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Camp Host Highlights
Camp Host Highlights
Chatfield Camp Host Volunteers

​​​​​Camp Ho​st positions for the

2019 Season ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​are now up!

​Please fill out an application, or contac​t us at 303-291-7325 or cpw.volunteer@state.co.us​.

View our 2019 up-to-date listing of avail​able sites​.


The ​Camp H​ost Program​​​​​​​​​

The campground host program is one of our most popular volunteer opportunities. Campground Hosts play an integral role in the daily operations of Colorado state parks, wildlife areas, and hatcheries. Hosts enhance the volunteer program through providing service, skills, and knowledge that can help these sites function better.


  • What is a Camp Host?

  • Application Process

  • Timeline for Applications and Placement

  • Terms of Service

  • Camp Host Positions

  • Camp Host Benefits

  • Camp Host For a Day


What is a Camp Host?

Camp hosts are volunteers who spend their time serving a state park, wildlife area, or hatchery by spending weeks to months at the site in exchange for a camping spot during their volunteer service. The difference between a residential volunteer and a camp host is that a camp host is responsible for campgrounds or designated areas, whereas a residential volunteer is responsible for services outside of the campground. Residential volunteer roles can include working with maintenance, the gates, or the visitor center. To learn more about the experience, see the Camp Host For a Day highlight below.



Camp Hosts at North Sterling State Park.​​​​


Application Process

The first step in volunteering would be to fill out a volunteer application. You can do that by clicking he​re and following these instructions:

  1. Click on the second featured opportunity "Camp Host - Parks, Hatcheries, and Wildlife Areas”

  2. Click the green "Register" button on the following screen

  3. In the new window, click "Create A Profile"

  4. Fill out the application to the best of your abilities.

  5. On the final screen, the database system needs a count of how many people are applying. The total attending is 1, and then 1 adult and 0 youths.


Timeline for Applications and Placement

  • ​Anytime: Accepting applications for the Camp Host Program. Camp host positions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Returning camp hosts are given first choice on location if a position is available. Inquiries and applications for camp host positions are answered and received throughout the year. You can apply by clicking here.
  • Late November-Early December: We will send out the list of potential campground hosts to the parks. We will then reach out to our interest list with the available sites.
  • January: The staff at each park is in charge of hiring hosts per their unique timeline, which can vary from park to park. If you have not heard back from a park by mid-January, please feel free to reach out to us. Completion of an application does not guarantee placement within the Division’s Volunteer Program.


Terms of Service

Most parks require a minimum commitment of 6-8 weeks, and prefer hosts that can cover the entire season, from May to mid September. On average, campground hosts are required to work 20-25 hours per week. This is site dependant. Hosts typically work 3-4 days per week, to include weekends and holidays, as those are our busiest times.


Camp Host Positions

Duties and responsibilities vary by park, and can include light maintenance, upkeep of the campground, greeting and checking in guests, and assisting with educational and interpretive programs. For additional information on site specific duties, please see the Site Highlights Sheet.


Camp Host Benefits

In exchange for your service, you receive a free campsite for the duration of your stay and a free State Parks Pass after 48 hours of service.