Introduction

Ongoing/dates vary: Located in Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington Harbour, Matiu/Somes Island Scientific and Historic Reserve is a tranquil retreat for wildlife and visitors.

DOC offers volunteers a range of opportunities on Matiu/Somes Island:

Summer volunteer

Applications for the 2019/20 season are closed. If you are interested in volunteering during the 2020/2021 summer, fill in the form below. Applications close on 31 July 2020.

Description

From October to March each year we offer a volunteer the opportunity to assist DOC over the busy summer period. On the island you will be involved in many tasks, including welcoming of visitors to the island, undertaking biosecurity checks and helping out with our regular work program.

This is a Monday to Friday position working 8 hours a day. You must be able to commit to a one month minimum stay.

What to expect

Volunteer applicants must be fit, have an interest in natural and/or historic heritage, and be confident dealing with members of the public. No training is required. Accommodation and food will be provided.

Before applying: consider how you will manage with the isolation of island living.

What to bring

See Gear list three.

How to apply

Register your interest on the application form.

Volunteer rangers

Description

Each weekend and public holiday between Labour Weekend (October) and Easter, volunteer ranger services are provided by a team under the umbrella of the Eastbourne Forest Rangers group.

Two volunteer rangers will assist DOC staff with managing visitors to the island. Volunteer tasks include:

  • meeting the ferries and supervising the biosecurity checks on visitors' bags
  • briefing visitors on the rules, eg no smoking, location of toilets, staying on the tracks etc, and outlining the history and wildlife of the island.
  • between ferry arrivals and departures, the volunteer rangers roam the island, helping visitors and enhancing the enjoyment of their visit.
  • provision of guided tours for pre-booked groups.

What to expect

Fitness/skills required: Volunteers must be reasonably fit and should have an interest in natural and/or historic heritage. They must be confident dealing with members of the public.

Training will be provided and accommodation available if volunteers wish to stay overnight. Transport to the island is by East by West ferry. Fares paid for by DOC.

What to bring

See Gear list two.

How to apply

To register your interest contact:

Eastborne Forest Rangers volunteers
Email: matiuguiding@gmail.com

Tree releasing

Our tree releasing positions are currently full. If you are interested in being contacted when an area becomes free, fill in the form below.

Description

Volunteers are invited to take on a small area of the island and care for special trees and other plants in that area. This is a long term commitment requiring 2 or 3 day trips to the island each year at times that suit the volunteer.

What to expect

Fitness/skills required: Volunteers must be fit and able to work on rough terrain in the bush. Some plant identification skills are required.

Training and accommodation will be provided. Transport to the island is by the East by West ferry service. Fares paid for by volunteer.

What to bring

See Gear list two.

How to apply

Register your interest on the application form.

Lending a hand

Description

Get a group of 5 to 15 people together and book a day to volunteer on the island. The work usually involves maintaining tracks, gardens or the houses (scraping/sanding/painting), but could be just about anything!

We have 4 volunteering slots per month on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Groups arrive on the 10 am ferry from Queens Wharf or 10:40 am ferry from Days Bay. Departure is on the 2:30 pm ferry to Days Bay, or the 3:30 pm ferry to Queens Wharf.

There are no half day slots.

What to expect

Training will be provided. Transport to the island is by East by West ferry. Fares paid for by volunteer.

What to bring

See Gear list one.

How to apply

Register your interest on the application form.

Contact

For other general inquiries about volunteering with DOC on Matiu/Somes Island, contact:

Matiu rangers
Ph: +64 4 568 6555
Email: matiusomes@doc.govt.nz

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