Each year when the weather turns warm, an influx of campers make their way into our state park campgrounds. In order to make the park experience relaxing and enjoyable for our campers during this busy time, we rely on the assistance of “live in” volunteers called campground hosts.
What do Campground Hosts do?
Campground Hosts do an array of things and some duties will differ from park to park; however, the commonalities are camper check-in; light maintenance and housekeeping of campground facilities; informing campers of park activities and programs as well as park rules and regulations; directing campers to local points of interest and services.
Hosts with special skills or talents may be asked to assist with park programs, event or activities. Participation is dependent upon hosts’ interest and the permission of park management.
Some parks will need hosts that are comfortable operating a computer and a willingness to be trained to use our online reservation system.
What is the term of service?
We ask hosts to serve a minimum of one month and a maximum of nine consecutive months in a twelve-month period at any one park. Campground Hosts must commit to working a minimum of three days a week. Exact work times and days to be determined by park management and will most likely include weekends and holidays. We do ask volunteers to serve a minimum of 20 hours per week, per person, and maintain 24-hour availability for the days they are scheduled.
What are the benefits of being a Campground Host?
As a Campground Host you receive a campsite (in a high visibility area) at no charge along with electric, water and, where available, sewer hook-ups.
How do I apply for a Campground Host position?
Each Tennessee State Park that participates in the campground host program is responsible for interviewing and hiring their own host(s). We ask that you fill out an application and send it to all parks where you are interested in being a host, or send it to the Volunteer Coordinator who will disperse it to your parks of interest.
Applications are available HERE, or at the participating parks or by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator at 615-532-5249 or email@example.com. At this time we encourage you to send applications electronically if possible, mailed applications are still being accepted but may have a delayed processing time of a week or more.
We also suggest calling parks prior to sending your application to see if they are in need of a host for the upcoming season. The park contact information can be found by going to Find A Park.
Need to get your completed application to the Volunteer Coordinator?
Mailed applications are experiencing long processing times up to a week or more. Please consider emailing.
Tennessee State Parks
William R Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L Parks Avenue, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Ready to get involved?
View the spreadsheet below of hosting opportunities for the current year. Information includes which parks are looking for campground hosts, the time frame for hosting and the utility hookups at the campground host site. If a park is not listed on the spreadsheet, the park does not participate in the campground host program. Any park that does not indicate whether or not they have a position filled, directly contact them about availability for this season.
*Do to the unprecedented times during the Covid-19 Pandemic, many parks are experiencing a greater need for campground hosts and their assistance with a new influx of visitors, and are in need of help removing trash, interacting with new guests and cleaning park facilities*