Volunteers help with many different conservation tasks such as bird counts, historic building restoration, habitat restoration, hut maintenance, weed control, whale strandings, tree planting, and giving talks. This national overview may help you find a volunteer programme that interests you.
Find out how you can join the DOC weed team as a volunteer on their trips to the Hen and Chicken Islands near Whangarei and view the island weeding calendar for the 2013/2014 season.
Find out about volunteer opportunities in the Kauri Coast area.
Volunteers are needed at Mimiwhangata Coastal Park throughout the year to assist park rangers with a variety of tasks.
Find out how you can get involved in the restoration project on part of Urupukapuka and Moturua islands in the eastern Bay of Islands.
You can assist with our shorebird programme including shorebird monitoring, trapping, advocacy and site manipulation.
Spend the day with a DOC ranger, working on a variety of projects including weed control, planting and habitat manipulation.
Painting the gun covers at Fort Takapuna may be one of the tasks you do when you join DOC rangers at North Head and Fort Takapuna helping to maintain buildings and tunnels, plant natives and remove weeds.
Dates: Various during year
Duration: Single day from 9:30 am Numbers: Individuals, groups of 5-15
Find out about how you can help protect nesting fairy terns at the Pakiri River Mouth.
Volunteer for the Goldie Bush Walkway maintenance crew and help maintain this walking track every two months.
Volunteers on Kawau Island help with upkeep of the historic Mansion House and its gardens, and help maintain tracks, signs and buildings in the Kawau Island Historic Reserve. Volunteer days can be organised for groups or corporate volunteers on Kawau Island.
Find out more about the volunteer opportunities on Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island, which include bird and reptile monitoring, weed control and general maintenance.
Throughout the year volunteers are needed to help with an extensive revegetation project on pest-free Motuora Island.
Volunteer for the Okura Bush Walkway maintenance crew and help maintain this walking track every two months.
Dates: Every two months
Duration: 9:45 am-2:30 pm
Numbers: Individuals, groups up to 15
You will stay overnight and work alongside DOC rangers to maintain the historic assets of Motutapu and Rangitoto Islands.
Volunteers are needed for weed removal and maintenance projects on Raoul Island.
This role description details the responsibilities of the volunteer rangers on Raoul Island. Please read and understand what is expected before registering your interest in this volunteer opportunity.
Volunteers are needed to help maintain the pest-free wildlife sanctuary on Tiritiri Matangi Island. Volunteer days can be organised for groups or corporate volunteers on Tiritiri Matangi Island.
Find out how to apply for projects, what to expect, and view acceptance and cancellation details for Coromandel volunteer projects.
Get involved in DOC volunteer opportunties in the Waikato region.
There are occasional vacancies for this role which is based in the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park. Help look after the hut and provide a welcoming environment for trampers.
Learn about how you can become involved in community conservation around Gisborne.
Several volunteer positions are available at our Aniwaniwa Office, situated on the shores of Lake Waikaremoana
Between November and February hut wardens are needed at the Central Whirinaki Hut in Whirinaki Forest Park on the East Coast.
Learn about hut warden volunteer opportunities available in Tongariro National Park in the Central North Island.
Volunteer at the Tongariro National Trout Centre River Walk Visitor Centre and help showcase the Taupo Trout Fishery and Genesis Energy Freshwater Aquarium.
Hut warden opportunities are available in Egmont National Park in the Taranaki Area.
The Manawatu Rangitikei Area Volunteer Programme aims to build capacity in our communities by providing a range of opportunities for people to get involved in conservation and recreation activities.
Find out about the range of volunteer activities, projects and roles currently available in the Manawatu Rangitikei area.
Find out about opportunities to volunteer as a hut warden in the Ruahine Forest Park.
The Whanganui area requires volunteers year round to assist with an array of conservation and recreation projects.
During the "great journey" season (October through April), hut wardens are needed at John Coull Hut in Whanganui National Park.
There are many ways you can get involved as a volunteer for the Boundary Stream Mainland Island project including locating and monitoring our native birds.
Find out about volunteer opportunities associated with Poutiri Ao ō Tāne - a unique ecological and social project aimed at returning wildlife to Hawke's Bay.
