Louisville South KOA

Kayaking the Salt River
Bike Rides by the River
Salt River
Front Office Staff
RVs at Sunset
Hiking Trails
New Rental Bikes
Indian Rock Shelters
Camping Cabins at Sunrise

Connecting people to the outdoors and each other on 68 acres on the Salt River in South Louisville.

Kampgrounds of America, Inc. (KOA) is the world’s largest network of privately owned campgrounds and the leader in outdoor hospitality. Founded in 1962, the mission of KOA is “connecting people to the outdoors and each other,” and those who represent the brand share the values of being family-oriented, passionate, entrepreneurial, customer-focused, and progressive.

Our beautiful 68-acre campground is located in the "blue grass" state of Kentucky, just south of Louisville. We enjoy the famous Derby, Church Hill Downs, Bourbon trails and so much more. We enjoy kayaking the Salt River, hiking and even cave exploring all just a short walk away from our campsites.

About Louisville South KOA

On 68 tree-lined acres where the Salt River meets Floyds Fork, you will find a place that is peaceful and set apart. As you make your way into the campground you will see the tree-lined road resting on the backdrop of rolling hills. Winding nature trails are in abundance to explore as you reach the Indian Cliff Dwellings or walk along the river. With the birds chirping as your drop a line in the Salt River to catch the first fish of the weekend, you will be transported to someplace else and uniquely connected to the outdoors. We believe there are intrinsic health benefits from being in nature. Even locals will stay a few miles from home because here at Louisville South KOA, you are welcomed like family, the days are filled with activities, and it's someplace you'll never want to leave. Just ask our work kampers that came here 12 and 14 years ago that still call Louisville South home!

Apply, we would love to learn more about you and have you be part of Louisville South, whether it be a season or longer!

The Employee Experience

At KOA, Inc., we believe the outdoors is fun and for everyone. We are committed to having a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment where all are treated with dignity and respect.  We strive to:

  • intentionally create a sense of community and belonging for our guests, employees and franchise partners
  • continually educate ourselves and advance our understanding about DEI
  • sustain a culture that promotes diversity in thought and experiences
  • ensure everyone has the ability to experience the outdoors and that our facilities are accessible to all
  • drive change in our company and industry through action and implementation

In addition to that, we also provide a lot of extras for our staff! Managers are always striving to show they care about our staff! Think: breakfast, cookouts, holiday events, dinner out and more. Employee appreciation is important! Managers at Louisville South will work alongside you, encourage you, feed you, and support you. We believe a team that succeeds together will thrive!

Ideal Candidate

Candidate that are outgoing, smile and love people are going to really enjoy our campground! After all, we are in the people business - it's hospitality on a campground. If you have any kind of background working with people, you'll being an all star! Cross training to multiple areas is also helpful. Partner jobs are also available.

**We are unable to accept applications for out of country H2Bs, etc. Must have a camper to live onsite. 

Here are some specific attributes we are seeking in our candidates:

  • Anticipates the guest’s needs. 
  • Takes the initiative to jump in, get the job done and lend a hand to a fellow team member.
  • Flexible to learn something new and as the details of the day may change.
  • Honest
  • Integrity
  • Great Communicator
  • Keeps Safety as a top priority.

Here is a summary of the positions we are currently seeking to fill. Titles for many of these positions in Maintenance were recently changed, although the roles and responsibilities have not, so please reach out if you have questions. 

Property Engineer (previous title: Maintenance Supervisor): oversees the day-to-day operations of the maintenance and grounds department in support of an OAK property. The PE leads a team of Maintenance Engineers and Groundskeepers to keep the property clean, safe, well-maintained and in good working order. They ensure all maintenance functions, including preventative maintenance are completed in a timely manner and are safety compliant. 

Maintenance Engineer (previous title: Maintenance/Grounds): The Maintenance Engineer (ME) is responsible for the general maintenance, operation and upkeep of the campground buildings, facilities, equipment, and grounds. They will commonly work with a team to ensure all aspects of the campground are clean, safe, and well-maintained and in good working order. *See job description for complete details.

Housekeepers: Housekeepers are responsible for the overall cleanliness of the campground including the public space areas and all accommodations according to standards. All areas should be efficiently cleaned within the allotted times while providing great guest service. *See job description for complete details.

Guest Service Representative (previous title: Front Desk): The Guest Service Representative (GSR) is responsible for providing attentive, courteous and efficient service to all guests prior to arrival and throughout their stay.  They will accommodate campground guests by registering, issuing keys, keeping proper record of occupied sites, making and confirming reservations and collecting payments. The GSR will help maintain a clean, well-stocked and organized store. *See job description for complete details.

Room and Board

We provide RV sites with full hookups for employee housing. Employees must bring their own RV.

  • Back-In Full Hook Up, 50/30 AMP Site
  • Electric is included at no extra charge.
  • Site Rent: $80.55 per pay period for a single or $40.27 per pay period for a pair sharing rent (both working)

Employee Perks

  • Local Partner Restaurant Discounts
  • Columbia Employee-Only Store (50% regular pricing)
  • Employee KOA Discounts
  • KampStore Discount
  • Propane at cost

Getting Here and Getting Around

Work Kampers are recommended to have their own transportation as you would need this to arrive at the campground in your RV (whether towable or drivable). There isn't much that's walkable from the campground, although you are only 3 miles from almost everything you could need. If you have a golf cart, you are welcome to bring that as well. We have work golf carts here on-site. If you have a bike, you may enjoy having that to explore the trails! 

For Fun

We strive to give 2 consecutive days off each week to all of our employees so that they can do what they need to in order to stay energized and excited all season.

Whether you're a nature lover or you want to venture into downtown Louisville (20 minutes away), there is a bit of something for everyone! We are known for the Kentucky Derby, Church Hill Downs, and our Bourbon trails! We have some amazing National Parks such as Mammoth Caves and Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace (about an hour's drive). If you want to kayak, the Salt River is our backyard! Hike the trails right from the campground, explore Bernheim Forest (there are giant troll sculptures) or visit the Louisville Zoo. Downtown Louisville includes Whiskey Row, Museum Row, or South Fourth Street. There is so much to do! 

How to Apply

Apply for the 2024 Season by sending an email with a letter of interest and resume to the General Manager.

If you have questions, please contact James Lawrence, General Manager at jlawrence@koa.net or call (520) 833-4200.

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