October 2021 – February 2022: This is a fantastic opportunity for people wanting to visit remote areas of Stewart Island/Rakiura while also gaining biodiversity field experience.

Project number: 8
Location: Stewart Island/Rakiura


2 volunteers for 6-8 weeks

  • Trip A: Tuesday 26 October – Thursday 23 December 2021 (Mason Bay/Te One Roa)
  • Trip B: Thursday 6 January – Wednesday 16 February 2022 (Mason Bay, Doughboy Bay, East & West Ruggedy)


Volunteers will undertake weed control in remote sand dune environments on the west coast of Stewart Island/Rakiura. The weed control undertaken will target several pest plant species, including marram grass, gorse, and tree lupin.

The techniques that will be used will include hand weeding and spraying using herbicide. Both trips will carry out weed control at Mason Bay while Trip B will also work at Dough Boy Bay and East and West Ruggedy.

Volunteers will be able to enjoy amazing scenic views of the island, as they will be flown from Oban to the west side of Stewart Island/Rakiura where the work will be completed. Trip A and B are made up of multiple 10 day long field trips. Volunteers will have 5 days off in between each field trip and are free explore the island further.

What to expect

Fitness/skill level

A very high level of fitness is required as the work is arduous and requires climbing up steep sandy slopes. Volunteers must be comfortable working for 8 -10 hrs per day outside in all weather conditions.

Volunteers will wear full body overalls, gumboots, a face mask, googles and be required to carry a 15kg knapsack on their back while spraying. A current outdoor first aid certificate is recommended. 


A variety of shared accommodation.

Pickup/drop-off location and times

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

Contribution towards food and transport

There is no charge for this activity. However, volunteers will need to make their own travel arrangements to and from Stewart Island/Rakiura. Accommodation and transport will be provided by DOC once the volunteers are on Stewart Island/Rakiura. Food will be provided while volunteers are away in the field, however they must provide their own food on their days off in Oban.

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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