Volunteers are needed to spend up to seven months living in one of five Iowa state parks. Linda King, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says campground hosts are wanted between April and October at Backbone State Park in Delaware County, Elk Rock in Marion County, Gull Point in Dickinson County, Lake Wapello in Davis County, and McIntosh Woods State Park in Cerro Gordo County. Applications are on the DNR’s website.
The volunteers live on site in their own camper for free, but also must do some work around the campground.
The Iowa DNR manages over 60 state parks and state recreation areas. King says most of those parks have campground hosts who’ve been there for many years.