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Campground Ambassador

Share your love for DEC Campground by volunteering as a Campground Ambassador

Setting up a tent for the first time

The Campground Ambassador program at DEC Campgrounds has been launched for the 2018 Camping Season; applications are now being accepted until March 30, 2018.

Like other campground host programs, Campground Ambassadors will assist DEC campground staff in welcoming and serving the millions of visitors who vacation in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks each year.

This is an exciting opportunity for people passionate about the outdoors to help introduce new campers to DEC facilities and other outdoor activities like hiking and fishing. Ambassadors will also aid in maintaining DEC's existing customer base by connecting campers and day users to nature via environmentally themed activities and programming.

Volunteers:

  • Child learning about the outdoorsMust be 18 years of age or older.
  • Will serve a minimum of two, maximum of four weeks between July 1st and Labor Day.
  • Will be on duty five days a week (weekends and holidays included) for two to five hours per day.
  • May need to act in their Ambassador role at other times to assist visitors.
  • Will be provided with a campsite for the duration of their stay.
  • Will be permitted up to 5 additional people on their campsite.
  • Are expected to bring their own camping and personal equipment and must abide by all rules of the facility.
  • Will be given a cap and ID badge which will act as their Ambassador uniform.
  • Will be given a wide range or resource materials as well as training prior to their service.
  • Will be provided with a campsite "Ambassador" sign for display on their campsite.

Examples of Duties:

  • Working together to set up a tentWelcoming campers to our facilities.
  • Familiarizing campers with our facilities and our programs.
  • Conducting programs to enrich the camping experience of our visitors (e.g. interpretive walks, introduction to outdoor activities, games and sports, outdoor cooking, family crafts, Junior Naturalist Journal)
  • Acquainting campers with various activities within the campground and places of interest in the surrounding area.
  • Helping new campers with the basics.
  • Maintaining a daily log of activities and services performed at the campground.

Participating Locations

For the 2018 Camping Season, the following locations will be participating:

Catskills

Kenneth L. Wilson Campground and Day Use Area

Child learning about fishing

North South Lake Campground and Day Use Area

Adirondacks

Cranberry Lake Campground and Day Use Area

Fish Creek Pond Campground and Day Use Area/Rollins Pond Campground

Lewey Lake Campground and Day Use Area

Moffitt Beach Campground and Day Use Area

Nicks Lake Campground and Day Use Area

Rogers Rock Campground and Day Use Area

Applying

Interested volunteers must complete DEC Campground Ambassador Application (PDF 639 KB). Applications must be received by no later than March 30, 2018. Completed applications can be emailed to campinfo@dec.ny.gov or mailed to:

NYSDEC Division of Operations Attn: Campground Ambassador 625 Broadway Albany, NY 12233-5253

For more information or question call: 518-457-2500 x1