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Friday, December 4, 2009

Benefits of camp hosting

The National Forest Service, Bureau of Land Managagement (BLM), US Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, state parks, and other entities that operate campgrounds, including those that farm the campground operations out to private campground management companies, hire camp hosts to perform a myriad of campground operations, such as registering and collecting fees, manning the entry kiosk, helping in the visitor center, gardening and maintenance, and conducting interpretive programs.

RVers who host are usually given a free hook-up campsite for their 20 to 25 hours of work per week. Private for-profit operators of federal campgrounds are not allowed to accept volunteer labor and are required to also pay a wage (Recreation Resource Management uses 450 hosts in 175 public land parks in ten states.

Often, especially at small primitive campgrounds that you will find in the national forests, the host's site may be the only one in the campground with hookups. The smaller the campground, the broader your duties. Sometimes you may be the only official presence. But these campgrounds are easier to manage and a lot of your on-duty hours consist of just being available to collect fees from arriving campers or answer questions. And it’s fun. You will meet people from all over the country and make many friends--as well as save on your campground fees budget.

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  1. Would like a listing or place to go on Internet to peruse these "work camper" availabilies.

  2. I have been a campground host in an Illinois state park for four years. The work is very rewarding; I get to meet people from all over the world when writing their camping permits and collecting their camping fees. It's volunteer work but I get paid $1 per day and (of course) my campsite is included.

    I love my job !!!

  3. "Would like a listing or place to go on Internet to peruse these "work camper" availabilies."

    Go to: where you can subscribe to their newsletter.

  4. Another source for finding work camping opportunities is the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service:

    (click on "Volunteer Opportunities", then "Resident Opportunities")