Become a campground host
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.
NSW National Parks will open recruitment for new campground hosts in 2022.
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:
- Read the statement of duties (93KB pdf) to make sure this program is right for you
- Think about which national parks you might like to volunteer in
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.
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.
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
- Black Rocks campground in Bundjalung National Park
- Lake Arragan campground in Yuraygir National Park
- Mungo Brush campground in Myall Lakes National Park
- Platypus Flat campground in Nymboi-Binderay National Park
- Rummery Park campground in Whian Whian Stage Conservation Area
- Sheepstation Creek campground in Border Ranges National Park
- Thungutti campground in New England National Park
- Yagon campground in Myall Lakes National Park
- Bittangabee campground in Ben Boyd National Park
- Blue Waterholes campground in Kosciuszko National Park
- Cascades campground in Wadbilliga National Park
- Davidson Whaling Station in Ben Boyd National Park
- Geehi Flats campground in Kosciuszko National Park
- Hobart Beach campground in Bournda National Park
- Saltwater Creek campground in Ben Boyd National Park
- Tom Groggin campground in Kosciuszko National Park
Sydney and Central Coast campgrounds
- Bents Basin campground in Bents Basin State Conservation Area
- Bonnie Vale campground in Royal National Park
- Cattai campground in Cattai National Park
- Freemans campground in Munmorah National Park
- Washpools campground in Towarri National Park
Outback and country campgrounds
- Edward River Bridge campground in Murray Valley National Park
- Swifts Creek campground in Murray Valley National Park