Be a volunteer

The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust is a community-based organisation dependent on volunteers to support its work. Opportunities for volunteering with the Trust are plenty, from governance to one-off community conservation days or regular volunteer days.

These opportunities include:

  • Become a trustee and assist in the governance of this long-established and respected conservation NGO.
  • If you are aged between 18-25, you could become an Emerging Leader trustee. This is a one-year appointment where you will be taught about governance while offering a younger voice at governance level.
  • ‘Wednesday Volunteers’ help in the nursery, raising seedlings and planting trees.
  • ‘Habitat Volunteers’ volunteering to help in the habitats with the Trust involves many different types of work, including planting, trap checking and weed control.
  • ‘Office Volunteers’ assist at the Trust’s Dunedin-based office doing anything from writing articles for the newsletter, to stuffing envelopes and fundraising.
  • Groups (e.g. tertiary institutes, social clubs, corporates) are welcome to contact the Trust about opportunities to volunteer.

If you wish to register as a volunteer, contact the Trust Office

The Trust’s volunteer work does not involve handling penguins. That work requires a special wildlife handling permit from the Department of Conservation.

We are tremendously grateful to all the volunteers for their valuable contributions to our work.


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