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Wilding Conifer Control Assistants

The Central Otago Wilding Conifer Control Group was established in response to public concern about the spread of wilding conifers in the district. The groups principle concerns are around the severe adverse effects of wilding conifers on landscape, grazing, water yield, nature conservation and increased fire risk.  

The group is comprised of representatives from Central Otago District Council, the Department of Conservation, Land Information NZ, Federated Farmers, Forest Owners Association, Forest & Bird, Central Otago Ecological Society, MAD4CO plus various individuals.   

The COWCCG have a range of goals which include:

  • Identifying  the extent of wilding conifer spread and priorities for control work on wilding conifers within Central Otago
  • Achieving a 5-year plan to control wilding conifers to the extent that future control will be manageable by landowners.
  • Providing guidance and co-ordination to achieve control of wilding conifers in Central Otago

They require assistants to help with working bees to control wilding conifers in the Central Otago district.  Tasks at such working bees will include hand-pulling of seedlings, sawing and lopping of saplings and the application of herbicide.  The trees can be located on steep faces so walking up, down and sidling along steep slopes is usually required.  

This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, get involved in a local environmental initiative and make a difference to the heritage of our area.  You may gain new skills, acquire a sense of achievement and spend some time in places that you would not otherwise have the opportunity to do.


Volunteers should be fit enough to undertake the work, have appropriate footwear and suitable outdoor clothing.  Experience in undertaking weed control is advantageous but not essential.  Tools and equipment will be provided.  To get the most out of this experience you should have or be willing to gain an understanding of the wilding conifer problem and be willing to share this passion with others.  Please talk to us to discuss your situation and how you are best able to help.

Time commitment

Assistance would be valued as a one-off (1 day) or ongoing basis. This role is located in rural parts of Central Otago with transport options usually available from Alexandra and Cromwell depending on location and other attendees.

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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