Volunteer Program

About our Volunteer (Workamper) Program:

The Volunteer Program is essential to Santee Lakes’ overall success. Volunteers make up about 50% of our workforce! This mutually beneficial alliance allows the Park to better utilize its paid staff for major maintenance and regulatory obligations.

In exchange for 20 hours per week of service, Volunteers receive a free campsite to park their recreational vehicle in. They also have their utilities and other fees associated with staying in our campground waived.

We currently have 22 positions that are staffed 3-6 months in advance. Positions include gatehouse attendants, camp hosts, cabin hosts, clubhouse host, grounds maintenance, restroom facilities cleaning, and night security. Schedules vary from position to position. Availability is limited.


  • Possession of an RV at the time of application
  • 5 day work week with 2 consecutive days off
  • 3-5 hours of service per day (schedule varies depending on position)
  • Weekend and holiday availability
  • Minimum 3-6 month commitment


For inquiries, please contact azuniga@padre.org