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Page 2 – Volunteer Camp Host Opportunities in County RV Parks, City RV Parks, Wildlife Refuge, And Other Campgrounds

Volunteer camp hosting in county RV parks, city RV parks, wildlife refuge, and other campgrounds, is an excellent way to live in some of the most beautiful places in the United States with a free site and utilities in exchange for a few hours of work. Not only are you providing a valuable community service, but you also benefit financially as well.

Lincoln County Parks, Newport, Oregon

From their web page:

Are you interested in volunteering as a Camp Host? Give us a call, you may be eligible.

880 NE 7th St.
Newport, OR 97365
(541) 574-1215

Click here for their website.

Maricopa County Parks & Recreation

From their web page:

Volunteers and Park Host Programs

The Maricopa County Parks System would not be a reality without the contributed hours by this highly-prized group of individuals. Volunteers from around the Phoenix metropolitan area donate their time and energy in all of the parks at the contact stations, visitor centers, and campsites. Park hosts are another unique group of individuals who come to Phoenix from all over North America and donate thousands of hours a year to the Maricopa County Parks. For more information on these programs, call the park of your choice directly, or the main office at 602.506.2930.

Click here for their website.

McLean County Parks, Hudson, Illinois

From their web page:

Land Management and Education Opportunities:

Site Interpreter
Campground Host
Visitor Center Host
Safety Education Instructor
Trail Host
Facilities Rehabilitation (list any specialized construction skills)

Click here for their website.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

From their web page:

As a fish and wildlife volunteer host, you will be joining other RV owners from across the nation who live and work for a month or more at one of our state hatcheries, wildlife areas, or offices.

You can use your skills and experience to help Oregon’s fish and wildlife. It is a great opportunity to try new things, meet new people, and have fun!

There are 45 sites throughout the state to choose from:

  • ODFW’s goal is to match you to a site that suits your interests, abilities, and skills.
  • Most of ODFW’s sites provide full hook-up, are quiet, peaceful and are located close to recreational opportunities.
  • Volunteer hosts typically stay a month or longer at a site, volunteering an average of 20 hours per week.

Sample Volunteer Host Job Duties

Volunteer Host job duties vary by location, but may include:

Landscaping, gardening, and other ground maintenance
Carpentry projects
Assisting with farming to benefit wildlife
Improving habitat
Clerical and computer work
Raising and stocking fish
Greeting visitors
Giving tours
Assisting with public outreach activities

Click here to visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Volunteer page.

San Diego County Parks, San Diego, California

From their web page:

Live-in Park Host – This position requires 20 hours per week of scheduled duties in exchange for a free campsite and utilities for a motor home or trailer. Duties vary at the individual parks and may include grounds and equipment maintenance, greeting the public, general clean up, and other assignments specific to the park.

Good news! You can now get a volunteer application online. Here is a PDF format version of the application. Simply print it, fill it out, and send it to our office, attention Nancee Hanson. Thanks for your interest, and we’ll be in touch.

County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation
5201 Ruffin Road, Suite P
San Diego, CA 92123

Click here for their website.

San Luis Obispo County Parks, San Luis Obispo, California

From their web page:

We also offer in-house Park Host Program positions, where the host is provided an RV site in exchange for on-site assistance with visitor care, campsite maintenance, and management. Park hosts form an integral part of our team at regional and overnight campsites. By performing duties in support of Parks, unpaid Park Hosts are given a place for their RV or trailer by mutual arrangement.

To find out more about becoming a Park Host with SLO County Parks, call (805) 781-5930 or email Anna Diaz at . Please include your name and full address where we can send you an information packet about our Park Host program.

Click here for their website.

San Juan County, Washington

From their web page:


Do you enjoy people, wildlife, and nature?
San Juan County Parks is seeking volunteer Camp Hosts to help out in the beautiful county parks of the San Juan Islands. “Adopt” a park by assisting with public relations, campground coordination, and light maintenance.

Do you have excellent ‘People’ skills?

Experience hosting or caretaking Parks or lands used for recreational activities?
Organizational Skills?
Experience maintaining restrooms and handling trash?
A calm disposition and a cool head in the midst of visitor chaos?

