August - March each year
Minders play a key role in nesting and breeding success. They are the rangers 'eyes and ears' on the beaches and provide excellent volunteer support maintaining fences and making regular trips to the nesting sites.
Tasks can include:
- predator trapping
- monitoring nest sites
- reporting to the dotterel ranger
- being an advocate for the birds in smaller coastal settlements.
The New Zealand Dotterel Watch Programme manages New Zealand dotterel on the Coromandel Peninsula. It is a partnership between DOC and local volunteers. Minders are supported by the DOC dotterel ranger and overall New Zealand Dotterel Watch Programme management.
What to expect
Experience required: Dotterel minding requires people who have abundant enthusiasm, are available a couple of hours a day between August and March and live in coastal communities close to prime breeding habitat.
Fitness/skills required: Low fitness required.
Transport: Volunteers must supply their own transport. Minders usually look after New Zealand dotterel in their own back yards covering their local beaches, sandspits and dune systems.
How to apply
For further information about this volunteer activity contact:
Whitianga Field Base
Phone: +64 7 869 5633