Marfells Beach
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October to November each year: DOC needs volunteers to host the campsite at Marfells Beach. 2 weeks minimum time commitment.


Positions are available between October and November each year.


Camp host positions are for a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 4 weeks. Each fortnight runs from Tuesday to Tuesday to allow for a hand over between incoming and outgoing hosts on Tuesday mornings, with a DOC staff member on hand. (First and last rosters may vary).

We cannot guarantee your requested period, so we recommend you list a few preferences on the application form.


Marfells Beach is situated 40 minutes south of Blenheim, past the salt works at Grassmere. This area is great for gathering seafood such as crayfish, paua and other fish. From the beach campers can look directly across the sea to the lower North Island. The historic Cape Campbell light house is a two hour walk further along the coast.

Cats and dogs are not permitted at Marfells Beach.


Your duties and responsibilities will include:

  • helping visitors enjoy their stay
  • encouraging people to pay their camp fees
  • providing general information to campers
  • passing on maintenance requirements to DOC staff
  • radio communication with the DOC office
  • cleaning toilet blocks
  • keeping the camp free of rubbish.

What to expect

The position is suitable for single people, couples or families.

Training: Full training and induction will be provided, however applicants need to have the following attributes:

  • able to relate to a range of people in a friendly manner
  • mature, sensible and have a good attitude
  • fluent in English and have a practical outlook.

Facilities: Camp hosts will need to be self-sufficient. The only infrastructure at Marfells is two ablution blocks. You will require a tent, motorhome or caravan. There is no power onsite.

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.

Insurance: DOC cannot pay for any medical costs or loss of personal equipment incurred during your stay. If you're an international volunteer we strongly recommend travel insurance.

What to bring

If you are selected you will be given more information about what to bring closer to the time.

What will be provided for you:

  • full training and support
  • DOC camp host identification
  • a VHF radio, for contact with the duty ranger.

How to apply

To apply: 

Safety checks

Everyone who applies for this position is subject to a DOC safety check and Ministry of Justice criminal record check. Information about these checks will be provided after you apply.

What happens after you apply

  1. All applications will be shortlisted by matching to role availability.
  2. We’ll send the shortlisted applicants the safety check form for you to complete.
  3. 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.
  4. We’ll talk to your referees.
  5. We’ll request a Ministry of Justice criminal record check – this takes around three days.
  6. DOC staff will assess all the material provided and decide on suitability.
  7. Once approved we will work with you to find dates that suit you and complete your induction.
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