Do you enjoy the outdoors? Do you enjoy meeting new people? Are you concerned about Massachusetts’s natural resources? If so, then you may be interested in the Massachusetts volunteer Host Camping Program.

At which parks do host campers serve?
Massachusetts State Parks offers a wide variety of fantastic camping experiences at diverse locations across the Commonwealth. Based upon need, some or all of the state campgrounds offer host camping positions in a given season. From the Berkshires to the Boston skyline, park staff welcomes the help of host campers.

View a complete list of Massachusetts State Park camping facilities.

When are host campers needed?
The use of host campers at a campground depends upon camping visitation at each park. The main camping season for Massachusetts DCR is May through October. Host camping positions are available for varying lengths of time between those months.

What are some host camper duties?
As a representative of the Massachusetts state campground system, host campers are a friendly, informative neighbor to the many people enjoying camping at a DCR facility. Host campers assist in a range of support services such as:

  • Greet, welcome and assist visitors and campers
  • Provide information about the facility and surroundings
  • Serve as liaison between park staff and campers
  • Maintain the organization and cleanliness of a park’s recycling center
  • Clean campsites by raking, washing tables, cleaning fireplaces
  • Sweep floors and other building areas
  • Perform minor trimming or weeding with hand tools
  • Assist at the park contact station
  • Perform light maintenance work around the campground such as general cleaning of restrooms.

Host campers are not involved in law enforcement, other than to notify park staff of problems or situations.

I’m interested, so how do I apply?
A Host Camper must be at least 21 years of age, must agree to a background check, and if granted a position must sign a liability waiver and agreement. Host campers must be available for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of 90 days. They must also be available to volunteer at least 20 hours per week which may include weekends and holidays. All camping fees are waived during the host camper’s tenure at the park. Host sites may or may not offer water and electric hookups.

If selected for a host camping position following the interview process, a host camper must:

  • Provide their own camping equipment.
  • Set a good camping example by maintaining a clean and orderly campsite and follow all park rules.
  • Wear the official DCR Host Camper t-shirt while on duty.

Application and more information
For an application or more information, contact either the park of your choice or contact the Camping Program in Boston at the address below.

Camping Program
MA Department of Conservation and Recreation
251 Causeway Street, Suite 600
Boston, MA 02114
617-626-1480

Selection for a host camping position is based upon experience, special skills, and the needs of the park. The interview process is guided by the park supervisor and the camping program in Boston. Please note: the background check portion of the application may add some time to the application process. Once completed, please submit the application to the Camping Program in Boston (address above)

Thank you very much for your interest in host camping in Massachusetts State Parks.