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
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)
An opportunity to attend a spring Host workshop and a fall Volunteer Conference
The application period for the 2017 Host summer season concluded on February 22nd.
Next application period will be for the 2018 Host summer season. If you would like to be notified of next year’s application period launch, please enter your email address below.
The Host Program is offered in select locations around the province. Alberta Parks is interested in hearing your input on which additional parks/provincial recreation areas you think should be considered for next year. Please use the space below to provide all your suggested locations:
For 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 Fax 780-427-5980 E-mail Parks Volunteer