Want to camp for free? Volunteer for the DNR next year

If you love camping, then listen up. 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteer campground hosts for the 2018 season. Opportunities are available in state parks, recreation area and rustic state forest campgrounds from April through October of next year.

Volunteers are responsible for 30 hours of service per week doing duties like helping campers find campsites, answering questions, planning campground activities and light park maintenance. 

In exchange for your time as a campground host, the DNR says it will waive all your camping fees. 

To be selected, potential hosts are screened and interviewed by park managers. You have to be familiar with the state park system, have camping experience, availability and knowledge of the general area. It doesn't hurt to have some special skills, too.

Individual and couple applications are accepted. Volunteer hosts must be at least 18 years of age and provide all their own equipment, food and other personal items. Some other requirements from the DNR:

  • You must be able to work at least five days a week, including weeks and holidays
  • Must agree to a background check
  • You can't already work the DNR

Interested? Bill out the application and waiver of liability and mail both items in to your desired park. You can apply to volunteer at more than one park too, but you need to fill out and mail all separate applications. 

Here's a list of all the campground host vacancies (the DNR updated this list 11/3/2017). 

The 2018 training is set for June 6-7 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon. 

For more information, visit the DNR's website and check out the Campground Host Facebook Group

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April Stevens is a multi-platform producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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