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Campground hosts

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Campground hosts

We're seeking 2024 volunteer campground hosts in Michigan state parks and rustic state forest campgrounds. Each volunteer campground host is responsible for 30 hours of service per week, such as welcoming campers, answering their questions, organizing activities and assisting with light maintenance tasks. In exchange, camping fees are waived.

Selection process

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. A training will take place June 6-7, 2024 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Center for new hosts.


  • 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.

How to apply

Take a look at the list of current openings, complete the application and liability waiver and then mail or email applications as described below (addresses are listed along with current openings). 

  • For state parks and recreation areas, please mail or email your application and liability waiver directly to the park where you would like to host. 
  • For state forest campgrounds, please mail your application and liability waiver to the address listed on the form. 

Applications and liability waiver »

Current 2024 openings, mailing addresses »

Applications are accepted year-round until vacancies are filled. You may apply for positions at more than one state park or recreation areas, but separate applications should be completed. 

More info

If you have any questions. please contact Michelle O'Kelly via email or call 517-899-5211.

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