The day to day running of the Shorebird Centre and its grounds requires a substantial amount of work and the Trust is very grateful to those who are willing to give up their free time to help us out at the Centre. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available. Have a look below and get in contact with us – your help is always appreciated!
Friends of Pūkorokoro
Friends of Pūkorokoro is our group of volunteer superstars who help us out on a regular basis at the Shorebird Centre, and become knowledgable members of the Shorebird Centre whanau.
Helping out can be anything from assisting with the shop or school groups, guiding and interpreting for visitors at the shell bank bird roost, or helping with gardening or weeding at our native planting sites.
In an effort to make volunteers feel more comfortable with these tasks, we hold regular training days. These cover the basics of running the shop and the Shorebird Centre and may include guided walks from bird and plant experts, help on giving talks to groups, updates on the latest research and bird identification sessions. The only requirement is that you be willing to make some commitment to volunteering at other times. We have a volunteer coordinator who organises the volunteer roster. Carpooling may be possible.
Extended Stay Volunteering
We sometimes require assistance for longer periods, especially over the peak Spring-Summer season. If you are interested in staffing the visitor centre, helping with school groups or being an interpretative guide for a few weeks contact the Centre to discuss options. Free accommodation is available in one of the bunkrooms. Use of a bicycle will be available.
Shorebird Centre Gardeners
Shorebird Centre members have the opportunity to help in the garden around the centre. A feature of the grounds is Widgery Lake, a pond with an island in the middle. At various times of the year it is home to banded rail, pukeko, white faced heron, little shag and mallard, and also a stop off point for passing bittern or white heron. A walkway winds its way through the flax, grasses and other native vegetation around the pond. To the south of the garden, beside an attractive cabbage tree grove is a seat with good views over the pond.
Contact us if you wish to assist with gardening or other grounds maintenance. You could come for the day or stay overnight. Volunteers have free use of bunkroom accommodation. Of course, it’s not all about gardening, there are also the birds and the quiet rural setting. We have lots of fun. Why not join us?
Firth of Thames Bird Census
Regularly counting birds is an essential research tool for science and conservation. Run by OSNZ and held three times a year the Census days are a good chance to get involved with ongoing fieldwork and research. Check out the Events page for the next census or training sessions.
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