Love Volunteers

Environmental Conservation Worker

Wellington, New Zealand show on map
This varied and important conservation program works in parks and sanctuaries across the Wellington region to help protect precious natural places and their inhabitants. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
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Families
Groups
50+

The program

This varied and important conservation program works in parks and sanctuaries across the Wellington region to help protect precious natural places and their inhabitants. Volunteers on this program could work on any number of projects in many locations, dependent on need at the time. From a project aiming to plant 100,000 native trees in inner-city Wellington parks to restoring wetlands and working in wildlife sanctuaries on predator control, all these projects play an essential role in protecting and enhancing the Wellington region’s unique natural heritage. Sanctuaries play an absolutely vital role in protecting and conserving New Zealand’s unique biodiversity and animal species. By creating a pest-free environment, and re-introducing species into protected spaces, sanctuaries strive to re-create a landscape that pre-dates the arrival of pests. Volunteers on this program can work within sanctuaries on projects to protect native species and regenerate native forest and wetland. New Zealand has many native species of birds that are in grave danger of extinction, along with giant snails, frogs, lizards and fish. Volunteers will also work on replanting projects to restore native bush areas which pests have. From working with the most threatened species, to assisting in environmental restoration, volunteers make a huge difference on this program.

Goals of this Project:

  • Help to protect animals in danger of extinction
  • Preserve native forest areas and national parks
  • Create welcoming green spaces within inner-city parks
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange between all parties and teach international visitors more about environmental practices and New Zealand

How you can help

Volunteers on this crucial program will learn a huge amount about conservation practices and play an important role in conserving the Wellington region’s natural environment. Days are likely to be varied, working on any number of essential projects in reserves and sanctuaries, from track construction and maintenance, interpretive signage, fencing, weed control, revegetation activities and other practical actions in line with park management plans. Volunteers may also work on wildlife surveys and support specialized species programs such as captive breeding programs, radio tracking and species release activities as well as predator control initiatives. Volunteers makes practical contributions to a sustainable future for threatened species, working with recovery experts, following scientifically-validated plans and in so doing make a meaningful contribution to biodiversity preservation of this region. Working in a team of up to 10 other international volunteers, teams work alongside local communities, environmental groups, universities and conservation experts on well-planned and managed, safe, valid and essential projects. Full training is given by project team leaders.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and on any number on environmental or wildlife projects and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Work in a wildlife sanctuary on predator control initiatives
  • Tree planting
  • Walking trail construction
  • Wildlife surveys
  • Seed collection
  • Weed control
  • Heritage restoration

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:30am Breakfast at the accommodation

8:00am Walk or bus to the project site

8:30am Pre-start meeting with the project supervisor

9:00am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

Lunch is taken at the project site.

3:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

3:10pm Debrief with the project supervisor

3:30pm Walk or bus back to accommodation

Afternoons and evenings are free to relax, keep in touch with friends and family (please note that wifi may not be available at the project location) and explore the local area.

6:30pm Dinner at the accommodation.

Volunteers help prepare the evening meal.

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every FRIDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.

Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

This project takes place in New Zealand's capital city. Wellington lies at the base of the North Island and is renowned for its culture, restaurants and heritage attractions. A short drive from the city sees you immersed in national parks, rural farms and nature in all its abundance. 

Famous for its stunning landscapes, impressive topography and crystal clear Pacific Ocean waters, New Zealand offers a vast array of activities for locals and international visitors alike.

Water Sports
Swimming
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Required Documents
Emergency contact and Resume
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
This 'hands-on' project is best suited to those who are either pursuing a career in conservation/environmental studies, or who simply wish to explore an interest in this field. However, the project is open to all and does not require participants to have specific education, qualifications or experience, as you will be shown everything you need to know by your local project leader. Importantly though, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help and show drive
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Love Volunteers (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Orientation & full safety briefing
  • Accommodation (as specified above)
  • Food & Meals (as specified above)
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Registration fee included
Airport Pickup at Wellington International Airport

Volunteers make their way from Wellington International airport to the offices of our local team. All volunteers receive an orientation lasting around one hour, provided when they arrive to join the program at 11am on the Friday. Orientations are provided using a visual presentation (DVD), with additional information provided by a presenter. Volunteers are also required to complete a Volunteer Registration Form at this point, including our local teams Conditions of Participation.

Following this, volunteers will either be moved to the local volunteer accommodation, or to regional placements by train, bus or project vehicle (our local team make all travel arrangements for the volunteers). The first weekend is free time for volunteers, though some travel may occasionally be required on Sunday if you are going to a very remote project location. Volunteers will be advised when their Team Leader will pick them up for the first project – usually 8am on Monday morning (times may vary slightly by season).

Additional inductions take place on every project site, carried out by the onsite Team Leader, before volunteers begin each activity. These cover the conservation aims of the specific project, how it will be carried out, including any instruction or training required for the volunteers, essential safety information, the facilities on-site and nearby.

  • Arrival Day: FRIDAY PRIOR TO 11AM
  • Departure Day: FRIDAY
  • Arrival Airport: Wellington International Airport, Wellington, New Zealand (CODE: WLG)

Accommodation

This program offers a range of accommodation options dependent on the project location. Volunteers may be hosted in a volunteer house, caravan, hostel, bunkhouse or camp site (tents are provided). A great way to experience the great outdoors!

Accommodation is shared and volunteers should bring their own sleeping bag and small pillow. The program fee covers accommodation from the Friday of arrival (volunteers stay that night in a hostel near to the volunteer offices) until the Thursday preceding the final day volunteering. Volunteers should fly out Friday evening or arrange their own accommodation that night.

All the usual amenities are available in each location including western-style bathrooms, laundry facilities (either on-site or nearby), kitchen, communal areas for relaxing and hot showers. Wi-Fi may not always be available in remote locations.

Bungalow Youth Hostel Camping
Food & Beverages
Three meals per day are included in the program fee. Breakfast will typically be self-serve cereals, bread or toast and condiments. Lunch is prepared by volunteers with ingredients provided and is likely to be sandwiches and fruit. Volunteers are also involved in preparing dinner which may include pasta, roasts and vegetarian dishes.  Fresh, local cuisine after a hard day’s work – nothing tastes better!
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Wellington International Airport (WLG) in Wellington. We assist you to find cheap flights to New Zealand.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for New Zealand provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in New Zealand you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for New Zealand.
Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 734
2 weeks
$ 1,113
3 weeks
$ 1,493
4 weeks
$ 1,872
6 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,631
Average fees
$ 586 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Wellington/New Zealand between 1 week and 6 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in New Zealand.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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