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Orokonui was founded by passionate volunteers and indeed it was some years before there was a paid staff member. The Ecosanctuary benefits from around 13,000 hours annually from over 100 active individuals. We have multiple teams working in different areas both inside and outside of the fence.


 Thank you for considering volunteering at Orokonui. Volunteering Opportunities include (but are not limited to):

• Track maintenance
• Weed control
• Predator fence monitoring (8.7km)
• Pest monitoring


Volunteers must comply with conditions of participation:

The first step towards individual volunteering is contacting the Volunteer Coordinator, Kelly Gough, to arrange a meeting to discuss possibilities and be shown the facilities. Meetings take 30-40mins. Best times to meet Kelly are Monday – Friday, 9-10am and 3.30-4.30pm. Please email with your preferred meeting time and date, task, fitness level, availability and any special skills you can offer. There is no commitment to volunteer after the meeting.

Group Volunteering - Please contact our Visitor Centre Manager, Sharee Watts - for all enquiries and bookings.

Photos and feedback from a recent volunteering group