Mid-October 2024 to mid-April 2025: Help protect the wildlife at Sandfly Bay by teaching visitors about it.

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Project number: 5
Location: Otago Peninsula, Dunedin


Late afternoon until early evening. Volunteers must be able to commit to several nights a month.

Mid-October 2024 to mid-April 2025.


Sandfly Bay is one of the Otago Peninsula’s most popular destinations, featuring yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho, sea lions/pakake and other wildlife.

Volunteers will educate visitors about the penguins and how to behave around wildlife.

What to expect

Fitness/skill level

Medium fitness level. Beach access is via a steep sand dune.


This is not provided.


Volunteers will need to make their own way to Sandfly Bay each evening, which is a 20-minute drive from Dunedin.

Contribution towards food and transport

There is no charge for this activity. However, volunteers will need to provide their own transport or we may be able to arrange transport with other volunteers.

How to apply

Apply using the online application form or contact the DOC Dunedin Visitor Centre, mobile: +64 27 408 3353. 

Training will be provided.

Safety checks

Everyone who applies for this position is subject to a DOC safety check and Ministry of Justice criminal record check. Information about these checks will be provided after you apply.

What happens after you apply

  1. All applications will be shortlisted by matching to role availability.
  2. We’ll send the shortlisted applicants the safety check form for you to complete.
  3. We’ll contact you about an interview time – the interview will be with a DOC staff member and it’s also an opportunity for you to ask questions about the role.
  4. We’ll talk to your referees.
  5. We’ll request a Ministry of Justice criminal record check – this takes around three days.
  6. DOC staff will assess all the material provided and decide on suitability.
  7. Once approved we will work with you to find dates that suit you and complete your induction.


Dunedin Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 474 3300
Address 50 The Octagon
Hours See visitor centre hours
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