Outdoors/Adventure

Alaska campground hosts usually come from Outside. Now, parks officials are asking locals to volunteer.

Alaska’s state parks department is looking for campground hosts to keep recreation sites running this summer amid a pandemic-induced volunteer shortage.

Campground hosts are the people who live in RVs or other temporary housing at popular sites, keeping an eye on campground activities and welcoming visitors, among other duties.

The volunteer jobs are typically filled by “adventurous people from other places” who want to experience the state, Alaska State Parks said in a Facebook post.

But because of coronavirus-related travel restrictions, that plan won’t work this year.

So the state is asking Alaskans to step up: More than 40 of the volunteer positions are available at places ranging from the Kesugi Ken Campground in Denali State Park to Lowell Point in Seward to Eklutna Lake in the Anchorage area.

You can find out more about perks, requirements and how to apply online here.

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