The Host Program offers enthusiastic and interested volunteers the chance to stay and have fun in beautiful and diverse park settings while gaining experience in park operations and visitor services. Hosts are needed year round in most Washington state parks.
As a host, you will represent state parks by greeting the public and helping set the tone for a pleasant stay. Hosts assist park staff and perform a variety of tasks depending on the park and the type of host assignment. Hosts receive free camping and hookups in exchange for performing these duties. A typical host assignment is 30 days. This may be extended up to 90 days at the park manager's discretion. Hosts must provide their own RV and camping equipment. Hosts should enjoy working with the public, have the desire to accept new challenges, and possess the willingness to learn about Washington state parks. For a more detailed explanation of host duties and expectations, please read the host guide (PDF).
Camp hosts assist at overnight and day-use parks. They greet campers, answer questions, and perform light maintenance particular to the park. This may include litter pick-up, raking campsites, or lawn mowing. Hosts may assist with other projects around the park based on the parks needs and the hosts' skills and interests.
For a list of camp host openings, please view the camp host opportunities (PDF).
Environmental learning center host
Environmental learning centers (ELC) are rustic lodges and cabins which are used for school field trips, church group or business retreats, and family reunions. ELC hosts assist visitors with check in, logistics, and facilities. Hosts also may perform maintenance duties around the facility.
Interpretive hosts assist at interpretive centers, museums and lighthouses. They often give interpretive center tours, host beach and nature walks, or present campfire programs.
Marine hosts assist boaters as they enter the marine park area, inform them about park facilities and moorage, alert boaters of weather conditions, and let them know about unique areas to explore. Unlike other hosts, marine hosts are required to stay for a minimum of two weeks. Marine hosts must have their own boat.
Maintenance hosts assist park staff with various maintenance projects around the park. This may include lawn maintenance, building maintenance, trail work, or special projects. Volunteers may use their own skills such as carpentry or mechanics to assist with projects.
New applicant information
If you are applying for a host position or another volunteer position which may include working around children or vulnerable adults, or processing credit/cash transactions, you must first pass a federal background check. A completed fingerprint card must be sent for each person applying for a volunteer position. We can also fingerprint applicants at our headquarters office by appointment. Please refer to the host application process (PDF) for more details, or you can email the Volunteer Program.