Campground hosts usually have a sense of adventure, enjoy the outdoors, and have good health and fitness levels. Hosts bring their own caravan or tent, staying on site for varying lengths of time.
Since it was launched in 1991, hundreds of people have taken part in DBCA's Parks and Wildlife Service’s campground host program, volunteering their time in campgrounds in national parks around the state. These people have spent time in some of Western Australia's most beautiful spots, met many fascinating people and formed memories that will last a lifetime.
The program is particularly popular among retirees. However, it is perfect for people who love camping and the great outdoors. In most cases, as a volunteer, you choose where you’d like to stay and for how long.
The Volunteers and Community Unit coordinates the program and, along with other Parks and Wildlife Service staff, provides the campground hosts with training and support before and during their stays. Parks and Wildlife Service staff are usually available face to face, or by radio.
When is hosting available?
Hosting is available for most of the year.
In particular, hosts are required during the summer period in the south-west, the dry season above the 26th parallel, and especially during peak tourist periods including school holidays.
Where do campground hosts operate?
The campground host program operates at about 53 sites throughout Western Australia. This includes a visitor centre and conservation reserves where hosts look after the homesteads and surrounding buildings.
What services do campground hosts offer?
Campground hosts are often the first point of contact for visitors to the park. Hosts welcome visitors and may allocate a campsite or provide information about local plants and animals. They also hand out and collect visitor survey forms, provide general information, and answer enquiries.
Campground hosts may also assist Parks and Wildlife staff with light maintenance tasks.
The campground host program benefits many people.
- Visitors to the parks benefit from the hospitality shown by the hosts whether they are camping or just passing through. Campground hosts often have a wealth of information and are on hand to answer visitor queries.
- Parks and Wildlife Service staff benefit from knowing that visitors to the park are in good hands.
- Hosts derive a great deal of pleasure from helping others enjoy their holiday. They meet new people and make new friendships with visitors and staff. Hosts also receive the physical and mental health benefits that can be gained from spending time in the natural environment.
Each November, hosts meet in Perth for a two-day forum. After registering, online induction training is provided. Fire awareness training is also offered in November each year.
For further information contact the Volunteer Coordination Unit on (08) 9219 8251 or email PWSVolunteers@dbca.wa.gov.au.