International Workers and Campground Staff Housing: A Guide

Campgrounds across the US rely heavily on seasonal staff to keep operations running smoothly. However, navigating the legalities of hiring international workers and providing appropriate staff housing can be confusing. This newsletter aims to clarify these issues, allowing campground owners to make informed decisions.

International Worker Requirements

For US campgrounds, hiring international workers involves the H-2B visa program. This temporary visa allows employers to recruit non-citizens for seasonal jobs unavailable to US workers [1]. The process is complex, requiring employers to:
  • File a labor certification application with the Department of Labor, demonstrating a lack of qualified US workers [2].
  • File a petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for each worker [2].
  • Meet specific wage and working condition requirements set by the Department of Labor [1].

Staff Housing Regulations in the United States

The US Department of Labor typically doesn’t regulate staff housing provided by campgrounds [3]. However, some states and localities may have specific regulations regarding occupancy standards, safety codes, and minimum amenities [4]. It’s crucial for campground owners to verify local and state regulations to ensure compliance.

Creative Housing Solutions

For campgrounds seeking alternative housing options, several possibilities exist:
  • Park Model Homes: These prefabricated, moveable dwellings offer a comfortable living space with amenities like kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Cabins or Cabin Kits: Building small cabins or utilizing cabin kits allows for customization and a more permanent feel compared to park models.
  • Tiny Homes/Tiny House Kits: While regulations for tiny homes can vary by location, they provide a smaller, more affordable housing option for some staff members.

Benefits of Comfortable Staff Housing

Investing in comfortable and well-maintained staff housing offers several advantages for campgrounds:
  • Increased Employee Retention: Pleasant living quarters reduce turnover and attract a more qualified workforce [5].
  • Enhanced Staff Morale: Comfortable housing contributes to a better work environment and improved staff morale [5].
  • Streamlined Operations: Providing on-site housing eliminates employee commutes, improving operational efficiency [5].


Hiring international workers and providing staff housing require careful planning and adherence to regulations. By understanding international worker requirements, researching local regulations, and exploring creative housing solutions, campgrounds can create a positive work environment and attract a strong seasonal workforce.
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