New Zealand is considered one of the purest, most environmentally friendly countries in the world. However, it takes a lot of work on conservation activities to keep waterways clean and ecosystems thriving. This work is often done by local charities, who run off limited resources and have a high need for volunteers.
As a volunteer on the Coast and Waterway Conservation project, you’ll spend your time outdoors, helping on a variety of activities in order to conserve and preserve the stunning local beaches, waterways and islands. Conservational activities are seasonal and vary based on the time of year you’re there, but can include helping a native plant nursery, removing invasive species, planting native trees, collecting seeds, composting and mulching.
A primary focus of the project is on the restoration of an important part of traditional Māori land. You’ll get a unique opportunity to volunteer alongside members from a local iwi (Māori community), gaining cultural insights and traditional knowledge while learning about New Zealand’s history and the importance of restoration work.
You’ll also aim to combat the challenge of litter and its impact on the marine environment. As well as cleaning up the area you’re working in, you’ll also take part on large-scale weekly clean-ups or tree planting events with local groups and schools. You can also help to restore habitats for marine wildlife, maintain island tracks and help endangered native animals and birds.
All activities undertaken on this project are working towards the vision of beautiful beaches, healthy waters and inspired people. Due to the hands-on, outdoors nature of the volunteering, you’ll need to be physically fit and not worried about getting dirty. For volunteers who care about the environment and are willing to work up a sweat in efforts to protect it, you’ll find this a challenging but incredibly rewarding experience.Apply now