Ongoing/dates vary: There are a small number of opportunities for skilled volunteers to help with a variety of tasks including weeding and general maintenance.


The 2017 backcountry weeding programme is now full. You can register your expression of interest by email for the 2018 season. 

Expressions of interest for general maintenance volunteers are taken throughout the year.

Volunteer on Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island - one of New Zealand's oldest off-shore island sanctuaries. You'll be helping with a variety of tasks including weed control and general maintenance. 

It is home to many of our endangered wildlife species and over 400 plant species, and you should have time to explore some of the island in your downtime.

Backcountry weeding

Weeding on Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island.
Weeding on Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island

Join the DOC weed team for the spring weeding season. Teams of up to four volunteers help with grid searching for the weed climbing asparagus, found in small numbers on the island.

The work is off-track in very steep, thick, bushy terrain, and can be very monotonous.

Fitness required: You must be extremely fit, and have good agility and stamina.

Experience and skills required: You also need to be comfortable moving over steep and crumbly terrain all day and able to concentrate on weed spotting at the same time. Experience in previous grid search weeding (or similar) and working in challenging terrain is preferred.

General maintenance

Bunkhouse where you will stay as a volunteer.
Bunkhouse where you will stay as a volunteer, Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island

From time to time, island rangers need help with general maintenance tasks such as trench digging, painting, track clearing and building tasks. To participate in this volunteer project, write an expression of interest, including a little about your background experience and listing your skills.

Dates: At the island ranger's request. Expressions of interest for General Maintenance volunteers are taken throughout the year. Register your interest and dates will be advised when available. 

Experience required: Varies. Include details of any relevant training certificates in your expression of interest.

What to expect

Accommodation: All volunteers will stay in the well equipped bunkhouse on the island.

Transport: Your travel to and from the island witll be on board the DOC service vessel.

Fitness/skills required: To volunteer on Little Barrier, you need a high to extremely high fitness level due to the rugged nature of the terrain. You also need skills relevant to the specific monitoring or maintenance programmes.

Time commitment: Note that you need to make a 17–18 day commitment. This includes a biosecurity check the day before departure for the island and up to three days of boat travel to/from the island.

What to bring

Food: Volunteers need to supply their own food. You may choose to have shared evening meals.

A full equipment list and information pack will be issued prior to the commencement of the programme.

How to apply

Backcountry weeding: Register your expression of interest by email for the spring 2018 weed season. 

General maintenance: Register your interest by email anytime.

Check in the project descriptions above if you need to include any specific details or information.

Two or three volunteer weekends on Little Barrier are also organised by the Little Barrier Island (Hauturu) Supporters' Trust.



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