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 2014/2015 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
Help protect nesting fairy terns at the Pakiri River Mouth. During summer we need volunteers to monitor and protect the nest of these birds.
Volunteer for the Goldie Bush Walkway maintenance crew and help maintain this walking track every two months.
On this unique experience, volunteers on Kawau Island help with upkeep of the historic Mansion House and its gardens. 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 to assist with mapping and removing weed species and other general maintenance on the island. There will be opportunities to explore the island and snorkel in the marine reserve.
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 projects in the Waikato region.
DOC needs volunteers in the eastern Bay of Plenty to assist with nest monitoring and trap checking during the 2014/15 shorebird season. This is your chance to get involved with conservation and help our feathered friends!
Help look after the hut and provide a welcoming environment for trampers. We have occasional vacancies for this role which is based in the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park.
Learn about how you can become involved in community conservation around Gisborne.
A variety of volunteer positions are available at our Aniwaniwa Base, 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 Taupō 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.
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 hosts 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.
The Chatham Islands office has opportunities for volunteers to participate in the 2014/15 threatened species programmes. This is a chance to work with some of New Zealand’s rarest and endemic threatened flora and fauna in a spectacular oceanic environment.
See trip details and dates of volunteer projects part of the Chatham Islands threatened species programme. Projects are located on Mangere, Rangatira (South East Island), Pitt and Chatham Island.
Volunteer to be a warden for a week at the magnificent Angelus Hut, Nelson Lakes National Park.
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.
Learn about being a camp host at Camp Bay. Camp Bay is a sheltered bay in Endeavour Inlet in Marlborough Sounds, popular with fishing, boating and walking.
Learn about being a camp host at Cowshed Bay. The campground is nestled amongst regenerating bush, and provides opportunities for boating, fishing, walking and mountain biking.
Learn about being a camp host at Kenepuru Head. Kenepuru Sound provides opportunities for boating, fishing, walking and mountain biking.
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.
If you are a school student interested in being involved in valuable conservation work, we have a bunch of great projects for you to choose from. These volunteer projects can be done with others or on your own in your own time.
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.
Become a volunteer at the Ohau Point waterfall and Point Keen, Kaikoura.
The Department of Conservation and community volunteers have been collecting seeds and growing plants in the shadehouse at the Onamalutu Scenic Reserve.
DOC has positions available for reliable and responsible campsite hosts over the summer period. A number of opportunities exist in various locations for a duration of 1-2 weeks or longer.
Marlborough volunteers are invited to become part our WYG team - When You Go! If you are heading into the back country, check with us first to find out what jobs need to be done in that area.
Find out about being a camp host at Whites Bay.
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.
At the start of the summer season a roving ranger will work in the Catlins area. This includes working along the Southern Scenic Route which goes through a forgotten corner of New Zealand. This is an area with distinctive natural features, abundant wildlife and easy access to beaches.
Volunteers will undertake maintenance on this basic historic hut in a magnificent location. Tasks will be using the traditional method of re-mudding and repairing the walls working alongside DOC rangers.
Date and times will be confirmed with the successful applicant. There is one position available for the dates above, however, there is the opportunity for a partner or friend to accompany the volunteer at their own cost.
Nugget Point/Tokata is a popular tourist destination, and contains a wealth of botanical and wildlife values, in particular the Hoiho/Yellow-eyed Penguin.
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.
Nestled in and surrounded by native bush, this campsite on the Catlins coast has easy access to the beautiful beach and estuary at Papatowai. Close by is the Tahakopa Bay Scenic Reserve, estuary, and many bush walks. Volunteer tasks will include tidying decking, water blasting, gardening and minor maintenance.
Get your hands muddy planting trees, removing weed species and undertaking track maintenance.
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 will assist a group of field staff and contractors undertaking weed control work in the Skippers valley.
Find out how to apply for projects, what to expect, and view acceptance and cancellation details for Otago volunteer projects.
Volunteers will be involved in the annual search for yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho nests to establish numbers of breeding pairs and egg numbers in the area.
Volunteers will assist DOC Rangers in the annual search of yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho nests in two of the Otago Peninsula’s breeding areas. This will help establish the number of breeding pairs and egg numbers in these important monitoring sites.
Volunteers will assist rangers to clear vegetation around a number of tracks that Borland Lodge uses for clients and school groups. This is a valuable community educational facility and is used to encourage people into the outdoors.
This would suit people with their own transport and accommodation. We need volunteers to help with a wide range of tasks, from collecting camp fees, checking camp compliance in the evenings, and keeping facilities clean.
This will suit people with their own transport and accommodation; however portable accommodation at Henry Creek will be available.
This project is one of Fiordland’s really isolated tramping experiences and this summer, volunteers will be assisting DOC rangers in a work project.
Volunteers will assist one of our Fiordland Rangers with a mid-season track and hut check on the Dusky Track. Flying in to start at Lake Roe Hut and walking to Loch Maree Hut, down the valley towards Supper Cove up to Kintail Hut and Upper Spey Hut and out to West Arm.
