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PatchThe California State Park system has 280 incredible state parks. Their miles of breathtaking coastline, remarkable wetlands, majestic redwood forests, beautiful deserts and colorful valleys provide a diversity of parks found nowhere else in the world. Volunteer host positions are available in over 100 parks. This is a great opportunity to spend time in a wonderful location and meet fellow travelers. Campground Hosts are typically located in a campground and Park Hosts' location is in a State Historic Park. 
Host duties vary according to each park but generally include providing visitor information, staffing visitor centers and museums, maintenance projects and general housekeeping. Most hosts work approximately 20 hours a week and, in exchange for those services, the hosts are provided with a campsite during their stay.

Many parks have full hookups and are equipped with restrooms and showers. For those who prefer a more rustic setting, there are parks with little or no hookups or commercial amenities. When applying as a host, make sure the location that interests you has the appropriate hookups for your needs.

For a complete list of California State Parks that use volunteer hosts, see current and ongoing host openings below. 


Please send your Volunteers in Parks Program (VIPP) application
directly to the park you are interested in being considered for. 


Click here for a Volunteer in Parks Program (VIPP) application.

Angel Island State Park
(Availability year around)  Located in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Must have a boat suitable for living aboard; a docking slip will be provided.  Duties include greeting visitors and providing assistance and information, fee collections and general maintenance. 
Send applications to: PO Box 318, Tiburon, CA  94920 or call (415) 435-5390 for more information.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park 
Enjoy beautiful weather, desert wildflowers and the possibility of spotting big horn sheep in this large campground and day use area located at the base of Borrego Palm Canyon.  Volunteers perform traditional host duties include registering campers, collecting fees, conducting camp checks, staffing the entrance station, selling firewood, and some housekeeping duties.  This busy campground and day use area is a great winter host opportunity for active volunteers. Full hook-ups sites are provided for hosts and cell service is available.  Three month minimum stay required. Contact Ranger Heidi Addison-Bier at  Heidi.Addison@parks.ca.gov

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park  
The horse camp offers a unique camp host opportunity on the edge of Coyote Canyon with incredible views of the Santa Rosa Mountains.  The campground has 10 sites with corrals for park visitors to camp with horses, as well as a day use area. There are many riding and hiking opportunities in the area and horse trails can be accessed directly from the camp.  This semi-remote campground offers traditional host duties, including registering campers, collecting fees, answering questions, some light housekeeping and the opportunity to assist with special projects..  A full hook-up site is provided for the host. Vern Whitaker Horse Camp is located approximately 8 miles north of the town of Borrego Springs, including 3 miles of dirt road to access the camp. Two month minimum stay required.
Contact Ranger Callan McLaughlin at Callan.McLaughlin@parks.ca.gov


Anza-Borrego Desert State Park  Tamarisk Grove Campground 2016/2017 Season
(Availability October - April)
Hosts will experience great birding and wildlife viewing opportunities in this small campground and day use area. The campground has total of 26 sites, including 11 camping cabins. Volunteers perform traditional host duties including registering campers, collecting fees, conducting camp checks, selling firewood, and some light housekeeping duties. There may be opportunities to assist with interpretive programs or other special projects. A full hook-up site is provided for hosts. Three month minimum stay is required. Contact Ranger Dennis Stephen at Dennis.Stephen@parks.ca.gov.

Auburn State Recreation Area/Mineral Bar
(April 1 through September 30 and October 1 through March 31)  There are 17 campsites along the north fork of the American River.  There are no hook-ups or running water.  Slow from November to March.  Busy with rafters and mineral collectors as well as family campers during season.  Six months stay required.  Duties include fee collection and campground maintenance, and reporting emergencies. 
Please contact Auburn SRA at (530) 823-4141 or by e-mail at asra@parks.ca.gov.

Benbow Lake State Recreation Area
(Availability May - September)  This camp host site has water and electrical hook-ups and there is a dump station in the campground for septic.  Camp host duties include campground registration, assist at entrance station when needed, complete camp checks, firewood sales and light maintenance.  Minimum stay is 30 days. 
Please contact Ranger Chris Glenn at (707) 247-3318 or christopher.glenn@parks.ca.gov

Benicia State Recreation Area
Enjoy the marshlands, grassy hillsides and rocky beaches along the narrowest portion of the Carquinez Strait while volunteering at Benicia State Recreation Area.
Benicia State Recreation Area is looking for enthusiastic and reliable Park Host. Host position is available for active and friendly individuals.
This volunteer position assists with various aspects of park operations, including visitor services and maintenance work. The park host responds to visitor inquiries, cleans restrooms, closes gates, assists with park interpretive programs, and does light maintenance and litter pickup.
RV site with full hookups provided. Park Hosts are required to volunteer at least 25 hours a week in in exchange for those services, the hosts are provided with a campsite during their stay.
If you have any questions and are interested in applying for this Park Host position please contact Ranger Dan Golde at (925) 837.6129 or Daniel.Golde@parks.ca.gov  

Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park
Bidwell Sacramento River State Park is about six miles west of Chico, the park stretches along the river bank and provides an opportunity to experience a classic landscape of riparian habitat, the river is lined with trees and wild vegetation. The main activity to be enjoyed at Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park is bank or boat fishing for salmon, steelhead and shad. The next popular activity is "cruising down the river" on inner tubes, canoes, or kayaks.

The Camp host site is located at the Irvine Finch River Access. Irvine Finch has a boat launch, picnic tables, restrooms, and enroute camping.  The Camp host site has full hook ups. Selected camp hosts will provide support to rangers, maintenance, and visitor services staff, provide information and directions to the public, assist with campground registration and fee collection. Camp host must be available to work on weekends and holidays. Position is from April to September.  For further information about this opportunity please contact Matthew Stalter (530)342-5185, matthew.stalter@parks.ca.gov.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Available for May through October. Big Basin Redwoods State Park is looking for enthusiastic and reliable camp hosts. Big Basin Redwoods is located in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco. Big Basin has the distinction of being California's oldest State Park, as well as home to the largest old growth redwoods forests south of Humboldt County.
Camp host duties include assisting staff with fee collection, performing checks of the campground, providing visitors with park information, light housekeeping, map and wood sales, and reporting incidents and emergencies.
Maximum length is 37 feet for trailers and motor homes and 30 amp electricity, water, and sewer are provided. The park is located 9 miles from the town of Boulder Creek which has stores, a gas station, and restaurants.
If you are interested in being a camp host in this historic and beautiful redwood park please contact Ranger Alex Tabone at 831-338-8862 or alex.tabone@parks.ca.gov.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park - Little Basin Group Campground
Available  April through September. Little Basin, a group and family campground located within Big Basin Redwoods State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains, is looking for camp hosts that want to volunteer in one of the State's newest parks. In addition to camping, the Little Basin staff provide educational opportunities that align with the state park's mission.  
Camp host duties include assisting staff with fee collection, performing checks of the campground, providing visitors with park information, light housekeeping, ice and wood sales, and reporting incidents and emergencies.
Maximum length is 30 feet for trailers and motor homes with 110 and 50 amp electricity ports, free Wi-Fi, and water. Must be self contained - Little Basin does not currently have a dump station. The campground is unique in that it has a basketball court, tennis court, a couple sports fields, sand volleyball, and of course miles of trails. The park is located 7 miles from the town of Boulder Creek which has stores, a gas station, and restaurants.
If you are interested in being a camp host in one of California's newest parks nestled in the beautiful redwood forest please contact Heather Butler with WOLF School and the Little Basin Director at 831-338-8018.  You can also take a look at their web page www.littlebasin.org .

Big Sur State Parks
Camp host positions available in three parks in beautiful Big Sur, located off Hwy 1 between the redwood forests and rugged central California coastline. 1 RV site located at the remote and breathtaking Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, 2 RV sites located in the heart of Big Sur at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. 2 RV sites with water/electric hook ups and 1 trail Camp Host at Andrew Molera State Park.  Minimum 3 month commitment of 30 volunteer hours per week for an active and friendly person or couple. 

Andrew Molera State Park
2 RV sites with water/electric hook ups and 1 trail Camp Host. Minimum 3 month commitment, 25 volunteer hours per week.  Typical responsibilities include campground check, firewood sales, resource management, trail hiking, staffing the kiosk, and interpretation. 
For information and application contact Sharon Pieniak (831) 667-1103, Sharon.Pieniak@parks.ca.gov .

