Campground Host Information

As a campground host, you serve as a “live-in” ambassador for a facility.  Campground hosts set an example by being model campers, practicing good housekeeping and obeying all rules and regulations.

Campground Hosts Still Needed in 2018!

The following facilities still have openings for campground hosts for 2018. If you are interested in hosting in these facilities, please contact the person listed.

Park/Historic Site:
Months Open:
Contact:
Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, Wildwood

Handy Host
May-December

Richard Love, 636-458-3813, ext. 226

Big Lake State Park, Craig May-August

Mark Kunkel, 660-442-3449

Cuivre River State Park, Troy July

Stephanie Scoggins, 636-528-7247.

Roaring River State Park, Cassville May, June, September Brian Hunter, 417-847-3209
Hawn State Park, Ste. Genevieve June, September-November Ed Schott, 573-883-3603
Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, Lesterville May-August and October-December Ryan Persinger,  573-546-2450, ext. 1002
Knob Noster State Park, Knob Noster August

Melissa Hall, 660-563-2463

Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Kaiser June, July, October Bill Shannon, 573-348-2694, ext. 235
Meramec State Park, Sullivan August, September, October Rachel Hoemann, 573-468-6072
Montauk State Park, Salem July, August

Luke Johnson, 573-548-2201

Onondaga Cave State Park, Leasburg August Connie Stephens, 573-522-1860
Robertsville State Park, Robertsville June, July, August Alan Lancaster, 636-257-3788
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Columbia July-October

Sarah Jones, 573-449-7402

St. Francois State Park, Bonne Terre June, July, November, December

Joe Blum, 573-358-2173

St. Joe State Park, Park Hills July, November

573-431-1069

Thousand Hills State Park, Kirksville October, November Jered Wisdom, 660-773-5229
Harry S Truman State Park, Warsaw October Brian Miller, 660-438-7711
Mark Twain State Park, Florida Host: August
Handy Host: May-October

Kevin Bolling or Brett Barnes, 660-565-3440

Van Meter State Park, Miami May

Eric Fuemmeler, 660-886-7537

Wakonda State Park, La Grange September

Kyle Scott, 573-655-2280

Table Rock State Park, Branson May, June, July, August

Carl Bonnell, 417-334-4704

a campground host in his golf cart assisting some campersGeneral Information about Hosting

  • You will perform a variety of tasks. Click on the individual park names below to find out what duties are expected at that park.
  • You live in your own recreational vehicle (RV), motorhome or trailer on a special campground host campsite provided in exchange for your service.
  • You should like people and be willing to be courteous, outgoing and helpful to people of all ages.
  • You need to be physically capable of completing duties and willing to volunteer varied days and hours.
  • Campground hosts are asked to serve up to 40 hours per week for a minimum of one month. This time commitment can be split between spouses.
  • Click here to see where each park is located.
  • Some parks re-imburse mileage up to $100.

How to Become a Host

  • Fill out a Volunteer in Parks Application. Each person hosting must fill out a separate application. An application must be completed each year and can be completed at any time.
  • You can submit your application for the following year beginning in October. Applications are processed in November.
  • Applications are sent to the parks you requested.
  • Parks then select hosts from the applications they receive. The park will contact all applicants directly.
  • Click here to see current host openings.

Campground Host Parks/Duties

Below is a list of facilities that offer campground host opportunities. Host duties vary by park. Click on the park or historic site below for a list of host duties at that facility. You will also find contact information, the number of hosting positions available (host couples count as one) and if the park offers mileage reimbursement.

Arrow Rock State Historic Site, Arrow Rock
Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, Wildwood
Sam A. Baker State Park, Patterson
Bennett Spring State Park, Lebanon
Big Lake State Park, Craig
Crowder State Park, Trenton
Cuivre River State Park, Troy
Echo Bluff State Park, Eminence
Finger Lakes State Park, Columbia
Graham Cave State Park, Danville
Hawn State Park, Ste. Genevieve
Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, Middlebrook
Knob Noster State Park, Knob Noster
Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Kaiser
Lake Wappapello State Park, Williamsville
Lewis and Clark State Park, Rushville
Long Branch State Park, Macon
Meramec State Park, Sullivan
Montauk State Park, Salem
Onondaga Cave State Park, Leasburg
Pershing State Park, Laclede
Pomme de Terre State Park, Hermitage and Pittsburg
Roaring River State Park, Cassville
Robertsville State Park, Robertsville
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Columbia
St. Francois State Park, Bonne Terre
St. Joe State Park, Park Hills
Stockton State Park, Dadeville
Table Rock State Park, Branson
Thousand Hills State Park, Kirksville
Trail of Tears State Park, Jackson
Harry S Truman State Park, Warsaw
Mark Twain State Park, Florida
Van Meter State Park, Miami
Wakonda State Park, La Grange
Wallace State Park, Cameron
Washington State Park, De Soto
Watkins Mill State Park, Lawson
Weston Bend State Park, Weston