Volunteer on the National Forests in Mississippi   

Become a Volunteer Campground Host!

There are currently Campground Host positions open on 4 Ranger Districts. Hosts have a wide range of duties that include providing an enjoyable camping experience for the public and assisting staff in protecting forest resources. Campground hosts brings their own recreational vehicle but receive a free site with full hookups. Campground hosts must be friendly, flexible, and responsible. To apply, fill out the Volunteer Application. For more information and to turn in your application, reach out to the contact listed for that recreation area. Successful applicants will be required to fill out a Volunteer Agreement.

De Soto Ranger District - Wiggins, MSHammock hanging between trees at campground with sun shining through trees

Big Biloxi Recreation Area 

Big Biloxi Volunteer Site Position Description  Call James McCleary (601)528-6160 or email at James.McCleary@usda.gov 


Holly Springs Ranger District - Oxford. MS  lake with bridge going to island                                                            

Chewalla Lake 

Chewalla Campground Host Position Description Contact Katie Hanson-Dorr (662)285-3264 or email at katie.c.hanson-dorr@usda.gov                                                                                            


Tombigbee Ranger District - Ackerman, MSLake with trees with blue sky

Choctaw Lake

Choctaw Campground Host Position Description Contact Katie Hanson-Dorr (662)285-3264 or email at katie.c.hanson-dorr@usda.gov



Homochitto Ranger District - Meadville, MSGazebo surrounded by lake and forest

Clear Springs Recreation Area Campground Host

Okhissa Lake Campground Host

Volunteers are also needed year round to do general trail maintenance on the Richardson Creek and Clear Springs Lake Trail. Duties would include removal of brush and grass using handtools, improve low lying areas, repair erosion on steep parts of the trail, and repair or reconstruction of trail bridges. 

Contact Michael Everett at (601)384-5876 or email michael.everett@usda.gov if interested in any of the opportunities on the Homochitto Ranger District.


Other Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are needed in a variety of ways on the National Forests in Mississippi. Volunteering for the Forest Service is an excellent opportunity to explore your interest in a career working outdoors or to spend some free time – all while giving back to some of our nation's most precious resources. As a volunteer, you may work part-time or full-time, on one-time projects or throughout the season. You may prefer performing invigorating physical labor outdoors or help out in an office environment. Your commitment is up to you. Volunteers completing 250 documented and approved hours of service are eligible for a FREE America the Beautiful Volunteer Pass, good for one year. 

Contact your local Ranger District office to find out more about volunteering on YOUR National Forests in Mississippi.