Volunteer fieldwork assistants for New Zealand Kiwi bird protection project
Community conservation project in New Zealand requires volunteer field assistants for various project activities.

About the project

The project has established a safe haven for the protection of Kiwi birds and other endemic wildlife in the Coromandel region of New Zealand's North Island. This is a locally administered project by the rural community, and run by experts in practical conservation ecology.

About the Kiwi bird (Apteryx spp.)

The Kiwi bird is an endemic and endangered national icon of New Zealand. Agents of decline include introduced mammalian predators such as stoats (Mustela erminea), ferrets (Mustela putorius) and wild cats (Felis catus). These kill Kiwi chicks before they reach maturity. Survival rates of chicks in non-managed ecosystems is typically less than 5%.

Three species of introduced rat are also an issue for Kiwi (Rattus exulans, R. norvegicus, R. rattus). Rats deplete the birds' food source, lengthening the time for chicks to reach maturity, and therefore increasing the exposure time to predation. Rats are also a food source for stoats - many rats lead to many stoats, and a corresponding increase in Kiwi chick predation.

About the placements

The placements ideally suit volunteers who have an interest in the outdoors and enjoy back-country forest trails and being off the marked track ("bush bashing" as it is known in New Zealand). A good level of fitness is required. Activities undertaken include pest control (checking traps and bait lines), building and distributing trap boxes, revegetation work (tree planting and weed removal), monitoring bird populations ("call counts"), and building and maintaining tracks and trails. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, understand spoken and written English, have no major health conditions that would affect their participation, and be willing to participate whatever the weather (rain or shine).

Candidates are required to cover the costs of their travel, travel insurance, and a nominal fee for placement costs. A commitment of at least one week is required, although longer placements (up to six weeks) are welcome. Start dates are flexible.

Full details about the project and fees can be found at:

Application process

Candidates can submit an online application (at no cost) at:

Review of applications are completed within 2 days unless further information is required.

For more information, candidates can make contact at:
Organisation International Nature Volunteers
Location Coromandel Peninsula
Kind of job voluntary ecological year
subject area Environment, International project work, Ecological building, Protecting of species and nature, Forest, Alternative living
Actividades Research, International project work, Practical nature protection, Environmental actions
Offerings Food, Accommodation, Tools
Educations none
Certificates Confirmation of interships
Spoken Languages English
Payment no payment
Requirements none
Requirements, other Candidates must understand spoken and written English, have no major health conditions that would affect their participation, and be willing to partic
Skills none
Age limits 18 — 
Required languages English
Teilnahme Unkosten See our fees page:
Job duration up to one month
Gültigkeit der Stelle unlimited
Weitere Bewerbungsinfo Candidates can apply at:
closing date for applications 12/14/2017
please apply at
Contact persons
Toby Malcolm
61 Barrys Point Road
0622 Auckland, New Zealand
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