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Campground Hosts

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.

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, events, or activities. Participation is dependent upon the 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 know what parks participate in the Campground Host Program?

You can see a list of participating parks and who needs a host here: VIEW OPENINGS. The spreadsheet 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. You can find out more about a specific park by visiting its website at FIND A PARK.

How do I apply for a Campground Host position?

There are several ways to get an application:

  1. Download a host application HERE.
  2. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 615-532-5249 or
  3. Contact any participating park. You can see a list of parks that participate, and who need hosts HERE.
Now what?

Once you have filled out your application, send it directly to all the parks where you are interested in being a host, or send it to the Volunteer Coordinator who will make sure your parks of interest will receive it. Each participating park is responsible for interviewing and hiring its own host(s).

At this time we encourage you to send applications electronically. Mailed applications are still being accepted but may have a delayed processing time of a week or more.





Volunteer Coordinator
Tennessee State Parks
William R Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L Parks Avenue, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Participating Parks