A New Hampshire lake during summer


Lake Host On Duty

Now Accepting 2021 Lake Host Payroll Grant Applications! NH LAKES is pleased to offer the Lake Host Program, an aquatic invasive species education and prevention program for the 20th year! We invite local groups to apply for a grant award to implement the program with NH LAKES Lake Host Inspector employees at boat ramps on lakes, ponds, and rivers throughout New Hampshire during summer 2021.

Lake Hosts work at boat ramps throughout the state checking boats for hitchhiking aquatic invasive species, and teaching people about the Clean, Drain, & Dry method to keep invasive plants and animals out of our lakes. Each summer, approximately 400 volunteers and 300 employees are trained to work as Lake Host Inspectors. 

Grant funds and locally-contributed funds are allocated to Lake Host employee paychecks. You can add MORE Lake Host coverage to your favorite lake by making a tax-deductible donation today through Lake Host Charitable Giving! To donate, click here.

Payroll Grant Information and Application

Bring the Lake Host Program to your local lake! Interested local groups must first apply by filling out an application—a paper application is available, but groups are encouraged to apply online. The online application provides a user-friendly application experience, reduces error, and ensures a quicker review period.

Application Deadline: Monday, March 22, 2021 

Award Notifications: Notifications will be made by email by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021.

Questions or Problems?: Contact lakehost@nhlakes.org or call 603.226.0299.

Position Descriptions (Paid and Volunteer)

Working or volunteering as a Lake Host is a fun way to get outdoors, meet others in your community, and help protect lakes from aquatic invasive species. Become a Lake Host and make a difference in your community! 

Required Documents for Employees

  • Coming soon!

Required Documents for Volunteers


Training Information and Resources

2021 Training Schedule and Registration Links – Coming soon!

NH LAKES provides training, uniforms, and materials for all participating local groups:

“Lake Host Program Administration” – These training sessions are required for Local Coordinators and Local Assistants and will cover all aspects of how to run a successful Lake Host Program at your unique lake! You will learn about the state of aquatic invasive species in our lakes, what to expect from the Lake Host’s staffing or volunteering at your ramp this summer, tips for communicating with Lake Hosts, and how to keep an engaged team all season long. 

“How to Lake Host” – These training sessions cover all the in’s and outs’ of working or volunteering at the boat ramp this summer. You will learn about aquatic invasive species education and prevention, how to perform courtesy boat inspections, communication techniques to engage the public, data collection methods in the field, and basic safety while working outdoors.

Want to see how the Lake Host Program did in 2020? Check out our Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Program Annual Summary by clicking on the images below. Or, to see the whole summary, click here!

2020 Lake Host Infographic

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