Volunteers help with many different conservation tasks such as bird counts, historic building restoration, habitat restoration, hut maintenance, weed control, whale strandings, tree planting, and giving talks.
Ongoing/dates vary: Get involved in the Project Island Song's restoration project on Urupukapuka and Moturua islands in the eastern Bay of Islands.
Join a DOC ranger for a day and help to preserve our beautiful natural environment and carry out conservation work.
Third Wednesday of the month: Spend the day with a DOC ranger, working on a variety of projects including weed control, planting and habitat manipulation.
December - January: Applications are open for the 2018/19 season.
December 2018 – March 2019: Expressions of interest are invited for camp hosts who can help to look after campers and the campsite.
July 2018: Applications are invited for volunteers to assist with maintenance. This programme is suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Gold residential placements.
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.
Applications are invited for skilled volunteers to work on maintenance on Motuihe island.
Applications are invited for skilled volunteers to work on maintenance on Motutapu Island.
October 2018 – March 2019 for stints of 2–4 weeks: monitor shore plover/tūturuatu breeding success.
Year-round: Volunteers are needed to help maintain the pest-free wildlife sanctuary on Tiritiri Matangi Island. Preference is given to New Zealand residents and to those who can volunteer two or more times in a year. Volunteers should be 18+.
Every Friday (excluding public holidays) DOC Coromandel’s weekly volunteer activities are aimed at providing the opportunity for New Zealanders and our visitors to get involved in DOC’s work.
August - March each year: Become a dotterel minder on your local beach during the dotterel breeding season.
December 2018 – April 2019: Become a camp host at Fantail Bay, an idyllic campground located on the west coast of the Northern Coromandel. A small, bush clad valley slopes down to the rocky beach, sheltered under pōhutukawa and pururi.
December 2018 – April 2019: Become a camp volunteer at Fletcher Bay, one of the beautiful campgrounds located on the west coast of the Northern Coromandel. Surrounded by farmland and hills with views to Aotea – Great Barrier Island.
December 2018 – April 2019: Become a camp volunteer at Port Jackson, a beautiful, busy campground located on the west coast of the Northern Coromandel. The long sandy shores of Port Jackson Bay with Cape Colville (Wharekaiatua) to the north and Kaiiti Point to the south.
December 2018 – April 2019: Become a camp volunteer at Stony Bay, one of the beautiful campgrounds located on the east coast of the Northern Coromandel. Surrounded by bush clad hills with views to Aotea - Great Barrier Island in front and Moehau mountain behind.
December 2018 – April 2019: Become a camp volunteer at Waikawau Bay, one of the beautiful campgrounds located on the east coast of the Northern Coromandel. Beside a beautiful undeveloped beach and home to DOC’s largest campground.
1 November 2017 - 28 February 2018: This is an opportunity to assist a master's student who needs assistance with her research into Pureora short-tailed bats while she completes a project for DOC.
Ongoing for 12 month period: Adopt a track in Rotorua, Tauranga or Western Bay to look after for 12 months.
2018 dates Come along to help DOC rangers and community groups enhance local gems in Rotorua.
Come along to help DOC rangers and community groups enhance local gems in Tauranga.
Ongoing/dates vary: Help look after the hut and provide a welcoming environment for trampers. We have occasional vacancies for this role which is based in the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park.
Get involved with community projects making a difference in Tairawhiti/Gisborne.
September - April each year : A range of biodiversity monitoring projects in Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park provide excellent opportunities for volunteers to gain new skills working alongside experienced staff.
Take your learning to the next level through hands-on experience with one of New Zealand’s endangered species: whio.
Ongoing/dates vary: Volunteer hut wardens are required to help out during summer and holiday weekends at various huts in Egmont National Park.
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.
Ongoing: Community groups help us maintain many of the huts in Ruahine Forest Park. Find out what work needs to be done and how you can get involved.
Ongoing/dates vary: The Whanganui area requires volunteers year round to assist with an array of conservation and recreation projects.
