Student interns will be selected to work on diverse conservation projects located throughout New Zealand. The types of conservation projects available vary from year to year and may include the following (NOTE: interns will be selected to work on only one project): mainland island projects, native bird recovery programs, freshwater surveys and wetland restoration, plant surveys and weed control, lizard surveys and predatorcontrol, marine reserve research, and bat surveys.
Current Field Opportunities:
Native Bird Recovery Programmes/ Plant Surveys and Weed Control at Boundary Stream:
Boundary Stream Mainland Island encompasses the 800 hectare Boundary Stream Scenic Reserve situated on the eastern flanks of the Maungaharuru Range, about 60 km northwest of Napier. It spans and represents a whole altitudinal sequence from lowland forest to montain forest environments. The management of Boundary Stream Mainland Island as a nature restoration project began in 1996. This includes:
•control of introduced mammals to low levels – includes deer, pigs, goats, possums, rats, cats, stoats, ferrets, weasels and hedgehogs;
•control of introduced plants;
•monitoring of forest health;
•re-establishing native plants and animals formerly present;
•maintaining and upgrading recreational facilities
•providing interpretation and publications.
•note that this site usually requires a commitment from February to April instead of a typical January to March time frame.
Visit the Boundary Stream website for more details.
Conservation and Advocacy Programming/ Native Flora and Fauna Research at Nga Manu Nature Reserve:
Nga Manu is a 40 acre nature reserve located in Waikanae, New Zealand just north of Wellington. The reserve holds one of the largest remanent lowland coastal swamp forests in the Kapiti Coast region. The Nature Reserve has a range of over 700 plant species along with a diverse range of native animals. The reserve provides a unique educational experience for the general public and school groups. Intern may assist with the following:
•Assist with research of native flora and fauna at Nga Manu Nature Reserve
•Help run conservation advocacy programmes based at the Reserve.
•Assist with daily activities of running the reserve such as working with the public, assisting with education groups, helping care for the reserve’s wildlife.
Visit the Nga Manu Nature Reserve website for more details.