• Campground Host • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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The Ocoee Ranger District of the Cherokee National Forest is located in southeast Tennessee. Chilhowee Campground is in Polk county near the town of Benton, TN. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound at this “recreation district.” Chilhowee Campground offers more than 70 campsites, electric hookups, RV sites, tent only sites and multiple bathhouses. The campground is open from early April to late October, with an overflow area and day use area open year-round. 7-acre McKamy Lake offers a swim area with a sand beach, and fishing from the bank. Boats are allowed, but gasoline motors are not. Also, within the recreation area are approximately 25 miles of hiking and biking trails, and a scenic waterfall. On the drive up to the campground, stop at one of the many observation overlooks to see beautiful mountain settings. Wildlife is abundant in this area, so have your camera ready and tread lightly.
The nearby Parksville Lake, Ocoee River and Hiwassee River provide excellent opportunities for fishing, rafting, canoeing and kayaking white water.
General duties of a campground host include:
Campground hosts will serve as the first contact many campers will have with the Forest Service. The experience should leave campers with a positive attitude.
Campground hosts must be identifiable, visible, and a positive representative of the Forest service. Maintain a groomed appearance, greet visitors and provide information, and display a courteous and helpful demeanor when rendering assistance to visitor questions. Host campsite will be tidy and welcoming to visitors.
Campground hosts will serve as an important link to the Forest Service Recreation staff.
Clean and resupply bathrooms daily. On busy weekends, the bathrooms will be cleaned three times a day and checked twice a day.
Campsites and fire rings will be cleaned after a campsite is vacated.
The beach and swim area will be checked daily.
Some light maintenance will be required as needed.
Campground hosts will be asked to assist visitors during any severe inclement weather related emergencies.
Encourage visitors to “do the right things” by following all Forest Service rules and regulations.
Campground hosts do NOT do any collections or compliance in the campgrounds. They do not enforce any of the Forest Service rules and regulations.
All supplies will be furnished by the Forest Service.
Hosts will also help with the reservation system, and making sure that everyone finds their campsite.
We ask for at least a two month commitment, or as long as a full season. Season is April 18 to November 5.
Hosts will be expected to work a minimum of 25-30 hours a week. This includes Saturdays, and Sundays and Holidays. Work weeks will revolve around the busy weekends. Being on the host site for the busy weekends is a must.
Hosts are to be neat in appearance when working with visitors.
Have adequate housing for extended periods of time.
Hosts should be in good physical condition and able to walk the campground and trails several times a day.
All host work is performed in a variety of weather conditions including rain, humidity and heat, and varying temperatures.
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HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Camp Sites Description: Hosts will be provided a campsite for their own RV or trailer free of charge. Full hookups provided -- electric, water, and sewer. Reimbursements may be provided for official business only.