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Becoming a campground host is a great way to see the country and enjoy some free camping. Whether you are retired and don’t need an income, or you need some pay and want to enjoy a particular area of the country, a campground host position might be perfect for you.
Campground host positions are often unpaid, but you do receive your site for free and sometimes get other amenities. There are host positions that are paid but you might have to look under a few rocks before you find the perfect paying job.
As a full-time RVer and a camp host myself, read on as we share our perspective of the good, the bad, and the ugly of campground hosting and how to garner one of these positions.
What is a Campground Host?
A campground host is essentially the ambassador for the park. You are likely the first person guests see and the one who is called upon for information and help.
Making campers feel welcome is a big part of the job. You need to be happy to help others and set a great example of rule-following to model to other campers.
Campground hosts generally provide services to a private, state, or national park campground. Of course, you must have your own RV, and enjoy the outdoors. If you are a people person with a strong desire to help others, this might be just the job you are looking for.
What Do Campground Hosts Do?
The duties of a campground host vary from place to place but usually involve greeting visitors, camper registration, firewood sales, site maintenance, cleaning bathrooms, cleaning vacated sites, and much more.
When we were camp hosts, we performed jobs such as office administration and maintenance worker.
You could be assisting at the entrance station at a park or participate in interpretive programs.
No matter where you land your job, you will answer questions about local attractions, activities, trails, and about services or medical facilities near the park. You could refer visitors to forestry officials or other park administrators.
You could also help to carve out trails, plant trees, pick up dog poop, or assist with wildlife management. My father-in-law also did all of these while campground hosting. He even wrangled a few snakes.