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Iowa DNR announced Tuesday, February 28, that they have openings for campground hosts in 20 Iowa State parks this summer. Camp hosts receive free camping at a designated campsite in return for assisting campers by explaining park rules, helping with registration, and serving as an impromptu local tour guide. Hosts will also help park staff with cleaning and light maintenance.

Iowa Campground Hosts

Iowa Campground Hosts

“We would like to get hosts placed in parks around the middle of March so they are ready to go in April,” said Linda King, with the DNR’s office of volunteer services.

Hosts are currently needed for the season at:

  • Pine Lake (124 sites)
  • Pilot Knob (60 sites)
  • Walnut Woods (22 sites)
  • Lake Keomah (65 sites)
  • Lake Manawa (72 sites)
  • Lewis and Clark (112 sites)
  • Bellevue (46 sites)
  • Backbone (125 sites)
  • Beeds Lake (144 sites)
  • Clear Lake (180 sites)
  • Ledges (95 sites)
  • Nine Eagles (68 sites)
  • Pikes Peak (77 sites)
  • Viking Lake (120 sites)
  • Yellow River State Forest (4 campgrounds)
  • Elk Rock (2 campgrounds).

If an entire season is too much, three state parks have host needs of shorter durations:

  • Lacey-Keosauqua April through June;
  • Prairie Rose from the end of June through October;
  • Volga River for July and August.

Applications are available online at http://volunteer.iowadnr.gov .  Alternatively you can call: 1-515-242-5074 to have an application mailed.

About a mile into the woods at Hillsborough River State Park, Florida, the smell of fudge cookies baking wafts from a toaster oven outside Jack and Mary Lou Smith’s air-conditioned motor home.

A plastic windmill rendered motionless by the Florida heat decorates the campsite. There are a few tables, popup chairs and a radio.

For the summer, this is home.

“You can do anything here,” Mary Lou, 73, says, passing a plate of cookies to visitors. “You just better like doing it in the outdoors.”

The Smiths are campground hosts, volunteers who serve the park 32 hours a week in exchange for free utility hookups and a place to park their home on wheels, a 34-foot Fleetwood Bounder purchased in 1987.

Camp hosts keep the grounds clean, act as guides and help novice campers settle in. They scrub the restrooms, shoo off wild raccoons and round up visitors for campfire parties.

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Camp and Park Host positions available in 7 beautiful parks along the rugged coastline and in the redwoods.

Hendy Woods State Park
(Campground Host positions available year around. Park Host position available April through October) Sites have full hook-ups water, sewer and electrical (50amp) but no propane hook-ups. Volunteer service requires a minimum of two months and a maximum of six months assignment. Camp host duties include assisting campers, fee collection, firewood sales, housekeeping and light maintenance. Park host duties include firewood sales, housekeeping, staffing a visitor center, and selling merchandise.

Hendy Woods State Park is an 845-acre redwood oasis with 92 campsites and 4 primitive cabins, offering a traditional family camping experience along with several hiking trails through two separate old growth redwood groves. The park is located in the beautiful Anderson Valley three miles east of the town of Philo and 20 miles from the coast The Anderson Valley hosts several wineries along Hwy 128 and the Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Boonville. Some services, gas, hardware and local markets are available in Philo and Boonville. Shopping and services are available in Ukiah, a drive of approximately 45 minutes. Summers and warm with temperatures in the 80s-90s during the day and mid-40s-50s at night. Winter weather can be cold and very wet with temperatures in the 40s-50s during the day and mid-20s-30s at night

Please contact Fred Andrews at (707) 961-0471 or by email fandrews@parks.ca.gov.

MacKerricher State Park
One Immediate Camp Host Position Available. The all host sites have full hook-ups, but propane is not provided. We require a minimum of two months and a maximum of six months stay; work weeks are 25 hours. Two camp host positions are available: duties include assisting campers, fee collection, firewood sales, housekeeping and light maintenance. Two park host positions are available: duties include staffing a visitor center, answering questions, providing light maintenance, firewood sales, and assisting at the entrance station as necessary.

