Ruahine Forest Park hut warden
Weekends and public holidays during peak season (Labour weekend – April).
Hut wardens help ensure visitors to our serviced backcountry huts enjoy their stay in the right way.
- provide information to visitors
- hut pass/ticket compliance and recording
- cleaning and minor hut maintenance
- visitor satisfaction surveys.
What to expect
You need to be a reasonably fit and experienced tramper with a practical outlook, able to carry out hut wardening duties on your own and be familiar with the outdoor environment and ideally the Ruahine Forest Park area.
Fitness, skills and experience required:
- current New Zealand first aid certificate
- background check (police vetting)
- fit and healthy (able to carry own personal gear and tramp up to 4 hours)
- New Zealand backcountry experience
- fluent in English
- comfortable relating to range of people in a friendly manner.
Orientation: Volunteers who are accepted will be required to attend an orientation briefing prior to the work starting.
Accommodation: Sunrise Hut has separate warden's quarters (a key is required). Rangiwahia Hut does not have separate warden's quarters, so there is only space for one warden at a time at Rangiwahia. However, two people may warden together at Sunrise Hut if desired.
Safety procedures: Approved volunteers must comply with the Department of Conservation Health and Safety Policy and arrive prepared with appropriate amounts of food and warm/water proof clothing and sturdy walking boots. A mobile phone must be carried by the volunteer as a key source of communication.
Food and clothing: Hut wardens need to provide their own food, pack, personal gear/clothing and sleeping bag.
What will be provided for you:
- free accommodation in the huts
- a hut warden kit and DOC volunteer identification
- petrol vouchers to help cover transport costs.
Transport: Hut wardens need to find their own way to and from the appropriate Park entrance.
How to apply
If you are interested in volunteering as a Ruahine Forest Park hut warden, complete the online application form.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Coastal reserve pest control roster
We have a team of volunteers working to control pests at three important coastal forest remnants. Kill traps are the best method for controlling mustelids such as stoats and weasels, but they require regular monitoring.
The roster is currently full, with a waiting list.
There may be opportunities to join the roster later in the year. Fill in this application form if you would like to put your name on the waiting list.
What to expect
Volunteers are rostered to check traplines in Omarupapako (Roundbush) Scenic Reserve and Himatangi Scientific Reserve on a monthly rotation.
- locate, check, clear, rebait and reset DOC 200 and DOC 250 kill traps
- data collection.
Duration of work: Checks are made one day per month on an on-going basis.
Fitness level: Medium - must be capable of walking with a pack for 4–8 hours.
Field work experience is required. The following skills and experience would be beneficial but on-site training will be provided.
- trapping and baiting
- bush navigation
- pest identification
- data recording.
What to bring: Sturdy footwear, day pack, lunch and plenty to drink.
Health and safety
A full health and safety briefing will be given to volunteers, but the key hazards associated with this project are:
- rough terrain
- pollen from flowering trees/shubs
- injuries and/or infection from traps.
What DOC will provide:
- transport – either petrol vouchers for use of your own vehicle or a DOC vehicle (conditions apply)
- on-site training
- field equipment (bait, trap tools, map, GPS, notebook, PPE and first aid equipment).
Future volunteer activities
If you're interested in volunteering in the Manawatu region but there are currently no activities listed that are suitable for you, fill in this registration of interest form.
DOC will use the information you provide to identify future volunteer activities that match your skills, experience, availability and preferred location.
For further information contact:
Phone: +64 6 350 9700