Hosting a Forest Service Campground

A campground host is a volunteer who agrees to spend part or all of the year in a National Forest campground. A host helps other campers by answering questions, providing information about the local area, and acts as the "eyes and ears" for identifying problems when Forest Service employees are not present. Hosts might also be asked to clean and maintain the campground, or collect fees from other campers.

Campground hosts will receive training, a uniform, and a free campsite, but are expected to bring their own tent, trailer, camper or motor home to stay in. Most National Forest campgrounds have water and toilet facilities, and very few have electrical or sewer hookups. Campground hosts may also be eligible for modest reimbursements on their expenses.

Individuals or couples can be hosts. In some cases, it may be a family affair. Often, retired couples find it the ideal way to spend their summer. Hosts need to be friendly, flexible, and responsible. Host applicants may also be subject to a criminal background check.

If you’d like to be a Forest Service campground host in Oregon or Washington, please take a look at the opportunities below.  Once you’ve identified where you’d like to go, please fill out a Volunteer Application and a Campground Host Application, and submit them to the site’s coordinator.

 


 

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Contact:  Edan Lira, 541-308-1727, elira@fs.fed.us

Location Description:  Western Oregon/Washington, nestled in the Columbia River Gorge valley

  • Campground: Five campground hosting opportunities available
  • About the Positions: Strong hosting skills recommended.
  • Work Schedule:  Summer

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Malheur National Forest

Contact:  Chris Yriarte, 541-575-3125, cayriarte@fs.fed.us

Location Description:  Eastern Oregon, a few hours away from the Idaho border, in the Blue Mountains

  • Campground: 2 positions on the Burns Ranger District
  • About the Positions: Interest in interacting with visitors, campground cleanup, maintenance, and painting recommended
  • Work Schedule:  Mid June-Sept, 5 days a week

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  • Campground: 1 position on the Long Creek Ranger District
  • About the Position: Interest in interacting with visitors, maintenance, and painting recommended.
  • Work Schedule:  Mid June-Sept, 5 days a week

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  • Campground: Prarie City Ranger District
  • About the Positions: Strong hosting skills recommended.
  • Work Schedule:  June-Labor Day

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  • Campground: Strawberry Lake Campground
  • About the Position: Host will perform light campground maintenance.
  • Work Schedule:  Day-flexible

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Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Contact: Paul Galloway, 541-471-6755, pgalloway@fs.fed.us

Location Description:  Southern Oregon/Northern California, from beaches to mountains

  • Campground: Gold Beach Ranger District: Quosantana Campground and Foster Bar Campground
  • About the Positions: Strong hosting skills recommended.
  • Work Schedule:  May-October

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  • Campground: Wild Rivers Ranger District: Bolan Campground, Spaulding Pond Campground, Big Pine Campground, Sam Brown Campground
  • About the Positions: Strong hosting skills recommended.
  • Work Schedule:  Memorial Day-Labor Day

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  • Campground: Snow Park
  • About the Position: Recreation opportunities will be snow-oriented, and the host(s) will need a self-contained RV. Strong hosting skills recommended.
  • Work Schedule:  November 15-April 15

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Siuslaw National Forest

Contact: Stefanie Gatchell, 541-750-7000, sgatchell@fs.fed.us

Location Description: Central Oregon Coast

  • Campground: Waldport & Mapleton Ranger Districts and the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, 15 locations
  • About the Positions: These facilities are located on the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and are oriented toward motorized recreation, which includes dune buggies, motorcycles, and all-terrain vehicles. The persons interested in hosting these areas have opportunities to use one of the largest and best ATV riding areas in the nation. We are looking for individuals or couples that have excellent communication skills and enjoy meeting people. Noise is a factor.In addition to providing information to the public on recreation opportunities along a large portion of the Oregon Coast, each position involves regular daily duties that may include restroom cleaning, campsite cleaning, and other minor work items around each facility. Listed facilities vary substantially in size, workload, and atmosphere.
  • Work Schedule:  Year-round

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  • Campground: Horsfall Caretaker, Driftwood Caretaker, Sutton Caretaker, ODNRA Caretaker, and Cape Perpetua Visitor Center Caretaker
  • About the Positions: These opportunities are for those interested in staying in an area for a longer term. We are looking for those who have good working habits, have knowledge of carpentry, plumbing, power tools, and overall maintenance skills. These positions are located in corridors that have three or more campgrounds and facilities and will assist regular maintenance crews in keeping facilities operating year-round.
  • Work Schedule:  Year-round

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Umatilla National Forest

Contact: Kim Irons, 541-278-3716, krirons@fs.fed.us

Location Description: Eastern Oregon/Washington, a few hours away from the Idaho border

  • Campground: Heppner Ranger District, Bull Prairie Recreation Area
  • About the Positions: Strong hosting skills recommended. Light use of hand tools may be a part of your duties.
  • Work Schedule:  May 15-October 15, Thursday-Mondays

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  • Campground: Walla Walla Ranger District, 4 locations
  • About the Positions:  Strong hosting skills recommended. Basic light maintenance may be a part of your duties.
  • Work Schedule: May 15 – Oct. 15; dates vary. 5 days/week to include weekend.

