Volunteers sought for Campground Host Opportunities

Release Date: Mar 16, 2012  

Contact(s): Lorraine Cuevas at (928) 535-7352.


The Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests is looking for courteous, helpful, and enthusiastic volunteers to fill vacancies for campground host at several locations in the Rim Lakes Recreation Area on the Mogollon Rim.


A campground host is a Forest Service volunteer who agrees to spend all or part of the summer living in, and managing a campground.  Hosts provide an identified presence and play an active role in the care and maintenance of the campground; carrying out such duties as litter cleanup, routine restroom upkeep, and campsite monitoring.  Hosts are the ‘eyes and ears’ of our campgrounds.  They should have good communication skills as they act as the Forest Service’s frontline contact liaison in their campground.  Hosting provides a wonderful opportunity to escape the heat and spend the summer in the cool mountain comfort of the Mogollon Rim and combines pleasure and relaxation with the enjoyment and stimulation of meeting new people. 

Campground hosts must provide their own fully self-contained living unit i.e. motor home, fifth wheel, or travel trailer. Hosts are provided with a free campsite, identifying sign, training materials, a radio, or phone for emergency use, maps, and literature for public distribution, and a uniform.  Hosts are expected to set a good example by role modeling a clean and uncluttered living area and by keeping pets leashed as required by regulations.

The Black Mesa Ranger District’s Rim Lakes Recreation Area is located about two hours northeast of the Phoenix metropolitan area and about 30 minutes east of the community of Payson on Highway 260.  This forested area is popular for both day trips and overnight excursions and provides numerous recreational opportunities such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, boating, camping, back packing, and sightseeing.

For more information please call Lorraine Cuevas at (928) 535-7352.