This park is located three miles north of Fort Bragg along the scenic north coast and has a mild climate and wonderful hikes available. There are boardwalks along the ocean and lake that provide ADA accessibility. Some of the local attractions include whale watching, seal pupping season and excellent abalone fishing.

Please contact Fred Andrews at (707) 937-0471 or by email fandrews@parks.ca.gov.

Manchester State Park
One Immediate Camp Host Position Available. Camp Host site has full hook-ups; water, sewer and electrical (30 amp), but no propane hook-up. Host duties include assisting campers, fee collection, firewood sales, housekeeping and light maintenance. Volunteer service requires a minimum of two months and a maximum six months stay.

Manchester State Park is located along the beautiful Mendocino coast six miles north of the town of Point Arena. The park has 40 primitive campsites, environmental camping and group camping. Some services, gas, laundry, local market are available in Manchester and Point Arena. Summers are cool with temperatures in the mid-50s – 60s during the day and mid-40s – 50s at night. Winter weather along the coast can be cold and wet with temperatures in the 40s – 50s during the day and 40s at night. Strong winds prevail year around.

Please contact Fred Andrews at (707) 961-0471 or by email fandrews@parks.ca.gov.

Mendocino Headlands State Park – Ford House Visitor Center
(Availability year round) The Ford House, visitor center for Mendocino Headlands State Park, seeks Park Hosts/Docents to work in the gift shop, dispense information, provide house tours and perform light housekeeping. Built in 1854 for one of the founders of Mendocino, the Ford House is located on Main Street and serves both as a house museum and as an information center for visitors to the historic village.

Four Host sites are available at the Mendocino District yard (part of Mendocino Headlands State Park), approximately three miles from the Ford House. Water, electric (30 amp) and sewer hookups provided. Volunteer service requires a minimum of two months and a maximum of six months.

Contact Ford House Manager Jenny Heckeroth: 707-937-5397 or fordhouse@mcn.org.

Russian Gulch State Park
(April through October availability This scenic park along the Mendocino Coast is located three miles north of Mendocino and seven miles south of Fort Bragg and includes beautiful beaches, bluffs, trails and a waterfall. The park has 20 camp sites and one group camp. Full hook-ups are available. Host duties include assisting campers, fee collection, firewood sales, housekeeping and light maintenance. Two to six months stay required.

Please contact Fred Andrews at (707) 961-0471 or by email fandrews@parks.ca.gov.

Van Damme State Park
One Visitor Center (Park ) Host Position Available Beginning in September 2011This park is located three miles south of Mendocino along the scenic north coast and has a mild climate and wonderful trails.  Host sites have water, electric (30 amp) and sewer hookups, but no propane available. Camp host duties include assisting campers, fee collection, fire wood sales, housekeeping and light maintenance. Park host duties include staffing a visitor center, answering questions and selling merchandise. We require a minimum of two months and a maximum of six months stay.

Please contact Fred Andrews at (707) 961-0471 or by email fandrews@parks.ca.gov.

Westport Union-Landing State Beach
(Availability year around) This state park showcases the rugged beauty of the Mendocino Coast with sweeping views of the restless Pacific, tree-covered mountains and the Lost Coast. The park is three miles north of the town of Westport. 86 campsites are located along three miles of bluffs and sandy beaches at one of the few parks in California that offer campsites that overlook the ocean.

Host duties include assisting campers, fee collection, firewood sales, housekeeping and light maintenance. Electrical, water and sewer hook-ups are available, as well as a hot shower in the office adjacent to the host site. The host sight overlooks the beach and ocean. Two to six months stay required.

Please contact Fred Andrews at (707) 961-0471 or by email fandrews@parks.ca.gov.

 

 

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