Help restore the forest and wildlife in Tararua Forest Park with Project Kaka.
Find out about volunteer opportunities at Pukaha Mount Bruce.
Help protect wild kaka, North Island brown kiwi, kokako and other flora and fauna by maintaining a network of traps and bait stations throughout Pukaha Mount Bruce in the Wairarapa.
Pukaha Mount Bruce is a 942 hectare reserve in the Wairarapa. The lowland forest has a popullation of approximately 40 north island brown kiwi. Volunteers will assist field staff to monitor the locations of these kiwi using telemetry equipment.
The Wairarapa Area Office requires volunteers to hut warden at the Totara Flats, Powell, Jumbo, Mitre Flats and Tutuwai huts in the Tararua Forest Park.
Volunteers are sought to help control the exotic plant Spanish heath in the Tauherenikau Valley in the Wairarapa.
The Wairarapa Area Office requires volunteer campsite wardens at Corner Creek, Waiohine Gorge, Putangirua Pinnacles, and Kiriwhakapapa road end.
Kapiti Island Nature Reserve offers day trip, weekend and summer season volunteering opportunities.
Find out about the volunteer opportunities available on Matiu/Somes Island.
Become a hut warden in the Orongorongo Valley, Rimutaka Forest Park.
Find out how you can get involved in volunteer activities on the Chatham Islands.
Volunteer to be a warden for a week at the magnificent Angelus Hut, Nelson Lakes National Park. Due to recent cancellations, there are two spots available in December. Be in quick!
Volunteers are sought to act as camp hosts at picturesque Kerr Bay and West Bay camps, on the shores of Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park.
You can help as a volunteer ranger in the Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project, a long term ecosystem restoration project based in 5000 hectares of alpine beech forest alongside Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park.
Walk the beautiful Travers and Sabine Valleys in Nelson Lakes National Park, as a volunteer hut warden.
The Department of Conservation, Sounds Area, has positions available for reliable and responsible campsite hosts over the summer period. A number of opportunities exist for short term (2-4 weeks) and long term (2-4 months) positions.
This is a great opportunity to live and work on Maud Island/Te Hoiere. Maud is a wildlife management island with native frogs, giant weta and takahe.
Explore beautiful Nydia Bay in the Marlborough Sounds while assisting DOC as a volunteer hut warden for Nydia Lodge. Various dates available from 1 November to 30 April 2014. Minimum period of 4 weeks.
The Department of Conservation and community volunteers have been collecting seeds and growing plants in the shadehouse at the Onamalutu Scenic Reserve.
Volunteers are invited to join the DOC team and help maintain buildings and tracks in the South Marlborough area from November 2013 until March 2014.
Buller conservation volunteers meet every second Tuesday, year round, to work on a variety of interesting conservation projects.
Find out about opportunities to volunteer with the Rowi and Tokoeka kiwi projects.
Find out about hut warden opportunities at Welcome Flat Hut in South Westland. A feature of Welcome Flat is the natural hot pools where you can bathe, located near the hut.
Learn about the Canterbury volunteer fire-fighters programme.
We require volunteers to provide a DOC presence at the campsite over the busy summer season. Volunteers will ensure camp fees have been paid and that the camp facilities are in a tidy condition.
Volunteers are required in the evenings to encourage visitors to view the penguins coming ashore from the viewing hide, to ensure their impacts on penguins and other wildlife are minimised.
Volunteers travel to Sandfly Bay in the late afternoon/early evenings to help minimise visitor impact on the resident yellow-eyed penguins.
Find out how to apply for projects, what to expect, and view acceptance and cancellation details for Otago volunteer projects.
Volunteers will assist with a full range of work along the Milford and Hollyford Roads and around Milford Sound. The tasks are within easy reach of the road, and we try to keep the work as varied as possible.
Find out how to apply for projects, what to expect, and view acceptance and cancellation details for Fiordland volunteer projects.
Contribute to the re-introduction of Stewart Island robin to the Rakiura Track, or protect vulnerable rifleman and brown creeper from predators.
Find out how to apply for projects, what to expect, and view acceptance and cancellation details for Southland volunteer projects.
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