Selected volunteers have the opportunity to live and work on Kapiti Island over the busy summer season. You interact with the public on behalf of DOC and assist DOC staff with daily tasks. Opportunities for the 2018/19 season are full.

What to expect

We are looking for volunteers with enthusiasm and an interest in natural and/or historic heritage and recreation. You must be over the age of 18.

You'll be working 6-8 hour days and must be able to commit to a full week (a 6 day block, starting on Monday and ending on Saturday).

Fitness required: Moderate to high level of fitness, must be able to walk uphill across uneven terrain with a moderate (5 kg) day pack.

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

Must be able to cope with the isolation of living on an island (leaving the island is weather dependent).

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: We'll provide a bunkroom in a shared volunteer accommodation with a well equipped kitchen.


  • Track maintenance
  • Weeding pest plants
  • Beach cleanups
  • Cleaning
  • Historic Whare and other building maintenance
  • Gardening and housework
  • Painting
  • Administration and other office tasks
  • Hihi/stitchbird supplementary feeding preparation and cleaning

Occasionally other activities are available outside of these programmes.

There is very little species work available, but there are many opportunities to see the island's wildlife.

Dates available - 2018 summer season

Week long stints (1 x 6 day shift) available in:

  • No dates available

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: 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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