Photo: Tom Lynch
The Karori Sanctuary Experience

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Volunteer

With around 450 active volunteers, Zealandia is one of the largest volunteer-supported conservation organisations in New Zealand. Without this valued support we simply couldn’t do what we do.

There are various ways you can get involved at Zealandia. We run a number of different work-groups covering a wide range of tasks. Whether you donate your time once a month or regularly each week there’s bound to be a way for you to help.

Who can volunteer?

Volunteers come from all walks of life. You must be over 15 years of age and acceptance may be dependent upon a satisfactory police check. Outside of these requirements the only things holding you back may be availability and fitness. However whether you donate your time once a month or regularly each week there’s bound to be a way for you to help.

Get stuck in!

Take a look at the work-groups below then contact us to discuss how your time and skills can be put to good use in the sanctuary.

i Contact Volunteer Coordinator

Please note: There may not always be available spots in every work-group.


Fence Monitors

Fence monitorsGood eye for detail? Looking to get fit? Want to see a side of the sanctuary most people never see? Our fence checks are a flexible, fun way to get involved. Nearly 30 volunteers already support our staff in monitoring one of six sections of the fence. They go out once a week; once a fortnight; or even just once a month, looking for damage to the mesh, checking drainage ditches and keeping an eye out for soil subsidence. Any damage is then reported back to Zealandia. A section takes around 1-2 hours to check.

Is this role for me?
This role is perfect for people living around our fenceline or in the surrounding area. Because you don’t need access to the sanctuary, you can roster your monitoring for any time that suits. So you can go out before or after work, or even when you’re out walking the dog!

Minimum requirements
You will need to be available for at least one excursion per month, but preferably more. Some areas of the fenceline are quite steep, so a reasonable level of fitness is also required. You will need to have a good eye for detail and be comfortable working on your own. Full training will be provided.


Restoration Group

Help to preserve and restore an area of the valley. The Restoration Group comes in at weekends throughout the year.

Is this role for me?
Perfect for those who are only available at weekends who want to meet and join like minded people, and help regularly?

Minimum requirements
Gardening experience and knowledge of native plant and weed identification is useful.


Tuesday Track Maintenance Group

Track Team

Fit and enthusiastic people needed to help keep our tracks in good order. Zealandia has over 30km of public tracks, and keeping on top of their maintenance is a major task and drain on resources. Full training will be provided as required.

Read our blog post on the team >

Is this role for me?
This group is ideal for those available during weekdays, operating on Tuesdays but there is scope to cover other days. You will be involved throughout the valley track system, carries out vegetation cutback using with lopers and secaturs, removal of weeds, and some light track surface repair when necessary.

Minimum requirements
You need to be fit, and willing to work outdoors in all weathers. Boots are essential.


Volunteer wednesday work-groupWednesday Work Group

Our famous ‘Wednesday Work Group’ is always looking for new members. This group meets every Wednesday at 9am, and supports our Facilities and Operations team in maintenance work and odd-jobs.

Is this role for me?
This is a perfect role for retirees or part-time workers with general ‘handyman’ skills. You will need to enjoy working with a small, close-knit group of like-minded people and be willing to turn your hand to any jobs that come up.

Minimum requirements
Ideally, you will have some experience working in workshops, operating power drill and saws. It’s a great way to share skills and pick up new experience.


Volunteer gardeningWednesday Gardening Group

Join our ‘War on Weeds’ every Wednesday at 10am!

Is this role for me?
If you enjoy getting your hands dirty, working outdoors with like-minded people and making a real difference to our native bush, this role would be perfect for you.

Minimum requirements
While we don’t expect you to be here every week, we need reliable people who can help out regularly and develop a sense of ownership. Gardening experience and knowledge of native plants and weeds would be useful. However, this will also be a good opportunity to share knowledge and learn new things.


Kākā Feeders

Help to provide supplementary food to one of our iconic species.

Is this role for me?
Operating all year round, in all weathers, you need to be able to commit to one afternoon per month.

Minimum requirements
You need to be physically fit, be willing to work in all weathers, be adaptable to changing details and be able to keep good records. Observational skills and use of binoculars to record band combinations of kākā seen at or near the feeders would be an advantage.


Conservation

There are limited opportunities in this area depending upon fitness, experience, and commitment. A great opportunity to gain work experience to supplement studies or to improve on existing skills.

Is this role for me?
Volunteers need to be studying relevant conservation / environmental degrees, or have prior relevant experience. You be working alongside staff members supporting their work in the valley.

Minimum requirements
You need to be fit, and willing to work outdoors in all weathers. Good work or walking boots are essential. You need to be able to commit at least a morning, (8.30am-12.30pm) a week for 2 months. A full day is better, multiple days a week is good and means we would consider a shorter commitment such as 2 days a week for a month.


Volunteer Guides

Guided group at Zealandia

Note: We can only take new guides on at certain times of the year.

If you’re interested in wildlife conservation, or know someone who is, this is a great way to get involved with one of New Zealand’s most exciting conservation projects.

As a Zealandia Guide, you will get to learn about some of our rarest native species and share your knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors from all over the world. Once you have completed your training, you will go on the roster to deliver Zealandia’s programme of free talks and guided walks. There may also be opportunities to train as a Tour Guide.

Experience with guiding, training or working with groups of people is preferred. If you have the right skills and interests and can commit to at least one full day or two half days a month for a minimum of six months, then we would love to hear from you. People who are available to volunteer midweek are particularly sought-after. Volunteering is a great way to get more closely involved with our groundbreaking conservation project and to meet like-minded people.

To find out more, email guides@visitzealandia.com.


Volunteer Hosts

Note: We can only take new hosts on at certain times of the year.

If you enjoy meeting new people and have an interest in conservation then this could be the perfect volunteer role for you.

As a Zealandia Host, you will help in our busy Visitor Centre and shop; to welcome visitors and help them to plan their day; promote our membership programme and to supervise our bag-check area. Full training is provided.

If you have the right skills and interests and can commit to at least one full day or two half-days a month, then we would love to hear from you. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with previous customer service experience and those who are available to work weekend, public holidays and school holidays.

To find out more, email hosts@visitzealandia.com.