Campground hosts are people who volunteer their time in national parks around the state to carry out a variety of roles associated with park and visitor management. They 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 the Department of Parks and Wildlife’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 department's Volunteers and Community Unit coordinates the program and, along with other Parks and Wildlife staff, provides the campground hosts with training and support before and during their stays.
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.
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, and may provide minor building maintenance.
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.
Parks and Wildlife staff are usually available face to face, or by radio. The department's Volunteers and Community Unit staff are also on hand to provide help and training when it is required.
Each November, the 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.