Powell Hut
Image: Jack Mace | ©


October - April: Volunteers are needed during peak times at several different huts in the Tararua Forest Park.


October - April each year during peak times.


Volunteer as a hut warden for Tutuwai, Totara Flats, Powell, Jumbo, Atiwhakatu and Mitre Flats huts in the Tararua Forest Park.


The huts are located in the Tararua Forest Park and are managed by the the DOC Masterton Office.

Hut details:


  • Providing information to visitors
  • Hut pass/ticket compliance and recording
  • Minor hut maintenance
  • Cleaning of the facilities

What to expect

You must be able to carry out hut wardening duties on your own, and a good knowledge of the outdoors and Tararua Forest Park is desirable.

Fitness required: You need to be fit and healthy (able to carry own personal gear) and must be able to tramp up to 3 – 5 hours.

Skills required:

  • Good people skills
  • First aid certificate essential
  • Knowledge of VHF radio would be advantageous

Background checks and references may be required.

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 and sturdy walking boots.

Orientation: Volunteers who are accepted will be required to attend an orientation briefing prior to the season start.

Accommodation: Warden’s quarters are available at each hut while volunteering.

Food and clothing: Hut wardens need to provide their own food, personal clothing and sleeping bag.

Transport: Hut wardens need to find their own way to and from the appropriate Park entrance.

How to apply

To apply complete the online hut warden registration form.

COVID-19 vaccinations required

Volunteers applying for this role must have a My Vaccine Pass.

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. DOC staff will assess all the material provided and decide on suitability.
  6. Once approved we will 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 interacts with children at the campsite. Everyone working with children needs to complete 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.

Whakaoriori / Masterton Office
Phone:   +64 6 377 0700
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   masterton@doc.govt.nz
Address:   220 South Road
Postal Address:   PO Box 191
Masterton 5840
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