Coromandel volunteer information

Find out how to apply for projects, what to expect, and view acceptance and cancellation details for Coromandel volunteer projects.

Applying for projects

When considering your project options, take into account the fitness required, your availability, the work conditions, and personal commitments that may impact on your choice.

Booking

Complete an application form.

Acceptance

Confirmation of your booking will be sent to you when you have been accepted for your conservation project. If applying several months in advance, notification of acceptance may not occur until closer to the project, but every effort will be made to notify you in a reasonable time frame.

Some projects may be oversubscribed. Selection criteria will include applicant suitability and then the applicants will go into a ballot. Due to the popularity of volunteer projects we are unable to guarantee that all applicants will be accepted for a project.

Any changes or additional details of the project will be advised.

If applying as a couple or friends, please specify this on your application form.

Cancellation

If you are unable to attend a project, please notify the Volunteer Coordinator as soon as possible. Last minute cancellations will incur a cancellation fee and may lead to project cancellation. 

Extreme weather conditions (flooding, extreme weather warning events, etc.) may make it impractical to carry out the project. In such cases, every effort will be made to reschedule it. If this is not possible, we reserve the right to cancel the project. No fees will be charged in this instance.

What to expect

  • Most projects provide transport from the DOC office in Thames, unless otherwise stated.
  • Equipment and tools are generally provided unless otherwise stated.
  • Meeting people and enjoying their company is an important part of conservation volunteer projects. Time may be given for recreation and visiting local places of interest.
  • Activities are outdoors and require reasonable fitness and self motivation. The Department of Conservation has ultimate discretion of suitability of applicants for projects.

Fitness level guide

  • Low - capable of walking with a day bag up to 4 hours
  • Medium - capable of tramping with pack up to 4 - 8 hours
  • High - capable of tramping with pack up to 8 hours plus

What to bring

A full equipment list will be issued prior to the commencement of the project.

Our volunteer goals

  1. Provide volunteer opportunities for the community to assist in the conservation of New Zealand’s natural, cultural and historic resources.
  2. Provide opportunities for people to safely experience the natural and historic environments, and engage and grow peoples' sensitivities to those values.
  3. Provide volunteer opportunities which include knowledge and skill sharing.
  4. Support and strengthen links, in conservation, between tangata whenua, recreation groups and the community in general, and the Department of Conservation.
  5. Where appropriate and opportunities present, communicate Maori values and perspectives on the environment.
  6. Enable conservation tasks that otherwise would not have been done, to be completed through the assistance of volunteers.
  7. Focus on providing opportunities primarily for local communities, then other New Zealanders and lastly overseas visitors.

All projects are subsidised by the Department of Conservation.

Other volunteer opportunities

Contact

Volunteer Coordinator
Ph: +64 7 857 9180
Email: haurakivolunteers@doc.govt.nz

Hauraki Office
Phone:   +64 7 867 9180
Fax:   +64 7 867 9181
Email:   thames@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Corner of Pahau and Kirkwood Streets
Thames 3500
Postal Address:   PO Box 343
Thames 3540
 

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Contacts

To find out how you can get involved in conservation activities near you, contact your local DOC office