Campground hosts needed for upcoming Iowa recreation season

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking people who enjoy the outdoors, camping and meeting new people, to consider becoming volunteer campground hosts for the upcoming recreation season.

Volunteer campground hosts live in state parks from one to four months assisting DNR staff with light maintenance duties, checking in campers, and being a resource for visitors who are enjoying state parks and forests.

Campground hosts are provided a free campsite while they are actively hosting during the camping season. Hosts volunteer 20 – 40 hours per week, including weekends and holidays, while living on site in their own camper.

Campground hosts general duties include greeting visitors, assisting campers checking in and with reservations, cleaning bathrooms, light maintenance and administrative duties, acting as a liaison between campers and DNR staff and answering questions and disseminating information to campers.

Host positions are available at:

Brushy Creek State Recreation Area
Clear Lake State Park
Geode State Park
Gull Point State Park
Lacey Keosauqua State Park
Lake Ahquabi State Park
Lake Macbride State Park
Nine Eagles State Park
Red Haw State Park
Springbrook State Park
Volga River State Recreation Area

Information on state parks is available online at To discuss the host position, contact the state park directly, or call 515-725-8489.