Becoming a campground host
Campground hosts are the key to the success of SA’s Campground Host Program; engaged by Department for Environment and Water (DEW) in a public relations role, they are the link between DEW rangers and campers. They are the ‘public face’ of national park camping in SA and are often the first point of contact for visitors to the park.
Based in national park campgrounds, hosts stay for agreed periods to help rangers and campers. With additional training, hosts are can stay in remote area campgrounds for up to a few months at a time.
Good hosts generally share a few attributes:
- good communication skills
- calm disposition
- ability to relate to and appreciate people
- a willingness to learn about the local environment
- a liking for national parks and reserves
- a willingness to talk to and provide information to visitors
- prepared to work with minimum supervision
- a commitment to stay with the program.
Duties usually include:
- welcoming visitors
- sharing information about campsite facilities and attractions
- sharing information about local flora, fauna, natural and cultural attractions
- regularly check facilities and ensure the campground is tidy
- liaise with park rangers regarding site conditions, facilities and any issues.
Some parks require a caretaker host, these are like a campground host but have more responsibility to support staff to achieve positive outcomes in the maintenance of parks and heritage assets. Caretaker hosts can stay in the park for up to six months. In addition to the duties listed above, caretaker hosts undertake:
- general maintenance of the park
- flora and fauna surveys and monitoring
- weed eradication.
Remote area hosts and caretaker hosts should be reasonably self-sufficient when it comes to maintaining and repairing equipment and can cope with isolation and demanding climatic extremes for extended periods.
Interested? Complete the application form to register your interest.