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:

Visitor Centre Host/ Counter Service

If you enjoy interacting with people, then this volunteer role will appeal. A passion for conservation and wildlife would be an advantage.  You will be greeting visitors, explaining what to see at Nga Manu and selling tickets, tours, memberships and merchandise.  

Hours are weekends and weekdays throughout the year for four-hour shifts (10am to 2pm weekdays, 9.30am-1.30pm and 1pm-5pm weekends and public holidays.)  

Theo’s Cottage Caretaker  

The caretaker cleans the cottage after guests and gets it ready for new arrivals. They also check stock levels in the kitchen and bathroom.  An eye for detail and cleanliness and being physically fit are desirable skills. 

Each clean takes between one to two hours. Bookings can be 1-3 times per week, but volunteers can choose their level of commitment.  

Events All-rounder  

Volunteer roles include set up and clean up, assisting with event activities and carpark crew.  

Flexible shifts of around four hours or more, depending on availability, on a few weekends and public holidays throughout the year.  

Site inspection person

Fancy a stroll through Nga Manu Nature Reserve before the crowds arrive? We need a leaf blower/path checker/trimmer/rubbish collector to inspect the grounds before our 10am opening.

Desirable attributes are being physically fit and having a knowledge of basic gardening and power tools. Approximately 1-2 hours from 8.30am any day of the week.

Gardeners – Join our gardening crew and keep Nga Manu Nature Reserve looking beautiful

We need keen volunteers to be part of our gardening crew to ensure our reserve looks its best at all times of the year.

Desirable attributes are having a knowledge of native plants and weeds, being physically fit and a team player. Flexible shifts are available from Tuesday to Sunday, but preferably week days.

Animal husbandry assistant

Volunteers are needed to assist Nga Manu’s rangers with food prep for our native birds and reptiles as well as cleaning their enclosures. You should have good observation skills and be able to follow basic recipes.

Four hour shifts every day except Thursday.

Job Opportunities

There are no current vacancies at Nga Manu Nature Reserve.