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What are some campground host jobs?

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The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management list volunteer campground host positions at Volunteer.gov, which, in October 2015, shows 132 openings across the country. Recreation Resource Management has paid positions open at recreation sites in Arizona, California and Michigan, among many other states. Amazon Camperforce seeks paid camp hosts for the 2015 winter holidays in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. American Land & Leisure, managing 400 national forest and private campgrounds, posts summer openings the preceding November.

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Most campground host positions give preference to couples and require that hosts reside in their personal recreational vehicle on-site. Electricity and water hook-ups are sometimes available. Private companies, such as Recreation Resource Management, Aramark and American Land and Leisure, manage many state and federal parks and campgrounds and cannot legally accept volunteer labor.

Campground hosts working for these companies typically work a set number of hours to cover the cost of their site rental and then are paid an hourly wage for the additional hours worked. Volunteer hosts typically receive their camp site and any available hook-ups at no cost. The duties of the campground hosts vary, but usually include answering campers' questions, picking up trash, cleaning bathrooms, collecting fees and light grounds maintenance, such as raking fire pits and blowing leaves.

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