The Parks and Wildlife Service is looking for pairs of volunteers to play host on Schouten Island between December and May.
Participants in the annual Schouten Island Volunteer Campground host program care for the island for 14 days.
Part of the Freycinet National Park, the island is approximately 6 kilometres by 7 kilometres and is accessed by a half hour boat trip from Coles Bay.
The PWS describes Schouten Island as “bounded by a picturesque coastline of small sandy beaches and rocky granite bays. It is a popular stopover for fishermen and sea kayakers and many others who wish to explore its unique natural and historical features.”
Volunteers greet the island’s visitors, promote “leave no trace” principles and answer questions.
They also record visitor statistics and locations of weeds and do basic maintenance work on the island’s historic huts and walking tracks.
There are also campground host programs at Melaleuca in the far south-west and at Cockle Creek in the south.
People interested in finding out more about the Schouten Island program should contact Fiona Everts, ranger at Freycinet on 6256 7011 or 0457 758 232 or email Fiona.Everts@parks.tas.gov.au.
For information about the Melaleuca or Cockle Creek program contact Pip Gowen, PWS volunteer facilitator (South) on 0427 648 463 or email Phillippa.Gowen@parks.tas.gov.au.
See also: Parks and Wildlife Service