• 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.” Located near Parksville Lake, this popular campground is divided by Highway 30 into an R.V. campground and a tent/group campground. The R.V. sites are well shaded and well spaced and many will accomodate large R.V.’s. Several sites offer the opportunity for two R.V.’s to camp close together and some are located along a small stream. The group sites are set up with tent pads around a central fire ring and picnic table area. Convenient to the Ocoee River, the Ocoee Whitewater Center (site of the 1996 Olympic Kayak events), Parksville Lake beaches and boat ramps, many miles of mountain bike/hiking trails and whitewater rafting, it’s a great central location for day trips.
General duties of a campground host include:
Campground hosts serve as the first contact many campers 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 serve as an important link to the Forest Service Recreation staff.
Clean and resupply bathrooms daily. On busy weekends, the bathrooms will be checked and cleaned three times 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 Apr 25 to December 1.
Hosts will be expected to work a minimum of 25-30 hours a week. This includes Saturdays, 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.
*****Additional information can be obtained by contacting myself, or the Customer Service Representative John Green, 423-338-3300, firstname.lastname@example.org *****
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Camp Sites Description: Hosts will be provided a campsite for their own RV or trailer free of charge. The host campsite has electrical power, water hookup, and sewer hookup. Internet service and cell phone coverage are not provided. Reimbursements maybe provided for official business only.