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Make a Difference at Florida State Parks

Volunteers are a vital part of the Florida State Parks family. With 175 state parks spanning Pensacola to Key West, there’s a park that needs your help.

These 175 units cover nearly 800,000 acres, 100 miles of beach and 58 campgrounds. Campground hosts and park resident volunteers are needed at camping parks. Some parks without camping also have space for park resident volunteers.

What is a Campground Host or Park Resident Volunteer?

Campground hosts and park resident volunteers play the important role of supporting park operations while staying on-site in a campsite provided by the park in exchange for their valued service.

Campground hosts help visitors make their campground stays unforgettable! Hosts assist with greeting campers, answering questions, selling basic campsite necessities and performing maintenance and cleaning for campground amenities.

Park resident volunteers help provide service to parks without campgrounds or other overnight accommodations. Volunteers welcome visitors at ranger stations, assist with park landscaping and maintenance, treat and remove invasive plants and work on other special projects as needed.

Campground hosts and park resident volunteers serve a minimum of 20 hours per week and can stay at their hosting park for up to 16 weeks at a time.

​Hear from our Volunteers!

Don’t just take our word for it! See what people are saying about their experiences volunteering at Florida State Parks:

     My husband Steve and I are full-time RVers. We love the flexibility and freedom of this lifestyle, as it allows us to spend time with our respective families in different parts of the United States. This was our initial reason for getting into camp hosting or park resident volunteer work.
     Our first opportunity was at Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey, Florida. We immediately felt at home in the park and were made to feel welcome by the staff and other volunteers. We enjoy meeting new people, having a flexible schedule and, most of all, living and working in such a beautiful place. There are a variety of positions available for many different skill sets, so you are sure to find something that suits your interests.

Laura and Steve Turner
Second-year volunteers at Oscar Scherer State Park

How Can I Sign Up?

To become a camp host or park resident volunteer, first create an account by submitting an application.

To see where these types of volunteer positions are offered, check our list of parks with campground host and park resident volunteer opportunities. To see park-specific position listings, visit the Volunteer Portal and select “Opportunities” at the top of the page. Search for “Campground Host” or “Park Resident” to see available positions. Put "2021" in the Keyword search box to find immediate needs.

Parks are currently looking to fill positions for winter 2021 and all year long in 2022 and 2023. Inquire early! These positions fill quickly, so the best position and park for you may require submitting your application to more than one park.

Pro Tips!

  • Apply to summer opportunities.
  • Apply to a park in the interior of state.
  • Help a park pick you with a thorough description of your skills, experience and hobbies.
  • Keep a watch for unexpected vacancies! Sometimes there are last minute cancellations, and a position becomes available at the last minute.