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Be a Park Host Volunteer with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

What does a park host do?

Park host volunteers are stewards of Oregon’s 256 state parks properties. As representatives of Oregon State Parks, they provide support for park guests, staff and our public lands. Their incredible volunteer efforts help us to truly achieve our mission: to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations.

No two parks are the same. Duties may vary based on the location, size and needs of the park. Detailed information for each available assignment is posted on the volunteer openings page.

Learn more details about the role and requirements: Becoming a Volunteer Park Host

Complete a park host volunteer application online here!


What is the time commitment?

Volunteer hosts make a minimum commitment of 30 days for a specific host assignment. The maximum host assignment is 120 days. Schedules—including number of hours per day, days per week and length of stay—will vary based on park need or personal preference. Specific host assignment schedule requirements will be discussed during the volunteer interview process.

What is required?

In addition to the requirements related to each specific host assignment, all Oregon State Parks host volunteers are required to:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Pass an annual criminal background check.
  • Pass an annual driver’s records check.

Other Requirements:

  • Follow the policies and procedures of the Host Program.
  • Support a safe, respectful and inclusive park environment for park guests, staff and volunteers.
  • Honor and keep volunteer commitments.
  • Pets of hosts are welcome, but hosts must obey park pet rules. Pets must have a current rabies vaccination.

What are the benefits of being a park host?

To support the irreplaceable and valued service of park hosts across Oregon State Parks, hosts are provided with:

  • A supportive community of volunteers and staff who all serve the public and our public lands.
  • RV site; full hook-ups are available, but can vary by park.
  • Annual state parks parking pass.
  • Hour and awards recognition for outstanding service.

Contact Us: Please send us an email at, or speak to someone in our Parks Info Center at 800-551-6949.