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Summer campground hosts sought by Forest Service

Susan and Larry Dach are full-time RV campers and frequent campground hosts. (Rich Landers)
Susan and Larry Dach are full-time RV campers and frequent campground hosts. (Rich Landers)

CAMPING -- The Forest Service has started seeking applicants for summer-season campground hosts -- a great gig for people looking for a free spot to park their RV -- especially if they like people.

Here's the first notice I've seen for this region.

The Nez Perce–Clearwater National Forests are looking for energetic, good-natured people to serve as campground hosts for the 2016 season at one campground. 

Specifically at this time, the forests are seeking hosts for Red River Campground near Elk City. Contact Samuel Manifold at 208-983-4018 on email

See my 2014 story on campground hosts with insights on applying for state positions as well as federal.

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) . 


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