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
One host site with water and electric hook-ups located within day use area.  Julia Pfeiffer Burns, home to McWay Falls, is one of the area's most popular attractions.  It's located along the beautiful, rugged Big Sur Coast and offers hiking trails, scenic views, and two environmental campsites. Host duties include greeting and assisting visitors, map and firewood sales, interpretation, and light facility maintenance. Max RV length 32 feet.  For information and application contact Sharon Pieniak (831) 667-1103, Sharon.Pieniak@parks.ca.gov .

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
5 RV sites, max length 32-35 ft, with 3 having full hook-ups along the Big Sur River in a gorgeeous redwood forest setting 2 miles from the ocean.  Approximately 40 minutes south of Carmel, this popular campground offers hiking trails, river access, waterfalls, a Nature Center, a lodge and restaurant concession. Duties vary and can include camp checks, firewood sales, resource protection,  field collections, staffing the Nature Center, kiosk operation and interpretation. Mild weather in this world class destination make this a great opportunity for active and social hosts. 
For information and application, contact Sharon Pieniak (831) 667-1103, Sharon.Pieniak@parks.ca.gov .

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park 
(Accepting applications for campground hosts for 2017 and 2018) 
Note:  This park is operated through an agreement with Napa Valley Regional Parks and Open Space District.The host position includes a full hook-up campsite in the beautiful upper Napa Valley.  Work will be approximately 30 hours a week. Duties will include selling firewood and maps, and assisting campers with general park information. 
Contact Ranger Sandy Jones at (707) 942-4575 or at sandy.jones@parks.ca.gov.

Butano State Park
(April 1st - November 30th)  Hosts are needed in this beautiful redwood campground situated between Santa Cruz and San Francisco.  Duties include campground registration/visitor assistance and light maintenance tasks. Hook-ups are provided and the host site can accommodate a 37' RV.
Please contact Ranger Carie Thompson at (650) 879-2027 or by e-mail at carie.thompson@parks.ca.gov.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park
(Availability late April through October)  The North Grove host site is a 36' paved site with water, sewer and electric hook-ups.  There is a phone line to the site the host can activate through AT&T.  The North Grove Campground has 73 sites.
The Oak Hollow Campground host site is a 30' paved site with water, sewer and electric hook-ups.  There is no phone or internet access.  The Oak Hollow Campground has 55 sites.
Contact Ranger Jeff Davis at 209-795-2334, or jeff.davis@parks.ca.gov .

Carpinteria State Beach
Carpinteria State Beach has no Host vacancies at the moment.  The typical appointment is three months up to a maximum of six months. 
Camp Host duties include camper registration, collecting fees, staffing the visitor center, firewood sales (Hosts must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.), light maintenance and reporting incidents and emergencies.  Camp Hosts also have the opportunity to present interpretive programs.
Maintenance Host duties include restroom cleaning, maintenance projects, grounds keeping and reporting of incidents and emergencies.
Host campsites have a picnic table, fire ring, electricity, water and sewer hookups.
Please contact Ranger Charles Verrigni by email at Charles.Verrigni@parks.ca.gov.

Castle Crags State Park
Located in Northern California, this park is the gateway to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest; home to world class fishing, hiking, and outdoor adventure.
We have two campgrounds at Castle Crags State Park and each have one Camp Host site.  Our main campground has 64 campsites and Riverside Campground has 12 sites right along the beautiful upper Sacramento River.  Our Camp Host sites have full hookups, a picnic table, and a fire ring.  Laundry facilities are available on site.  Camp Host duties include collecting fees, conducting camp checks, providing visitor information, and light housekeeping.
Come join our park family for the 2017 season beginning in May and ending in September. Self-contained vehicles are a must.
Please contact Ranger Todd Barto at 530-235-2684 or email at todd.barto@parks.ca.gov.

Caswell Memorial State Park
Campground hosts are needed from May-October in this 64 campsite park located along the Stanislaus River near Ripon.  Two sites are available: 
1.   Full hook-ups, picnic table and fire ring.  20 hours a week.  Duties include assisting staff with fee collection, camp checks, providing public information and firewood sales.
2.   Water and electrical hook-up, picnic table and fire ring.  15 hours a week.  Duties include assisting maintenance staff with cleaning restrooms, fire rings, trash pickup and recycling program.  Must be able to lift 25 lbs.

China Camp State Park
Back Ranch Meadows Campground in China Camp State Park has two host sites with full hookups.  The campground has 30 walk-in campsites.  Prospective camp host volunteers must be team-oriented, with good communication skills and sunny dispositions.  If interested, please complete a CA State Parks Volunteer Application and send it to China Camp S.P. For inquiries about hosting call 415-456-0766.

Chino Hills State Park and California Citrus State Historic Park
(No camp host sites but looking for volunteers)  Chino Hills SP and California Citrus SHP do not have camp host sites, but have a variety of volunteer positions.  For further information, please contact John Clagett at (951) 443-2423.

Clear Lake State Park
Hosts need to be willing to commit to a six-month stay. We currently have two positions in this park. Popular park attractions include camping, boating, fishing, hiking, and birding. Full hook-ups are available. Camp Host duties include: public contact, camp checks and answering questions, firewood sales to campers, assist maintenance staff with housekeeping and restroom cleaning in campground, assist with maintenance projects, and keep rangers informed of problems. Please contact Ranger Jennifer Ayala at (707) 279-2267 or by email by jennifer.ayala@parks.ca.gov.

Crystal Cove State Park
(Availability year around.  All host positions are currently filled.)  Enthusiastic hosts with prior experience are sought for a campground with 30 hookup sites and 30 tent sites.  Two host sites with full hookups are available;  a six month commitment is required. 
Crystal Cove is a very busy park with 3.2 miles of beach, 2400 acres of backcountry trails, a Historic District, and more.  Host duties include camper registration, camp checks, assisting at entrance station, light maintenance, providing public information, etc.  Please contact Supervising Ranger Trudy Ferris at trudy.ferris@parks.ca.gov or call 949-494-3539.

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
(Availability year around). Hosts are needed for two campgrounds in the beautiful mountains of eastern San Diego County. Host sites have picnic table, fire ring, electricity, water and sewer. Three month commitment required. Duties include providing information to visitors, camper registration, firewood sales and light maintenance.
Please contact park staff at (760) 765-3050 or Andrew.Ferreira@parks.ca.gov.

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
(May 1-Sept. 30) Two campground positions available.  Located 7 miles south of Crescent City.  Duties include assisting park staff with visitor information, fee collection, camp checks, help entrance staff as needed and light janitorial/maintenance work.  20 hours/week commitment required.  Full hook-ups available, but no phone service. 
Contact Ranger Michael Glore at (707) 465-7392 or at michael_glore@nps.gov.

D.L. Bliss State Park   
(Availability mid May through October 11, weather dependent.) 
D.L. Bliss State Park borders Emerald Bay State Park to the north. It features one of the finest beaches in the Lake Tahoe region. The park also has popular hiking trails, such as the Lighthouse Trail and the Balancing Rock Nature Trail. The beach is especially popular during summer months. The park contains 165 campsites without hookups, a visitor center and day use parking lots. Camp Host duties include greeting visitors and providing public assistance and information, firewood sales (Hosts must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.), staffing entrance stations and collecting fees, staffing the visitor center, reporting incidents and emergencies, light maintenance and conducting camp and parking checks. Camp Hosts may also have the opportunity to present or assist with interpretive programs.
There are three Camp Host sites, each with a set schedule. Each Camp Host site comes with a picnic table, fire ring, food storage locker, 110 volt 30 amp electrical hookup and a sewer hookup. Due to food storage regulations and the black bear presence in the park, hard sided equipment is required for Camp Hosts. Prospective camp host volunteers must be team-oriented with good communication skills and sunny dispositions. We ask that you make a minimum commitment of 4 months, 30 volunteer hours per week and be available on all weekends and holidays. To apply for a Camp Host position, complete a VIPP Application (available for download in the right tool bar of this page) and attach a photo of you with your RV/trailer/vehicle. You can either email your completed application and photo to Ranger Darren Cooke at Darren.cooke@parks.ca.gov or mail it to:

Sierra District CA State Parks
ATTN: Ranger Darren Cooke
PO Box 266
Tahoma, CA 96142

Doheny State Beach
Doheny State Beach is open year round with high visitation numbers. Currently all host positions at this park are filled.
An example of camp host duties could include camper registration, collecting fees, staffing a visitor center, firewood sales (host must be able to lift 25 lbs.), reporting incidents and emergencies, park maintenance and groundskeeping. Camp host can also have the opportunity to present interpretive programs.
Doheny also uses Maintenance Hosts. Duties include restroom cleaning, maintenance projects, responding and reporting emergency situations and requiring knowledge ans skill in repair of facilities and restrooms.

