October 2017 - April 2018: Volunteer to raise awareness of appropriate wildlife viewing behaviour and conservation among Otago Peninsulas’ Sandfly Bay visitors.

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Casual evenings (approximately 5 pm to 10 pm) from mid-October to mid-April. Volunteers must commit to at least one month during this period. 

Carpools can be arranged between volunteers however your own transport is preferable. 


Volunteers will talk to Sandfly Bay visitors about yellow eyed penguin/hoiho and the New Zealand sea lion/rāpoka/whakahao and explain how to behave appropriately around them.

Volunteers may at times need to politely intervene if inappropriate behaviours are encountered.

At the end of each shift volunteers report back to a DOC ranger. 

What to expect

Weather: Volunteers will at times experience cold windy weather conditions.

Fitness/skills required: There is a significant amount of walking involved. Suitable for people with a moderate level of fitness and good mobility. Access to the bay is via a steep sand dune.


Sandfly Bay, Otago Peninsula

What's provided 

  • An introductory pre-season training session
  • Species information and updates
  • Safety and wildlife viewing equipment
  • An end of season debrief 
  • $10 petrol voucher will be provided to those driving.

What to bring

  • Warm clothing 
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Wind and waterproof clothing layers
  • Sturdy footwear
  • A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.  
  • Drinking water
  • Snack food

How to apply

Register to volunteer by completing the online application form.

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