Flexibility: Medium

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: Someone’s in charge of making sure that campgrounds are kept clean, safe and hospitable for outdoor adventurers. Could that someone be you?

Amava Take: If you’re looking for a seasonal, flexible position in the great outdoors, you might want to consider working as a campground host. If friendly guests and wildlife sightings are something you enjoy, you can sign on to stay put and experience them over time in one place. The pay is not great and the responsibilities are as diverse as knowing what to do in an emergency to putting out campfires, but oh, that view. 

From the Front Lines: 

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions? 

Experienced, outdoorsy people do so well in these jobs.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Have those animal fun-facts on hand. 

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

The days are long, but so are the breaks!

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?

Making sure that people who are coming out to commune with nature have a great experience.

How would you describe the hard parts?

When campers are disrespectful to the environment.

What surprised you the most about the experience?

How out of touch people have become with nature.

Special Requirements: This is a job without too many specific requirements, but basic wilderness training, CPR and emergency know-how are all great starts. To be prepared, research what it’s really like to be a campground host so you have realistic expectations.

Related Classes: Managing Customer ServiceSkills for Making Great DecisionsKeys to Effective Communication, Interpersonal CommunicationHandling Medical Emergencies, Certificate in Infectious Diseases and Infection Control

Finding a Position: Specialized outdoor and camping sites list positions regularly. If you have a spot in mind, don’t be afraid to go talk to the management in person.