Forest Service seeks volunteer campground hosts for the summer

Contact(s): Darcy Weseman, (541) 278-3722

PENDLETON, Ore. - The Umatilla National Forest is looking for volunteers to spend the summer as campground hosts at the Jubilee Lake and North Fork John Day campgrounds.

A camp host greets campers, provides information on the surrounding area, and generally makes campers feel at home.  Hosts will visit with campers and day-use visitors, clean and maintain restrooms, restock supplies, occasionally clean up after campers, and carry out minor maintenance as needed.  They keep an eye on things and set a good example for others in the campground.

Individuals or couples can apply to be hosts.  Retirees often apply to the camp host program, finding it the ideal way to spend the summer in a beautiful setting.   Hosts need to be friendly, flexible, and responsible.  Host applicants may be subject to a criminal background check.

Those who apply will need to supply their own trailer, camper, or motor home.  Camp hosts will be provided a campsite, usually near the main entryway to the campground.   Though the Host program is a volunteer program, a food allowance and propane is offered, and personal vehicle mileage associated with hosting duties is reimbursed.

Jubilee Lake Campground is located 12 miles NE of Tollgate and is the largest developed campground on the Umatilla National Forest offering 53 campsites, four picnic areas and a 2.8 mile accessible hiking trail around the 92-acre lake. This campground is very popular for overnight camping as well as day-use activities. Campground hosts are typically on-site from early-July through mid-September.  For more information on becoming a Forest Service Volunteer Campground Host at Jubilee Lake Campground, please contact Celina Moreno at the Walla Walla Ranger District (509) 522-6277 or visit

North Fork John Day Campground is located 8 miles N of Granite and is situated along the beautiful North Fork John Day River and is a gateway to the adjacent wilderness of the same name.  The campground offers 5 tent sites, and 15 tent/trailer sites, as well as horse handling facilities and a trailhead.  This campground is typically hosted from Memorial Day through mid-October, though a shorter duration is negotiable. If you are interested in becoming a Forest Service Volunteer Campground Host at North Fork John Day campground, please contact Janel Lacey at the North Fork John Day Ranger District (541) 278-3781.