ANYONE willing to give up six months of their time and work for free to manage the beautiful Noah Beach campsite is being encouraged to apply for a volunteer caretaker position.
Just 50m from the beach and underneath the forest canopy, the site is a popular spot for tourists looking to explore the Daintree.
The successful applicants will camp for free at the site from the end of May to November in return for being responsible for the general maintenance of the facilities and keeping the campground looking good.
National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said the Friends of Parks initiative was aimed at enhancing volunteering in national parks across Queensland.
‘‘The Friends of Parks initiative is an LNP election commitment designed to boost and improve volunteering in Queenslands parks and forests, helping the thousands of not-for-profit community groups, recreation and environmental bodies who have been involved in different programs across the state in formal ways for many decades,’’ he said.
‘‘The seasonal camping host project has worked well in remote and island national parks in other parts of Queensland for some years.
‘‘These caretakers are able to assist our rangers with everyday maintenance tasks, freeing them up for other work.
‘‘We are looking for volunteers who like the outdoors, enjoy meeting people from around the globe, and are interested in the environment.
‘‘Rangers will continue with their vital management and maintenance jobs, while camping hosts simply join them in helping park visitors enjoy their stay.’’
If successful, the program could be extended to national parks in other parts of the region.
While the work is unpaid, National Parks will provide an onsite induction and a suitable site for the volunteers’ tent, trailer or van. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.