10 ways you can volunteer with DOC

Department of Conservation —  24/06/2017 — Leave a comment

It’s National Volunteer Week and we’re honouring the selfless souls who volunteer for conservation—highlighting the diversity of conservation volunteers and volunteer opportunities around New Zealand.

Volunteers play a vital role in conservation in New Zealand. Here are some ideas for how you can be involved:

One:

Record your nature sightings on NatureWatch. This could be anything from a native bird in your garden to an unusual insect.

Two:

Learn how to attract native birds to your garden.

©Janice McKenna

Three:

Survey your shoreline with Marine Metre Squared, it’s an easy way for anyone to survey the plants and animals living on their local intertidal seashore.

Four:

Put on your gumboots and join in a day of native tree planting with your local community. Find out what’s happening near you on NatureSpace.

Five:

Organise a coastal clean-up. Rubbish on the coastline is unsightly and is a hazard for people and wildlife. Use the opportunity to advocate for waste minimisation in your local community.

Sandfly Bay volunteers

Six:

Get involved in a conservation event near you.

Seven:

Become a volunteer hut warden or campsite host. You’ll get to stay in some fantastic places and help manage and maintain our huts and campsites.

Eight:

Maintain DOC tracks, huts or historic sites and spend time in one of New Zealand’s incredible national parks.

Pouakai Hut ©Ross Henderson

Nine:

Become a wildlife volunteer. Help DOC with wildlife management, surveying or monitoring.

Ten:

Join a community conservation group. Many groups need help with administrative tasks and organising events.

Whether you have 15 minutes to spare, or a whole day, every minute counts.

Volunteer today.

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