Help with renovation and landscaping at my home in the Boise National Forest in southern Idaho, USA


United States


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    Covid: There is plenty of remote hiking, and exploring in and around Idaho City to remain safely distanced. I will ask my workawayers to use recommended safety precautions until spread of the virus is contained or you are vaccinated (I have been).

    I could really use help with someone who's got carpentry, plumbing or landscaping experience. Not necessarily a master craftsman, but you should know your way around the tools and have experience with the basics.

    I live in Idaho City, a small historic mining town in the Boise National Forest in southern Idaho (34 miles north of Boise). If you love mountains, pine trees, streams, wildlife, hot springs, rockhounding, and the serenity of nature then this is where you want to be! I moved here from Minnesota in September '18 after my only child went away to college, and have been renovating the place ever since. Generally I am looking for a helper to stay 1-3 weeks, but a longer stay is possible for someone with the right skillset. I have 2 young dogs who are sweet and very social (one is a young puppy). They are my daily joy, so workawayers should be dog lovers.

    A little about me: Since high school I have worked as a technology teacher, art teacher, nanny, administrative assistant, and I also ran a bed and breakfast for several years. I would describe myself as an extroverted nerd who is also creative, friendly, and optimistic. I'm 59 and although that seems pretty old when I write it out here, I feel young on the inside and relate well to people of all ages. It could be due to my unsinkable sense of humor, or my puppies, who make me laugh every day. That said, I do have some physical issues that prevent me from doing some of the work around here, which is why having workawayers has been such a blessing!

    Workawayers from everywhere are welcome subject to current travel restrictions, and I’d be happy to show you our little bit of Idaho paradise! If mountain living sounds appealing, please reach out. Be well!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Mountain life is peaceful and gorgeous and it is easy to maintain social distancing while enjoying the outdoors. If you love mountains and pine trees, hiking, rock-hunting, mountain biking, panning for gold, hot springs, fishing, etc., you will love this area. Idaho City is a very small historic mining town (pop. approx. 450) 35 miles north of Boise, ID. My place is walking distance to the historic downtown, mountain trails, public library, ranger station, shops with antiques, collectibles, ice cream, and groceries. There is a laundromat several blocks from us. I do require workawayers to wear masks whenever visiting indoor spaces, so please do not plan a stay here if you are unwilling to take this precaution.

  • Help


    Current projects include:

    There are numerous landscaping and renovation projects, including: putting up fencing, developing landscaping with indigenous rocks and plants, painting and staining, window and door installations, building and installing kitchen cabinet doors, and much more.

    I've got all necessary tools, but you should have your own work gloves.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Workawayers are provided with a private bedroom and bathroom. There is wifi, a smart tv and dvd collection for your use. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the property. Groceries are provided for meals (apart from special dietary requirements and snack foods). Sorry, no pets. Please note that workawayers are asked to clean their bedroom and bathroom prior to leaving, leaving them in the same condition as they were at arrival.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Phone Service: T-Mobile is the only phone service with reliable reception, though Verizon also sometimes works. So if your phone is on a different network you need to plan to use wifi calling or a wifi-based app like WhatsApp for phone calls.

    Also important to note is that I do most of my grocery shopping in Boise because our local grocery store is very small and doesn't carry much produce, vegetarian, or healthy eating options. Generally I ask workawayers to provide a grocery list and I make a trip down weekly.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    I have hosted several digital nomads, and the wifi connection hasn't been a problem.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    I do have a parking spot for a small camper or motorhome, and could run electricity to it, but not sewer/water.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 25 hours with 2 days off

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