Port Jackson Campsite

Image: Herb Christophers | ©


December 2018 – April 2019: Become a camp volunteer at Port Jackson, a beautiful, busy campground located on the west coast of the Northern Coromandel. The long sandy shores of Port Jackson Bay with Cape Colville (Wharekaiatua) to the north and Kaiiti Point to the south.


Positions are available between December 2018 – April 2019.


Ideal for individuals, couples and families. Full campsite provided. Volunteers will be required to be available for three hours per day (per adult) from either 6-9 am or 5-8 pm.

Volunteer positions are for a minimum of two weeks. Each fortnight runs from Monday to Monday (apart from the first roster) to allow for a hand over between incoming and outgoing volunteers on Monday mornings, with a DOC staff member on hand.

We cannot guarantee your requested period, so we recommend you list a few preferences on the application form.



Port Jackson is an idyllic campground located on the western side of the Northern Coromandel Peninsula approximately 110km north of Thames. The Muriwai walk at the northern end of the bay gives amazing views of Little Barrier Island, Aotea Great Barrier Island, and across to Cuvier and Mercury Islands. Port Jackson has good fishing either land based or from small boat or kayak.

Cats and dogs are not permitted at Port Jackson.


Your duties and responsibilities will include:

  • helping visitors enjoy their stay
  • assisting the camp managers/rangers in the office
  • answering phone enquiries
  • providing general information to campers
  • assisting in recycling and rubbish operations
  • assisting in cleaning ablution facilities
  • basic maintenance duties including lawn mowing.

What to expect

The position is suitable for single people, couples or families.

Training: Full training and induction will be provided, however applicants need to have the following attributes:

  • able to relate to a range of people in a friendly manner
  • mature, sensible and have a good attitude
  • basic computer skills
  • fluent in English and have a practical outlook.

Accommodation: Camp volunteers will need to be self-sufficient, preferably in a motorhome or caravan. There is power available for motorhomes/caravans with current EWOF. Freezer space is available at Port Jackson for volunteers.

Induction: At the induction, a DOC ranger will ensure you know your role, issue you with the necessary equipment and make sure you have read, understood and signed any health and safety information.

What to bring

If you are selected you will be given more information about what to bring closer to the time.

What will be provided for you:

  • free campsite on a powered site
  • full training and support
  • Department of Conservation camp volunteer identification.

How to apply

Fill in the online application form or email us at community.coromandel@doc.govt.nz.

As the positions require some cash handling suitable applicants will need to undergo a reference and police check. Ensure you have at least three referees available.

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