15 - 19 January 2018: Volunteers will be working alongside the DOC Barberry Team to control weeds around the Oban township.


Four volunteers required for five days.

Location: Stewart Island/Rakiura.

Activity number 17: Quote this activity number in your volunteer application or enquiry.


Monday 15 January - Friday 19 January 2018


Spraying weeds on Stewart Island/Rakiura.
Spraying weeds on Stewart Island/Rakiura
Image: DOC

Volunteers will be working alongside the DOC Barberry Team to control weeds around the Oban township. DOC manages several weed species in this area, to prevent their spread into the Rakiura National Park.

The main task will be controlling barberry which is highly invasive, by doing grid-searches and cutting and pasting each plant. One day will be spent travelling to Port William/Potirepo on the DOC boat Hananui and walking back on the Rakiura Track conducting a weed search.

The week will provide an excellent introduction to ‘on the ground’ conservation work and will help the local environment.

What to expect

Fitness/skills: Medium. Must be comfortable walking on uneven surfaces, bending and kneeling for long periods, using herbicides and possibly working in the rain.

Accommodation: Local shared accommodation in Oban.

Pickup/drop off location: Meet at the Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre, Stewart Island/Rakiura on Monday 15 January at 10.30 am, returning to same location around 3.00 pm on Friday 19 January.

Volunteers will need to make their own travel arrangements to and from Stewart Island/Rakiura.

Cost: $100 per person – contribution towards food and accommodation.

What to bring

A full equipment list and information pack will be issued prior to the commencement of the activity.

How to apply

To find out more about what to expect, how to apply for activities, acceptance and cancellation details view the Southland volunteer information and online application form.


If you have specific questions or would like to know about other conservation volunteer opportunities in the area, contact:

Southland and Otago Volunteer Coordinator

Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:   +64 3 211 2400
Address:   7th Floor
CUE on Don
33 Don Street
Invercargill 9810
Full office details
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