Join us!

We need all sorts of volunteers. Our activities are not limited to the bush! Fundraising, publicity, preparation of baits, biodiversity monitoring, liaison with other groups, even cooking for our volunteers, are some of the things our volunteers do. At the bottom of this page, there’s a more complete, but not exhaustive list of jobs. Any help is welcome!

The best way to volunteer is to signup to receive our newsletter (click here – receive our newsletter) and indicate you would like to volunteer. We will get back in touch with you.

Before you attend your first volunteer session, please read the Health and Safety information here, print and complete the Volunteer Registration form which is in the Health and Safety plan, and bring it with you.

At the top of the “Useful Links” page, there are a number of excellent resources to help you learn about the sorts of things you may end up doing.

What We Do

Field Operations (requires reasonable level of fitness and confidence in the bush)

  • Laying baits (for rats and possums).

    Aongatete Stream
  • Maintaining bait lines (clearing bush, removing baiting debris, installing bait stations).
  • Checking stoat, possum and cat traps – carcass removal and laying baits.
  • Bird monitoring.
  • Bio-diversity monitoring in general (aquatic and terrestrial, flora and fauna).
  • Rare plant / tree species protection.
  • Field camera support and video interpretation.
  • Photography and videography.
  • First aiders.
  • Volunteer training – mountain safety, OH&S, handling traps and toxins.

Advocacy and Education (either in Forest or off-site)After trailers-Aongatete shed opening 7.3.15

  • Working with deer stalkers and pig hunters.
  • Working / liaison with local schools.
  • Working / liaison with neighbours.
  • Working / liaison with iwi.
  • Assist with educational activity on all levels, young, secondary, tertiary, retired.
  • Assist with marketing our cause – both publicity and fundraising.
  • Provide support and content for social media (Facebook, web pages, Mailchimp campaigns).
  • Lead bush walks, or related topics including night walks.
  • Working / liaison with Katikati / Te Puna groups eg Rotary, Lions, KatchKatikati, the Men’s Shed.

Volunteer Support (non-field work)

  • Assist Volunteer Manager – follow up on inquiries, volunteer recruitment and induction, engagement and retention.
  • Photography and videography.
  • Catering – baking and BBQs.
  • Bait bagging.

Administrative Support

  • Collection, collation and inputting of data (e.g. trapping results, bait consumption).
  • Preparation of reports for stakeholders as required.

Special Project Management and Support

  • Species translocation projects.
  • Special events (e.g. Echo Walks, Conservation Week walks, Breakfast with the Birds, night walks, a Matariki event).