Peel forest
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October - April: Volunteer as a camp host at a South Canterbury campsite for three week or more over the summer.


Every year from October to April.


Volunteer for three weeks or more at any of these campsites:


The primary role of a camp host is to help visitors enjoy their stay in the right way. This is achieved by:

  • checking that campers have paid camp fees and taking payment via a mobile eftpos machine when necessary
  • providing information to campers
  • monitoring cleanliness of the camp – daily cleaning of toilets and replenishing toilet paper when needed
  • reporting maintenance requirements to DOC staf

What to expect

Accommodation: Applicants must have their own campervan, caravan or motorhome.

If you've got an older caravan make sure your power system does not have a solid link if – this will affect the power supply at the campsite.

Skills required:

  • be able to relate to a range of people in a friendly manner
  • be fluent in English
  • have a practical outlook
  • some experience relevant to this opportunity preferred but not essential.

Age: Applicants must be aged 20 years or over.


  • Are not permitted at Peel Forest, Orari, Waihi Gorge, Mt Nimrod and Otaio Gorge campsites.
  • Dogs are allowed at Pioneer Park campsite but must be kept under control at all times.

Nearest facilities: Our campsites are within a 30 minute drive to either Geraldine or Timaru.

What will be provided

  • Campsite for your campervan, caravan or motorhome
  • DOC camp host identification, high viz vest, uniform, and so on.
  • Eftpos machine for taking payment.
  • Cleaning equipment, gloves, paper overalls etc.

How to apply

Complete the online application form.

We'll review applications and assign weeks as they come in and space is available.

What happens next

  1. We’ll shortlist applicants and email you the children’s worker safety check for you to complete.
  2. We’ll contact you about an interview time – the interview will be with a DOC staff member and it’s also an opportunity for you to ask questions about the role.
  3. We’ll talk to your referees.
  4. We’ll request NZ police vetting – this takes around 20 days.
  5. A panel of DOC staff with technical expertise in this area will assess all the material provided.
  6. We get the approval for you to volunteer and then work with you to find dates that suit you and complete your induction.

Children's worker safety check

The reason for the children’s worker safety check is because this volunteer position works with children. Everyone working with children needs to do the children’s worker safety check. It helps keep everyone safe and makes sure we’re meeting our requirements under the Children’s Act 2014.


Chris Dyson, Supervisor Recreation/Historic
Phone: +64 3 693 1074

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