ATTENTION NEW APPLICANTS:
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.
Please refer to the Host Application Process
(PDF download) for more details.
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
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
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 volunteer/host openings, please read
Camp Host Opportunities. This file will be updated weekly.
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, 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.
For a more detailed explanation of host duties and expectations, please read the Host Guide below.