Introduction

Ongoing/dates vary: Find out about volunteer opportunities at Pukaha Mount Bruce.

Pukaha Mount Bruce, a 942 ha reserve in the Wairarapa, is a joint project between the Pukaha Mount Bruce Board, Rangitaane O Wairarapa and the Department of Conservation.

Find out about the three volunteer programmes happening at the Pukaha/Mount Bruce Scenic Reserve and the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre.

Captive management

The Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre is seeking volunteers to help maintain the nature reserve and other facilities.

Tasks

The work is mainly practical and field based. All the projects have conservation values and often could not be completed without the assistance of volunteers.

Ongoing maintenance of visitor sites, tracks and accommodation

  • Weeding
  • Planting
  • Pest trapping
  • Observing and monitoring captive and wild birds
  • Other work may include kiwi and kokako tracking, and track marking

Dates

Minimum of four weeks. Long term opportunities of 3 - 9 months are possible.

What to expect

Volunteers must be able to enjoy the outdoors in any weather, and be interested in NZ's wildlife.

Fitness level required: High level of fitness required, and you must be happy and willing to undertake sometimes laborious jobs like aviary maintenance and predator control in steep country.

Skills and experience required: Good observational skills and the ability to accurately record information. Good English speaking ability, and able to work independently, as well as part of a team.

Experience in conservation programmes and captive animal husbandry desirable.

Accommodation: On site accommodation is available in return for the voluntary hours you work during your stay. You will be expected to do your share of cleaning and tidying the house and surrounding area.

Pest control

The lowland podocarp/broadleaf forest has wild kaka, North Island brown kiwi and kokako. The flora and fauna are protected using a network of traps and bait stations spread throughout the reserve.

Tasks

Check and re-bait traps and bait stations to control rats, stoats, weasels and ferrets.

Dates

Year round

What to expect

Fitness level required: You must be comfortable carrying a day pack with appropriate clothing, safety equipment, and bait/lure. A reasonable level of health and fitness is required.

Skills and experience required:

  • Confidence to work alone within a forest environment
  • Basic navigation skills including map and compass work
  • Walk along forest tracks with a variable and uneven surface
  • Not squeamish
  • Able to record data with a high degree of accuracy

Training: Volunteers will be provided with the appropriate training and equipment required for the pest control at Pukaha Mount Bruce.

Telemetry

The forest has a population of approximately 40 north island brown kiwi. Wearing radio transmitters, the kiwi require ongoing monitoring and regular health checks.

Tasks

Volunteers will assist field staff to monitor the locations of these kiwi using telemetry equipment and have the chance to become involved in other Pukaha Mount Bruce volunteer projects.

Dates

Year round, weather permitting

What to expect

Fitness required: You need to be comfortable carrying a day pack with appropriate clothing and safety equipment. A reasonable level of health and fitness is required.

Skills and experience required:

  • Confidence to work alone within a forest environment
  • Basic navigation skills including compass work
  • Walk along forest tracks with a variable and uneven surface
  • Able to record data with a high degree of accuracy

Training: Volunteers will be provided with the appropriate training and equipment required for the pest control at Pukaha Mount Bruce.

Location

Pukaha Mount Bruce is approximately 20 minutes drive north of Masterton on SH2

Contact

For any enquiries, please contact the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre.
Email: volunteer@pukaha.org.nz

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