Introduction

Volunteers are rostered to check traplines in Omarupapako (Roundbush) Scenic Reserve and Himatangi Scientific Reserve on a monthly rotation. Opputunities for 2019 full.

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.

Tasks include:

  • 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.

Skills required:

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.

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.

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).

Contact

Email manawatuvolunteers@doc.govt.nz for more information.

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.

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