Below is a list of commonly asked questions about getting involved. The answers are a bit further down.
Note that although this FAQ is designed to be helpful it is not a complete discussion nor a substitute for legal advice. It may not cover important issues that affect you and, depending on your situation, you may wish to contact us for further information or advice.
- How can I find out about volunteering for DOC?
- Can overseas visitors get involved in volunteering?
- Does DOC cover my expenses if I'm a volunteer?
- How can I become a hut warden?
Students and teachers
- Can you help me with information for my school project?
- Do you have resources for teachers?
- How can I get DOC documents and publications?
Yes, we enjoy the help of many international volunteers every year. If you see an activity you would like to volunteer for, contact the relevant DOC office to see if there is a space for you.
Each project is different but volunteers usually need to cover their own expenses. Accommodation may be provided for longer projects at remote sites.
Teachers and students
Look on this website for information. Your school library, local library, or regional council may also be able to help. We are not able to respond to student requests for information for specific school projects.
Our education resources are available on our conservation education pages.
Check the publications section for DOC publications. We also have publications listed throughout the site so also try the search engine.
If the publication you want is not on our site then check your public library. If they don't have it they can request it from the National Library as all DOC publications are legally required to be deposited with the National Library.
For suggested websites and other sources of information, see our references for biodiversity research.