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 submit it to the site’s coordinator:


For information about volunteering opportunities on your local forest, please select the forest you'd like to volunteer on to be directed to their volunteering page on their website: 


Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Colville National Forest
Deschutes National Forest Fremont-Winema National Forest
Gifford Pinchot National Forest Malheur National Forest
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Mt. Hood National Forest
Ochoco National Forest Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Olympic National Forest Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
Siuslaw National Forest Umatilla National Forest
Umpqua National Forest Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Willamette National Forest  


Quick Links



https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r6/jobs/volunteer/?cid=stelprdb5304736