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Old 02-17-2019, 05:42 PM   #1
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Anybody have any experience as campground host or advise on how to become one? I'm thinking of the type where full hookups and possibly a small stipend are provided in exchange for services.
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Old 02-17-2019, 05:52 PM   #2
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I had a friend who was a host for both KOA and state parks. The KOA worked him on projects around the camp, painting, repairs for 3-4 hours per day in exchange for his campsite, called themselves workcampers. At the state parks, they were required to clean the bathroom facilities once a day in addition to after-hours checkin and keeping the peace and were given firewood to sell from which they could keep the proceeds. They preferred the KOA situation better than the state parks.
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Old 02-17-2019, 06:10 PM   #3
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Depends on the state park. In Oregon the park service (rangers) clean the bathrooms, handle all the 'money' at check-in and keep the peace. Basically the 'Hosts' clean the campsites, run the Junior Ranger programs, act as Greeters throughout the park, sell firewood and also give tours of the light houses, etc. They work 20 hrs a week in exchange for a full-service site. We love our camp hosts!


I met a woman who has camp host at Silver Falls State Park for a number of years. She ONLY does it during the winter months. Oct 1st through March 31st. She won't host anywhere during the summer, too hectic she said. But is often the only one in the campground during the winter. Peaceful and quiet she said.
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Old 02-17-2019, 06:18 PM   #4
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Although I’m not interested in being a camp host, I talk to them all the time when I’m out. Especially in smaller campgrounds. There aren’t many camp hosts in the northern states that are monetarily compensated. I’ve not found any. A couple I talked to in the south had jobs lined up for the winter in Georgia where they were going to get a little money and some mileage money for checking on a nearby state owned area a couple times a week. If you search the Michigan State Parks camping section you will find a large matrix of open camp host jobs. You can sign up in some cases for as little as two weeks. Some camp hosts just keep order, answer questions, and contact authorities if there’s a problem. Others have cleaning duties, mowing duties, painting and staining projects etc. You’ll never know if you don’t try it. If the websites aren’t helpful, get on the phone and talk to an area manager, especially about this time of year, because they live every day knowing spring is coming and they like to get all their mallards lined up ahead of time and not have to scramble.
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Old 02-17-2019, 09:11 PM   #5
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Might want to check out these sites
https://workamper.com/
https://www.coolworks.com/
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We spent several summers hosting at Glacier National Park. No compensation, but had a full hookup site in the park where there are normally no hookups in any campgrounds. In the national parks duties are usually more limited - just advising campers and reminding them of the rules for the most part, no cleaning restrooms or other janitorial work like that.
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Old 02-17-2019, 09:38 PM   #7
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We spent several summers hosting at Glacier National Park. No compensation, but had a full hookup site in the park where there are normally no hookups in any campgrounds. In the national parks duties are usually more limited - just advising campers and reminding them of the rules for the most part, no cleaning restrooms or other janitorial work like that.
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Old 02-17-2019, 10:56 PM   #9
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This summer will be our third year hosting in Big Bend.

Duties included - in addition to the above - posting daily weather reports and notices, daily updates to site reservations & paperwork (tedious), keeping visitors as safe - if they agree, traffic control in the holiday weeks, reporting unusual wildlife sightings, radio reports of campground status, automobile assistance - flats, jump starts, etc., helping visitors locate supplies and the best spots for cell reception, reporting violations to Law Enforcement rangers.

But the primary job is trying to help everyone have a good experience. Mostly low stress but occasionally there will be a visitor rescue, automobile accident, medical emergency, lost hiker, wildfire, etc. You aren't required to help if you don't feel comfortable in doing so, but you are encouraged to always know how to obtain help in an emergency.

No pay, frequently an above average site with full hookups, 3 days on, 3 off, access to laundry facilities, deep freezer, employee discount at the ice cream store (very important in south Texas). The occasional abandoned gems - campstoves and fuel are frequently abandoned, interesting food is occasionally left behind (2-8 packs of sardines was my favorite last year), loose change (I average about $8 per season), rarely tents and sleeping bags, about 100 tent stakes per season, etc. Once in a while you come across things you can't keep - drugs, large denomination bills (Found a loaded wallet and the owner was overly generous. That $$ went into the park donation box - with my boss watching.) You may not have any of these happen to you but you will most likely experience the unexpected!

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Old 02-18-2019, 05:30 AM   #10
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We are planning to do the same thing so I've been researching this, what I have learned is everyone does it a little different.
Many of the private campgrounds across the country advertise in the workamper news website someone else mentioned in thread, this is a really could source and free to get the info. There is an upgrade to pay for some perks but don't need to do that I don't think. I also want to work the sugar beet harvest one year, pay is good for a short amount of time and hey you need to experience as much as you can in life I say .
You can find a lot of info on youtube as well, especially what others thought of their experience.

Enjoy the journey.

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