Cunningham Falls and Gambrill State Parks

Campsite at a state parkCamp Host Job Description

Duties will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Greet and assist visitors by providing information and by answering questions
  • Serve as liaison between park users and park staff
  • Distribute maps, copies of park rules and regulations and brochures
  • May assist campers in locating a campsite
  • Be familiar with local points of interest and the location of services that might be requested by campers such as towing, groceries, churches, tourist attractions and local events
  • Assist camp staff with camper registration process
  • Camp host is not expected to and shall not attempt to discipline or apprehend any park patron
  • Host will report all disturbances to park staff
  • Host can inform campers of rules and regulations, but are not expected to participate in the enforcement of rules and regulations
  • Law enforcement will be done by law enforcement officers only
  • Perform light maintenance work around the campground such as:
    • ​Cabin Cleaning
    • Litter pickup
    • Light cleaning and stocking of restrooms
    • Raking campsite pads
    • Washing tables
    • Cleaning out fire rings
    • Sweeping
    • Trimming or weeding
    • Reporting property damage or major maintenance/cleaning issues to your supervisor​
    • Keep a written report of complaints and criticism of park facilities
    • Report situations that could affect the health and safety of visitors
    • Host may maintain other written records as requested by their supervisor
    • Prompt reporting of all issues that require immediate attention
  • May be assigned other duties and projects not listed

Working Conditions/Benefits:

  • Work is mostly outside in hot, cold, wet, humid and/or windy conditions
  • Walking or bicycling is required
  • Camp host must reside in the campground and will receive the use of a campsite and all utilities at no charge for the duration of the term of service
  • Host must set an example by being a model camper practicing good housekeeping at all times in and around their assigned site and by observing all rules and regulations
  • Camp host will be issued one or more of the following: shirt, vest, and/or name tag
  • Host will provide their own mobile camping unit (RV or Trailer – Please contact the camp host coordinator for units over 35 feet)

Skills required:

  • Ability to get along well with a diverse public from differing backgrounds
  • Ability to remain calm and friendly when confronted with upset visitors
  • Ability to physically get out and make rounds through the camping area
  • Ability to adapt to changing working conditions
  • A good knowledge of the park and surrounding area
  • Ability to complete the application process including: filling out the application completely and accurately; a short interview; background check

Time Commitment:

  • A minimum of 20 hours of service time per week for a minimum of four (4) weeks, to include most weekends and all holidays
  • Two consecutive days off per-week in the summer
  • Reasonable leave requests granted with ample notice

Supervision and Training Provided:

  • Supervised by park ranger or their designee
  • Trained in campground registration procedures, rules and regulations and host responsibilities
  • Seasonal training classes are required. Dates and locations will vary


Please download an application and e-mail it to one of the contacts below. If you have any questions, please contact the park at (301) 271-7574.

William Houck and Manor Areas of Cunningham Falls State Park

Gambrill State Park