Be A Saddleback Butte Campground Host!
The camp host is primarily responsible for greeting visitors and providing assistance and information, encouraging compliance with park rules and regulations, housekeeping of park facilities, and opening and closing of entrance gates. In addition, the host may assist with children’s programs if interested. For detailed information, see the full description of the Saddleback Butte State Park Camp Host Qualifications below.
For more information, email Jean Rhyne at Jean.Rhyne@parks.ca.gov, or leave a message at (661) 946-6900.
Saddleback Butte State Park Camp Host Qualifications
The goal of this program is to assist park staff by providing quality visitor service, opportunities for the public to enjoy our unique park resources, and visitor safety presence. This position is primarily responsible for visitor services and light janitorial duties. In addition, the host may assist with children's programs if interested. Please review the qualifications below to be sure that this position is right for you.
Who is the Camp Host?
Camp hosts are volunteers with a variety of levels of previous experience and backgrounds, ranging in age from the young adult to the senior citizen. They must be in good health and physically able to carry out their duties, be interested in learning, and have a positive, friendly attitude. Applicants with physical limitations may contact the camp host coordinator to discuss if duties may be altered to accommodate them, or if the limitation is not compatible with the camp host position at this park.
The camp host may volunteer a minimum of three months, and a maximum of six months. In some circumstances the limit may be reduced, or extended another two months. Camp hosts may work a maximum of five times at the same park.
Each work day, Saddleback Butte State Park camp hosts are typically occupied with volunteer duties for an average of five hours, which varies depending on the season and day of the week. The campground has low visitation most of the year so most maintenance duties are completed during the week on an as-needed basis. Weekends include staffing the park visitor center. Hosts open and close day-use gates at dawn and dusk, and must be available for the occasional late-night inquiry from park visitors. All volunteer service, whether scheduled or unscheduled, is credited to the volunteer.
Regular days off are flexible, but must be on weekdays. Arrangements may be made for time away for special occasions.
Host Camp Site
The host must bring their own maintained RV or trailer. A designated campsite at Saddleback Butte State Park is provided for the camp host with full hook-ups, a shade ramada, picnic table, fire ring with a barbeque, and a mature Joshua Tree. There is no shower at the park. The parking slot is 55’ long with open space at the back for rigs that extend beyond the back wheels. A State vehicle is provided for authorized use while on duty.
In most respects the host campsite can be treated as a home. However, you must bear in mind that you are also in a public area of a state park; therefore, the site must be kept clean and neat.
The park has moderately good cell phone coverage but no internet or wi-fi. Hosts often use a Verizon aircard for personal internet access, or utilize the nearby library.
Temperatures at the park can dip below freezing at night in winter and occasionally in early spring, with a light dusting of snow at times. Winterizing is necessary for stays that include the months of December through February. Summer days can be 110° with thunderstorms and warm, clear nights.
The park is four miles north of a small town with a market, gas station, library, four restaurants, and a hardware store. A very small general store is located a half mile south of the campground. The city of Lancaster, containing all other amenities, begins 14 miles west of the park. Propane is not available at the park but may be purchased in Lancaster.
Hosts that do not have a separate personal vehicle may occasionally be assigned official tasks that necessitate travel into town using a State vehicle.
All adult host site occupants must complete volunteer hiring paperwork and clear a background check before occupying the camp host site and beginning service, as they are also viewed by the public as department representatives. Families with minors are generally not compatible with the Camp Host program, but will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
Pets are allowed at the camp host site. Outdoor pets must be physically confined to the site, and not impede or inhibit park visitors from accessing the camp host resident's door. A fenced-in pet area may be constructed by the camp host around the residence. Pets must conform to the same rules and regulations as park visitors' pets regarding noise, leash laws, and restricted areas.
California State Parks provides an information manual for camp hosts covering duty instruction and basic aspects of the natural and cultural history of the Mojave Desert. Answers to frequently asked questions from the public and expected situations that you may encounter are covered in the manual. As a representative of California State Parks, hosts need to be aware of all regulations, protocols and updates.
The host is expected to read the complete manual and be aware of where to reference information.
Camp hosts must be neat, clean, and conservatively dressed and wear only the provided volunteer identification items in conformance to department appearance standards. Hosts will receive a State Parks volunteer hat, name badge and vest with a volunteer patch. As representatives of the department, uniform items should only be worn while participating in approved camp host activities and the vest/name badge must be returned upon separation.
The camp host must maintain a pleasant attitude and act in a professional manner when in front of the public. As a full-time resident of the park, behavior on and off duty is subject to the utmost of standards.
Camp Hosts must also follow all rules and regulations governing public conduct in the campground when off-duty. Inappropriate behavior, loud noise, public intoxication, and unauthorized personal use of park property will not be tolerated and may result in termination from the program.
Private businesses may not be promoted unless specifically approved by the camp host coordinator. As a government representative, promotion of personal religious beliefs and expression of political opinions is prohibited both on and off duty, for the duration that the volunteer is residing in the camp host site. The camp host will read and be in compliance with department information on sexual harassment, violence in the work place and cultural sensitivity.
Camp Hosts are expected to complete daily duties and assigned tasks on time, to treat Park staff and visitors with courtesy and respect, and to assist park staff with projects when necessary and able.
Camp hosts must be available to be contacted by visitors during personal time on any day the host is occupying the camp host site, and must be presentable in case of emergencies or unexpected situations.
Camp Host Guests
Occupancy of the Camp Host site is limited to the active host(s). Arrangements must be made for guests to stay in another campsite.
Camp Host Passes
Through the VIP program, camp hosts receive a District-Wide State Parks Pass to explore other State Parks in the District during their service period. A State-Wide Pass is earned after 200 hours of service in one year.
Hiring paperwork and background check must be approved before host applicants can occupy the Camp Host site. The live Scan (fingerprinting) must be completed at any live scan facility in California and can take a couple days to a month to clear. If applicants are traveling from outside California and cannot submit their live scan prior to arrival at the park, we will allow camping at a general camp site for a reduced rate until the background check clears.