Peel forest
Image: Matt Searles | ©


Now recruiting volunteer camp hosts for summer 2020/21.

Spend a week or more volunteering at Peel forest campground which is located within the Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve. We are ideally looking for camp hosts who are available long term or for multiple shifts and weekends.

Contact Chris Dyson (details below) for further information or apply online.


Every year from October to April.


Volunteer for three weeks or longer at our Serviced Campsite within the Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve.


The primary role of a camp host at the Peel Forest Campsite is to add value to the visitor experience by:

  • Welcoming campers to the campsite and acting as the main point of contact within the campsite, you will be working alongside camp managers and cleaners
  • checking that campers have paid camp fees and taking payment via a mobile eftpos machine when necessary, issuing receipts and camp registration tickets
  • frequent communication with DOC staff via mobile phone
  • providing information to campers about local walks, issuing and selling DOC information brochures
  • monitoring cleanliness of the camp
  • reporting maintenance requirements to DOC staff.

John and Anita as camp hosts
Image: Chris Dyson | DOC

What to expect

Accommodation: Applicants must have their own accommodation and will ideally have their own campervan, caravan or motorhome but a family style tent will also be considered.

Skills required:

  • be able to relate to a range of people in a friendly and welcoming 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.

Dogs: Are not permitted at Peel Forest campsite.

Nearest facilities: Peel Forest campsite is 20 minutes from Geraldine

What will be provided

  • Powered campsite for your campervan, caravan or motorhome.
  • Flush toilet facilities, hot shower.
  • DOC camp host identification, volunteer name badge, high viz vest, uniform, etc.
  • Eftpos machine for taking payment.
  • Cleaning equipment, gloves, paper overalls etc.
  • Daily manifest provided by camp managers of camp bookings.

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 27 542 8989

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