Camp Host

Smokey Timbers Camp
Volunteer Opportunities - Short Term
Miltona, MN

Camp Host(s)

Volunteer Position
Smokey Timbers Camp

Lake Miltona

15567 Smokey Timbers Rd. NE  Miltona, MN 56354

Contact: Jack Anderson at or 320-766-5290
Availability: June - September
Suitability: Adults, especially Retirees or Summer-free  
Difficulty: Not Difficult for Handy, People Oriented Individuals

Job Description:
This position is on the shores of beautiful Lake Miltona, a pristine lake located near Alexandria in west-central Minnesota. As an “on-site volunteer,” primary duties are cheerfully and respectfully greeting and orienting camp guests, explaining Smokey Timbers Camp’s expectations, and acquainting campers with the variety of resources and services, both at the facility and in the area, available to them.  As guests wrap up their stay, the Host assures that they have fulfilled their responsibility to leave the Camp in as good or better condition than when they arrived.  A recommendation that the damage deposit not be refunded (experience has been that this is a very rare occurrence) may be necessary.  The Host shares responsibility, with the Caretaker, for light maintenance duties around the campground such as litter pickup, stocking supplies, assuring that all buildings are clean and presentable, that garbage containers are in place for weekly pickup. Tasks that the Host and/or Caretaker are not able to physically do or have the skills to do are referred to the Smokey Timbers Board. 

Duties may also include assisting with interpretive programs (i.e. canoeing, talks, and hikes), helping to prepare for special events, or helping to construct temporary displays and exhibits.

Volunteers at the Camp are expected to model responsible camping practices by observing all rules and practicing good camper etiquette and housekeeping in their personal areas.  

The volunteer may also perform any or all of the following duties in the course of completing their work. These duties are secondary to the primary duties.

  • Collecting fees.
  • Performing roving contact throughout the facility.
  • Advising campers of rule/etiquette noncompliance – enforcement referred to Camp Directors or Law Enforcement
  • Assisting with occasional special events.
  • Investigation of and familiarization with area resources.
  • Assisting, as needed, with basic emergency response



Extensive camping experience, prior significant interpersonal responsibilities, involvement in youth leadership and programming, and a demonstrated respect for environmental issues are highly desirable. Prior to commencement of a working relationship, a background check will be required.

A commitment of at least 4 consecutive weeks during the period of availability is expected. Volunteers may stay longer, even throughout the entire season, if mutually acceptable.

A variety of Host accommodations is possible, including a private campsite with water and electric hookup, a personal room, or perhaps even an off-site accommodation.  All possibilities are open to discussion and consideration.

Training is provided for every volunteer who comes to Smokey Timbers. We ensure that each volunteer feels comfortable with all aspects of their responsibilities and that they have appropriate backup for any eventuality.

Additional Considerations:

  • The present level of activity at Smokey Timbers is typically not continuous throughout the week.  Volunteers usually have considerable time to pursue other interests – personal recreation, individual studies, alternative employment, program development, etc.
  • Combining this position with other responsibilities at the Camp is open to discussion.   


If performance of duties is deemed to be unsatisfactory, the deficiencies will be expressed to the Host volunteer and, depending on severity or response, termination of the agreement and vacation of the premises may be necessary.  Determination is at the sole discretion of the Smokey Timbers Foundation Board.


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