Introduction

Ongoing/dates vary: The Manawatu volunteer programme offers a small selection of projects for people looking to get involved with conservation work in their community.

Highlights

Volunteer activities in Manawatu include long-term projects, as well as one-off events such as annual planting days.

Current activities include Ruahine Forest Park volunteer hut wardens, and coastal reserve pest control roster.

Ruahine Forest Park hut warden

Volunteer at Sunrise and Rangiwahia huts during weekends and public holidays. Hut wardens help visitors enjoy their stay.

Dates

Weekends and public holidays during peak season (Labour weekend – April).

Tasks

Hut wardens help ensure visitors to our serviced backcountry huts enjoy their stay in the right way.

Tasks include:

  • Provide information to visitors
  • Hut pass/ticket compliance and recording
  • Cleaning and minor hut maintenance
  • Visitor satisfaction surveys

What to expect

You need to be a reasonably fit and experienced tramper with a practical outlook, able to carry out hut wardening duties on your own, and be familiar with the outdoor environment and ideally the Ruahine Forest Park area.

Fitness, skills and experience required:

  • Current New Zealand first aid certificate
  • Background check (police vetting)
  • Fit and healthy (able to carry own personal gear and tramp up to 4 hours)
  • New Zealand backcountry experience
  • Fluent in English
  • Comfortable relating to range of people in a friendly manner

Orientation: Volunteers who are accepted will be required to attend an orientation briefing prior to the work starting.

Accommodation: Sunrise Hut has separate warden's quarters (a key is required). Rangiwahia Hut does not have separate warden's quarters, so there is only space for one warden at a time at Rangiwahia. However, two people may warden together at Sunrise Hut if desired.

Safety procedures: Approved volunteers must comply with the Department of Conservation Health and Safety Policy, and arrive prepared with appropriate amounts of food and warm/water proof clothing and sturdy walking boots. A mobile phone must be carried by the volunteer as a key source of communication.

Food and clothing: Hut wardens need to provide their own food, pack, personal gear/clothing and sleeping bag.

View with Rangiwahia Hut in foreground.
Stunning views are one of the benefits of being a volunteer hut warden at Rangiwahia Hut
Photo: Stephen Robson ©

What will be provided for you:

  • Free accommodation in the huts
  • A hut warden kit and DOC volunteer identification
  • Petrol vouchers to help cover transport costs

Transport: Hut wardens need to find their own way to and from the appropriate Park entrance.

How to apply

If you are interested in volunteering as a Ruahine Forest Park hut warden, complete the online application form.

Contact

Email manawatuvolunteers@doc.govt.nz for more information.


Coastal reserve pest control roster

We have a team of volunteers working to control pests at three important coastal forest remnants. Kill traps are the best method for controlling mustelids such as stoats and weasels, but they require regular monitoring.

The roster is currently full, with a waiting list.

There may be opportunities to join the roster later in the year. Fill in this application form if you would like to put your name on the waiting list.

You can also download the application form (PDF, 95K) or (Word, 983K) and send to the address below.

What to expect

Volunteers are rostered to check traplines in Omarupapako (Roundbush) Scenic Reserve and Himatangi Scientific Reserve on a monthly rotation.

Tasks include:

  • Check, clear, rebait and reset DOC 200 and DOC 250 kill traps
  • Data collection

Duration of work: Checks are made one day per month on an on-going basis

Fitness level: Medium - must be capable of walking with a pack for 4–8 hours

Skills required:

Field work experience is required. The following skills and experience would be beneficial but on-site training will be provided.

  • Trapping and baiting
  • Bush navigation Pest identification
  • Data recording

What DOC will provide

  • Transport – either petrol vouchers for use of your own vehicle or a DOC vehicle (conditions apply)
  • On-site training
  • Field equipment (bait, trap tools, map, GPS, notebook)

Read the project description (PDF, 164K) to find out more.

Future volunteer activities

If you're interested in volunteering in the Manawatu region but there are currently no activities listed that are suitable for you, fill in this registration of interest form.

DOC will use the information you provide to identify future volunteer activities that match your skills, experience, availability and preferred location.

Alternatively, you can download the registration of interest form (PDF, 82K) or (Word, 994K) and send to the address below.

Contact

For further information contact:

Volunteer coordinator
Palmerston North Office
Phone: +64 6 350 9700 
Email: manawatuvolunteers@doc.govt.nz

Te Papaioea / Palmerston North Office
Phone:   +64 6 350 9700
Fax:   +64 6 350 9701
Email:   manawatu@doc.govt.nz
Address:   28 North Street
Palmerston North 4410
Postal Address:   Private Bag 11010
Palmerston North 4442
 
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