Tag: Florida State Parks Residential Hosts

Goodbye Woods Ferry Hello Big Shoals

BigShoalsSP06152013 (27)Goodbye Woods Ferry, Hello Big Shoals! Well, we finally made it to our new assignment. We will miss Woods Ferry River Camp with it’s sewer on-site, being able to take long, hot showers and free washer and dryer. We may even miss the river campers who came almost every weekend and some through the week. Big Shoals State Park has a cement pad park host site with electric and water behind the bathroom building and across from the picnic area next to the Suwannee River. The site itself may seem like it was put in backwards but it works. We had to drive in the wrong way around to pull into the park host site. This small park area has a circular, one-way, paved drive and with the RV utility hook-ups on the drivers side it was easier to come in the wrong way than to back into the site. Luckily, through the week, the park doesn’t get a lot of visitors. Since we don’t own a “Blue Boy” we had to purchase about sixty feet of sewer hose to be able to dump our black and gray water tanks. The sewer outlet is right next to the bathroom building on the side along with an outdoor cold shower. Since, it is a “Day Use” only state park when we lock the entrance gates at night there will be no visitors.
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Dade Battlefield WrapUp

Dressed Up in Pioneer Costume
Dressed Up in Pioneer Costume
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is a great place to start your career at being a campground hosts in our Florida State Parks. Since they do not have campsites for visitors then you would be called a Residential Host. This little park encourages local people to join the Dade Battlefield Society and volunteer for as many events at the park as they are able. Mostly, it is a grunt position where you help set-up for events, maybe participate in the events, help with parking or just help clean-up afterwards. We were offered the position and given “special projects” while we were there. Which started with us painting the new Park Ranger’s House before his and his family’s arrival. Let me tell you that was a learning experience for my Mom and I. In between painting we were asked to participate with the Pioneer classes that the Volunteer Coordinator has once a month. Sometimes we would demonstrate how to make corn-husk dolls or sit at the gatehouse and collect the entrance fees. When we arrived there were two other Residential Hosts as singles, one is a carpenter and regular handyman and the other is an electrician, handyman and worked cleaning bathrooms and maintain all the equipment and buildings. They also did most of the set-up and clean-up before and after each of the events. Later another two volunteers came in and helped with the lawn maintenance and the events. The last month another family arrived and they helped us with the gatehouse and events participation.
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Are You Looking For A Campground Host Positions

MarjorieKRawlinsPark (14)Are You Looking For A Campground Host Position in Florida? Summer time is the best time to find campground host positions all over Florida. If you are looking for a winter placement you might want to consider being a Residential Host instead. We have been offered 3 different winter time assignments in Northwest, Central and South Florida as a Residential Host. The difference being that a campground host takes care of the campground area and campers while a residential host, usually by themselves, will take care of the whole park. Most of these are smaller memorial parks with limited facilities and area to manage. And the larger ones might have more than one Residential Host(s) that you can share the responsibilities and have days off. Continue reading “Are You Looking For A Campground Host Positions”