WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
This project works alongside the Auckland community to assist with land conservation and environment rehabilitation programs that have been set up across the city and region. The aim of these programs is to help restore damaged ecosystems in order to help support New Zealand's unique plants and animals. Volunteers will work in some of the region's most beautiful national parks, reserves and sanctuaries, surrounded by Eucalyptus forest and an abundance of wildlife. These precious natural ecosystems act as refuges for a number of New Zealand’s most threatened and endangered species. The land is also of significant cultural importance to local Maori people. These ecosystems are under threat from introduced pest species such as feral animals and weeds, habitat destruction and fragmentation, unsustainable development, drought and pollution from incorrect waste disposal. This all has a devastating effect on the fragile ecosystems that support New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
As a conservation volunteer you will be working to reverse and mitigate some negative impacts on the environment, and help to restore ecosystems. You will do this through re-vegetation efforts and tree planting, weed and pest removal activities, cleaning bush areas and waterways, building protective fencing and other infrastructure and maintaining wildlife corridors to ensure the safe passage of species between healthy ecosystems, away from the dangers of roads and motorways.
It is hard to know exactly which project you could be working on as projects vary greatly depending on the season, conservation priorities and the needs of local communities. As with all volunteering opportunities, a degree of flexibility and adaptability is required.