October to April each year: Become a camp host at Acheron Cottage, an idyllic, remote campground at Molesworth Station.


Volunteer positions are available from October to April each year. 

Dates still available at Acheron Cottage Molesworth are:

  • 16-22 April 2019


Camp host positions are for a minimum of one week. Each week runs from Monday to Monday (Cobb cottage) and Tuesday to Tuesday (Acheron Cottage) to allow for a hand over between incoming and outgoing camp hosts or orientation 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.


The Acheron Cottage at Molesworth Station is an idyllic, remote camp ground located at the south end of Molesworth Station, 40 mins from Hanmer, the roads are steep, windy and gravel road. There is no mobile reception or shops nearby. You will need your own reliable transport. 

Cats and dogs are not permitted on Molesworth Station.

Duties and responsibilities

Your duties and responsibilities will include:

  • helping visitors enjoy their stay
  • collecting camp fees
  • providing general information to campers
  • passing on maintenance requirements to DOC staff
  • radio communication with the DOC office
  • raising awareness of regulations for visitors (eg, no dogs, no fires)
  • cleaning toilet blocks.

What to expect

The position is particularly suitable for 2 adults.

Training: Full training and induction will be provided.

Skills and experience needed:

  • able to relate to a range of people in a friendly manner
  • mature, sensible and have a good attitude.
  • familiar with the backcountry
  • have some knowledge of the area (although this is not essential)
  • fluent in English and have a practical outlook
  • able to attend an induction/health and safety programme before becoming a camp host.

Accommodation: You may stay in your campervan or use the DOC ranger hut for accommodation – see campervan information below.

Facilities: There is a comfortable one-room ranger's hut for accommodation. The cottage contains:

  • gas cook top with griller
  • small gas fridge and very small freezer
  • gas hot water
  • shower in separate bathroom
  • double bunk bed
  • cooking and eating utensils
  • solar lighting
  • log burner

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

You will need to provide your own bedding and food and bring warm clothes and a (head torch is very handy)

You will need your own vehicle (legal and roadworthy) to drive to the campground and around the station if you want to explore. 

If travelling on the Acheron Rd be aware that vehicles towing trailers or caravans, buses, campervans or vehicles over 7 m in length are not permitted. 

What will be provided for you:  

  • full training and support
  • DOC camp host identification
  • VHF radio and training 
  • basic first aid kit
  • map and relevant guides/brochures
  • support while you are in the field - regular scheduled radio calls for weather updates/intentions.

How to apply

To apply: 

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