Dane County Parks manages over 17,000 acres of land and welcomes nearly 4 million visitors annually. There are five campgrounds in the Dane County Park System and our goal is to have a volunteer campground host at each site to help provide information to visitors. The campground host is often the first park representative many campers meet. The ideal host is outgoing, has strong camping experience, and loves connecting with different kinds of people. Knowledge (or willingness to learn) of the Dane County Park System, our campgrounds, and the surrounding community is a plus!
About Dane County:
Dane County, situated in south central Wisconsin, is a beautiful area rich in natural resources and recreational opportunities. The county abounds in sparkling lakes and waterways, natural areas and trails. It is the home of the University of Wisconsin and the state capital in Madison, and provides many cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities.
A required training for all hosts is held in May (Date to be determined). Hosts not in the area for the training may be able to make alternative arrangements. Additional guidance will be provided at the campground by Park Rangers.
As a Campground Host, you will be representing Dane County Parks and will be expected to act as a good camping role model and follow all park rules. You will be expected to treat all campers with respect - discrimination will not be tolerated. This is a volunteer (unpaid) position. Hosts must provide their own camping units. A cell phone or tablet will be provided.
Your on site duties will include:
Communicate with Park Staff
Maintenance Duties (directed by Park Ranger as needed)
This information is available in a printable version: Campground Host Volunteer Project Description (PDF).
Fill out and submit the following documents:
An interview will be conducted, by telephone if necessary. If a couple is applying, both parties will be interviewed. We will check your references and run a background check. Applicants who are accepted will receive an agreement, to be signed by all parties. The agreement makes it clear that the volunteer is responsible for his/her own liability.
If you have questions about the Campground Host Program, contact:
Lead Park Ranger