November 2018 to March 2019: Volunteer as a campsite hosts for short or long-term positions.


If you would like to go on our volunteer database, see our Nelson newsletter.


Various dates available from mid-November to late March each year.

There are short term (2 weeks) and long term (2–6 weeks) positions. Volunteers will be placed into a roster and usually start and end their stay on a Tuesday.


View camp host information for the different campgrounds:


Responsibilities include information sharing, fee collection, pass compliance and recording, minor campsite maintenance and cleaning the facilities.


The campgrounds are in the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds, Marlborough Sounds.


Some sites are boat access only and therefore only suitable for tents and shorter-term positions.

At other sites where there is road access, longer-term positions would be preferable and therefore are likely to be of more interest to volunteers with campervans or caravans.

What to expect

Accommodation: For all positions, a free campsite is provided. Volunteers must have all cooking and camping gear. We are able to lend volunteers a family sized tent - please enquire.

Food: DOC will reimburse volunteer’s food expenses up to $50/week.

Fitness required: Low level of fitness required.

Essential skills and characteristics:

  • Healthy (you will be at least an hour from medical assistance)
  • Honest and reliable
  • Can carry out duties on your own
  • Good with the public
  • Culturally sensitive
  • First aid certificate preferable
  • Conversant in English
  • Compliant with DOC Health and Safety Policy

Pickup/meeting details: Volunteers who are accepted will meet at the Picton office for Queen Charlotte Sound sites, and Picton or Havelock office for Kenepuru sites, by 8:15 am on the day of starting their camp host duty.

Travel: Camp Hosts need to find their own way to and from the Picton office and Havelock office, but DOC staff will pick up and drop off volunteers to the campsites that are boat access only.

Safety procedures: Approved volunteers must comply with the DOC Health and Safety Policy, and arrive prepared with appropriate amounts of food and warm/water proof clothing.

Insurance: As DOC cannot pay for any medical costs or loss of personal equipment incurred during your stay, for international volunteers we strongly recommend travel insurance.

How to apply

To register fill in the online application form or download and complete the application form (PDF, 412K) and email to

Ensure you have read the information and requirements for your preferred camp site thoroughly before applying. 

Note: Once you have been confirmed into a position, we will be relying on you to proceed with the volunteer position. If you think that you cannot commit then please don't apply – volunteers cancelling at the last minute or not turning up makes it difficult to replace you.


Phone: + 64 3 520 3002

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