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Washington state parks need volunteer hosts

(April 27, 2012) -- The Washington State Parks Host Program offers volunteers the chance to stay and have fun in beautiful and diverse park settings while gaining experience in park operations and visitor services. Hosts are needed year-round in state parks all across Washington.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking enthusiastic and interested volunteers to serve as hosts at state parks throughout Washington.

The Washington State Parks Host Program offers volunteers the chance to stay and have fun in beautiful and diverse park settings while gaining experience in park operations and visitor services. Hosts are needed year-round in state parks all across Washington.

Hosts represent state parks by greeting the public and helping set the tone for visitors to have a pleasant stay. They assist park staff and perform a variety of tasks depending on the park and the type of host assignment. Hosts receive free camping and hookups in exchange for performing these duties. A typical host assignment is 30 days, but may be extended up to 90 days at the park manager’s discretion. Hosts must provide their own RV and camping equipment.

For a list of volunteer and host openings, visit www.parks.wa.gov/volunteers or stop by the State Parks booth from May 3 through 6 at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center in Puyallup.

Those interested in serving as hosts, may contact:
Cindy.Jorgensen@parks.wa.gov or 360.902.8612
Laney.McIntyre@parks.wa.gov or 360.902.8617

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WaStatePks_NEWS and www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks.

About Washington State Parks

The Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. The 99-year-old park system will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013.

Support state parks by purchasing your Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands.

For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

SOURCE: Washington State Parks press release

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