1 October - 31 May: Help check and maintain traps in Boundary Stream Mainland Island.
Find out about research relating to Boundary Stream Mainland Island
October - April: Volunteer as a hut warden at Te Puia Hut in Kaweka Forest Park.
Ongoing/dates vary: Help restore the forest and wildlife in Tararua Forest Park with Project Kākā.
Ongoing/dates vary: Find out about volunteer opportunities at Pukaha Mount Bruce.
October - April: Volunteers are needed during peak times at several different huts in the Tararua Forest Park.
September - February each year Volunteer hosts are needed at Corner Creek, Waiohine Gorge, Putangirua Pinnacles, and Kiriwhakapapa campsites.
We are seeking skilled volunteers that have a high level of fitness and a keen interest in birds, to assist the DOC Hihi ranger on daily sugar feeding rounds. Opportunities for the 2018/19 season are full.
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.
Between September and May you can get a group together and take a day-trip to volunteer on Kapiti Island. Opportunities for the 2018/19 season are full.
This programme provides a chance to work with some of New Zealand’s rarest and endemic threatened flora and fauna in a spectacular environment.
Applications for the 2018/19 season are now open!
First Monday of every month: Get together once a month to help nurture and raise native plants.
October to May: Work with DOC rangers as part of the Biodiversity team at Nelson Lakes.
Applications are now open for the 2018/19 season!
This volunteer opportunity is now full for the 2017/18 season.
Applications for the 2018/19 season are closed.
November 2018 to March 2019: Volunteer as a campsite hosts for short or long-term positions.
November 2018 to April 2019: Volunteer as a warden at Nydia Lodge for a 2-3 week period.
October to April: Volunteer as a campsite host for 1-4 weeks or longer over the busy summer period.
Every second Tuesday: Buller conservation volunteers meet every two weeks, year round, to work on a variety of interesting conservation projects.
Mid-November 2017 - April 2018: Volunteer for two weeks or more at Ottos/Macdonalds Campsite over the summer period.
Our Haast kiwi team are looking for two volunteer interns to assist them with the 2016/17 field season.
4 December 2017 - 6 April 2018: Volunteer as a campsite host and enjoy the beautiful nīkau forest at this campsite on the Kohaihai River mouth.
Volunteer for 1-2 weeks at Welcome Flat Hut in South Westland. Enjoy the prolific bird life, towering mountains and natural hot pools nearby.
October - April: Volunteer as a camp host at a South Canterbury campsite for one week or more over the summer.
Now recruiting volunteer hut wardens for Summer 2018/19. Spend a week or more volunteering at the Woolshed Creek or Pinnacles huts on the Mt Somers Track.
November - April: Experience the Southern Alps and meet new people.
October 2018 - May 2019: Help monitor and protect critically endangered parakeets during their nesting season.
Ongoing: We are looking for adventurous people to register for Dunedin’s War on Weeds.
October - April: Volunteer as a camp host at Glencoe or Trotters Gorge campsite for one week or more over the summer.
Ongoing: Volunteer to protect and restore native vegetation along the Orokonui estuary in Waitati.
Join the War on Weeds crew as a member or even a team leader. Here you can find out more information on the activities, time commitment, key tasks and more.
October 2018 - April 2019: Help protect the wildlife at Sandfly Bay by teaching visitors about it.
Ongoing: We are looking for adventurous and creative people to sign up and join the Dunedin Trail Crew.
Find out how to apply, what to expect, and view acceptance and cancellation details for Otago volunteer activities.
If you want to help protect the inhabitants that make Dunedin the Wildlife Capital, then register your interest to be a Wildlife Response kaitiaki now!
Find out how to apply, what to expect, and view acceptance and cancellation details for Fiordland volunteer activities.
Find out how to apply, what to expect, and view acceptance and cancellation details for Southland volunteer activities.
Selected volunteers have the opportunity to live and work on Kapiti Island over the busy summer season. You interact with the public on behalf of DOC and assist DOC staff with daily tasks. Opportunities for the 2018/19 season are full.
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