Glencoe campsite
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October - April: Volunteer as a camp host at Glencoe or Trotters Gorge campsite for three weeks or more over the summer.


Every year from October to April.


Volunteers are required as camp hosts at Glencoe or Trotters Gorge campsites for three weeks or more.


The primary role of a camp host is to help visitors enjoy their stay in the right way. This is achieved by:

  • checking that campers have paid camp fees and taking payment via a mobile eftpos machine when necessary
  • providing information to campers
  • monitoring cleanliness of the camp – daily cleaning of toilets and replenishing toilet paper when needed.
  • reporting maintenance requirements to DOC staff.

What to expect

Accommodation: Applicants must have their own campervan, caravan or motorhome. Note, both campsites are unpowered sites.

Skills required:

  • be able to relate to a range of people in a friendly manner
  • be fluent in English
  • have a practical outlook
  • some experience relevant to this opportunity preferred but not essential.

Age: Applicants must be aged 20 years or over.

Dogs: On a leash only at both campsites.

Nearest facilities to Glencoe: Herbert (3 km), Oamaru (24 km) and Dunedin (92 km).

Nearest facilities to Trotters Gorge: Moeraki (8 km), Oamaru (46 km), Dunedin (66 km).

What will be provided

  • Campsite for your campervan, caravan or motorhome.
  • DOC camp host identification, high viz vest, uniform, etc.
  • Eftpos machine for taking payment.
  • Cleaning equipment, gloves, paper overalls etc.

How to apply

Complete the online application form.

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.


Tom Waterhouse, Ranger Operations, Oamaru
Mobile: +64 27 702 6343

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