Donner Memorial State Park

(Availability mid-May through mid-October)  Campground has approximately 150 sites.  All restrooms are new and accessible; the campground lies adjacent to beautiful Donner Lake.  Donner Memorial SP has an active Visitor Center and day use operation.  Camp host duties include "meet and greet" the visitors, campground registration, assist at entrance station when needed, complete camp checks, firewood sales and light maintenance.  One camp host site has full hook-ups. 
If interested, please contact:

Volunteer Coordinator
Donner Memorial State Park
12593 Donner Pass Rd.
Truckee, CA 96161-3856
(530)582-7892

Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park
(Availability late April through October, weather dependent.)
Sugar Pine Point State Park contains one of the finest remaining natural areas on Lake Tahoe. With nearly two miles of lake frontage, the park has dense forests of pine, fir, aspen and cedar. The park has175 campsites without hookups and a separate day use area. Camp Host duties include greeting visitors and providing public assistance and information, firewood sales (Hosts must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.), staffing entrance stations and collecting fees, reporting incidents and emergencies, conducting camp checks, and light maintenance. Camp Hosts may also have the opportunity to present or assist with interpretive programs.
There are two Camp Host sites each with a set schedule. Each Camp Host site comes with a picnic table, fire ring, food storage locker, 110 volt 30 amp electrical hookup and a sewer hookup. Due to food storage regulations and the black bear presence in the park, hard sided equipment is required for Camp Hosts. Prospective camp host volunteers must be team-oriented with good communication skills and sunny dispositions. We ask that you make a minimum commitment of 4 months, 30 volunteer hours per week and be available on all weekends and holidays. To apply for a Camp Host position, complete a VIPP Application (available for download in the right tool bar of this page) and attach a photo of you with your RV/trailer/vehicle. You can either email your completed application and photo to Ranger Kathy Searl at Kathy.Searl@parks.ca.gov or mail it to:

Sierra District CA State Parks
ATTN: Ranger Kathy Searl
PO Box 266
Tahoma, CA 96142

El Capitan State Beach
El Capitan State Beach has Maintenance Host and Camp Host positions. The typical appointment is three months up to a maximum of six months.
Camp Host duties include assisting staff with fee collection, providing public information, firewood sales (Hosts must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.), reporting of incidents and emergencies, and light maintenance.
Maintenance Host duties include restroom cleaning, maintenance projects, grounds keeping, and reporting of incidents and emergencies.
The park has four Host campsites, each with a picnic table, fire ring, and water, electrical and sewer hookups.
For questions (no applications will be accepted via email) about Camp Host opportunities please email Ranger Mechling at Brad.Mechling@parks.ca.gov.
To apply for a Camp Host position, complete a DPR 208h form (available for download in the right tool bar of this page) and attach a picture of you with your RV/trailer/vehicle.  Mail the form and picture to:

Ranger Mechling
10 Refugio Beach Road
Goleta, CA 93117
(Only mailed applications will be considered.)

Emerald Bay State Park 
(Availability mid May through September, weather dependent.)
Emerald Bay State Park is adjacent to D.L. Bliss State Park. With its rugged shoreline and blue-green water, Emerald Bay is one of the most photographed places in the world.  The Boat-in Campground contains 20 boat-in campsites without hookups and is approximately 1 mile north of Vikingsholm on the Rubicon Trail. Camp Host duties include greeting visitors and providing public assistance and information, firewood sales (Hosts must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.), collecting fees, reporting incidents and emergencies, conducting camp checks, and light maintenance. Camp Hosts may also have the opportunity to present or assist with interpretive programs.
There is one Camp Host site with a set schedule. The Camp Host site comes with a picnic table, fire ring, food storage locker, 110 volt 30 amp electrical hookup and a sewer hookup. Due to food storage regulations and the black bear presence in the park, hard sided equipment is required for Camp Hosts. Prospective camp host volunteers must be team-oriented with good communication skills and sunny dispositions. We ask that you make a minimum commitment of 4 months, 30 volunteer hours per week and be available on all weekends and holidays. To apply for a Camp Host position, complete a VIPP Application (available for download in the right tool bar of this page) and attach a photo of you with your RV/trailer/vehicle. You can either email your completed application and photo to Ranger Darren Cooke at Darren.cooke@parks.ca.gov or mail it to:

Sierra District CA State Parks
ATTN: Ranger Darren Cooke
PO Box 266
Tahoma, CA 96142

Emerald Bay State Park Eagle Point Campground
(Availability mid May through Labor Day, weather dependent.)
Emerald Bay was designated a National Natural Landmark for its brilliant panorama of mountain-building processes and glacier carved granite. The natural beauty, geology and history of this unique island make it one of the highlights of any visit to the Lake Tahoe area. The Eagle Point Campground consists of 100 campsites without hookups and is located at the south end of Emerald Bay. Camp Host duties include greeting visitors and providing public assistance and information, firewood sales (Hosts must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.), staffing entrance stations and collecting fees, reporting incidents and emergencies, conducting camp checks, and light maintenance. Camp Hosts may also have the opportunity to present or assist with interpretive programs.
There are two Camp Host sites each with a set schedule. Each Camp Host site comes with a picnic table, fire ring, food storage locker, 110 volt 30 amp electrical hookup and a sewer hookup. Due to food storage regulations and the black bear presence in the park, hard sided equipment is required for Camp Hosts. Prospective camp host volunteers must be team-oriented with good communication skills and sunny dispositions. We ask that you make a minimum commitment of 4 months, 30 volunteer hours per week and be available on all weekends and holidays. To apply for a Camp Host position, complete a VIPP Application (available for download in the right tool bar of this page) and attach a photo of you with your RV/trailer/vehicle. You can either email your completed application and photo to Ranger Darren Cooke at Darren.cooke@parks.ca.gov or mail it to:

Sierra District CA State Parks
ATTN: Ranger Darren Cooke
PO Box 266
Tahoma, CA 96142

Emma Wood State Beach - North Beach Campground
North Beach Campground has one Camp Host position. Host site has no hookups. Hosts may use the dump station at McGrath SB. Duties include kiosk operations, greeting and registering campers, fee collection, park patrol, opening and securing entrance gate on a morning and evening basis, reporting incidents and emergencies, light maintenance duties and firewood sales. Host assignments are from three to six months.
For more information, please contact Ranger John Lucich at john.lucich@parks.ca.gov. Submit a completed application to Ranger John Lucich, 901 San Pedro Street, Ventura, CA 93001.

Emma Wood State Beach - Ventura River Group Camp
The Ventura River Group Camp has two Camp Host positions. One Host site has water, sewer and electric hookups, the other site has water and electric hookups only. Camp Host duties include kiosk operation, greeting and registering campers, fee collection, park patrol, reporting of incidents and emergencies, light maintenance and firewood sales. Host assignments are from three to six months.
For more information, please contact Ranger John Lucich at john.lucich@parks.ca.gov. Submit a completed application to Ranger John Lucich, 901 San Pedro Street, Ventura, CA 93001.

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area - Beals Point Campground
Beals Point campground has 20 sites with hook-ups (sewer and water) .  The host sites have full hook-ups. Host duties currently include campground registration, firewood sales, light maintenance and kiosk operational duties.  A minimum stay of three months is required. Contact Ranger Luke Stone at (916) 988-0205 Ext. 276 or luke.stone@parks.ca.gov.

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area - Peninsula Campground
Peninsula Campground is located on the east side of Folsom Lake in a remote location, approximately 45 minutes from the closest town Auburn or Placerville.  Camp host duties require a minimum of 20 hours a week, including camp checks, light maintenance and kiosk operational duties, with a minimum three-month stay and maximum of six months.  The camp host site has full hookups available. 
Contact Ranger Matthew Schumacher at (916) 988-0205 Ext. 276 or matthew.schumacher@parks.ca.gov.
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Fort Humboldt SHP
Currently has no host positions at this time.  The Park is closed on the weekends.  It is open for Day Use weekdays, but no services are provided.
Contact the North Coast District offices located at Fort Humboldt for details at (707) 445-6547.

