Manawatu volunteer opportunities

Find out about the range of volunteer activities, projects and roles currently available in the Manawatu Rangitikei area.


Hut warden opportunity

Find out about volunteering as a hut warden in the Ruahine Forest Park  


One-off or fixed-term volunteer activities

Data entry - Hut log book records

Here's an easy, flexible indoor project for the winter.

What to expect

We're capturing data from Ruahine hut log books, which will be used as an historic reference of recreation in the area. It may also be analysed to help support decisions about the provision of facilities in the future.

Skills and experience required:

  • an interest in local recreation and/or history, 
  • the ability to decipher handwriting, and
  • reasonable working knowledge of Excel spreadsheets?

How to apply

If this sounds like something you want to be involved in get in touch with Volunteer Coordinator Erica Ludden.

Contact

Erica Ludden
Palmerston North Office
Phone +64 6 350 9700 
Email manawatuvolunteers@doc.govt.nz 


Regular or long-term volunteer activities

Coastal reserve pest control roster

We are looking for a team of volunteers to control pests at three important coastal forest remnants. Kill traps are the best method for controlling mustelids such as stoats and weasels, but they require regular monitoring. 

What to expect

Volunteers are required to operate traplines in Omarupapako (Roundbush) Scenic Reserve and Himatangi Scientific Reserve on a monthly rotation.

Tasks include:

  • Check, clear, re-bait and re-set DOC 200 and DOC 250 kill traps
  • Data collection

Number of volunteers: This works best with a team of volunteers working on a rostered system.

Duration of work: Checks are made one day per month on an on-going basis

Fitness level: Medium - must be capable of walking with a pack for 4 - 8 hours

Skills required: 

Field work experience is required. The following skills and experience would be beneficial but on-site training will be provided.

  • Trapping and baiting
  • Bush navigation Pest identification
  • Data recording

What DOC will provide

  • Transport - either petrol vouchers for use of your own vehicle or a DOC vehicle (conditions apply)
  • On-site training
  • Field equipment (bait, trap tools, map, GPS, notebook)

Read the project description (PDF, 394K) to find out more.

How to apply

If this sounds like something you want to be involved in get in touch with Volunteer Coordinator Erica Ludden.

Contact

Erica Ludden
Palmerston North Office
Phone +64 6 350 9700
Email manawatuvolunteers@doc.govt.nz


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