Photo of a sunset along the lakeshore within Sibley State Park.

Minnesota state park campground hosts

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live or work in a State Park?  Well, why not find out?   For over 30 years volunteers have served as ‘live-in’ hosts at MN State Parks or MN State Forest Campgrounds.  Hosts are needed from early spring through the fall and for at least a 4 week stay.  Campground Hosts are provided a free campsite in return for services provided. 

Details and responsibilities of being a campground host

If you’re interested in becoming a campground host

Check availability and fill out a campground host application.

Still have questions?

If you still have questions about the campground host program, please call the program coordinator at 651-259-5607 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email

More volunteering

There are lots of other kinds of DNR volunteer opportunities, year-round and all around the state. Explore them here.