Gaviota State Park
Gaviota State Park has Maintenance Host and Camp Host positions. The typical appointment is three months up to a maximum of six months.
Camp Host duties include assisting staff with fee collection, providing public information, firewood sales (Hosts must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.), reporting of incidents and emergencies, and light maintenance.
Maintenance Host duties include restroom cleaning, maintenance projects, grounds keeping, and reporting of incidents and emergencies.
The park host campsites, each with a picnic table, fire ring, and water, electrical and sewer hookups.
For questions (no applications will be accepted via email) about Camp Host opportunities please email Ranger Mechling at Brad.Mechling@parks.ca.gov.
To apply for a Camp Host position, complete a DPR 208h form (available for download in the right tool bar of this page) and attach a picture of you with your RV/trailer/vehicle.  Mail the form and picture to:

Ranger Mechling
10 Refugio Beach Road
Goleta, CA 93117
(Only mailed applications will be considered.)

Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park 
Hosts needed April - June 2017 and from November 2017 on. This quaint old growth redwood park is situated on the beautiful Van Duzen River on Highway 36, approximately 20 minutes from the town of Fortuna.  The host site has full hook-ups.  Hosts at Grizzly Creek will assist with campground operations, day-use, light maintenance when needed, and if desired, will help with interpretive programs as well.  The park consists of 28 campsites, a group camp, a day-use area, meandering trails through the redwoods, and of course, the old-fashioned visitor center.  If you're seeking your first host position, Grizzly is a great way to learn the ropes.  If you're a seasoned host, you'll love it even more! Please note: Grizzly Creek has limited cell phone and internet service. If you're interested in spending a few months along the banks of the Van Duzen, surrounded by towering redwoods, please contact Ranger Emily Peterson at 707-777-3683 or at emily.peterson@parks.ca.gov  

Grover Hot Springs State Park
Campground open late April to early October. Camp host site has electricity, water and sewer. Duties may include collection of camp fees and operation of reservation system, visitor information and contact, firewood sales, and housekeeping. Will work 20 to 30 hours per week. Prefer to have a camp host who can stay during the entire time that the campground is open. Grover is a beautiful park, nestled in the Sierras, 40 minutes south of Lake Tahoe. There is a wealth of scenic recreational opportunities in the area.
Please contact Ranger David Williamson at (530) 694-2248 or Dave.Williamson@parks.ca.gov.

Half Moon Bay State Beach
Half Moon Bay State Beach has a 52 site campground and is located just 25 miles south of San Francisco on the beautiful San Mateo Coast. Duties include campground registration/visitor assistance, firewood sales and light maintenance tasks (i.e. toilet paper restocking, light bathroom cleaning). Full hook-ups available for camp host site. Minimum commitment: 4 months, max 7. Experienced hosts preferred, please explore what a camp host is before submitting an application stating you want to become one. 2-nights off per week; expect to be working on weekends. The volunteer application is accessible on this website and should be filled-out and mailed via USPS with dates of availability. Mail completed applications to Half Moon Bay State Beach c/o Host Application, 95 Kelly Ave Half Moon Bay, CA 94019. Incomplete or nonspecific bulk-style applications/emails will be thrown away.
Please view this weblink to see a PDF version of the existing camp host schedule.

Hearst San Simeon State Park
Camp host position currently filled.
Camp host duties include campground registration, firewood sales, interpretation opportunities, and light maintenance duties. Three to six months stay required. Full hook-ups available.
Please contact Ranger Jared Meichtry at jared.meichtry@parks.ca.gov.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (April 1 through October 31; Position filled for 2016)
Henry Cowell is located in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. It is only a few short miles from the city of Santa Cruz. The park features 15 miles of hiking and riding trails through a variety of forested areas including redwood, mixed evergreen, riparian, ponderosa pine, and a rare ecosystem called the Santa Cruz Sand Hills. The park's day use area contains large old-growth redwoods.
The campground is located in a warmer, drier, non-redwood section of the park. There are 110 campsites plus a bike-in site. The camp host is provided with full hookups in a site that can accommodate a maximum 34' RV. Duties include greeting campers and providing information and assistance. The camp host is also responsible for wood sales, a daily camp check, and some light maintenance.
If you are interested in a position at this family-friendly campground, please contact Ranger Branden Crawford at branden.crawford@parks.ca.gov or 831-227-5590. Applications for the 2017 season will be accepted starting in November 2016.

Heber Dunes State Vehicle Recreation Area (Availability April - October)
Park Hosts are needed at Heber Dunes SVRA, a 343-acre off-road vehicle recreation area, during the limited use season between April and October, for 3 month minimum to 6 month maximum stay.  Located in the Imperial Valley of Southern California, the park is day use only, open from 8:00 a.m. until Sunset, daily.
Duties include opening and closing the entrance gate, providing information and guidance to visitors, information to staff, recycling and light maintenance, a more depending on skills and interest level.  No restroom cleaning in anticipated.  You may be trained to use All-Terrain Vehicles to assist in your duties.  No public camping is allowed in the park except for limited special events.
The host site is within the off-highway recreation area where minimal riding takes place, and is located in a shady grove near the park entrance shielded from the road and wind by a thick stand of trees.   The site does have hook-ups, and first class showers are available for your use at the park restroom.  Shopping is available nearby in Holtville, Calexico and El Centro.
Benefits include quick access to Baja California, Mexico and to some of California's nearby premier riding areas.  If you are an off-highway vehicle riding enthusiast, this assignment would be ideal.  Summer is not for everyone, with temperatures exceeding the high 90's to low 100's daily.  With an average of only 2" of rainfall each year, this is one of the sunniest areas on earth.  This remnant of the untamed Imperial Valley is unique, a heavily wooded area in the midst of sand dunes surrounded by intense agricultural productivity.  And a surprising amount of wildlife is here, with terrific birding and the Colorado River to the east near Yuma, AZ.
Please contact Supervising Ranger, James G. Claar for details: james.claar@parks.ca.gov or  (760) 768-4630.


Humboldt Redwoods State Park - Burlington Campground 
Burlington Campground is located on the scenic and historic Avenue of the Giants next to the Humboldt Redwoods Visitor Center and is open year around. During the summer months, this 58-site campground is busy with many families who return year after year to enjoy the beautiful redwoods and the many recreational opportunities the park offers.  In the winter, things slow down a bit with tourists and fishermen staying for just one night or two. Camp hosts who work during the summer months help in the kiosk working with park seasonal staff.  During the winter months, hosts do most of the day to day chores of campground operations.  Full hookups are provided. 
Please contact Ranger John Hardcastle at 707-946-1813.


Humboldt Redwoods State Park  Cuneo Creek Horse Camp
One paragraph is not enough to brag about Cuneo Creek Horse Camp!  This beloved campground is located on an old homestead amongst 100-year old apple and pear trees, beautiful shade trees and amazing wildlife.  Also among the daily visitors are equestrian campers and day-users.  Humboldt Redwoods State Park has over 100 miles of trails, many of which are open to horses.  People come from all over the United States to visit this campground!  As the host, you will interact with a wide variety of people and their beautiful horses, but horse experience is not required.  The host at Cuneo Creek registers campers and day-users, sells firewood and answers a myriad of questions.  Full hook-ups are provided. Light maintenance duties are appreciated but not required.  For the right people, Cuneo Creek is a dream come true.  This position doesn't come open often, so please call soon.
Please contact Ranger John Hardcastle at 707-946-1813.


Humboldt Redwoods State Park   Albee Creek Campground
Albee Creek Campground is located at the edge of the beautiful and famous Rockefeller Forest. Full hook-ups are provided. This is a highly desirable host position and is likely to be filled quickly. Albee Creek is a favorite spot for many families who often stay a week or two at a time.  Recreational opportunities abound at Albee Creek as this area is an entry point to many trails that are open to hikers, bicyclists and equestrians.  Swimming and wading holes are nearby, as well as in the two creeks that border the campground itself.  Hosts will cover shifts in the kiosk usually once or twice a week, depending on staffing levels. Light maintenance work is appreciated, but not required.  If you love the tranquility of the redwoods and want to interact with a wonderful clientele.
Please contact Ranger John Hardcastle at 707-946-1813.


Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park
(Availability year around)  Indian Grinding Rock SHP is a small park with a 23-site campground nestled in the pines, cedars and oaks of the Sierra Nevada foothills, located off scenic Highway 88 southeast of Sacramento.   There is also a regional Indian museum at the park, historic towns nearby and the Mokelumne River just 15 minutes away.  If any GOOD and RELIABLE hosts are looking for a new position, contact Ranger Lee Eal at (209) 296-7475 or email Lee.Eal@parks.ca.gov.

