About the Conservation Volunteer Project
Volunteer on a range of conservation projects and help to protect, preserve and restore New Zealand’s environment.
Volunteers can choose to start from a variety of different starting locations around New Zealand and normally travel to a different project location every week.
Volunteers work in teams of up to 10 people on projects in urban, regional and remote locations. Team Leaders provide training on-site. Typical Activities include:
- Tree planting
- Walking trail construction
- Wildlife surveys
- Seed collection
- Weed control
- Conservation fencing
- Heritage restoration
Please note that for all of our programmes in New Zealand, we’re not able to guarantee any particular project activities as they are dependent on seasonal climate conditions as well as the conservation priorities at the specific time & location you have selected. As such, you will likely be spending your time on a few different activities during your stay, but the list above should be viewed as an example of the types of projects volunteers may experience during their programme, but not as a guaranteed list.
This project is a great opportunity for people with a love of the outdoors and an interest in the environment to take part as a volunteer on practical conservation projects. Volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and no prior skills or experience are required, and volunteer projects are available to suit your availability and particular interests.
These conservation volunteering projects are managed in conjunction with project partners that may include regional councils, national parks, museums, land-care groups, conservation departments and other national conservation agencies in New Zealand.
Available locations in New Zealand:
- Auckland (North Island)
- Christchurch for Punakaiki (South Island)
- Wellington (North Island)
Volunteers will receive:
- The opportunity to learn about conservation issues in New Zealand
- Practical conservation skills training provided as part of each project
- The chance to make a volunteer contribution, earn references and certificates
- Team-based experience – living with up to 10 volunteers from around the world
- Opportunities to visit places tourists don’t normally see, including remote areas
- Certificate of Appreciation upon completing the programme
“We’ll only ever achieve significant environmental change and care for the environment when people want that to happen. Getting them to pull on their gloves and boots and do something practical is a clear demonstration of their commitment and love for the environment, and we provide a focused and highly effective way for them to make a contribution.” – Quote from Project Manager