NSW National Parks Campground Host Program
Campgrounds participating in the 2013-14 Campground Hosts program will be announced in September 2013.
Applications for the Campground Hosts program for summer 2013-14 will open on Friday 20 September 2013.
The Campground Host program is a perfect opportunity to experience camping in our national parks while providing a valuable service to the public. If you have a passion for the outdoors and volunteering, then becoming a Campground Host might be for you.
The following parks participated in the 2012-13 NSW Campground Host program:
Is Campground Hosts for you?
Applications for Campground Hosts open in September and January each year, in September for the summer holiday program and in January for the Easter holiday program. To become a Campground Host, you will need to:
You will be contacted by the NSW Volunteer Coordinator for a short interview after the application period.
If you belong to a special interest group, such as a 4WD or bushwalking club, and may be interested in sponsoring a campground over the holiday period with your group, please contact the NSW Volunteer Coordinator, for more information.
What benefits does being a Campground Host provide?
What do Campground Hosts do?
Campground Hosts are often the first point of contact for visitors to a campground and park over the summer and Easter school holidays. Hosts assist NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) rangers by meeting and greeting campers, helping them to settle in and enjoy their park experience.
The Campground Host statement of duties lists responsibilities and expectations. Hosts generally assist the public in the mornings and evenings at meal times, so there is plenty of time to enjoy the park.
The program requires hosts to stay a minimum of one week (7 days) to two weeks (14 days) during the Easter and summer holidays. You can nominate the dates of your stay during each period. Hosts are allocated to campgrounds depending on availability. Travel vouchers will be available to cover the cost of travel to and from your assigned campground.
Applicants must be self-motivated, enjoy working with people, and have excellent communication skills. Campground hosts should have a reasonable level of fitness and health, as some campsites are in remote settings.
Familiarity with nominated campgrounds and parks is not required; however, regional experience may be desirable.
As a ‘meet and greet’ volunteer role, campground hosts are expected to provide a friendly welcome to visitors and campers. Duties include:
assisting with site bookings, check in and check out
directing campers to fee payment area and campsites
promoting walks and activities
providing information on other local attractions
providing information on campfire safety and Total Fire Ban Day regulations
notifying rangers of an offence or issue.
Successful applicants must attend one of the following training dates to participate in the program. The full-day training is held on the Saturday from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm.
Friday 22 November–Sunday 24 November at Woody Head, Bundjalung National Park
Frday 29 November–Sunday 1 December at Bents Basin State Conservation Area, Sydney.
The Office of Environment and Heritage covers the cost of the training, accommodation fees (camping), meals, and training materials. You’ll need to bring your own camping gear and enthusiasm.
What other volunteers have said
'Meeting people from different places around Australia - to be able to share my camping experiences about different national parks campgrounds.' Hill End campground host.
'Having the opportunity to meet a wide range of good people, children included, to exchange ideas and impart knowledge. Having the wonderful opportunity to live in the park for 2 weeks and observe the flora and fauna on a daily basis.' Blue Mountains campground host.
'We found the experience very rewarding and enlightening, and would gladly recommend the program to others. Staff at all the grounds very helpful and friendly. Looking forward to doing it all again.' Freemans campground host.
For all enquiries regarding the Campground Host Program please contact:
NSW Volunteer Coordinator
Ph: 02 9585 6807
For details and information about the ACT Parks Campground Host program at the Cotter campground, please email the Namadgi Visitor Centre, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Page last updated: 11 March 2013