Volunteers will carry out maintenance on lakeside huts. At least two huts on each lake will be visited with the visits planned around the most suitable weather.
This project is based in the heart of Fiordland and volunteers will work from the historic George Sound hut up to Henry Saddle.
An opportunity to help with the maintenance of this popular overnight hut and the section of track halfway to the Hollyford Road end.
Volunteer hut rangers are required to look after the huts on the Hollyford Valley Track during the high season.
Volunteers will join DOC recreation rangers throughout the valley and tasks will include assisting with the annual hut cleaning, minor maintenance tasks and possibly some structure maintenance. Other tasks include re-marking of the track, track maintenance and vegetation clearance, with some sections of track also requiring water control work. Scrub-bars and hand tools will be used.
Volunteers will work with a ranger in a special area with a huge variance of vegetation type and birdlife. This area has unique vegetation and historic links to early Māori and later, red deer release. Tasks will include clearing windfalls, hut cleaning and maintenance.
Volunteers will assist with a full range of work along the Milford and Hollyford Roads and around Milford Sound. Milford in the winter is quiet with generally nice weather.
Volunteers will assist with vegetation control along our world famous Milford Track. There will be teams using scrubs bars to cut vegetation along the edge of the track, as well as water control and some resurfacing work.
The Lake Monowai and Borland Road area is part of Te Wāhipounamu South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.
Volunteers will help carry out work on the four world-renowned South Coast viaducts including Percy Burn, the largest wooden viaduct in the southern hemisphere. Tasks will include track maintenance to the Wairaurahiri River and general hut maintenance at the viaducts.
This is ongoing maintenance of one of the most significant sawmilling heritage sites in Southland. Maintenance of this site allows the users of the Hump Track to enjoy its special features.
This valley has historic links with cattle farming and mining and is a great opportunity for volunteers to see an area that has little visitation but a great deal of history.
Volunteers will have an opportunity to visit a unique part of Fiordland on this annual hut and track check.
A volunteer project in a sea environment that takes in the easier parts of the South Coast Track. Starting at the Rarakau car park the main tasks will consist of vegetation and water control. This is the start of the Hump Track and the work will greatly help the trampers on the first and last days of their walk.
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.
Volunteers will help with the annual maintenance of huts around the coastline of Stewart Island/Rakiura. This will include painting, a full interior clean down and light building repairs. This is an ideal opportunity to visit the breathtaking beaches and picturesque rugged coastline of the island.
Help DOC to monitor visitor behaviour in Curio and Porpoise Bays, and educate them on how to behave around wildlife species and the fossil forest.
Volunteers will carry out work on Dog Island which was once part of the lighthouse community. Tasks will include historic site maintenance, setting up monitoring points, hand-cutting weeds and clearing scrub from around the airstrip, historic buildings and ecologically sensitive areas.
Mason Bay has one of the highest densities of kiwi in the world so volunteers will have a good chance to see this amazing New Zealand icon in its natural habitat.
At the picturesque gardens of Moturau Moana volunteers will help out with weeding, planting and tidying as well as some time spent at the Stewart Island Community Plant Nursery propagating native plants.
This is a rare opportunity for people to visit the isolated Auckland Islands and assist with a range of interesting tasks, primarily penguin surveys. The work will be very weather dependent, so it is vital that people are able to be flexible and go with the flow.
Situated in a remote area of Rakiura National Park on Stewart Island/Rakiura, this project involves clearing vegetation off the Surveyor’s Track, which was cut in 1888 to provide access to the tin field.
Contribute to the re-introduction of Stewart Island robin to the Rakiura Track, or protect vulnerable rifleman and brown creeper from predators.
Mason Bay contains one of the most extensive inland dune systems in the Southern Hemisphere, with dunes extending inland for nearly 3 kilometres and reaching over 200 metres in height. Volunteers will assist with the removal of seedlings and adult lupin plants from the area and help maintain native plant communities.
This is an excellent opportunity to experience the backcountry of Stewart Island/Rakiura. Hut rangers will be based at either Port William Hut on the Rakiura Track or at Mason Bay Hut on the North West and Southern Circuit Track.
A rare opportunity for volunteers to visit a heritage site to carry out maintenance of visitor and historic assets on the isolated Auckland Islands. Tasks will involve track cutting and building tasks on historic coast watcher lookouts at various sites around the Auckland Islands.
Ulva Island is the jewel in the crown of Rakiura National Park, a predator-free open island sanctuary. This is a rare opportunity to stay on this island paradise in return for acting as a roving ranger on the island during the height of the visitor season.
Find out how to apply for projects, what to expect, and view acceptance and cancellation details for Southland volunteer projects.
DOC needs volunteers to host the campsite at Marfells Beach. Situated 40 minutes south of Blenheim, this area is great for gathering seafood such as crayfish, paua and other fish.
Learn about being a camp host at Molesworth Station
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