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Park Host Application


  1. 1. Campground Host Information
  2. 2. Applicant Information
  3. 3. References
  4. 4. Signature
  • Campground Host Information

    1. Description

      The Park Host is a seasonal, independent contractor who provides services in the management of public campgrounds during the primary camping season (mid-April to mid-September). The Park Hosts main goal will be to register campers, collect fees and ensure that each park visitor has an enjoyable experience. Park Hosts serve as the first source of park information and therefore must be well informed about their area, be professional and able to communicate effectively with the public. The Park Host is responsible for keeping park facilities (i.e. restrooms, fire rings, grounds) clean and makes sure park rules are being followed. Most violations are caused by misunderstanding and are quite unintentional and therefore easily handled. Beyond drawing attention to and explaining the park rules, the Park Host does not serve in any enforcement capacity. The Host reports any and all intentional violations along with necessary information such as license plate numbers to the Hardin County Sheriff’s law enforcement personnel to be handled accordingly. The Park Host assists campers with camping registration and oversees firewood sale, distribution, and documentation per Hardin County Conservation’s Firewood Policy.

    2. Specific Work Duties

      • Register campers and collect camping fees.

      • Perform routine maintenance of area such as picking up litter, tree limbs, etc.

      • Ensure no outside firewood is brought into the park.

      • Check/clean restrooms regularly and stock with toilet paper.

      • Provide information about the park or Hardin County Conservation.

      • Report any violations or suspicious activity to the proper authorities (Conservation Director/Staff or Sheriff Deputy).

      • Report any park maintenance/repair needs to Conservation staff.

      • Perform other duties as directed by Conservation staff.

    3. • Check/clean restrooms regularly and stock with toilet paper.

    4. Required Qualifications

      • Valid Driver’s License

      • Pass a background check.

      • Working knowledge of plants and wildlife common to Iowa.

      • Ability to communicate park rules and policies effectively with the public.

      • Ability to give verbal directions clearly.

      • Ability to write legibly, make change from purchases, and record sales.

      • Ability to use tact and initiative to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Conservation Staff as well as the general public.

      • Willingness to live on site and work weekends, holidays, irregular hours, and nights.

      • First aid/CPR training is recommended.

    5. Benefits

      • $100 week for performing Park Host Duties.

      • Free designated camping site.

      • Free electricity

      • Free water

      • No dumping fee for camper.