Michigan state parks accepting applications for 2015 campground hosts

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Each year during the warmer months, hundreds of volunteers spend their summers camping for free at Michigan state parks and state forest campgrounds in exchange for their service as campground hosts. Although the 2015 camping season is still several months away, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is accepting campground host applications now, with positions available as early as April and as late as October.

Campground hosts are responsible for 30 hours of service per week, including directing visitors to their campsites, answering questions about the park or recreation area, planning campground activities and performing light park maintenance duties. Volunteer duties take place throughout the summer (including weekends and holidays), with a minimum commitment of four consecutive weeks.

Individuals and/or teams (such as husband and wife) at least 18 years old are eligible to apply for campground host positions. Hosts must furnish their own camping unit, equipment and personal items.

Hosts are screened and interviewed by site managers and selection is based on familiarity with the state park system, camping experience, special skills, availability and knowledge of the area.

New campground hosts are required to attend training, which will take place June 3-4, 2015, at the Ralph A. MacMullan Center in Roscommon, Michigan.

For additional information about the DNR's Campground Host Program and how to apply, go to www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers or contact Miguel Rodriguez at 517-284-6127.