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Become a campground host

This program is suspended until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers.

Campground hosts help NSW National Parks rangers by meeting and greeting campers, helping them enjoy their park experience in our campgrounds.

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This program is a great 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, becoming a campground host might be for you.

What will you need to apply?

Before you apply to become a campground host in NSW national parks you'll need to fulfill some criteria and also arrange a few things.

To become a campground host you need to:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Answer some questions detailing the skills you bring to the program.
  • Obtain a Working With Children Check, free of charge once accepted as a volunteer.
  • Be self-motivated, enjoy working with people and have excellent communication skills.
  • Have a reasonable level of fitness and health, as some campsites are in remote settings.

Before you apply:

To apply, please email the NSW campground host coordinator.

Interviews will take place over the phone or in person.

What are the benefits of becoming a campground host?

With a range of benefits, if you have a passion for the outdoors and volunteering, becoming a campground host in NSW national parks might be for you.

  • Hosts generally assist the public in the mornings and evenings at meal times, so there's plenty of time to enjoy the park.
  • You can volunteer for the summer or Easter holidays, or both.
  • You'll enjoy free campsite access at a participating national park when you volunteer
  • You'll have opportunities to get together with other campground hosts at training workshops or reunion events held during the year.
  • Camping facilities and meals during your training will be provided at no cost

What does a campground host do?

Campground hosts help NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) rangers by meeting and greeting campers, helping them to enjoy their park experience. Responsibilities and expectations are listed in the Statement of Duties and include:

  • Helping site bookings check in and check out
  • Directing campers to fee payment areas 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

What volunteer commitments do campground hosts have?

Campground hosts are required to stay a minimum of 1 week (7 days) during either the Easter or summer holidays.

Upcoming opportunities

You can nominate the dates of your stay during peak holiday periods, including the NSW school holidays. Hosts are allocated to campgrounds depending on availability.

What training is available for campground hosts?

Successful applicants must attend one of the training workshops to be eligible to participate in the program.

Training dates and locations

Training dates and locations will be discussed with individual volunteers.

New Hosts compulsory training: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service covers the cost of training and reunions, including accommodation fees (camping), meals and training materials. Just bring your own camping gear and enthusiasm.

Participating campgrounds

Campground hosts are allocated on an as-needs basis, and work all over the state. A list of previous campgrounds is provided below. Volunteers can indicate their preferences.

If you'd like to volunteer in a park not listed, please apply and let us know where you'd like to volunteer. New campgrounds are being added throughout the year.

Campground hosts have welcomed campers and visitors to the following campgrounds:

North Coast campgrounds

Southern campgrounds

Sydney and Central Coast campgrounds

Outback and country campgrounds

Previous campgrounds

Rainforest Cafe, Sea Acres National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia