Get involved as a conservation volunteer for a Department of Conservation (DOC) project. You can also join conservation groups working with DOC.
Find out how to apply for projects, what to expect, and view acceptance and cancellation details for Southland 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.
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.
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.
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