Volunteer opportunities are full for the current season.

We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers that have a high level of fitness and a keen interest in birds to assist the DOC ranger with duties around trapping, tracking, visitor assets and the hihi and titi projects.

What to expect

Duties include working with traps, tracks, infrastructure, visitor assets and assisting in the hihi (stitchbird) and titi (sooty shearwater) projects.

You must be over the age of 18.

You will be required to work 10 day blocks with 4 days off between blocks. You'll be working ~6 hour days and must be able to commit to a full month.

Task description

You will be supporting the Hihi ranger and the Kapiti Island ranger. The tasks with the Hihi ranger will include assisting supplementary sugar feeding runs, surveys, maintenance of sugar feeders and cleaning of equipment. You will also be asked to work with other volunteers on general tasks and projects supporting the Kapiti Island ranger. These tasks can include any of the following; checking trap boxes, track maintenence, painting, beach patrols, assisting on the tītī/sooty shearwater project, visitor surveys, weeding.

Fitness required: Moderate to high level of fitness. The work is repetitive and requires the volunteer to climb steep tracks, carrying up to 20 kg backpacks. 

Skills required: Volunteers must be confident interacting with members of the public, and have the ability to work independently or within a group.

Transport and biosecurity: Transport is to be arranged by the volunteer at the volunteer's expense, using one of the commercial operators. As Kapiti Island is a nature reserve there are strict biosecurity protocols in place. Details will be provided to all successful volunteer applicants at the planning stage of their trip. 

Training: Any necessary training will be provided, if you have specific skills please list them in your application.

Accommodation: If your volunteering involves an overnight stay, we'll provide a bunkroom in a shared volunteer accommodation with a well equipped kitchen.

Dates available - 2018/19 summer season

Month long stints (2 x 10 day blocks) available in:

  • Period 1: 14 – 23 January and 28 January – 6 February (FULL)
  • Period 2: 11 – 20 February, 25 February – 6 March (FULL)
  • Period 3: 11 – 20 March, 25 March to 3 April (FULL)
  • Period 4: 8 – 17 April and 22 – 1 May (FULL)
  • Period 5: 6 – 15 May and 20 – 29 May (FULL)

What to bring

Food: Volunteers are to provide their own food. No food supplies are available on the island. Pack all food in rodent and insect proof sealed containers.

Gear: Find out what to bring. A full gear list will be provided when your volunteering opportunity is confirmed. Any personal protective equipment and all tools will be supplied.

Note: Please make sure all gear is packed in sealed containers or a backpack, no loose items or open food bags are permitted to land on Kapiti Island.

Due to biosecurity do not bring any gaiters or tents with you and check/clean all gear vigilantly before packing.

How to apply

To register your interest in any of these activities fill in the online application form.

What happens next?

Our volunteer programmes often have many more applications than positions available. You will be contacted within three weeks of your application if there is a position available for you. If you have not had a reply by then, unfortunately this means your application has not been successful.


Kapiti Wellington Office
Phone:   +64 4 470 8412
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   13b Wall Place
Porirua 5022
Postal Address:   PO Box 5086
Wellington 6140
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