State park camp host jobs, especially in some locations, are highly sought after positions. States have procedures in place as to how and when RVers apply for them. Still, there are exceptions.
An RVer writes me that she'd like a state park camp host volunteer position. She tells me she's read that it's necessary to apply six months in advance. Yet, she sees on our site that we have postings for state park positions for the current season. How, she wonders, does that work?
She also wonders if new RVers have a chance at getting a state park volunteer spot. She's heard, elsewhere, that new campers never get the jobs because they just keep having the same old ones come back every year. She continues, saying that doesn't seem fair that they would have the same ones year after year without giving new campers a chance.
First off, keep in mind that there is a lot of wrong information out there. Some stories have a grain of truth. There may be instances when a particular situation was true. But that doesn't mean it is generally true. And, exceptions work in both ways!
Some state park camp host coordinators like to have their volunteers lined up a season ahead of time. Believe it or not, some parks book their hosts 18 months in advance. However, doing so means they have a good chance of having last minute cancellations as the beginning of the season nears. RVers have trouble with their RVs; have health problems; change their minds; or find a position they think they would like better -- and they cancel. Worse, yet, some just don't show up on the scheduled day. This leaves the camp host program coordinators scrambling to find working campers to take their places.
So, yes, state parks are looking for workers for the current season. The ads we post on our website are current.
Even during mid-season and close to the end of the season, there are openings for camp hosting at state parks. Some camp hosts don't stay the entire season.
Park managers may prefer having the experienced hosts return. Return workers may mean the manager has less employee training to do. Additionally, the experienced host may be better able to serve the guests' needs and concerns.
However, in six months, not to mention eighteen months, a lot can change. That leaves the park open to the potential of late or last minute cancellations. It is therefore important that you stay in touch with the park so they remember you. The day you call to say hello and check host status may be the day the manager received a cancellation -- and you might get an offer on the spot.
As for fairness and offering new workers a chance, please scrap the idea. An employer's job is to fill the position with the best person for the job. He has no business filling the position based on who wants a chance. (The exception to this, of course, is for job training programs.) Forget about asking for a chance, and instead, when you apply, focus on your qualifications.
Any time of the year, there are state park volunteer host coordinators looking for qualified RVers. Read through the resume writing pages on this website. Get your information together. Apply for the state park camp host or other position that interest you. Good luck as you start your foray into working while RVing!