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
(Availability year around) This park features more than 10,000 acres of redwoods, and the wild and scenic Smith River. Host site has full hook-ups (including telephone lines).  Camp host duties include assisting with campground registration, firewood sales, staffing visitor center, and performing light maintenance.  We have an active partnership with the Redwood National Parks.  Please contact the ranger at (707) 458-3018 for more information.

Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
Lake Oroville State Recreation Area has a continuous need to fill vacant camp host positions. Lake Oroville SRA is located approximately 75 miles north of Sacramento and has three hook-up/tent campgrounds, all of which offer convenient full hook-ups for its camp hosts. Selected camp hosts will provide support to rangers and visitor service staff, provide information and directions to the public, sell firewood and assist in campground registration and fee collection. Camp host must be available to work on weekends and holidays.
For further information regarding camp hosting availability at Lake Oroville SRA, please contact Ranger Chris Beehner christopher.beehner@parks.ca.gov or at 530-538-2723.

Lake Perris State Recreation Area
Lake Perris SRA has 10 camp host sites.  All sites have full hook-ups.  Maximum stay is 6 months.  Camp host duties include greeting the public, selling passes and taking group reservations.  Maintenance positions also available.  Please contact Ranger Mary Moyer at (951) 940-5647.

Leo Carillo State Park
Host sites have a picnic table, fire ring, electricity, water and sewer hookups.  Duties include camper registration, collecting fees, staffing visitor center, firewood sales (able to lift up to 25 lbs.) and light maintenance.  The host is expected to work 20+ hours each week; a three to six month commitment is desirable. 
To apply, please contact Ranger Mark James at  mark.james@parks.ca.gov.

Malakof Diggins State Historic Park-Chute Hill Campground
(Availability late April through September, weather dependent.)
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, a forested 3,000-acre park, is the site of California's largest hydraulic gold mine .The park contains 28 campsites without hookups, 3 cabins and has a separate day use area. Camp Host duties include greeting visitors and providing public assistance and information, firewood sales (Hosts must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.), collecting fees, reporting incidents and emergencies, conducting camp checks, assisting in the Visitor’s Center and light maintenance. Camp Hosts may also have the opportunity to present or assist with interpretive programs.
There is one Camp Host site in the Chute Hill Campground. The Camp Host site comes with a picnic table, fire ring, food storage locker and a sewer hookup (no electricity at this time). Due to food storage regulations and the black bear presence in the park, hard sided equipment is required for Camp Hosts. Prospective camp host volunteers must be team-oriented with good communication skills and sunny dispositions. We ask that you make a minimum commitment of 4 months, 30 volunteer hours per week and be available on all weekends and holidays. To apply for a Camp Host position, complete a VIPP Application (available for download in the right tool bar of this page) and attach a photo of you with your RV/trailer/vehicle. You can either email your completed application and photo to Ranger Ryan Randar at Ryan.Randar@Parks.CA.Gov or mail it to:

Sierra District CA State Parks
ATTN: Ranger Ryan Randar
10556 E. Empire St
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Malibu Creek State Park
Most site utilities include water, electric, sewer, and telephone options.  Camp host duties include assisting the public, and light maintenance (about 20 hours per week).  Host must provide durable camping equipment to withstand inclement weather for extended time.  Three to six months stay required.
Please contact Ranger Mark James at mark.james@parks.ca.gov and by phone at (818) 880-0367.

Manresa State Beach
Santa Cruz District is looking for enthusiastic camp hosts.  The forested campground sits along 200' high sand dunes and looks over the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary.  The host site is developed and has full hook-ups. Please contact Ranger A. Shaffer at (831) 252-1688 or Arlene.Shaffer@parks.ca.gov.

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park is looking for friendly, hard-working people to volunteer as camp hosts from April through October with a minimum three-month commitment. We have beautiful camp host sites with free hook-ups for your RV and complimentary laundry facilities. Duties include collecting recycling in the park, registering campers, and staffing a small visitor center. McArthur-Burney has 128 campsites surrounded by tall pines. There is access to Lake Britton to enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, and, of course, the breathtaking 129 foot-tall Burney Falls. There is much to see and do in the surrounding area as well. So please come and join our wonderful staff and team of volunteers. Contact park ranger staff at (530) 335-2777 for more information.

McGrath State Beach
This beach has six Host positions. Four Host sites have full hookups. Two sites have electric and water hookups only. A dump site is available. Camp Host duties include kiosk operation, fee collection, greeting and registering campers, park patrol, reporting incidents and emergencies, light maintenance and firewood sales. Maintenance Host duties include restroom cleaning, maintenance projects, grounds keeping and reporting incidents and emergencies. Host assignments are from three to six months.
For more information, please contact Ranger John Lucich at john.lucich@parks.ca.gov. Submit a completed application to Ranger John Lucich, 901 San Pedro Street, Ventura, CA 93001.
McGrath State Beach is currently flooded and closed.  We are currently not hiring hosts for McGrath State Park, as the status of the park changes this message will be updated.

Mendocino Sector Parks

Camp and Park Host positions available in 7 beautiful parks along the rugged coastline and in the redwoods.

Hendy Woods State Park
Hendy Woods State Park is an 845-acre redwood oasis with 92 campsites and 4 primitive cabins, offering a traditional family camping experience along with several hiking trails through two separate old growth redwood groves. The park is located in the beautiful Anderson Valley three miles east of the town of Philo and 20 miles from the coast. The Anderson Valley hosts several wineries along Hwy 128 and the Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Boonville. Some services, gas, hardware and local markets are available in Philo and Boonville. Shopping and more services are available in Ukiah, a drive of approximately 45 minutes. Summers and warm with temperatures in the 80s-90s during the day and mid-40s-50s at night. Winter weather can be cold and very wet with temperatures in the 40s-50s during the day and mid-20s-30s at night.
This host site has full hook-ups water, sewer and electrical (30amp) but no propane hook-ups.  Duties will include park maintenance, and projects to improve campers experience.  If you enjoy the outdoors, you will love Hendy Woods State Park.
Please contact Ranger Chris Townsend at (707) 895-3537 or by email christopher.townsend@parks.ca.gov.

MacKerricher State Park
Host position available May 1st – Nov 1st 2017 – Host position is Visitor Services.  Applicants must be interested in helping to run the entrance station and visitor center. 
Positions are available year round. All host sites have full hook-ups, but propane is not provided. We require a minimum of two months and a maximum of six months stay; work weeks are 25 hours. Maintenance camp host duties include assisting campers, fee collection, firewood sales, housekeeping and light maintenance. Visitor Service's Camp Host duties include staffing a visitor center, answering questions, providing light maintenance, firewood sales, and assisting at the entrance station as necessary.
This park is located three miles north of Fort Bragg along the scenic north coast and has a mild climate and wonderful hikes available. There are boardwalks along the ocean and lake that provide ADA accessibility. Some of the local attractions include whale watching, seal pupping season and excellent abalone fishing. Candidates must be self-motivated and hard working. Looking for people with a strong desire to improve the parks and give outstanding customer service.
Please contact Tracy Weisberg at (707) 937-4296 or by email tracy.weisberg@parks.ca.gov.

Manchester State Park
Position available year round.  Camp Host site has full hook-ups; water, sewer and electrical (30 amp), but no propane hook-up. Host duties include assisting campers, fee collection, firewood sales, housekeeping and light maintenance. Volunteer service requires a minimum of two months and a maximum six months stay.Manchester State Park is located along the beautiful Mendocino coast six miles north of the town of Point Arena. The park has 40 primitive campsites, environmental camping and group camping. Some services, gas, laundry, local market are available in Manchester and Point Arena. Summers are cool with temperatures in the mid-50s - 60s during the day and mid-40s - 50s at night. Winter weather along the coast can be cold and wet with temperatures in the 40s - 50s during the day and 40s at night. Strong winds prevail year around.
Please contact the Sonoma Mendocino Coast Sector Office at (707) 937-5804.

Mendocino Headlands State Park
Ford House Visitor Center
Positions available year round. The Ford House, visitor center for Mendocino Headlands State Park, seeks Park Hosts/Docents to work in the gift shop, dispense information, provide house tours and perform light housekeeping. Built in 1854 for one of the founders of Mendocino, the Ford House is located on Main Street and serves both as a house museum and as an information center for visitors to the historic village.
Four Host sites are available at the Mendocino District yard (part of Mendocino Headlands State Park), approximately three miles from the Ford House. Water, electric (50 amp) and sewer hookups provided. Volunteer service requires a minimum of two months and a maximum of six months.
Contact Ford House Manager Jim Owens: 707-937-5397 or fordhouse@mcn.org.

