Conservation Volunteer – Auckland

We believe that everyone can make a difference in the health of our environment and society. Through our projects, volunteers can get involved in a wide variety of projects across Auckland by planting and caring for native trees, eradicating pests and weeds, protecting threatened species, and helping to make our natural spaces accessible to everyone. Our projects focus on restoring our wild places and protecting this beautiful natural environment we are lucky enough to call home. Conservation Volunteers New Zealand welcomes people with a love of the outdoors and an interest in the environment to get involved. You don’t need any prior skills or experience, just a reasonable level of health and fitness.

Discover your local environment and make a difference to our natural habitat by joining us on one of our many single day’s projects. Volunteering is free and available almost every week of the year. When you volunteer with us you do not need to make a long term commitment. Volunteers can join for one event or come as often as you like.

Our projects are varied and include weekly visits to Auckland Parks to undertake tasks such as potting up seedlings, planting to restore the health of urban forests and waterways, spreading mulch or removing unwanted weeds. We also run large scale restoration programmes, planting 30,000 trees per year at Atiu Creek Regional Park, work with private landowners to restore their riparian margins and undertake extensive predator control. The aim of the programme is to bring biodiversity back to our central parks and to give people who are interested in conservation a chance to get involved. Each park has its own special characteristics, plants and wildlife and conservation challenges.

This is a great opportunity to learn about biodiversity and how we can all make a difference to our environment. It’s also a chance to meet new people, make friends and have fun – Join us! Book online or contact info@cvnz.org.nz to learn more.

Social Protocols

  1. Respect the environment - You will be out in nature for this experience so please help protect our environment by taking all your rubbish with you.
  2. Be a great listener - Have fun and stay safe by following instructions carefully.
  3. Be considerate of others - You’ll be part of a group, so it’s important to be kind and courteous.
  4. Stay safe in the outdoors - Your guides know the environment better than anyone and are there to keep you safe; listen to ALL their instructions, ALL the time.

Cultural Protocols

  1. A chance to relax - This experience is one way Kiwis like to relax and enjoy life so it will seem very relaxed. Have fun, enjoy slowing down (away from work or study) and relax!
  2. Don't be shy - Kiwis are very friendly, open people so this experience is a great opportunity to not be shy, smile lots and make some new friends.
  3. Hello and goodbye in Māori - If you want to start practising some basic Māori phrases, you could try using ‘Kia ora’ (hello) and ‘Ka kite’ (goodbye).
  4. Outdoor eating - You can expect to be eating in the outdoors, which means finding a spot on the ground to sit and enjoy your meal - make the most of this ‘el fresco’ experience!
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