Introduction

This volunteer opportunity is now full for the coming season.

Highlights

This region is one of the most interesting in the country for trampers and naturalists with its impressive mountain and bush scenery, and remarkable botany and geology.

We have a roster that runs from December to February. We'd like to establish a network of volunteer hut wardens with a passion for the Mt Arthur Tableland, providing ongoing training and support for returning volunteers.

Dates

The roster runs from December 2017 through to February 2018, with an extra stint over Easter weekend in March 2018.

Volunteers are required for 5 - 8 nights at a time.

Description

Volunteers are able to design their own field trip out into the Mt Arthur Tableland, from a 5 day trip (minimum) or an extended stay (up to 8 nights). You'll be checking all the huts from Flora to Balloon Hut.

We also support the idea of a fellow tramper accompanying the hut warden if desired.

Tasks

The prime role of a hut warden is to help visitors enjoy their stay in the right way. Your tasks will include:

  • ensuring the hut, toilet and surrounds are clean and tidy
  • providing information
  • passing on maintenance requirements to DOC staff
  • checking hut tickets/passes
  • undertaking minor maintenance tasks.

Huts to be checked by the warden can include:

  • Mt Arthur Hut
  • Flora Hut
  • Upper Gridiron Hut
  • Salisbury Lodge
  • Balloon Hut
  • Gridiron Shelter
  • Growler Day Shelter
  • Dry Rock Shelter

Location

Mt Arthur Tableland is a distinctive area between the Cobb, Karamea and Baton Valleys to the north-west of the Motueka Valley, and covers an area of roughly 6,000 ha. The rolling tussock grassland and mixed beech forest offers a mixture of open grassland and beech forest.

Weather

Winter will see severe frosts and snow fall in the coldest months from June to August. In the summer, temperatures are milder but winter conditions can arrive unexpectedly. Rainfall is around 2500 mm per year and falls throughout the year.

What to expect

Accommodation: Salisbury staff hut sleeps 4 and contains a gas cooker, cooking utensils, heating and running water fed from a nearby stream. You will have to make your own arrangements for accommodation before and after your warden duties in the field.

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

Fitness level required: Fit and experienced back country tramper, capable of walking 4 to 6 hours per day with a heavy pack.

Skills required: You will need to have experience tramping in the New Zealand back country and staying in DOC huts. You will also need to have a good comprehension of English, enjoy relating to others and have a practical outlook. A knowledge of the Tableland area and Kahurangi National Park is an advantage, and a current first aid certificate is preferable.

Walking tramping tracks: Track categories include a mixture of short walks to walking, tramping and some routes. See Walking and tramping in Kahurangi National Park for more details.

Wasps: Wasps are a known hazard and are particularly common from December until April, mostly in beech forest environments.

Safety procedures: Approved volunteers must comply with DOC health and safety policy and arrive prepared with appropriate amounts of food and warm/ water proof clothing and sturdy tramping boots.

What to bring

You'll receive information about what to bring if your application is successful.

What will be provided for you

Training: Volunteer hut wardens will be taken through an induction before the start of the hut warden stint in the field. The induction will cover how to carry out the duties assigned to them, a health and safety briefing, how to use a radio etc. You will need to be available to attend a group induction which usually takes about 2 hours and is carried out at the DOC Motueka Office.

There will be one group induction in late November for wardens booked in for trips in December through to mid January. There will be another group induction in mid January for wardens booked in for trips in mid January through to the end of February.

Equipment

Volunteers will be issued with:

  • First aid kit
  • Handheld radio
  • Personal locator beacon
  • DOC volunteer ID badge
  • Hut warden manual and associated documents

How to apply

Contact:

Sally Leggett
Nelson Office
Phone: +64 027 203 5235
Email: sleggett@doc.govt.nz 

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