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Campground Host - Wagoner Access

New River State Park

New River State Park is looking for responsible volunteer park-hosts for the Wagoner Access. The park access has 15 walk-in/canoe-in campsites, one group campsite, one picnic shelter, 2 picnic areas, a campground bathhouse, 5 miles of trails, 3 canoe access points and a small office with public bathrooms. For more information and application call 336-982-5817 or email Ranger Doug at
Campground Host Job Description/Application
® Location and Stay
       The Volunteer Campground Host Wagoner Access Position is located at 1477 Wagoner Access Road, Jefferson, NC 28640.  The Camp Host site will be the drive-in electric site adjacent to the main parking lot.  The minimum stay will be 2 weeks. The Maximum stay is 1 month. (Additional time may be negotiated on an individual case by case basis). Season is April through November. Criteria used to assigned dates and volunteers is based on responsible volunteer experience and maximum time available and offered by volunteer. RV unit or trailer cannot exceed 36 feet.  
® Main Duties and Responsibilities
During the prearranged length of stay, the Camp Host(s) will serve as “Resident” volunteers at Wagoner Access of the New River State Park.  The main duty of the Camp Host will be to serve as a contact for arriving campers and providing park and area information for day-use visitors as well.
 Responsibilities will include: Sign-in and Register campers, check to ensure campers are at their correct site, sell firewood to campers, assist campers by answering any questions about the park and the surrounding points of interest, perform maintenance grounds keeping, could include blowing off leaves at office, canoe accesses and campsites.  Clean up around the campground such as litter, fire ring cleaning, trash pick-up, bathhouse inspections at designated times and cleaning attention when needed, report any major maintenance issues to park personnel, use park radio to communicate with park personnel, work at front desk to cover park office lunch breaks and post campground reservation reports and program listings. Contact with campers is made by occasionally patrolling the campground area, registering walk-in campers, and selling firewood.  Camp Host needs to possess a valid driver’s license to have the ability to drive a park vehicle. 
® Work Hours
To ensure contact with the majority of the park’s campers, Camp Hosts will be required to work weekends, holidays and late evening hours. Camp Hosts will be required to work at least 32 hours for one person. For two volunteers, a combined total of 40 must be worked per week within their prearranged contracted time.  A typical work week would be Thursday-Sunday with work hours from 1 pm to 10 pm with a one-hour dinner break. The 8 additional hours may be completed by the second volunteer working in the office during Friday evening when most campers arrive and during the week-end assisting the Office Assistant. 
Approval for a variation of the previously described work-schedule may be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
® Benefits
New River State Park is located in Ashe and Alleghany Counties in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Camp Hosts will enjoy free camping and use of the park’s public-use facilities free of charge including internet. Any guests of Camp Hosts will be able to stay at the host site also free of charge, but campsite occupancy will still be enforced (no more than 6 occupants per site and no longer than 2 weeks)  New River State Park offers excellent viewing of wildlife, Small Mouth Bass and Mountain Trout fishing, hiking, river access for canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. Use of park canoes when canoes are not being used by park staff is encouraged. The park is also located near the towns of Jefferson, West Jefferson, and Sparta, which have dining, entertainment, retail stores, and arts and crafts locations.  Camp Hosts will have access to a washer and dryer at the main office (221 Access), a 20- minute drive from Wagoner Access, for their personal laundry needs. 
® Emergencies:
The Camp Host may be the emergency contact if an overnight emergency occurs.  If an overnight emergency occurs, then the Camp Host will first call 911 for medical emergencies then contact the On-Call Ranger. For non-medical and any other disturbances, Camp Host should call the On-Call Ranger. Camp Hosts shall not take any law enforcement actions, but they will help provide minimum security against vandalism and other unlawful activities by their presence and by their ability to contact law enforcement park personnel. 
April - November
Age: over 18
Number of Volunteers: 
1-2 per month
Volunteer Contact: 
Douglas Blatny, or 336.982.5817

Minimum 2 weeks; Max. 1 month
Volunteer Contact: 
Doug Blatny ( or call 336-982-2587
Date of Event: 
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 3:30pm to Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 3:30pm