Russian Gulch State Park
Host position opening end of March thru Oct 1st 2017
This scenic park along the Mendocino Coast is located three miles north of Mendocino and seven miles south of Fort Bragg and includes beautiful beaches, bluffs, trails and a waterfall. The park has 29 camp sites and one group camp. Host duties include grounds maintenance, assisting campers, firewood sales, and housekeeping. Four month commitment desired. This host site has full hook-ups water, sewer and electrical (30amp) but no propane hook-ups. This position requires use of weed whips, mowers and other grounds keeping tools. Candidates must be self-motivated and hard working. Looking for people with a strong desire to improve the parks and give outstanding customer service. There is no wifi in the park.  There are places in the park where cell service works.
Please contact Tracy Weisberg at (707) 937-4296 or by email tracy.weisberg@parks.ca.gov.

Van Damme State Park
This park is located two miles south of Mendocino along the scenic north coast and has a mild climate and wonderful trails. Host sites have water, electric (30 amp) and sewer hookups, but no propane available. There are two host sites.  Some Camp host duties include assisting campers, fire wood sales, housekeeping and light maintenance.  Other Camp Host duties include light maintenance and running a small visitor center.  Candidates must be self-motivated and hard working. Looking for people with a strong desire to improve the parks and give outstanding customer service.  There is no wifi at the park, cell phone signals are not strong.
Please contact Natasha Morris at (707) 937-4296 or by email Natasha.Morris@parks.ca.gov

Westport Union-Landing State Beach
This state park showcases the rugged beauty of the Mendocino Coast with sweeping views of the restless Pacific, tree-covered mountains and the Lost Coast. The park is three miles north of the town of Westport. 86 campsites are located along three miles of bluffs and sandy beaches at one of the few parks in California that offer campsites that overlook the ocean. Host duties include assisting campers, fee collection, firewood sales, housekeeping and light maintenance. Electrical, water and sewer hook-ups are available. The host sight overlooks the beach and ocean. Two to six months stay required.
Please contact the Sonoma Mendocino Coast Sector Office at (707) 937-5804.



Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
Located just twenty minutes from North Fresno, Millerton Lake State Recreation Area offers volunteer opportunities as a camp host, complete with a full hook-up site. Camp Hosts will be expected to be available at least five days a week in the campground performing tasks such as disseminating park information, answering visitors’ questions, checking in campers, light maintenance and housekeeping, confirming fees are paid, and minimal radio usage. Be visible for visitor inquiries, and part of the Millerton Lake SRA team. Two to three positions will be filled. Applications are being accepted for Summer 2017 and Winter 2017/2018. Contact Ranger Travis Kappen at (559) 822-2332. Visit us at www.parks.ca.gov/millertonlake.

Montana de Oro State Park
Camp Host positions are currently occupied but applying is highly encouraged
. Your information will be kept on file for future positions at Islay Creek Campground (aka Montana de Oro State Park Campground).   Camp host is responsible for conducting camp checks, collecting fees, selling firewood, answering questions from the public, light maintenance, and helping entrance station and ranger staff as needed.  The position is a four month commitment. The host is expected to work 25+ hours each week.  The campsite has full hookups. Maximum RV or trailer length for this host site is 30'. 

If you wish to be considered for future vacancies, please email a Volunteer Application to Robert.Mullins@parks.ca.gov.

Morro Bay State Park
Camp Host postions are currently occupied but applying is highly encouraged. Your information will be kept on file for future positions. The camp host is responsible for conducting camp checks, collecting fees, selling firewood, answering questions from the public, light maintenance, and helping the entrance station and ranger staff as needed.  The host is expected to work 25+ hours each week; the position is a four month to a six month commitment.  The campsite has full hookups.    

If you wish to be considered for future vacancies, please email a Volunteer Application to Robert.Mullins@parks.ca.gov.

Morro Strand State Beach
Camp Host postions are currently occupied but applying is highly encouraged. Your application will be kept on file for future vacancies.  Camp hosts are responsible for conducting camp checks, collecting fees, selling firewood, answering questions from the public, light maintenance, and helping the entrance station and ranger staff as needed.  The host is expected to work 25+ hours each week;  the position is a four month to a six month commitment.  The campsite has full hookups. 

If you wish to be considered for future vacancies, please email a Volunteer Application to Robert.Mullins@parks.ca.gov.

Mount Diablo State Park
The park contains three family campgrounds and five group campgrounds. Camp host sites are available at two family campgrounds: Live Oak and Juniper and at the Mitchell Canyon Staging Area. 

The Live Oak Campground is at an elevation of 1,500 feet and has 22 developed camp sites.  The camp host site is at the entrance of the campground and has water and electric hook-ups. 

The Juniper Campground is at 2,800 feet and has 36 developed campsites.  Some winter time snow can be expected.  The host site has water, dump station, and propane. No electricity is available at that site.

The Mitchell Canyon Staging Area is near the city of Clayton. The host site is at gravel parking area of the park and has water, dump station, and electric hook-ups. 

Camp host duties include working at a visitor center,  collection of fees, light janitorial and maintenance, provide visitor assistance and information, conduct camp checks, and assists at the entrance/ranger station as needed.  Please note size limitations for RV’s in effect for Mt. Diablo State Park.  RV’s and trailers over 28 feet not allowed due to narrow mountain roads and overhanging tree branches.  Applicants are encouraged to visit the park prior to applying.  Minimum stay is three months; maximum stay is six months. 
For further information please contact Ranger Dan Golde at (925) 837-6129 or email to Dan.Golde@parks.ca.gov .

Mount San Jacinto State Park
(Availability year around)  Each campground has one camp host site, each with full hook-ups.  Minimum stay required is three months.  Camp host duties include greeting the public, light housekeeping, selling wood, and fee collection.  Please contact the staff at (909) 659-2607.

New Brighton State Beach 
(Availability year round)
New Brighton State Beach is located in Capitola along the Santa Cruz coast.  The campground is forested and situated on the bluffs above Monterey Bay.  The host will assist park staff with general campground duties.  The host sites have full hook-ups.  Three month work commitments are required. 
For further information, mail your application to the Camp Host Coordinator at 201 State Park Drive, Aptos, CA95003.

Palomar Mountain State Park
Located in northeast San Diego County, the park has 31 campsites and features spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.  Hiking, picnicking, and fishing for trout in Doane Pond are popular activities throughout the park's 1,897 acres of coniferous forests. The world famous Palomar Observatory is located 8 miles east of the park.
Camp Host positions require a minimum of 20 hours per week.  Duties include visitor assistance, campground checks and light housekeeping. Minimum stay is 3 months; maximum stay is 6 months.
For further information contact the park at (760) 742-3462 or Jessica.Murany@parks.ca.gov.

Patrick's Point State Park
(Occasional openings)  Patrick's Point SP is located on the coastal headlands 30 miles north of Eureka.  Duties may include assisting with entrance station operation or interpretive programs, working the visitor center, answering questions and selling firewood from your campsite, and occasional housekeeping duties.  Duties vary by season and park needs.  Park provides a 30 foot camp host space in a campground with water, sewer and electric hook ups.  Contact Ranger Maury Morningstar at (707) 677-3132 x 13 or by email at maury.morningstar@parks.ca.gov.

Pismo State Beach
Pismo State Beach/North Beach Campground has two sets of camp hosts.  One position serves from Oct 1-Mar 30 and April 1st-Sept 30; the other host position serves from Memorial Day-Labor Day.  The second campground at Pismo State Beach is Oceano Campground (not Oceano Dunes).  This campground has a host from Oct 1-Mar 30th and April 1st-Sept 30th.  Contact Ranger Jennifer Wilson at jennifer.wilson@parks.ca.gov for more information.

Plumas-Eureka State Park
(Availability mid May – September)  Located in Graeagle, Northern California, Plumas-Eureka State Park’s beautiful 75 site campground is adjacent to Jamison Creek and hiking trails.  If you're tired of the desert, here's your chance to enjoy the mountains for the summer.  Plenty of golfing and fishing in the area.  Camp host duties include “meet and greet” the visitors, campground registration, complete camp checks, firewood sales and light maintenance.  ELECTRICITY IS NOT AVAILABLE AT THE CAMP HOST SITE.
Contact Ranger Scott Elliott at (530) 836-2380 or by email at scott.elliott@parks.ca.gov.

