Are you friendly, outgoing and hospitable? A camping enthusiast? Do you have a keen interest in conserving nature and general knowledge about Alberta's parks?
Consider becoming a volunteer host at one of our campgrounds or other facilities and help park visitor’s discover, value, enjoy and protect Alberta’s great outdoors and natural heritage.
For over three decades, Volunteer Hosts have contributed to safer visits, richer visitor experiences, and to a greater sense of community in Alberta’s Parks by providing:
- Friendly and welcoming greetings.
- Knowledgeable and personable information about the site, procedures, facilities, services, attractions and events.
- A range of support to staff and park operations.
Types of Hosting
- Campground Hosts provide hosting services in a provincial park campground.
- Facility Hosts provide hosting services in day use areas and visitor information centres.
Specific duties vary with the unique requirements of each site and volunteer placement,
but the core responsibilities of Hosts include:
- Greeting and welcoming visitors
- Providing information about
- facilities, services, activities, rules and regulations
- things to see and do in the surrounding area
- Assisting visitors to obtain help in emergency situations
- Informing authorities about observed infractions or public safety concerns
Depending on park requirements and the skills, interests and qualifications of the volunteers, many sites offer additional opportunities such as assisting with:
- Public education and interpretation programming
- Park administration
- Light maintenance duties
To be eligible, volunteer hosts should be able to commit to a minimum availability of:
- Five hours per day
- Five days per week (including weekends)
- Four continuous weeks
Generally, Hosts stay on-site for the duration of their placement and must be able to provide their own self-contained camping unit (e.g. motorhome, towable trailer, truck camper.)
To be considered for a Host placement, individuals and couples should be willing to:
- Complete an application
- Complete a Police Records Check
- Participate in a selection interview
- Complete (in some cases) pre-placement orientation and training
To support our Hosts, we provide:
- Supervision, training and orientation
- Introductions to other team members, including staff, volunteers and contractors
- A site tour to familiarize volunteers with site services, facilities and equipment
- General information on duties, the work site and the surrounding area
- Information about rules, emergency procedures and emergency contacts
- Publications to distribute to visitors
- A designated campsite at no-charge (typically this site is easily accessible to visitors and includes any available utilities)
- Identification items
- An opportunity to attend a spring Host workshop and a fall Volunteer Conference
- The application period for the 2018 Host summer season concluded March 19. No additional recruitment will occur for the 2018 season.
- To express interest in the 2019 season, please provide your email address below and we’ll inform you of our next intake.
- Help us identify where Host placements should occur in 2019 that you would be interested in.
More information, please contact
Alberta Environment and Parks
Parks Division, Volunteer Services
2nd Floor, Oxbridge Place
9820 - 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5K 2J6
Phone 780-427-3582 or 1-866-427-3582
E-mail Parks Volunteer