Working collaboratively with the U.S. Forest Service, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting 24 Volunteer Campground Assistants to support the Tahoe National Forest. These assistants will be responsible for serving as campground hosts and assisting Forest Service crews in the clean and safe operation of their assigned campgrounds, and ensuring that campers have an informed and memorable experience.

Work activities will include:

  • Greet visitors and assist them with finding their campsite;
  • Post reserved campsites as reservations are identified in daily arrival reports;
  • Serve as a liaison between campers and Forest Service staff;
  • Provide campers with recreation site information including: safe camping, Leave No Trace principles, and campground rules and regulations.
  • Provide campers with information about recreation activities available in the area and other nearby points of interest;
  • Assist with special events and educational activities
  • Assist Forest Service recreation crews with light cleanup and maintenance duties at individual campsites and restrooms.
  • Complete basic occupancy reports
  • Be observant for activities within the campground requiring any immediate attention, ranging from hazardous trees to problem campers, and report to Forest Service staff as necessary.

The regular schedule for an assistant includes working five-days a week, including weekends.  The work is part-time in nature in support of Forest Service crews who conduct the majority of medium and heavy-duty operation and maintenance activities. Each day, work will be performed outdoors in a forest environment and the assistant is expected to live at his/her assigned campground. Assistants will be expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, campers, or property with which entrusted.

Locations: The Campground Assistants will be based within the Tahoe National Forest at the following campgrounds (number of hosts):

American River Ranger District

  • Sugar Pine (3)
  • French Meadows Complex (2)

Truckee Ranger District

  • Logger/Stampede (7)
  • Prosser (2)
  • Boca Reservoir (3)
  • 89-South Complex (3)

Yuba River Ranger District

  • White Cloud and Skillman (1)
  • Indian Springs (1)
  • Hampshire Rocks (1)
  • North Fork, Onion Valley, and Tunnel Mills  (1)


  • May 15, 2015 through September 8, 2015
  • Average of 4-6  hours per day*/ 5-days per week, including all weekend days. (*Hosts make rounds through campgrounds in morning, early afternoon and evening)


  • Field per diem of $40.00/night when camping (maximum of $200 per week)
  • Free campsite at assigned campground for duration of assignment.


  • Must provide own camper to reside in for duration of the position;
  • Must be outgoing, comfortable talking with the public and remain calm and friendly with all visitors;
  • Ability to work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, and otherwise maintain good physical condition; and
  • Knowledge of the Tahoe National Forest and surrounding area is desirable.

How to Apply: Qualified and interested applicants should click here to download an application. Fill it out, then email it to

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