Point Mugu State Park
Host sites have a picnic table, fire ring, electricity, water and sewer hookups.  Duties include camper registration, collecting fees, staffing visitor center, firewood sales (able to lift up to 25 lbs.) and light maintenance.  The host is expected to work 20+ hours each week; a three to six month commitment is desirable. 
To apply, please contact Ranger Mark James at mark.james@parks.ca.gov.

Portola Redwoods State Park
Portola Redwoods is looking for enthusiastic and reliable camp hosts. There are 53 sites in the main campground, six walk-in sites, four hike and bike sites and four group camps. The park's campgrounds are nestled amongst the redwoods and beautiful Peter's Creek and Pescadero Creeks flow through the park.
Camp host duties include assisting staff with fee collection, providing visitors with park information, light housekeeping, map and wood sales, and reporting incidents and emergencies.  There is a minimum two-month commitment and a maximum six-month stay.  The preference is for a host who can commit to a six-month assignment, but we can be flexible.
The newly renovated camp host site provides 50 amp electricity, water and sewer.  There is also a phone line at the host site.  Maximum length is 27 feet for trailers and 30 feet for motor homes. Be aware that the road into the park is steep and winding. The park is located 9 miles from the nearest store and 14 miles from the nearest gasoline.
Experienced hosts are preferred, please explore what a camp host is prior to applying.  However, if you have a passion for parks and for customer service, please feel free to apply, even without experience.  Two nights off per week; expected to be working on weekends.
Please contact Ranger Tyler Knapp at 408-867-2952 or tyler.knapp@parks.ca.gov with questions. 

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Prairie Creek SP is located about 50 miles north of Eureka, CA. With miles of hiking trails and beaches, and world famouse Fern Canyon, there is something for everyoe. We are currently looking for fun, energetic people who love the outdoors and want to be camp hosts or visitor center hosts. We have two campgrounds, Elk Prairie and Gold Bluff Beach. Each host requires 20 hours of volunteer service each week in exchange for an RV site with full hookups, water, sewer and laundry. Camp hosts will assist Prairie Creek Redwoods SP staff in operating the campgrounds. This includes helping with campground registration, selling firewood, performing light maintenance, campground checks, under the direction for park staff, answering visitor questions, providing visitors with information regarding park use fees, rules and regulations. 

Elk Prairie has two camp host sites and they can accomodate up to a 32' RV. A minimum of 3 months commitment is required. If intererested in hosting opportunities in this campground please email Ranger Westberg at  Danielle.westberg@parks.ca.gov   call 707-465-7345.

Gold Bluffs Beach Campground is located on a beach. There is one camp host site, it can accomodate a 24' trailer or an RV that is no more than 28'. Camp hosts at Gold Bluffs Beach must have their own generator. They will have use of a free trailer pad with water and sewer hookups and gas to run the generator. A minimum of 3 months commitment is required. If interested in hosting at Gold Bluffs Beach Campground please contact Ranter Kevin Cather at kevin.cather@parks.ca.gov or call 707-465-7347.

Redwood National and State Parks
Redwood National and State Parks is located near Crescent City, California.  This partnership serves Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwood State Park, Prairie Creek Redwood State Park and Redwood National Park.  The park campgrounds are nestled among the ancient redwood forests and pristine rivers of Northern California.  The Smith River and Klamath River, which run through Redwood National and State Parks, are world renowned for salmon and steelhead trout fishing.  Camp hosts are sought for year-round positions.  Duties include fee collection, campground checks, light maintenance duties, firewood sales, and visitor center operations.  Most host sites have electrical, septic, water hookups and will accomodate a 31-foot RV or trailer.  Please see specific park listings camp host needs and contact information.

Refugio State Beach
Refugio State Beach has Camp Host and Maintenance Host positions. The typical appointment is three up to a maximum of six months.

Camp Host duties include assisting staff with fee collection, providing public information, firewood sales (Hosts must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.), reporting incidents and emergencies, and light maintenance.
Maintenance Host duties include restroom cleaning, maintenance projects, grounds keeping, and reporting of incidents and emergencies.

The park has four Host campsites, each with a picnic table, fire ring, and water, electrical and sewer hookups.

For questions (no applications will be accepted via email) about Camp Host opportunities please email Ranger Mechling at Brad.Mechling@parks.ca.gov.

To apply for a Camp Host position, complete a DPR 208h form (available for download in the right tool bar of this page) and attach a picture of you with your RV/trailer/vehicle.  Mail the form and picture to:

Ranger Mechling
10 Refugio Beach Road
Goleta, CA 93117

Only mailed applications will be considered. 

Richardson Grove State Park
(Year Round)  This park has 4 camp host sites, one located in Huckleberry campground (site #1) with full hook-ups and the others are located in the Maintenance yard overlooking the Eel River, and have water and electrical hook-ups.  Camp host duties include campground registration, assist at entrance station when needed, complete camp checks, firewood sales, working at the visitor center and light maintenance.  Lots of events in southern Humboldt County make the area fun to work in with fellow workers and members of the community. Minimum stay is 2 months. Please contact Ranger Chris Glenn at (707) 247-3318 or christopher.glenn@parks.ca.gov or Sophie or Debbie at vc@humboldtredwoods.org .

Saddleback Butte State Park
(Available year round) The park is 20 minutes east of Lancaster, in the beautiful western Mojave Desert amongst Joshua Trees and desert shrubs, with 40 developed campsites and a visitor center. The host site has full hook-ups, a shade ramada, picnic table, fire ring with barbeque, and a mature Joshua Tree. The position is for three to six months with about five hours of work per day; duties include visitor assistance, staffing of the visitor center, and light maintenance. For a full description of the position, please visit our camp host information page or contact Jean Rhyne at Jean.Rhyne@parks.ca.gov) for more information.
 Camp Host Position

Salt Point State Park
The camp host will provide information to visiting public, report medical emergencies, and other park related problems to the staff, and supplement the maintenance staff by performing minor housekeeping in the campground rest rooms. The camp host must be willing to work with people and possess good communication skills as well as possess the ability to collect fees, make change, and perform simple accounting procedures. The camp host reports to the designated Campground Ranger. The camp host must be willing to work weekends and holidays. The schedule for this position is 4 days on and 3 days off with one weekend day off. Applicants must be willing to commit to at least a 3 month commitment that can be extended for another 3 months. Camp hosts will be trained by DPR staff in proper campground operations.

For any questions regarding this position please contact the park at (707) 875-3483.

Salton Sea SRA
Spend the winter at the beautiful Salton Sea State Recreation Area. Volunteers are needed to staff the visitor center, entrance station and camp store from October to April. They are required to work 25 hours a week, per person, for a minimum of three months.

Full hookup sites are available with views of the sea and mountains. Remote, yet just a short drive to world class desert cities like Palm Spring, La Quinta, and Palm Desert with all that they have to offer.

There are also opportunities to help out with interpretive activities.
Do you love birding? The desert night sky? Native Plants? Kayaking on the water? We also need people to assist with our weekend kayak tours and park maintenance projects.

The weather during the winter is nearly perfect with warm days and cool evenings. Our new kayak equipment is ready for a fun season.
Migrate with the wintering birds and the smart "snow birds".

Please call the park at 760-393-3059 or email your volunteer application to Yesenia.Alfaro@parks.ca.gov.

Samuel P. Taylor State Park
(Availability year around)  Samuel P. Taylor State Park has a large developed campground with 60 campsites, 5 cabins, and a handful of group sites. There are 3 distinctive opportunities at the park, and each host site is unique.  The largest RV that can be accommodated in a host site is 40ft, hook-ups and sewer are provided.  The camp hosts work with visitor services staff assisting park visitors with registration, firewood sales, and providing general information.  Each camp host should be willing to volunteer a minimum of 30 hours per week.  Please contact Ranger Derek Shelly at (415) 488-9897) or by email at sptaylorstatepark@parks.ca.gov


San Clemente State Beach
Enthusiastic camp hosts with prior experience are sought for San Clemente State Beach Campground.  Tasks include assisting with the "Visitor Services" operation of the park, which includes helping at the entry kiosk and performing daily camp checks.  The camp host site offers full hookups; a six month commitment is required.

Since 1937 San Clemente has been one of the most popular beaches in California.  A dramatic setting and invigorating sea air satisfy its many visitors, whatever their interest, energy level or state of mind.  The mile-long beach stretches between the curling ocean surf and the foot of a steep bluff.  Located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, the park attracts water sports enthusiasts and those seeking respite from the inland heat or an escape from nearly metroplitan areas. 

