Volunteer Opportunities
+ Become a Campground Host

If you like to camp and meet new people, this is the volunteer experience for you! The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for campground hosts to live in our state parks for the months of April – October helping DNR staff with light maintenance duties, checking in campers, and being a resource for visitors enjoying our state parks and forests.

Campground hosts are provided a free campsite while they are actively hosting during the camping season. The average host volunteers 20 – 40 hours per week while living on site in their own camper. 

Campground hosts . . .

  • work with DNR staff to ensure that campers have the best experience possible in Iowa’s state parks
  • provide a friendly presence in our campgrounds
  • act as models for other campers
  • answer questions and tell visitors about points of interest and what the park has to offer 
  • keep campers informed of park rules and area accommodations
  • perform light administrative and/or maintenance tasks.

All campground hosts must pass a criminal background check according to Unsupervised Volunteers Background Check Policy.


Parks Currently Needing Hosts:

  • We will begin accepting campground host applications for the 2019 recreation season on November 1,  2018.


Wishing to help out a park listed above?
Read the campground host volunteer description and complete a campground host application for that specific park.

For more information please contact Teresa.Rosenberg, 515-725-8489, or your local DNR park.

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