Answers to common questions about volunteering, teacher and student resources and support, and sponsorship and funding.

Below is a list of commonly asked questions about getting involved. The answers are a bit further down.

Note that although this FAQ is designed to be helpful it is not a complete discussion nor a substitute for legal advice. It may not cover important issues that affect you and, depending on your situation, you may wish to contact us for further information or advice.


Volunteer programme

Also see our FAQ about jobs at DOC.

Students and teachers


How do I find out if if I need a permit from DOC and how to get one?

Read our Apply for permits pages.

Volunteer programme

How can I find out about volunteering for DOC?

Read our volunteer programme web pages. They provide comprehensive information about DOC’s volunteer programme, including information about current volunteer opportunities throughout New Zealand. 

Can overseas visitors get involved in volunteering?

Yes, DOC enjoys the help of many international volunteers every year. Volunteer projects are listed on this website. If you see a project you would like to volunteer for, contact the relevant DOC office to see if there is a space for you. 

Does DOC cover my expenses if I'm a volunteer?

Each project is different but volunteers usually need to cover their own expenses. Accommodation may be provided for longer projects at remote sites. Specific details about each volunteer project are provided on this website.

How can I become a hut warden?

Current hut warden opportunities are listed on this website

Teachers and students

Can you help me with information for my school project?

Look on this website for information to help you with your project. If you can't find what you need, try broadening your search. Your school library, local library, or regional council may also be able to help. We are not able to respond to student requests for information for specific school projects.

Do you have free posters/resources available for school classrooms?

Most of our education resources are available on our for teachers pages.

Do you provide information for university students' and academics' research projects?

This website covers all aspects of conservation science and management. Our publications pages are a good place to start.

From time to time, DOC has opportunities for tertiary students to help with research projects. Due to resourcing constraints, we are not usually able to offer research funding grants. To find out about potential research projects in your area or subject field, contact your local DOC office, or 

If you are looking for a particular DOC publication check the publications section of this website. We also have publications listed throughout the site so also try the search engine.

If the publication you want is not on our site then check with your public library. The library will either have a copy in their collection, or be able to help you find and request it from the National Library. All DOC publications are legally required to be deposited with the National Library.

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