Year round (lower frequency of trap checking through winter)
If you are interested in participating in and contributing to conservation, come and be a part of Project Kākā. Help us restore the forest and its wildlife within 22,000 ha of Tararua Forest Park.
The project takes place at Donnelly Flat, located at the Holdsworth Road end, Mount Holdsworth Road, 20 km from Masterton.
- Checking and rebaiting stoat traps (DOC 200)
- Checking and rebaiting possum traps (Timms)
- Checking and rebaiting rat traps (Victor)
- Monitoring rats using tracking tunnels
- Monitoring possums using wax tags
- Bird monitoring
Note: Traps checked once a fortnight taking approx. 4 hours (spring/summer). Traps are checked once a month during winter.
What to expect
You need to be able to commit to ongoing control and/or monitoring.
Fitness required: Reasonable level of fitness
Experience required: Able to record data with a high degree of accuracy. This job is not for the squeamish - you should have experience, or want to gain experience, in trapping, bird monitoring amd pest monitoring.
Training: Volunteers will be provided with the appropriate training and equipment required for the pest control and monitoring at Donnelly Flat.
Trapping results summary
The DOC 200 traps were first set on 5 October 2010, Timms traps first set on 10 November 2010 and Victor traps were first set on 5 October 2011.
October 2010 – September 2011
|DOC 200 trap||54||7||8||2||7|
October 2011 – September 2012
|DOC 200 trap||66||5||15|
October 2012 – August 2013
|DOC 200 trap||46||18||18||2||1|
October 2013 – September 2014
|DOC 200 trap||42||3||4||1|
October 2014 – September 2015
|DOC 200 trap||78||2||20||2|
October 2015 – September 2016
|DOC 200 trap||52||4||5||1|
October 2016 – September 2017
|DOC 200 trap||39||12||7|
October 2017 – September 2018
|DOC 200 trap||63||4||11||3|
How to apply
Apply on the online registration form for individuals or download the group volunteer registration form (PDF, 47K) and send it to the address below.