The opportunity to spend the summer in an Iowa state park is available for individuals who serve as campground hosts.
Campground hosts receive free camping at a designated site while they help state parks staff by assisting campers, explaining park rules, helping with registration and serving as an impromptu local tour guide. Hosts help park staff to keep the park clean and with light maintenance.
Hosts are needed for the season at Clear Lake, Geode, Lake Wapello, Nine Eagles, Pikes Peak, Pleasant Creek, Prairie Rose, Springbrook, Viking Lake and Wapsipinicon. The camping season is April 1 to October 31.
Applications are available online at www.iowadnr.gov/volunteer
then click on the campground hosts link in the column on the left. Or, call 515-242-5704 to have an application mailed.
Applicants will have a federal criminal history and drivers’ license check as part of the process.
“We would like to get hosts placed in parks by mid-March so they are ready to go in April,” said Linda King, with the DNR’s office of volunteer services.