Nugget Point/Tokata Reserve - summer rangers

Catlins: 1 volunteers for 2 weeks

Project number 23: Please quote the project number and trip in your volunteer application or enquiry.


Trip A: Wednesday 3 December - Friday 19 December 2014
Trip B: Wednesday 7 January - Wednesday 21 January 2015
Trip C: Wednesday 21 January - Wednesday 4 February 2015


Nugget Point/Tokata is a popular tourist destination, and contains a wealth of botanical and wildlife values, in particular the Hoiho/Yellow-eyed Penguin. A person (or couple) is required to provide assistance and conservation education to visitors to the site and to undertake some facility maintenance and cleaning.

What to expect

Fitness required: Low. The ranger will be required to be visible on the reserve, particularly around the viewing hide area in the evenings, for between 4 to 6 hours per day. The tracks around the reserve are well formed and of an easy gradient. Catlins weather is often changeable, with a mixture of clear fine days and wild blustery days.

Skills required: Volunteers will need to have good interpersonal skills and enjoy talking with people from international and local backgrounds.

Accommodation: DOC owns the ex-lighthouse keepers residence, a fully furnished four-bedroom brick house, which sits atop the reserve. One room will be made available for use by the volunteer(s), but the lounge/dining/ bathrooms/kitchen may be shared from time to time by DOC staff working in the area.

Pickup/drop off location: Volunteers will meet at the DOC Owaka Field Centre, 20 Ryley Street, Owaka at 9.00 am and will finish at 10.00 am on the dates stated above.

Cost: There is no charge for this project. However, volunteers will need to provide their own food and transport.

What to bring

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

How to apply

To find out more about what to expect, how to apply for other projects, acceptance and cancellation details view the Otago volunteer information and online application form.


If you have specific questions or would like to know more about other conservation volunteer opportunities in the area, contact:

Southland and Otago Volunteer Coordinator

Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:      +64 3 211 2400
Full office details

Find out more

Learn more

Naturespace - ecological restoration groups in your area


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