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Time to apply for volunteer campground host positions

Campground hosts donate time to maintain campgrounds in exchange for free camping at choice locations, especially in Idaho.  This photo features Joe Willard, a host at Sam Owen Campground on the north end of Lake Pend Oreille.
Campground hosts donate time to maintain campgrounds in exchange for free camping at choice locations, especially in Idaho. This photo features Joe Willard, a host at Sam Owen Campground on the north end of Lake Pend Oreille.

CAMPING -- State and federal agencies are beginning to solicit applications for volunteer campground host positions in some choice spots to park an RV for the summer.  Here's a notice from an national forest in Idaho as an example of the offerings available in state parks, national forests and other public lands across the country.

The Nez Perce–Clearwater National Forests are looking for energetic, good-natured people to serve as campground hosts for the 2015 season at at two campgrounds.  The most important job of a Campground Host is to provide an enjoyable camping experience for the public.  Hosts are expected to assist visitors with information about the campground and local recreation opportunities.  They must work well with people, be personable and neat in appearance, and be physically able to perform the following tasks:

  • Clean and stock restrooms
  • Clean fire rings, picnic tables and pick up litter
  • Mow and weed-eat campsites and roadways
  • Maintain a Daily Visitor Log

Hosts are needed generally Memorial Day through Labor Day with a weekly schedule of Thursday through Monday, including holidays.  The season length and work week may vary by site.  Volunteers must provide their own self-contained trailer and generator.  The Forest Service will provide a campsite with water,  propane,  gas and a subsistence allowance (may vary by site). Host campsite at the sites below do not have electric hook up (must supply own generator) . 

Host positions are open at the following sites:  Red River Campground  near Elk City and Spring Bar Campground on the main Salmon River.

Please contact Samuel Manifold at 208-983-4018.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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