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Volunteering as a Campground Host Oregon/Washington BLM



Volunteering as a Campground Host


Thank you for your interest in being a campground host for the Prineville BLM! Hosts serve as representatives of the BLM, and set examples of "model camping" practices for other visitors. They greet and provide information to visitors and help with campground management, fee collection, light maintenance and upkeep, and may serve as the emergency contact for people in the campground.

In general, campground hosts will be asked to:

  • Go through a volunteer campground host orientation and training.
  • Have a job description with specified duties and schedule times to work.
  • Work under a signed agreement with the BLM.
  • Be able to explain rules that apply to visitors. This role is advisory—no enforcement is required.
  • Personally follow camping/recreation regulations and abide by the Volunteer Code of Conduct.
  • Have a sign identifying themselves as hosts at their site.

What benefits do I receive as a campground host for BLM? Hosts are provided with a free campsite. As funding allows, hosts may receive reimbursement for incidental expenses like propane and may have use of a BLM volunteer uniform.

Who can be a campground host? Any U.S. citizen or an individual over the age of 21 with official immigrant status (by marriage or green card) can apply to be a host.

What kind of a time commitment is required to be a host? A two- month minimum obligation is required. Hosts must live on-site, work a minimum of 20 hours per week, primarily on weekends.

What kind of skills do I need?

  • good communication skills
  • ability to deal with the public in a friendly and courteous manner
  • good camping and outdoor ethics are required
  • ability to lift up to 25 pounds
  • ability to work outdoors in temperatures that range from the low 40's in the evenings to the upper 90's or higher during the day

What kind of equipment do I need? Hosts must have a self-contained camping unit. The level of amenities available for camp hosts varies from site to site. Several sites have electricity and sewer hook-ups, while others have electricity only.

What campgrounds are available? For a list of available campgrounds, click here.

How to Apply

For more information about the Campground Host Program, please contact Todd Neville at cneville@blm.gov or call the Prineville BLM Office at 541-416-6700.

To apply for a campground host position, please complete the Campground Host Application (DOC).

This application can be faxed, mailed, emailed or dropped off in person to the Prineville BLM Office using the information below:

Prineville BLM
3050 NE 3rd St.
Prineville, Oregon 97754
Fax: 541-416-6798
Email: BLM_OR_PR_Mail@blm.gov

Please be advised that BLM will run a background check prior to approving someone in a position of campground host.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of the Interior (USDI) prohibit discrimination in all programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA and USDI are equal opportunity providers and employers.