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)
Program training delivered virtually, complementing onsite orientation provided by supervisor.
2021 Host recruitment has Ended for this year. Next recruitment period will occur January/February of 2022. To be notified of launch of next year’s recruitment, please provide your email in the form below.
To express interest in the 2022 season, please provide your email address below and we’ll inform you of our next intake.
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 1-877-537-2757 Fax 780-427-5980 E-mail Parks Volunteer
Please read before sending an email through the link above requesting a Host placement:
Alberta Parks does not process requests for Host placement outside of the program’s recruitment period (January-February). Those seeking a Host placement should either submit an application form when recruitment is open (see above), or if not open then submit to the Email Subscription section (see above), for direct notification of the next recruitment/intake period. Email requests for general information about the Host Program will still be responded to. Email requests for a placement will be deleted.