Ongoing/dates vary: There are a small number of opportunities for volunteers to help with weeding.


Applications are full for 2019.

We are accepting expressions of interest for 2020. Dates will be confirmed when we start the selection process.

Auckland inner islands volunteer programmes cancelled

This volunteer activity has been cancelled to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Volunteer to help with weeding on Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island - one of New Zealand's oldest off-shore island sanctuaries.

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

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.

Dates: For the Spring 2020 season, register your expression of interest by email outlining your suitability.

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.

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.

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: For the remaining 2019 volunteer dates and the Spring 2020 season register your expression of interest by email outlining your suitability.

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



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