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Umpqua National Forest

Contact: Lucero Hernandez, 541-957-3411, lchernandez@fs.fed.us

Location Description: Central Oregon, Cascades

  • Campground: Cottage Grove Ranger District: Rujada and/or Cedar Creek Campgrounds
  • About the Positions: Interest in interacting with visitors, and strong hosting skills recommended.
  • Work Schedule: Summer, 7 days/week

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  • Campground: Diamond Lake Ranger District: Diamond Lake, Broken Arrow, Bunker Hill Campgrounds
  • About the Positions: Interest in interacting with visitors, and strong hosting skills recommended.
  • Work Schedule: Summer, 7 days/week

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  • Campground: North Umpqua Ranger District: Eagle Rock, Horseshoe Bend, Bogus Creek, Wolf Creek Campgrounds
  • About the Positions: Interest in interacting with visitors, and strong hosting skills recommended.
  • Work Schedule: Summer, 7 days/week

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  • Campground: Tiller Ranger District: South Umpqua Falls
  • About the Position: Interest in interacting with visitors, and strong hosting skills recommended.
  • Work Schedule: Summer, 7 days/week, Memorial Day

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Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

Contact: Mindy Wood, 541-523-1237, mswood@fs.fed.us

Location Description: Eastern Oregon/Washington, Blue Mountains

  • Campground: Whitman Ranger District
  • About the Position: Interest in interacting with visitors; be willing to live without amenities (i.e., no hookups). Do routine operation; light maintenance. Some skill with basic hand tools. Need camper or camping gear.
  • Work Schedule: Summer, 7 days/week. Daily schedule. June thru September, duty time negotiable.

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  • Campground: Eagle Cap Ranger District
  • About the Position: Strong hosting skills recommended. Basic light maintenance may be a part of your duties.
  • Work Schedule: June -Sept, 5 days a week

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  • Campground: La Grande Ranger District
  • About the Position: Host at Two-Color Campground
  • Work Schedule: July-October

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Willamette National Forest

Contact: Nicole Malandri, 541-782-5358, nmaladri@fs.fed.us

Location Description: Western Oregon, western slope of Cascades

  • Campground: Middle Fork Ranger District: Kiahanie, Timpanogas Lake, Sacandaga Campgrounds
  • About the Position: Strong hosting skills recommended.
  • Work Schedule: Summer, 5 days/week

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Colville National Forest

Contact: Pat Shields, 509-738-7715, pshields@fs.fed.us

Location Description: Northern/Eastern Washington

  • Campground: Kettle Falls Ranger District
  • About the Position: Strong ability to communicate and desire to work with the public recommended.
  • Work Schedule: Summer

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  • Campground: Newport Ranger District
  • About the Position: Strong ability to communicate and desire to work with the public recommended.
  • Work Schedule: Summer, with minimum 2-week stay

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Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Contact: Sue Ripp, 360-891-5153, sripp@fs.fed.us

Location Description: Southwest Washington, Cascades

  • Campground: Mt. Adams Ranger District: Trout Lake Creek, Forlorn Lakes, Cultus Creek Campgrounds
  • About the Position: Ability to communicate with the public strongly recommended. Light maintenance and cleanup may be a part of duties.
  • Work Schedule: Summer, 5 days/week

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Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Contact: Hailey Heath, Mount St. Helens Institute, 360-449-7826, hheath@mshinstitute.org

Location Description: Southwest Washington, Cascades

  • Campground: Lower Falls, Sunset, and Ape Cave Campgrounds, Kalama Horse Camp, Pine Creek Work Center
  • About the Positions: Ability to communicate with the strongly public recommended. Grounds maintenance, and cleanup may be a part of duties. Must be available on weekends. Opening dates dependent on weather.
  • Work Schedule: Year-round at Sunset Campground, May-Oct at all others. Full or part time.

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Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Contact: Susan Thomas, 509-548-2563, slthomas@fs.fed.us

Location Description: Northern/Eastern Washington, Cascades

  • Campground: Entiat Ranger District: 1 or more locations
  • About the Positions: Ability to work with public and skill in use of power and hand tools recommended. Cabin available in one location. May need own transportation.
  • Work Schedule: May-Oct, long stay, including weekends

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  • Campground: Methow Valley Ranger District: 8-10 locations
  • About the Positions: Strong hosting skills recommended. Light maintenance may be a part of duties. Space provided for mobile home/trailer. One location has full hookups.
  • Work Schedule: Late May-Sept.

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  • Campground: Chelan Ranger District: 1-2 locations
  • About the Positions: Strong hosting skills recommended.
  • Work Schedule: Late May-early Sept.

 

  • Campground: Naches Ranger District: 4-5 locations
  • About the Position: Strong hosting skills recommended. Light maintenance may be a part of duties.
  • Work Schedule: May-Sept., summer-long

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  • Campground: Tonasket Ranger District: 4 locations
  • About the Position: Strong hosting skills recommended.
  • Work Schedule: Summer

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Olympic National Forest

Contact: Debbie Schreier, 360-765-2204, dschreier@fs.fed.us

Location Description: Southwest Washington, Coast

  • Campground: Hood Canal Ranger District, Pacific Ranger District
  • About the Positions:  Strong hosting skills recommended. Light maintenance and cleanup may be a part of duties.
  • Work Schedule: May-Sept. 5 days/week. Minimum 3 weeks.

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