Long tailed bat/pekapeka
Image: Grant Maslowski | ©


This opportunity is full for the year.


November 2024; 4 weeks, individuals or couples who wish to commit to the full four weeks are encouraged to apply. Locals can volunteer on a casual basis.


  • Catching using specialised bat traps
  • Tracking transmittered bats
  • Locating bat roosts
  • Bat handling and banding


The Whirinaki Te Pua a Tane Conservation Area covers 60,000 ha, it contains one of the most spectacular podocarp forests left in New Zealand as well as extensive beautiful beech forest in the higher altitudes.  

What to expect

Experience required: Bush navigation experience and some field work experience is preferable.  Small animal handling experience is desirable. Training will be provided.

Transport: Volunteers will need to arrange their own transport to and from the office/accommodation, however transport to the forest will be provided.

Accommodation: Basic accommodation is provided, volunteers will need to bring their own sleeping bag/ sheets and duvet. Food is provided.

Fitness level required: High level of fitness, capable of walking 4 to 6 hours per day with a heavy pack.

How to apply

For more information or to register your interest, contact:

Sarah Wills
DOC Murupara Office
Phone: +64 27 205 2160
Email: swills@doc.govt.nz

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