New Zealand is home to a number of birds and plants that can be found nowhere else in the world! The kiwi bird, probably the most well-known native New Zealand bird, is continually under threat from invasive predators like stoats, possums, pigs and other predators. An average of 27 kiwi birds are killed EVERY WEEK - that’s a population decline of around 1,400 Kiwi every year. To think that just 100 years ago the kiwi bird numbered in the millions and that it could disappear from New Zealand shores in this lifetime is shocking. Without the assistance of conservationist and volunteers it is likely this amazing bid would become extinct. This is just one example of how New Zealand’s natural habitat is under threat.
Our NZ environmental group offers conservation projects so working holiday makers can assist in protecting New Zealand’s amazing plant &wildlife. Volunteers will assist in the conservation of native bird, animal and plant life to ensure the survival of New Zealand’s native species.
- Pest control (trapping and bait lines)
- Building and maintaining tracks
- Monitoring bird populations
- Building and distributing trap boxes
- Eradicating noxious weeds
- Planting trees and other native plants
*Calculated on the basis of 66% tax reduction. For more information on donations to organizations of general interest, go to the official website of the public service
Accommodation will vary according to each project location. Typical accommodation includes volunteer houses, caravans, hostels, bunkhouses and camping (we supply the tents). Be prepared to share with other volunteers. All volunteers are asked to help with cooking, cleaning and washing up. Don’t worry if you’re not a great cook, as everyone can do something to help, even if it’s just chopping vegetables!
– Up to date CV/ resume
– Copy of return flight itinerary
– Intermediate level of English; understanding and speaking
– Acceptance subject to availability of position