November 2021 – March 2022: Curio Bay is one of Southland's most popular destinations, home to endangered endemic species such as Hector's dolphin and yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho, and the remarkable fossilised forest.

Project number: 13
Location: Curio Bay, Catlins


2 volunteers for 2 weeks per trip.

  • Trip A: Monday 22 November – Monday 6 December 2021
  • Trip B: Monday 6 December – Monday 20 December 2021
  • Trip C: Monday 20 December 2021 – Wednesday 5 January 2022
  • Trip D: Wednesday 5 January – Monday 17 January 2022
  • Trip E: Monday 17 January – Monday 31 January 2022
  • Trip F: Monday 31 January – Monday 14 February 2022
  • Trip G: Monday 14 February – Monday 28 February 2022
  • Trip H: Monday 28 February – Monday 14 March 2022


Curio Bay is one of Southland’s most popular destinations and is home to several endangered endemic species, such as Hector’s dolphin/upokohue and the yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho, as well as a remarkable fossilised forest.

Rangers are needed to monitor visitor behaviour in Curio and Porpoise bays, and to educate visitors about how to behave around sensitive species and the fossilised forest.

What to expect

Fitness/skill level

Low fitness level. Rangers must be visible around Porpoise Bay for periods throughout the day to provide information to visitors about sea lions and dolphins. They must also be present on the rock platform and penguin walk area from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm daily, depending on tourist numbers and penguin movements.

Volunteers must be good with people, have a mature attitude, be able to communicate well and have a good understanding of the English language. Rangers will also be required to shift signs and move rope barriers as dictated by the tide. Applicants will be police vetted for this role.


This will be confirmed with the successful applicants.

Pickup/drop-off location and times

The meeting time, location and training will be arranged with the successful applicants..


There is no charge for this activity. However, volunteers will need to provide their own food and transport. Due to the isolated location of Curio Bay, volunteers must have their own vehicle. 

How to apply

Full details on our volunteer programme and how to apply.


For questions or other volunteer opportunities in the area, contact:

Southland and Otago Volunteer Coordinator

Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:   +64 3 211 2400
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   7th Floor
CUE on Don
33 Don Street
Invercargill 9810
Postal Address:   PO Box 743
Invercargill 9840
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