Be a Volunteer!

Orokonui was founded by passionate volunteers and even now 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 boundary fence. Do you want to contribute to the Orokonui story?

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

Track maintenance
Weed control
Predator fence monitoring
Pest monitoring

Our education team works with thousands of kids from Ōtepoti/Dunedin and beyond. Do you want to help educate the next generation of conservation heroes.

Visitor centre support

Helping with events, supporting the cafe or welcoming people. Helping the visitor centre run helps us raise the money we need to continue our vital conservation work.

Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page to inquire about volunteering. Please include any relevant information about the following:

  • information such as tasks you are interested in
  • your fitness level
  • your availability
  • any special skills you can offer.

Please be patient as it may take up to a month for our team to contact you about volunteering opportunities.

Group Volunteering

For more information about group volunteer opportunities please contact our volunteer coordinator by emailing

You can also support Orokonui and our important conservation and advocacy work by donating