Volunteer Role Descriptions

Pukaha Mount Bruce offers opportunities to get involved in the following tasks:

Hosting

Dates

We need host volunteers all year round, with greater demand at certain times of the year, such as the summer months and public holidays.

Where

Pukaha Mount Bruce is a 20-minute drive north of Masterton on State Highway 2.

Volunteer Tasks

  • Meeting and greeting visitors to the centre
  • Informing visitors about the tours available to them, which areas they can visit and feeding times throughout the day
  • Answering questions and helping visitors to find their way around the centre
  • Leading small, informal tours as required (for experienced volunteers who have undergone training)

Skills Required

  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Enjoy interacting with people and telling stories
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Represent Pukaha and the volunteer programme in a positive and professional manner
  • Possess a passion for conservation, nature and wildlife
  • Be willing to contribute your time and energy to a good cause

Training

Volunteers will be provided with the appropriate training required to host visitors at Pukaha Mount Bruce.

Kiwi Telemetry (Species Monitoring)

Dates Year round, weather permitting

Where

Pukaha Mount Bruce is a 20 minute drive north of Masterton on State Highway 2.

Volunteer Tasks

The lowland podocarp/broadleaf forest has a population of approximately 40 North Island brown kiwi. Wearing radio transmitters, the kiwi require ongoing monitoring and regular health checks.

Volunteers will assist field staff to monitor the locations of the kiwi using telemetry equipment.

  • Use a transmitter receiver and aerial to listen for active kiwi transmitters and triangulate their location

Skills Required 

  • Comfortable carrying a day pack with appropriate clothing and safety equipment.
  • Good health and high level of fitness
  • Confident to work alone within a forest environment.
  • Basic navigation skills including compass work
  • Able to walk along forest tracks with a variable and uneven surface
  • Able to record data with a high degree of accuracy

Training

Volunteers will be provided with the appropriate training and equipment required for the kiwi monitoring at Pukaha Mount Bruce.

Predator Control

Dates  

The trapping programme is year-round with a seasonal schedule. A regular ongoing commitment is preferred.

Where

Pukaha Mount Bruce is a 20 minute drive north of Masterton on State Highway 2.

Volunteer Tasks

The birdlife, flora and fauna are protected using a network of traps and bait stations spread throughout the reserve to control rats, cats, mustelids (stoats, ferrets, weasels) and possums.

You can be involved in one or more of the following tasks: 

  • Checking and re-baiting stoat/ferret/weasel traps (DOC 200/250)
  • Checking and filling bait stations

Skills Required

  • Interest in participating / contributing to conservation
  • High level of fitness
  • Can commit to ongoing control
  • Has or wants to gain experience in trapping
  • Confident to work alone within a forest environment
  • Basic navigation skills including map and compass work
  • Able to walk along forest tracks with a variable and uneven surface
  • Not squeamish
  • Able to record data with a high degree of accuracy

Training

Volunteers will be provided with the appropriate training and equipment required for the pest control and monitoring at Pukaha Mount Bruce.

If you are interested in any of the roles above you can fill in a volunteer profile form here

Further information

Contact: Kerri Moore, Volunteer Co-ordinator

Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre
State Highway 2, Masterton
Postal Address:
PO Box 680
Masterton 5840

volunteer@pukaha.org.nz

06 375 8004