Kayaks on Tonga Quarry beach
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Introduction

13 December 2017 - 14 February 2018: An opportunity to be a camp host in the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park.

Highlights

Blessed with a mild climate, golden beaches and lush coastal native bush, the Abel Tasman Coast Track has it all.

If you enjoy the beach, come volunteer as a camp host this summer based at the Onetahuti campsite, Abel Tasman Coast Track in the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park.

Dates

The roaster runs from the 13 December 2017 through to 14 February 2018. Volunteers are required for 8 days (7 nights) on site, starting and finishing on a Wednesday.

Description

The Onetahuti and Tonga Quarry campsites are located between Bark Bay and Awaroa Huts on the Abel Tasman Coast Track, a Great Walk within Abel Tasman National Park. This Great Walk is one of the more popular in the South Island and draws large visitor numbers in summer.

DOC resident hut wardens are situated at Anchorage, Bark Bay, Awaroa and Whariwharangi Huts in the summer season and to a lesser extend during winter.

Having a constant presence, such as a volunteer camp host at Onetahuti and Tonga Quarry campsites over the busy summer period will aid DOC staff greatly.

Volunteer camp hosts can act as eyes and ears for staff, check campsite bookings as well as relieve the pressure from the resident hut wardens by maintaining the campsites, cleaning the campsite facilities, collecting rubbish, and supplying information to visitors among other tasks.

This opportunity is suitable for an individual, a couple or two friends. Please note DOC can only supply a food allowance for one camp host though.

Tasks

The main role of a camp host is to help visitors enjoy their stay in the right way. Your tasks will include:

  • Providing a weather forecast and general information to visitors
  • Checking campsite bookings
  • Advising visitors of regulations (no take) in the Tonga Island Marine Reserve
  • Maintaining the facilities at Onetahuti and Tonga Quarry campsites
  • Rubbish collection in and around the campsites
  • Some minor track maintenance – clearing drains and culverts
  • General campsite maintenance and some weeding
  • Radio schedules with the Nelson Visitor Centre

Location

Onetahuti campsite is situated on the Abel Tasman Coast Track, a 'Great Walk' in Abel Tasman National Park in the top of the South Island. The nearest settlements are Marahau in Tasman and Takaka in Golden Bay. Onetahuti campsite is 38.7 km along the track from Marahau, and 14.2 km along the track from Totaranui campground. From Totaranui campground it is a further 32 km by road to Takaka.

The camp host role is based at Onetahuti campsite and will also service Tonga Quarry campsite which is approximately a 15 minute walk from Onetahuti. The camp host may also be asked to assist the resident hut warden in Bark Bay which is a 2 hour (6.4 km) walk on the high tide track from Onetahuti.

Weather

The climate is mild with sea breezes, summer droughts and some winter frosts. Rainfall averages 1800 mm and the sun shines around 2,200 hours per year. During late spring and throughout summer the coast is subject to strong westerly winds, while the autumn and winter months are generally calm. Temperatures in December average around 21 C down to 12 C and in January average 23 C down to 12 C.

What to expect

Accommodation: Volunteers will need to arrange accommodation before and after their camp host stay in the park. On site DOC will supply a small family sized tent situated at Onetahuti Campsite.

Food: A food allowance of $20 per day will be provided. Volunteers are asked to purchase their own food for their stay on site and provide a GST receipt (a supermarket receipt) is fine for this food. DOC can then reimburse food costs up to $20 per day while in the field.

There is a fridge/freezer at the DOC staff base in Marahau where the camp host can store some of their fresh food, staff can then do a 'food run' for the camp host during their stay in the field.

Transport: Volunteers will need to arrange their own transport to and from Marahau. DOC staff will transport the volunteer and their gear on site and return via boat.

Fitness level required: Low (easily walk up to two hours over flat ground) to medium (comfortably walk with 5 kg pack up to four hours over uneven ground).

Camp hosts will need to be fit enough to be able to carry out maintenance work described above and possibly walk over to Bark Bay to assist the warden there. Onetahuti to Bark Bay (high tide track 2 hours, 6.4 km, low tide track 1 hours 45 mins 4.6 km) The high tide track climbs steeply to a saddle.

Skills required:

  • Fit and healthy
  • Have a practical outlook and able to work alone
  • Mature, sensible, and have a good attitude
  • Able to relate to a range of people in a friendly manner
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Conversant in English
  • Money handling skills an advantage
  • Knowledge of the Abel Tasman Coast Track and surrounds an advantage
  • Compliance with DOC Health and Safety Policy
  • First aid certificate required
  • Hepatitis A and B vaccinations advisable

Walking tramping tracks: The Abel Tasman Coast Track is well marked and signposted, but some sections may be steep and rough and the track can get muddy.

Wasps: Wasps are common in the park as well as sand flies. If you are allergic to these insects consider whether this role is suitable for you.

Safety procedures: Approved volunteers must comply with the DOC health and safety policy and arrive prepared with appropriate amounts of food, clothing, and camping equipment.

What to bring

Volunteers to supply as a minimum:

  • Sleeping bag/ pillow
  • Cooking equipment – pots, pans, plates, cup, cutlery
  • Food
  • Good quality wet weather gear
  • Warm clothing
  • Sun protection – hat, long sleeved light shirt
  • Walking shoes/boots and shoes for around camp
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medication/toiletries
  • Torch
  • Water purification tablets or water purification system if preferred to boiling water
  • A day bag could be handy for tramps to Tonga Quarry etc.

What will be provided for you

Training

Volunteers will receive a full induction before the start of their camp host stint in the field. The induction will be held at the DOC Motueka Office. It will cover how to carry out the duties assigned to them, a health and safety briefing, how to use a radio etc.

Volunteers will need to be available to attend a group induction. There will be an induction in early December for camp hosts booked in over the December and early January period. There will be another group induction in mid January for camp hosts booked in over mid January and February.

Equipment

Volunteers will be issued with:

  • Small family sized tent on site
  • Two mattresses/camp beds
  • Foldable table and camp chairs
  • Gas cooker and some cooking gear.
  • Solar shower
  • Chilly bin/food cooler
  • High-vis vest
  • ID card
  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen and hand sanitizer
  • Overalls, leather gloves, rubber gloves

How to apply

To apply fill in the online application form, remember to check on the form if the dates you want are still available, if they are not showing they will be filled.  

For more information contact:

Sally Leggett
Nelson Office
Phone: +64 27 203 5235
Email: sleggett@doc.govt.nz

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