We're seeking 2021 volunteer campground hosts in Michigan state parks and rustic state forest campgrounds. In exchange, camping fees are waived. Each volunteer campground host is responsible for 30 hours of service per week, such as answering camper questions, planning campground activities and performing light park maintenance duties.
Campground hosts are screened and interviewed by park managers and selected on availability, familiarity of camping and state parks, special skills and knowledge of the area. Hosts must participate in a two-day training session within the first two years of being selected. This year's training will be virtual and will take place June 2-3, 2021.
- Both individuals and couples may apply.
- Must be 18 or older and provide your own camping equipment, food and other personal items.
- Ability to work at least five days a week, including weekends and holidays (totaling 30 hours per week).
- Must be able to volunteer for a minimum of 30 days (positions available April through October).
- Must pass a background check.
- Applicants may not be DNR employees.
The Campground Host Policy outlines additional duties and expectations.
Due to new procedures and protocols we’ve implemented to ensure the health and safety of visitors, volunteers and staff, duties may vary based on current COVID-19 restrictions and guidance. This year's hosts will be required to complete the COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan agreement.
How to apply
Complete the application and liability waiver below.
- For state parks and recreation areas, please mail or email your application directly to the park where you would like to host. Current openings and mail and email addresses can be found in the document below.
- For state forest campgrounds, please mail your application to the address listed on the form. You may apply for positions at more than one state park or recreation areas, but separate applications should be completed. Applications are accepted year-round until vacancies are filled.
If you have any questions. please contact Michelle O'Kelly via email or call 517-881-5884.
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