Environmental Conservation

Wellington, New Zealand

About the Program

This varied and important conservation program works in parks and sanctuaries across the Wellington region to help protect precious natural places and their inhabitants. Volunteers on this program could work on any number of projects in many locations, dependent on need at the time. From a project aiming to plant 100,000 native trees in inner-city Wellington parks to restoring wetlands and working in wildlife sanctuaries on predator control, all these projects play an essential role in protecting and enhancing the Wellington region’s unique natural heritage. Sanctuaries play an absolutely vital role in protecting and conserving New Zealand’s unique biodiversity and animal species. By creating a pest-free environment, and re-introducing species into protected spaces, sanctuaries strive to re-create a landscape that pre-dates the arrival of pests. Volunteers on this program can work within sanctuaries on projects to protect native species and regenerate native forest and wetland. New Zealand has many native species of birds that are in grave danger of extinction, along with giant snails, frogs, lizards and fish. Volunteers will also work on replanting projects to restore native bush areas which pests have. From working with the most threatened species, to assisting in environmental restoration, volunteers make a huge difference on this program.

Goals of this Project:

  • Help to protect animals in danger of extinction
  • Preserve native forest areas and national parks
  • Create welcoming green spaces within inner-city parks
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange between all parties and teach international visitors more about environmental practices and New Zealand

How You Can Help

Volunteers on this crucial program will learn a huge amount about conservation practices and play an important role in conserving the Wellington region’s natural environment. Days are likely to be varied, working on any number of essential projects in reserves and sanctuaries, from track construction and maintenance, interpretive signage, fencing, weed control, revegetation activities and other practical actions in line with park management plans. Volunteers may also work on wildlife surveys and support specialized species programs such as captive breeding programs, radio tracking and species release activities as well as predator control initiatives. Volunteers makes practical contributions to a sustainable future for threatened species, working with recovery experts, following scientifically-validated plans and in so doing make a meaningful contribution to biodiversity preservation of this region. Working in a team of up to 10 other international volunteers, teams work alongside local communities, environmental groups, universities and conservation experts on well-planned and managed, safe, valid and essential projects. Full training is given by project team leaders.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and on any number on environmental or wildlife projects and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Work in a wildlife sanctuary on predator control initiatives
  • Tree planting
  • Walking trail construction
  • Wildlife surveys
  • Seed collection
  • Weed control
  • Heritage restoration



Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to give their time and energy to help protect the natural environment of New Zealand. This 'hands-on' project is best suited to those who are either pursuing a career in conservation/environmental studies, or who simply wish to explore an interest in this field. However, the project is open to all and does not require participants to have specific education, qualifications or experience, as you will be shown everything you need to know by your local project leader. Importantly though, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!  

Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:

Project Location

New Zealand, Wellington

This project takes place in New Zealand's capital city. Wellington lies at the base of the North Island and is renowned for its culture, restaurants and heritage attractions. A short drive from the city sees you immersed in national parks, rural farms and nature in all its abundance. 

Famous for its stunning landscapes, impressive topography and crystal clear Pacific Ocean waters, New Zealand offers a vast array of activities for locals and international visitors alike.

Start Dates & Duration

Minimum 1 week

This project is available year-round and programs start every FRIDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.

Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.

Arrival & Orientation

Airport Pick Up Not Included

Volunteers fly into Wellington International Airport and take a short 10 min taxi ride to the offices of our local team.  

The local team provide a comprehensive orientation briefing to prepare you for your Conservation Experience. After your orientation and over the weekend you’ll have the opportunity to meet the other volunteers, rest and relax and perhaps enjoy some independent local sightseeing.

Volunteers may move to a Regional Office after orientation, travelling by train or by bus (organised by the local team). This means you’ll be closer to your first project location and ready to start volunteering on Monday morning.

Your Team Leader will return to pick you up from your accommodation around 8am on Monday.

Detailed inductions take place on the project site, conducted by the Team Leader.

  • Arrival Day: FRIDAY, prior to 11am
  • Departure Day: FRIDAY
  • Arrival Airport: Wellington International Airport, Wellington, New Zealand (CODE: WLG)

Accommodation & Meals

Volunteer House / Meals Included

This program offers a range of accommodation options dependent on the project location. Volunteers may be hosted in a volunteer house, caravan, hostel, bunkhouse or camp site (tents are provided). A great way to experience the great outdoors!

Accommodation is shared and volunteers should bring their own sleeping bag and small pillow. The program fee covers accommodation from the Friday of arrival (volunteers stay that night in a hostel near to the volunteer offices) until the Thursday preceding the final day volunteering. Volunteers should fly out Friday evening or arrange their own accommodation that night.

All the usual amenities are available in each location including western-style bathrooms, laundry facilities (either on-site or nearby), kitchen, communal areas for relaxing and hot showers. Wi-Fi may not always be available in remote locations.

Three meals per day are included in the program fee. Breakfast will typically be self-serve cereals, bread or toast and condiments. Lunch is prepared by volunteers with ingredients provided and is likely to be sandwiches and fruit. Volunteers are also involved in preparing dinner which may include pasta, roasts and vegetarian dishes.  Fresh, local cuisine after a hard day’s work – nothing tastes better!


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That’s just USD 54 per day* for:

  • Orientation & full safety briefing
  • Accommodation (as specified above)
  • Food & Meals (as specified above)
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Project placement & onsite supervision

*In addition to the program fees listed above a Registration Fee is payable to secure your place. The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering with Love Volunteers for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime LV Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner.

Some things are not included in the program fees listed above, such as flights, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, spending money, local transport, in-country trips and excursions, return airport transfer (unless mentioned above).

Please note that prices are subject to change without notice. Please ensure you have read the Love Volunteers Terms and Conditions & Refund Policy.