Introduction

Ongoing/dates vary: Located in Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington Harbour, Matiu/Somes Island Scientific and Historic Reserve is a tranquil retreat for wildlife and visitors.

The Department of Conservation offers volunteers a range of opportunities on Matiu/Somes Island:

A guided tour group on Matiu/Somes Island.
A guided tour group on Matiu/Somes Island

Karobusting

Description

The Karobuster groups of up to 10 people come to the island 5 weekends a year and work to remove Karo and other weeds. This a social group that enjoys their Saturday night BBQ on the island. You can come to as many or few of the weekends that suit you.

What to expect

Volunteers must be very fit and able to work on steep slippery terrain. Training and accommodation will be provided.

Transport to the island is by East by West ferry. Fares paid for by DOC.

What to bring

To find out what to bring see Gear list two

How to apply

To register your interest in Karobusting, contact:

Dave Cox
Email: dave08.cox@gmail.com

Summer volunteer

Our Summer volunteer positions for the 2016/17 season are now full.

If you are interested in volunteering during the 2017/18 summer please fill in the form below.

Description

From October to March each year we offer a volunteer the opportunity to assist DOC over the busy summer period. On the island you will be involved in many tasks, including welcoming of visitors to the island, undertaking biosecurity checks and helping out with our regular work program.

This is a Monday to Friday position working 8 hours a day. You must be able to commit to a one month minimum stay.

What to expect

Volunteer applicants must be fit, have an interest in natural and/or historic heritage, and be confident dealing with members of the public. No training is required. Accommodation and food will be provided.

Before applying: please consider how you will manage with the isolation of island living.

What to bring

To find out what to bring see Gear list three

How to apply

Register your interest by completing the application form

Volunteer rangers

Description

Each weekend and public holiday between Labour Weekend (October) and Easter, volunteer ranger services are provided by a team under the umbrella of the Eastbourne Forest Rangers group.

Two volunteer rangers will assist DOC staff with managing visitors to the island. Volunteer tasks include:

  • meeting the ferries and supervising the biosecurity checks on visitors' bags
  • briefing visitors on the rules, eg no smoking, location of toilets, staying on the tracks etc, and outlining the history and wildlife of the island.
  • between ferry arrivals and departures, the volunteer rangers roam the island, helping visitors and enhancing the enjoyment of their visit.
  • provision of guided tours for pre-booked groups.

What to expect

Fitness/skills required: Volunteers must be reasonably fit and should have an interest in natural and/or historic heritage. They must be confident dealing with members of the public.

Training will be provided and accommodation available if volunteers wish to stay overnight. Transport to the island is by East by West ferry. Fares paid for by DOC.

What to bring

To find out what to bring see Gear list two

How to apply

To register your interest contact:

Eastborne Forest Rangers volunteers
Email: matiuguiding@gmail.com

Tree releasing

Our tree releasing positions are currently full. If you are interested in being contacted when an area becomes free, fill in the form below.

Description

Volunteers are invited to take on a small area of the island and care for special trees and other plants in that area. This is a long term commitment requiring 2 or 3 day trips to the island each year at times that suit the volunteer.

What to expect

Fitness/skills required: Volunteers must be fit and able to work on rough terrain in the bush. Some plant identification skills are required.

Training and accommodation will be provided. Transport to the island is by the East by West ferry service. Fares paid for by volunteer.

What to bring

To find out what to bring see Gear list two

How to apply

Register your interest by completing the application form

Lending a hand

Description

Volunteers can get a group of 2 to 15 people together and book a day to volunteer on the island. The work usually involves track maintenance, weeding, painting and beach cleaning, but could be just about anything!

The dates and duration are flexible to suit the group - from 2 hours to a whole weekend of lending a hand. The only requirement is enthusiasm!

What to expect

Training will be provided, and accommodation is available for booking (discounts may apply). Transport to the island is by East by West ferry (fares paid for by volunteer).

What to bring

To find out what to bring see Gear list one

How to apply

Register your interest by completing the application form

Contact

If there is a contact person listed under the projects above, contact them directly.

For other general enquiries about volunteering with DOC on Matiu/Somes Island, contact:

Matiu rangers
Ph: +64 6 568 6555
Email: matiusomes@doc.govt.nz

Matiu/Somes Island Ferry website

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