Listed below are some volunteer-based groups that you can get involved with. You'll learn new skills, meet like-minded people, contribute to conservation, and increase your connection to your local community and natural spaces.
For more conservation volunteer opportunities in Auckland volunteer for a DOC project.
View conservation groups in your area
- Across the region
- Hauraki Gulf and islands
- Matakana Coast and Kaipara
- North Shore and Hibiscus Coast
- Western suburbs, inner Waitemata Harbour
- Central and southern suburbs and Manukau Harbour
- Eastern suburbs and Franklin
Chinese Conservation Education Trust
Aim: To foster a love and understanding of New Zealand's special places, plants and animals among New Zealand's large Chinese community.
Experiencing Marine Reserves
Aim: To raise awareness, understanding and involvement in marine conservation through experiential learning about marine conservation, e.g. guided snorkelling and kayaking for schools, and investigating marine biodiversity via a classroom presentation. Volunteer opportunity: fundraising.
New Zealand Bird Rescue Charitable Trust
Aim: To rescue, rehabilitate and release orphaned, sick and injured birds, native and non-native, some 4000-5000 each year. Volunteer opportunities: fundraising.
New Zealand dotterel and shorebird advocacy and protection
Aim: To protect the New Zealand dotterel and other shorebirds in the Auckland region. There are many breeding and flocking sites for the endangered New Zealand dotterel and other shorebirds. Some of these areas have established community groups working to protect, advocate for and monitor bird populations.
See breeding site contacts for a list of known shorebird breeding sites in the Auckland region that have groups or individuals watching over them.
Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre
Aim: To provide life changing marine environmental education and outdoor experiences for young New Zealanders especially through schools. Volunteer opportunities: fundraising support or take the team to MERC for team building activities.
Aim: To provide a safe haven for endangered native species on the Kotuku Peninsula, including black petrel, brown teal, chevron skink and North Island robin.
Little Barrier Island (Hauturu) Supporters' Trust
Aim: To support and contrribut to the conservation of Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island and its significance as a wildlife sanctuary of international importance.
Aim: To restore, enhance and protect the indigenous flora and fauna and the significant historic sites of Motuihe Island.
Motu Kaikoura Trust
Aim: To restore Kaikoura Island, a 564 ha island to the west of Port Fitzroy, Great Barrier Island/Aotea.
Motuora Island Restoration Society
Aim: To the native forest habitat on Motuora Island by planting native trees grown from seed collected on the island.
Motutapu Restoration Trust
Aim: To restore the cultural and natural landscape of Motutapu Island.
Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust
Aim: To conserve and interpret the historic bach communities on Rangitoto Island for the benefit of all New Zealanders.
Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi Island
Aim: To restore Tiritiri Matangi Island and establish an open sanctuary for endangered native species.
CUE Haven native forest restoration
Aim: To restore farmland to native forest on the South Kaipara Harbour.
Leigh Penguin Project
Aim: To create a safe habitat for little blue penguins/kororā and other seabirds to thrive along the coast from Ti Point to Goat Island. Forest & Bird's Little Blue Penguin/kororā Project in the Warkworth area.
Mataia Restoration Project
Aim: To restore 400 ha of coastal native forest margins and saltmarsh wetlands on the Kaipara Harbour.
New Zealand Fairy Tern Charitable Trust
Aim: To support the Fairy Tern Recovery Project initiated by DOC in 1991. Volunteer opportunity: fundraising to support DOC volunteers at all current breeding and wintering grounds, so that participation is affordable to willing helpers.
Omaha Shorebird Protection Trust
Aim: To protect the birds at Omaha Spit, their eggs and chicks, monitor the bird population and raise public awareness.
Tamahunga predator trapping group
Aim: To protect native plants and wildlife in the forests of Mount Tamahunga and encourage recolonisation of birds by trapping rodents and mustelids.
Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society Inc (TOSSI)
Aim: To create a refuge for native animals at Tawharanui Regional Park in partnership with the Auckland Council. Volunteer activities include: forest and wetland restoration, re-introduction of threatened species, monitoring animals and plants, pest control, nursery work, education and development of walking tracks.
Forts of Auckland
Aim: To preserve the history of the forts by assisting DOC to restore and maintain the historic sites at North Head and Fort Takapuna (Fort Cautley) as significant tourist attractions and areas of public interest.
Friends of Okura Bush (FOOB)
Aim: To restore an established coastal broadleaf and kauri forest. Volunteer activities include: pest animal and weed control.
Kaipatiki Project native bush restoration
Aim: To protect and restore the Witherford Reserve in Glenfield, North Shore City.
Raroa Urban Nature Reserve Project
Aim: To make Raroa an urban nature reserve within the North-West Wildlink, that provides an oasis for skinks and birds, and a place for the community to enjoy.
Shakespear Open Santuary Society
Aim: To create an accessible haven for wildlife on Shakespear Regional Park, working with Auckland Council. Volunteer activities include: planting, monitoring, surveying repairing fences, tracks, picnic sites etc.
Tuff Crater Restoration Project
Aim: To preserve and restore an extinct volcano in Northcote. Volunteer activities include: pest control - monitoring 55 bait stations, maintaining paths, installing benches, planting and weeding.
Ark in the Park
Aim: To restore the Cascade Kauri Park in the Waitakere Ranges including reintroducing native animals that would once have thrived in the area. Volunteer activities include: baiting predator traps, stoat trap checking, bird monitoring, weed removal, track maintenance and planting.
Motu Manawa (Pollen Island) Restoration Group
Aim: To preserve one of the few significant wetland bird feeding and breeding grounds remaining in the Waitemata Harbour. Volunteer activities include: predator and pest control, weeding and conducting field studies; lobbying and submissions.
Mangere Mountain Education Trust and Education Centre
Aim: To promote and preserve the mountain as a cultural and educational resource for Maori and Pasifika children. Volunteering activities include fundraising.
Whau River Catchment Trust
Aim: To improve the Whau River ecosystem for a healthier river and streams through community participation and kaitiakitanga. Volunteer activities include: planting native trees and shrubs.
Friends of Mangemangeroa Society
Aim: To maintain and enlarge, with eco-sourced planting, the natural habitats of the Mangemangeroa Valley reserves. Volunteer activities include: removing non-natives, sourcing eco-seedlings, planting and weeding.
Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre
Aim: To promote awareness of coastal ecology, particularly the migratory shorebirds of the Forth of Thames. Volunteering opportunity: raising funds for research, education, training and active conservation.
Purewa Restoration Group
Aim: To turn a weed infested rubbish dump in Kohimarama into a beautiful native forest for the community, the second largest area of bush left in the Auckland central area. Volunteer activites include: controlling weeds, planting new natives, track laying and encouraging birdlife to return.
WekaWatch Kawakawa Bay
Aim: To protect the small population of North Island weka at Kawakawa Bay. Volunteer activities include: planting, weeding and pest controlactivities plus monitoring- regular surveys of the weka population in the core area every autumn.