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


Every year from October to April.


Volunteer for two 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 staff

What to expect

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

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, 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.
  • 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.

Safety checks

Everyone who applies for this position is subject to a DOC safety check and Ministry of Justice criminal record check. Information about these checks will be provided after you apply.

What happens after you apply

  1. All applications will be shortlisted by matching to role availability.
  2. We’ll send the shortlisted applicants the safety check form for you to complete.
  3. 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.
  4. We’ll talk to your referees.
  5. We’ll request a Ministry of Justice criminal record check – this takes around three days.
  6. DOC staff will assess all the material provided and decide on suitability.
  7. Once approved we will work with you to find dates that suit you and complete your induction.


Chad Adams, Supervisor
Phone: +64 27 203 1065

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