The DNR is seeking volunteer campground hosts in Michigan state parks, recreation areas and rustic state forest campgrounds for the 2018 camping season. In exchange for 30 hours of service per week, including duties such as helping campers find their campsites, answering camper questions, planning campground activities and performing light park maintenance duties, campground hosts enjoy waived camping fees.
Hosts are screened and interviewed by park managers and selected based on availability, familiarity with camping in state parks, special skills and knowledge of the area. Hosts must participate in a two-day host training session within the first two years of being selected as a host. The 2018 training will take place June 6-7 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon.
Both individuals and couples may apply for volunteer positions that begin as early as April and last through October. Volunteer hosts must be 18 years of age and provide their own camping equipment, food and other personal items. Additional requirements include:
- Ability to work at least five days a week, including weekends and holidays (totaling 30 hours per week).
- Must agree to a background check.
- Applicants may not be DNR employees.
How to apply
Interested volunteers are asked to complete the volunteer campground host application & waiver of liability and mail it directly to the desired park. Hosts are welcome to apply for a volunteer position at more than one park, but separate applications should be completed. Applications are accepted year-round until vacancies are filled.
- List of campground host vacancies and mailing addresses - updated 2/15/2018
- Volunteer campground host application & waiver of liability
If you have any questions or need more information on this program, please contact Jason Fleming at 517-284-6098.