Forest & Bird’s network of volunteers around New Zealand is the driving force behind many of our local and regional campaigns, hands-on conservation projects and field studies.

Volunteers get their hands dirty at Greendale Earth Day

Volunteers get their hands dirty at Greendale Earth Day

Volunteers are the life-blood of our organisation, clocking up an estimated 864,000 hours each year helping out on a variety of tasks that contribute to enhanced protection of our native plants, animals and habitats.

Tasks our volunteers are involved in include:


  • Building and maintaining tracks
  • Eradicating noxious weeds
  • Planting trees and other native plants
  • Monitoring bird populations
  • Pest control (trapping and bait lines)
  • Co-ordinating activities for our children’s club (KCC)
  • Building and distributing nesting boxes for little blue penguins
  • Helping undertake translocations of endangered species
  • Making submissions to local and regional government on conservation issues
  • Taking part in local events such as Conservation Week activities
  • Holding beach clean-up days

 If you would like to get involved in any of these activities, please contact your local branch.For information on work experience, contact your nearest regional office.