Campground hosts "live in" the park and assist park staff in maintaining the campgrounds and in serving campers. They typically answer questions, provide directions to local amenities, and inform campers of the rules and hours of the campground. They may also help register campers when the visitor center or park office is closed for the day, or they may sell firewood. Hosts serve as the point of contact between campers and on-call rangers. They would report incidents, suspicious behavior, and other situations that may need to be addressed by staff.
Hosts serve as volunteers. A volunteer work schedule will be arranged with the park's host coordinating ranger. Those interested in serving as campground hosts should be willing to work flexible hours and be prepared to work on weekends and holidays. Hosts will stay on the host campsite free of charge. Campground hosts typically serve for 1 month.
Volunteer Opportunity: Events
Joining one of our friends groups is a great way to support the mission of conservation (as well as recreation and education) at your local state park and the entire state parks system. These groups provide support to state parks by organizing volunteer efforts, educating visitors, hosting events, and fundraising.
Friends of State Parks
The Friends group works with Division staff, local chapters, state legislators, and the general public about concerns, needs, and issues affecting state parks. They raise money to complement government funding for park improvements and education initiatives. They also coordinate volunteer efforts to support programs, events, and other park initiatives.
Specialty License Plate
Find your local park's friends chapter. They are arranged alphabetically by the park's name.