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Campground host program

Retired? Summers free? Consider volunteering to work in a North Dakota State Park as a Campground Host. In exchange for working a one to three month period, hosts receive free, full-service camping for the duration of their stay.

If you are interested in participating in the Campground host program or would like more information, please contact Lynn Spomer at (701) 328-5356 or lspomer@nd.gov

Campground Hosts

Campground host duties

Campground host duties vary depending on park needs. They may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Welcome campers into the park
  • Provide information on park facilities and services, the surrounding area, and North Dakota in general
  • Assist campers in setting up when necessary
  • Assist in the promotion of park activities and special events
  • Relay visitor comments and concerns to appropriate park staff members
  • Police campground for litter
  • Sell firewood during designated hours
  • Notify a park ranger upon viewing a violation of park regulations or a safety hazard
  • Check comfort station and vault toilets and contact staff about cleaning needs, mechanical problems or any deficiencies
  • Hosts may be asked to assist park staff members in planning, organizing, and carrying out special park events, projects, and interpretive programs

For further information about requirements and available time slots please contact Lynn Spomer at (701) 328-5356 or lspomer@nd.gov

Campground Host

Volunteers in Parks (VIP) program

Don't have time to volunteer as a Campground Host? There are plenty of other volunteer opportunities available. Whether you are interested in visitor services, photography, interpretation, research, history, maintenance work, art or office work, the VIP program can provide you with a meaningful volunteer experience. If you would like to volunteer your special skills, don't hesitate to contact your nearest state park. Request information from the park you are interested in working... addresses, phone numbers and e-mail information can be found on the Contact Us page.


Friends of North Dakota state parks

Many projects and events in state parks are made possible by friends groups and foundations. There are seven friends groups or foundations in the North Dakota state parks system. These groups support their parks in a variety of ways including fund raising, promoting parks, participation in special events, completing projects in the park and purchasing equipment and supplies, etc. See our Friends of North Dakota State Parks page for more information on a group near you.