Do you enjoy being part of a team, love being immersed in nature and want to make a difference to your community? Our volunteers are a vital part of Ngā Manu and we would love your support. We welcome volunteers from all walks of life, and have different roles depending on your skills, experience, availability and fitness. You must be over 15 years old to apply and acceptance is dependent on a satisfactory police check.

Volunteer roles currently available include:

Counter Team – weekends and public holidays throughout the year for 4 hour shifts (morning or afternoon). Customer facing role.
Theo’s Cottage Team – all year round, working between the hours of 10am and 2pm keeping Theo’s Cottage ready for guests.
Events Team – a few weekends and public holidays throughout the year. Customer facing role.

Please contact us if you are interested in joining one of our wonderful volunteer teams at hello@ngamanu.org.nz

Ngā mihi.

Job Opportunities


Are you passionate about conservation, have a great work ethic and positive attitude, with experience in captive management of our threatened wildlife? Do you also enjoy being part of a small effective team and are comfortable interacting with visitors and media? We could have the role for you!

Nga Manu Nature Reserve is looking for a ranger to work in our dedicated wildlife team.

The objectives of Nga Manu are education, conservation and preservation of New Zealand native flora and fauna. The 14 hectare reserve just outside of Waikanae preserves one of the largest remnants of coastal lowland swamp forest on the Kāpiti Coast and provides a haven for native birds.

The centre supports captive breeding and release programmes for species such as whio, pāteke, kākāriki, kākā, and kiwi alongside a varitety of native reptile species including the Whitaker Skink.

You will be responsible for daily care of our birds and reptiles, general aviary maintenance and enrichment, and interaction with visitors as opportunities and needs are highlighted. Nga Manu also plays an important conservation education role and you will be part of an exciting hands on team that connects people with nature through tours and specialised education programmes for local schools.

We are looking for someone to work approximately 4 days per week (negotiable) which will include some weekend days.


To lodge your expression of interest in this role and to receive a copy of the job description please email manager@ngamanu.org.nz by 5pm on Monday 2nd May 2022.