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Conservation Volunteers New Zealand welcomes people with a love of the outdoors and an interest in the environment to get involved. Our volunteers include students, professionals, international visitors, retirees, in fact almost anybody can get involved. You don’t need any prior skills or experience, just a reasonable level of health and fitness.

What you’ll be doing – conservation activities

When you participate in one of our conservation projects, you are placed in teams of up to 10 volunteers on projects in urban, regional and remote locations. Team Leaders provide training on-site. Activities include:

  • Tree planting
  • Walking trail construction
  • Wildlife surveys
  • Seed collection
  • Weed control
  • Conservation fencing
  • Heritage restoration

Volunteer for a day

Discover your local environment and make a difference to our natural habitat by joining us on one of our many single days projects. Volunteering is free and available every week of the year.

Find one-day volunteer projects

Residential volunteering

Residential volunteering offers you the opportunity to volunteer for multiple days at a time. For residential programs involving an overnight stay there are some small costs involved to cover transport, accommodation and meals etc.

Residential volunteering programs runs in weekly blocks, starting and finishing on Fridays. Most volunteers choose packages of 4 weeks or longer. Volunteers can choose to start from any of our offices in New Zealand or Australia . Packages include all of your food, accommodation and project related transport, as well as a minimum of 5 days volunteering on conservation projects (based on a one week package).

If you are travelling to New Zealand or Australia from overseas, contact one of our booking agents in your own country to register as a volunteer on any of our conservation projects.

Find residential volunteer projects

Volunteering FAQ

Our volunteering FAQ answers your frequently asked questions about what to expect, what to bring, and everything else you might want to know.

Volunteer Feedback

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