San Luis Reservoir State Recreational Area
(Availability Year Round)  Current opening at Basalt campground
Full Hook-ups for camp host site at Basalt Campground.   Basalt campground overlooks San Luis Reservoir nestled into the trees of Basalt campground with great views of rolling hills and Tule Elk.  The camp host duties can include camper registration, litter pickup, firewood sales, camp checks, minor facility upkeep and light maintenance as desired.  Minimum stay of one month.  Basalt Campground is located near Santa Nell off HWY 152 near interstate 5 south of Gustine. 
    For more information please call San Luis Reservoir at (209) 826-1197 ext. 115.  
    Send applications to 31426 Gonzaga Rd, Gustine, Ca 95322


San Onofre State Beach
(All host positions are currently filled.)
Enthusiastic camp hosts with prior experience are sought for two San Onofre State Beach campgrounds. Tasks include assisting with the "Visitor Services" operation of the parks, which includes assisting at the entry kiosk and performing daily camp checks.  These camp host sites offer full hookups; a six month commitment is required.

San Onofre Bluffs (one host position) offers camping and day-use parking along Old Highway 101 adjacent to the sandstone bluffs.  The beach below, with six rugged dirt access trails cut into the bluff above, is popular with swimmers and surfers.

San Onofre - San Mateo Campground (two host positions) lies a short distance inland from the 3.5-miles of sandy beaches within San Onofre State Beach.  A 1.5-mile Nature Trail connects the campground to Trestles Beach, a world class surfing site.  San Mateo Creek flows east of the campground towards the ocean, creating key riparian and wetland habitats that host host rare and endangeres species.

Seacliff State Beach
(Availability year round)
Seacliff State Beach is located in Aptos directly on the Santa Cruz coast.  The campground is situated at beach level and can accommodate fully self-contained RVs or motorhomes only.  The host will assist park staff with general campground duties.  The host sites have full hook-ups.  Three month work commitments are required.  For further information, mail your application to the Camp Host Coordinator at 201 State Park Drive, Aptos, CA 95003.

Shasta State Historic Park
 
This beautiful historic park, located in the Shasta Cascade area. The position requires an active person interested in giving tours of the gold rush buildings and surrounding natural area. The park host site has full hook-ups. Please call Supervisor Ranger Lori Martin at (530) 243-8194 or by email at lori.martin@parks.ca.gov for more information or to apply.

Silverwood Lake SRA
We are currently seeking Camp Hosts at this beautiful lake, located in San Bernardino County and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest.  Silverwood Lake was formed by the 249-foot Cedar Springs Dam. At 3,350 feet, it is the highest reservoir in the State Water Project. The park features hiking trails, swimming beaches and designated areas for boating, water-skiing and fishing. The lake has trout, large-mouth bass, striped bass, catfish and bluegill. There is a marina with a launching ramp, boat and equipment rentals, and a store. The park has 136 camp sites and several picnic areas. The lake attracts waterfowl, raptors and songbirds.  Osprey and bald eagles fish the lake in the winter.

Volunteer duties include assisting visitors, collecting fees, performing light janitorial and maintenance duties, conducting interpretive programs, and encouraging compliance with park rules and regulations (although hosts do not perform actual law enforcement duties).  Hosts may also perform a multitude of other duties to help the park.  Two Camp Hosts sites with full hook-ups are available.

If you are interested in volunteering as a Camp Host, please contact Supervising Ranger Steve Hopkins 
at (760) 389-2303 or by e-mail at stephen.hopkins@parks.ca.gov.

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park – Needle Rock Visitor's Center
A unique camphosting experience awaits you at Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, along the lost coast. The Needle Rock Visitor's Center is a rural camphosting experience that is not for everyone: You must have a 4WD vehicle. Hosts will assist with backcountry campsite and day-use registration, provide visitor information and perform light maintenance when needed. Camp hosts live in provided accommodations behind the visitor's center. The visitor's center is approximately 1-1/2 hours from town, on a dirt road. The oceanfront vista and roaming Roosevelt Elk make up for the lengthy trip to the grocery store. Please note: Sinkyone Wilderness does not have cell phone service nor internet. Camp hosts are required to volunteer at least 30 days, working 20-30 hours per week - including weekends.

Please contact Ranger Krista Pelikan at (707) 986-7711 or krista.pelikan@parks.ca.go

Sonoma Coast State Park
Accepting Applications for 2017
Bodega Dunes Campground is located one mile north of Bodega Bay and has 98 campsites, with two host sites, and a day use area on the beach.  The camp host will provide information to visiting public, report medical emergencies, and other park related problems to the staff, and supplement the maintenance staff by performing minor housekeeping in the campground rest rooms.  The camp host must be willing to work with people and possess good communication skills as well as possess the ability to collect fees, make change, and perform simple accounting procedures.  The camp host reports to the designated Campground Ranger.  The camp host must be willing to work weekends and holidays.  The schedule for this position is 4 days on and 3 days off with one weekend day off.  Applicants must be willing to commit to at least a 3 month commitment that can be extended for another 3 months.  Camp hosts will be trained by DPR staff in proper campground operations.  For any questions regarding this position please contact the park.

For any questions regarding this position please contact the park at (707) 875-3483.

Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area
STANDISH-HICKEY SRA: 2 CAMPGROUND HOST POSITIONS AVAILABLE
1) Rock Creek Loop Campground in Standish-Hickey, full hook-up, General Duty Statement click here

2) Redwood Campground in Standish-Hickey: Dates - 2 months from July 1 to Labor Day. Limited hookup - electricity and grey water use.  Nearby bathrooms/showers.  No dump.  Camper or small RV 18' max. No trailer.
General Duty Statement click here

Please call us for more information: 707.272.5397

Email us at: mapa@mendoparks.org

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is located in the beautiful Mayacamas Mountains above the Sonoma Valley. This volunteer position requires a 30 hour  per week commitment and includes traditional host duties for a 50-site campground. Duties include campsite registration, fee collection, camp checks, firewood sales and housekeeping. A 3 month minimum commitment is required. The host position includes a full hook-up campsite with septic.
Maximum length: RV - 33 ft.; trailer - 30 ft.

Note: This park is operated by Team Sugarloaf, a group of five non-profit organizations. Contact Park Manager John Roney if interested: john@sonomaecologycenter.org or 707-833-5712

Sunset State Beach

Santa Cruz District is looking for enthusiastic camp hosts.  The forested campground sits along 200' high sand dunes and looks over the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary.  The host site is developed and has full hook-ups. Please contact Ranger A. Shaffer at (831) 252-1688 or Arlene.Shaffer@parks.ca.gov.

Tomales Bay State Park
(Year-round, 6 months maximum stay) One Park Host position available for an active and friendly individual or couple at beautiful Tomales Bay State Park located next to the Point Reyes National Seashore. Prior Camp Host experience preferred. This volunteer position assists with various aspects of park operations, including maintenance and visitor services work. The park host responds to visitor inquiries, assists with cleaning restrooms when needed, opens & closes gates, assists with park interpretive programs, and does light maintenance and litter pickup. RV site (35 foot max) with hookups provided. This is a remote location so cell coverage and/or internet access may be limited. We are therefore looking for people who want to be outdoors and not regularly "plugged in" to their electronic devices. Although hosts with dogs are permitted, keep in mind that dogs are not allowed on any trails or beaches in this park. If you have a dog that needs lots of room to exercise or run free this may not be the best host position for your pet. Please send applications to Cathleen Cannon at: cathleen.cannon@parks.ca.gov.

Wassama Roundhouse State Historic Park
(Availability year around)  Located in Ahwahne'e, about 45 minutes from the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park, this historic park preserves a traditional Southern Sierra Miwok Indian site and Roundhouse (dance house) which is actively used by the Miwok people.  This is a free day-use park open to the public only on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00am - 5:00pm.  Hosts are needed from November 1 to April 30th and from May 1 to October 31st. Duties include greeting visitors and providing information about the park, housekeeping and light groundskeeping.  Host site has full hookups and laundry facilities.  Please mail applilcation to Darci Moore, P. O. Box 1192, Mariposa, CA 95338.  For more information, contact Darci Moore at 209-742-7625 or darci.moore@parks.ca.gov.

Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park
(Host positions temporarily closed; Applications still accepted.)  This beautiful historic park is located in the Town of Weaverville.  The position requires an active person interested in assisting with tours of an 1874 Taoist Temple.  The host site is developed and has full hook-ups.  Please contact Jack Frost at (530) 623-5284, or email him at jack.frost@parks.ca.gov .