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The number and types of caretaker opportunities increases every year as owners realize the benefits of having a caretaker on-site. There are a variety of different types of caretaker jobs, each having different responsibilities. Some of the most popular types of caretakers include:
- Residential property caretaker or house sitter: Homeowners who travel for long periods of time enjoy having a feeling of safety and security with someone living in their home while they are gone. A caretaker living in the home can deter burglaries which might occur if the house is empty for an extended period of time. The caretaker can also take care of the pets, water the plants and provide or arrange for any required maintenance.
- Second home caretaker: A caretaker living in a second home, or on the same property, can provide security on a home that might be vacant for large periods of time. The caretaker can also perform or manage any landscape or maintenance jobs and respond to any emergencies such as a flood or fire. Having a caretaker looking out for the property might also result in lower homeowner's insurance premiums for the owner. Caretaker's give the owners the opportunity to use the property at any time, which they could not do if they had rented out the second home.
- Animal caretaker: Some animal owners hire a caretaker for their animals. The caretaker's involvement could range from regularly visiting and walking the dogs, providing pet day care, daily exercising and feeding of boarded animals at a stable or being responsible for a herd of horses or cattle.
- Commercial property caretaker: The owner of a working farm, historic home, school or a small inn may hire a caretaker to help with the day-to-day management of the property. The caretaker may be responsible for specific aspects of the property. The caretaker may also have total responsibility during the evening and on weekends, providing free time for the owner.
- Off-season resort property caretaker: Ski resorts, summer camps, nature retreats and other seasonal properties usually have caretakers living on the property during the "off-season." Their presence can deter thieves and they can be alert for weather-related issues such as frozen pipes or flooding. They may also be asked to provide light maintenance.
- Managers for "gentleman" farmers and ranchers: An owner might not have enough experience or interest in running a farm or a ranch and may hire a live-in caretaker to run all aspects of the property.
- Fire lookout: Many federal and state park and forest services have fire lookout towers located in fire-prone areas. The tower is manned during fire season with a fire lookout that would constantly monitor the surrounding areas looking for fire or smoke.
- Cemetery caretaker: Some owners of remote cemeteries hire caretakers to provide landscaping and security, particularly from vandalism