day the event ends. The job is complete when camp is secured.

We will be digging sump holes, setting up the kitchen, wall tents, flies, jelly fish, teaching areas, signs, bulletin board, firewood, main fire set up, etc. A good working knowledge of basic knots is highly recommended, i.e. trucker’s hitch with a slippery figure 8, bowline, half hitch, square knot, clove hitch and sheet bend.

During the event, there may be a few jobs you will be called upon to do: checking wrist bands, etc. Applicants should understand that the work is rigorous and entails lifting heavy objects. We may work long days!

This is a full registration trade postion.

Kitchen Crew: 
Kitchen staff orientation starts at 10am Sunday morning. This year, we will not be serving breakfast so our kitchen work trade crew will be smaller than usual. Everyone will be expected to help with kitchen breakdown after the event on Saturday morning.  

Work traders will be required to lift heavy pots, chop/cut vegetables for long periods of time and follow directions!  If you have personal issues with authority...please do not apply.  You will also be required to follow health code rules when working with food.  This means close-toed shoes, tying loose hair back, wearing gloves, shirts, etc.  

The job requires that we prepare a meal for 500-600 people in a 2 hour period, which does not allow for tardiness or visiting with friends outside of the crew while working.  We all enjoy having fun and working together in the kitchen but the first priority is feeding the camp. Kitchen crew members must have a current Food Handlers Card and must show proof of having it (any state will do). They can be obtained online for about $10. AZ Food Handlers Permit

This is a full registration trade position.

Cleaner Uppers:
You will be required to help with meal clean up starting at 6:30 pm for 30-45 minutes at each meal. It will start with dinner on Sunday, Feb. 20 and may end with kitchen pack up on the following Saturday morning, Feb. 26. The job encompasses 6 dinners.

This position will deduct $80 from your registration fee.

Servers will start with dinner on Sunday, Feb. 20  and end with dinner, Feb. 25. It includes 6 dinners. You will be expected to be ready to serve at 5:55- 6:25 pm.The time commitment is 25-30 minutes per meal.
Servers must have a current Food Handlers Card and must show proof of having it (any state will do).  They can be obtained online for about $10. AZ Food Handlers Permit

This position will deduct $65 from your registration.

Unpack and Packers:
This a new position for this year. It involves taking all of the Winter Count gear out of storage from about 6 miles away and bringing it to camp. You would need to be in camp by Wednesday morning Feb.16 at 9 am and work all day and through mid day on Thursday. Then you will have no obligation during all of WC. Saturday morning, Feb 26, you would be required to work starting at 8 am and work until all of camp is packed up which may take until Sunday mid day. 

You will be the first in camp and the last to leave with a good amount of time in camp to explore or you can leave camp and then come back.

We are looking for strong folks that have the stamina to work hard and can figure out how to pack and unpack gear while taking care of the gear as it is happening. You will also have to be good at getting the gear to fit back into the storage area.

This is a full registration trade position.

NOTE: All exchanges and trades must be worked out in advance. Do not show up at the gate and expect a work trade position. If you know you need to work, plan it in advance.  You must fill out a work agreement form in order to be eligible.