Applications are closed for 2022/23 Kapiti Island summer season volunteers.

We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers with a high level of fitness and an interest in conservation to assist on Kapiti Island this summer. You’ll have the opportunity to live and work there for a month, helping the DOC rangers with a wide variety of tasks.


You must be available for roughly one full month.

You’ll work two 10-day blocks in a 1 month period. You'll get a 4-day break in between to return to the mainland and restock supplies.

2022/23 dates

There are no volunteer vacancies for the current season. Applications will open for next season in July 2023.

If you wish to join the waiting list for the 2023/24 season, specify your available dates when you complete our application form.

What to expect

You'll work with rangers or other volunteers on general tasks to help with the upkeep of the visitor facilities, as well as protecting the unique biodiversity of the island.

Duties include working with traps, tracks, infrastructure, visitor assets and assisting with hihi/stitchbird management.

You'll be working 6–8 hour days and must be able to commit to the full month.

You must be over the age of 18.

Jobs you may be required to do include:

  • bird feeding, which involves carrying heavy loads uphill
  • maintenance of bird feeders and cleaning of equipment
  • toilet cleaning
  • domestic chores including cleaning, basic DIY, painting, and weeding
  • checking trap boxes
  • track maintenance
  • beach clean-ups
  • visitor surveys
  • bird counts
  • assist with other research and conservation projects.

Fitness required: A high level of fitness is required. The work is physical, repetitive and will require you to climb steep tracks, carrying up to 15 kg backpacks.

Skills required: Experience with tramping and bush navigation skills are an advantage. You must have the ability to work independently or within a group and be confident interacting with members of the public. Your skills will be matched to the tasks available where possible.

Transport and biosecurity: Boat transport to and from the island will be provided by DOC. You'll need to arrange and pay for your own transport to and from the Paraparaumu Beach departure point. Kapiti Island is a pest and predator-free nature reserve. There are strict biosecurity protocols in place. Details will be provided to all successful applicants at the planning stage of their trip.

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

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a bunkroom with others. The accommodation has shared facilities including:

  • a well-equipped kitchen
  • lounge/living area
  • shared bathroom
  • washing machine
  • electricity from renewable sources.

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 safety gear and all tools will be supplied.

Note: Due to biosecurity rules you must check and clean all gear vigilantly before packing. Do not bring any gaiters or tents with you. Pack all your gear in sealed containers or a backpack. No loose items or open food bags are permitted to land on Kapiti Island.

How to apply

Applications are closed for the 2022/23 season. 

Complete the online application form to join the waiting list for 2023/24

What happens next

Our volunteer programme often has 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
Address:   13b Wall Place
Porirua 5022
Postal Address:   PO Box 5086
Wellington 6140
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