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.
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.
Contribute to the re-introduction of Stewart Island robin to the Rakiura Track, or protect vulnerable rifleman and brown creeper from predators.
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.
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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