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Site Maintenance Volunteer


Wakatipu Reforestation Trust







The Wakatipu Reforestation Trust's (WRT) mission is to grow native plants at its Jean Malpas Community Nursery and to use these plants to plant in public areas to enhance biodiversity in the Wakatipu Basin. The driving force behind the organisation are visionaries Neill and Barbara Simpson who, with the help of around 900 volunteer hours, established the nursery and have already planted several sites with native plants in the district. This has only been possible with the support of volunteers.

Since 2015, the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust has planted over 40,000 native plants into keystone sites around Queenstown and Arrowtown. Once planted, these area require ongoing maintenance for 3-5 years until the plants are large enough to outgrow surrounding weeds. WRT rely on a core group of awesome, maintenance volunteers to look after their sites to ensure the best chance of plant survival and to keep them looking great for community enjoyment.

Working with a small group of maintenance volunteers, the team meets at various times (normal mornings, and as agreed by the group) to do scrub bar / weed eating around the smaller native plants to keep them weed free, and ensure they get plenty of light and rain while becoming established. A bit of hand weeding is also done here and there as needed by individual plants.

This role is located in the Queenstown area. They have 4 keystone sites that they actively maintain:

  • Lake Hayes South
  • Feehly Hill
  • Whitechapel Reserve
  • Mill Creek/Slope Hill Road

This role provides a great sense of satisfaction as you get to watch the young plants grow while supporting them on their way. Over time you will witness the restoration of ecosystems, the return of birdlife to planted areas and the progression of entire areas of plants becoming strong and well established, returning the areas to the way they were prior to European settlement.


The role requires proficiency with a commercial scrub bar. Retired farmers, or people who have had experience with garden maintenance would love this type of volunteer work. You will also need to be physically fit.

Time commitment

A few hours a month would be required with a flexible length of commitment.

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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