Hours vary; some morning, evening, and weekend work. You bring your own RV or tent. We provide an incredible work setting!

Click Here to visit the San Juan County Volunteer web page.

Santa Clara County Parks, Santa Clara, California

From their web page:

Camp Hosts – County Parks has an ongoing need for Camp Host volunteers. Hosts receive a full-utility campsite in exchange for 20-hours per week of volunteer service. Duties may include site security, camp/restroom maintenance, and assisting park staff with educational programs. Currently, all park host sites are occupied, but applications are being taken for future openings. Per State law, fingerprinting for this position may be required.

Please call (408) 355-2254 if you are interested

Click Here to visit their web page.

Sonoma County, California

From their web page:

Campground Host Job Description

The County of Sonoma welcomes volunteers to its workforce. A Volunteer Office has been established within the Human Resources Department to recruit volunteers and respond to citizens who want to get involved in the County.

DEPARTMENT: Regional Parks Department

JOB LOCATION: 5 campgrounds at 4 parks: Gualala, Stillwater Cove, Bodega Bay, and Santa Rosa.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE: 6 sites, 1 to 2 people per site.

DUTIES: Assist regular park department staff by meeting and greeting park visitors, selling firewood, accounting for firewood sales, providing information and directions, educating visitors on rules and regulations, conducting a minor cleanup of the campground including restrooms, reporting problems to Park Rangers, and assisting in minor maintenance projects.

QUALIFICATIONS: Friendly, honest, and hardworking. Ability to meet and work with park visitors and paid staff. Must have a modern self-contained recreational vehicle or travel trailer (prefer a pair — a couple or two friends.) Must have the ability to handle money and be bondable. Ability to use 2-way radio.

TIME COMMITMENT: Varies — up to 30 hours per week. Regular time off. 3 to 4-month commitment depending on the campground.

BENEFITS: Campsite, many with full hook-ups. Day-use pass for County Parks.

Click Here to visit the Sonoma County Campground Host page.

Tillamook County, Oregon

From their web page:



We are recruiting for several energetic volunteer park hosts for SPRING, SUMMER, FALL & WINTER. Tillamook, Oregon’s vacationland, is known for its cool ocean breezes, lush rain forests, beautiful bays, abundant wildlife and delicious Tillamook Cheese!

Help maintain some of the prettiest parks in the Pacific Northwest by performing groundskeeping tasks, cleaning bathrooms, fire pits, picking up litter, and being available to campers by providing information and answering questions.

There are excellent Park Host opportunities year-round with full or partial campsite hookups provided. A MINIMUM 2 MONTH COMMITMENT IS REQUIRED

A CURRENT D.M.V. DRIVING RECORD MUST ACCOMPANY YOUR APPLICATION. Obtain an application from the Tillamook County Office of Personnel, (503)842-3418, 201 Laurel Avenue, Tillamook, OR the State Employment Department Office, 3600 East Third Street, Tillamook, OR 97141; or at our website: www.co.tillamook.or.us Applications returned by FAX or email will not be considered. Only fully completed applications with an original signature and date will be considered. Any required documents must accompany your application. Your application must stand alone; resumes are optional and do not replace the County application form.

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Yankee Boy Basin Area, Ouray, Colorado

From their web page:


Come join us for the summer season as Volunteer Campsite Hosts. The rewards are great, free camping during your stay, beautiful scenery and wildflowers, meeting and greeting campers and tourists from far and near. We welcome Campground Hosts for long or short time periods.

Click Here to visit their website.

Washington County Parks, Minnesota

From their web page:

Campground Host – Washington County Parks utilizes campground hosts in the campgrounds at Lake Elmo Park Reserve and St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. Campground Hosts are volunteers that live in the campground, in their own camping unit, for a portion of the summer. In exchange for a free campsite, they are responsible for providing information to campers, registering campers in the spring and fall, cleaning restrooms as necessary (between staff cleanings), and other related tasks. These positions fill quickly and may not always be available. If you are interested in learning more about these positions, please contact the Parks Division Operations Coordinator at (651) 430-8245.

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