The opportunity to spend the summer in an Iowa state park is available for individuals who serve as campground hosts.
Hosts are needed for the season at Pilot Knob, Lake Keomah, Lake Manawa, Bellevue, Clear Lake and Nine Eagles.
If an entire season is too much, three state parks have host needs of shorter durations.
Hosts are needed from April through June at Lacey-Keosauqua, from May 1 through July 10 at Backbone, and from the end of June through October at Prairie Rose.
Campground hosts receive free camping at a designated site while they help state parks staff by assisting campers, explaining park rules, and helping with registration, and serving as an impromptu local tour guide. Hosts will help park staff to keep the park clean and with light maintenance.
Applications are available online at http://volunteer.iowadnr.gov
then click on the campground hosts link toward the middle of the page. Interested parties may also call 515-242-5074 or 515-281-8300 to have an application mailed.
“We would like to get hosts placed in parks as soon as possible so they are ready to go when the season begins,” said Linda King, with the DNR’s office of volunteer services.