Campground Hosting

The Tahoe National Forest is seeking qualified volunteers to serve as campground hosts from May - September. Duties include: meeting and greeting campers, light maintenance of campground facilities, answering visitor questions, and posting reservations.  Selectees will receive a campsite with varying amenities that include water, a picnic table, and a fire ring, as well as a reimbursement of $200 per week to offset expenses. Email: tahoe_nf_campground_host@fs.fed.us to obtain additional information.


We have multiple campground hosting opportunites available on the Truckee, Yuba River, and Amercan River Ranger Districts.  Each district and campground is unique, so please review the general information below and visit the following links to Volunteer.gov to further investigate these excellent opportunities.

Yuba River Ranger District: https://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=15391

Truckee Ranger District: https://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=15390

American River Ranger District: https://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=15392

Campground Hosts are expected to be available from mid-May to mid-October, five days a week with two consecutive days off per week. Longer breaks may be considered with prior approval. Hosts are requested to be available for public interaction the majority of the day and expected to make full campground rounds early in the morning and evening. Hosts are not expected to contact visitors after daylight hours or to participate in law enforcement activities.

 Excellent volunteer candidates for these positions will have the following strengths:

  • Outgoing personality with strong verbal communication skills

  • Ability to perform light maintenance work in outdoor conditions

  • Ability to maintain daily written logs

  • Ability to interact with diverse visitors while maintaining a positive, helpful and non-confrontational attitude

Host Duties will include the following:

  • Welcoming visitors and providing appropriate Forest information

  • Informing visitors of Forest Regulations and campground Courtesy Rules

  • Encouraging fee compliance and Courtesy Rule adherence

  • Tracking daily arrivals and posting incoming reservations

  • Performing light landscape and bathroom maintenance.

  • Reporting emergencies and providing District Recreation staff with pertinent daily information

  • Setting a positive camping example for other forest visitors, keeping a clean, presentable and welcoming campsite and encouraging common courtesy throughout the campground.

Requirements of the positions

  • Pass a minimal background check and possess a valid state driver’s license.

  • Volunteer 4 hours a day / 20 hours weekly and be available other times for public interactions

  • Provide your own personal RV accommodations maintained to be welcoming and approachable by the public.

Local Recreation Staff will provide full training and support in duties. Hosts perform daily responsibilities independently without direct supervision. Forest Recreation employees will make near daily contact to provide support, heavy maintenance and regulatory compliance.  On the Tahoe National Forest you will be working individually in your designated campground, but also as part of a larger Forest wide campground host program with up to 35 other volunteer hosts. Specific campsite conditions vary greatly from low elevation riverside campgrounds to higher elevation, mountain, lakeside settings. The majority of Hosts sites have minimal services. Some may have electricity, some may have water and some have waste holding tanks.