Campground Host Applications Being Accepted

Volunteer campground host opportunities are available in Michigan state parks, recreation areas and rustic state forest campgrounds. Campground hosts are responsible for 30 hours of service per week, including duties such as helping campers find their campsite, answering questions about the park, planning campground activities and performing light park maintenance duties. Camping fees will be waived for campground hosts. 

The DNR offers two distinctly different types of camping experiences, including state parks, recreation areas and state forest rustic campgrounds. State parks and recreation areas are high density facilities containing between 100 to 400 campsites. They offer shower buildings with flush toilets, running water spigots and sanitation stations. Electrical hook-ups are available at each campsite. 

State forest campgrounds are low density facilities containing between 10 to 60 campsites. These campgrounds have vault toilets and hand pumped water. There are no electrical hook-ups, sanitation stations or shower buildings available for use. The sites are generally larger sites that are further apart and afford more privacy.

How to apply
To apply, complete the volunteer campground host application and mail the completed form directly to the park in which you would like to host. Hosts are welcome to apply for a vacancy at more than one park, but a separate application should be completed for each park. 

It is strongly recommended that applicants contact the location(s) they have applied to help confirm that the application was received. The process for selecting hosts varies by park. If you would like to know where to send the application and/or who the park contact (referred to as host liaison) is for a particular location, please contact Miguel Rodriguez at 517-284-6127.

Applications are accepted year-round until all vacancies are filled. The host liaison usually follows up with applicants by late January or early February.

Volunteer host selection and selection
Volunteer campground hosts are selected by state park and state forest managers. Managers may require an interview or request additional information on prospective volunteers. Selection is based on familiarity with the state park system, camping experience, special skills, availability and knowledge of the area. Volunteer hosts:

  • must be at least 18 years of age or older.
  • can be individuals or teams, such as a couple.
  • be willing to provide services at least five days each week, including weekends and holidays (totaling 30 hours per week).
  • are expected to serve a minimum of four consecutive weeks.
  • must provide own camping equipment, food and other personal items.
  • must agree to a background check.
  • must not be a DNR employee. 

Primary responsibilities
The primary responsibility of a volunteer campground host is to assist campers by answering questions, helping campers find their campsite, answering questions about the park, planning campground activities and performing light park maintenance duties. Volunteers in state park and recreation areas may host a weekly coffee hour and provide or assist with a weekly activity. Volunteers take no law enforcement measures other than being observant and notifying park staff of problems.‚Äč

New volunteer campground hosts must attend a two-day training within the first two years of being selected as a host. Training for the 2018 season will be held on Wednesday, June 6 and Thursday, June 7 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Center in Roscommon.

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