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Handy Helper - Island Building Maintenance

The Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community Inc focus on the ecological restoration of Quarantine Island. The Island is listed as a Historic Area with Heritage NZ. The Community helps to care for the Island, protecting and enhancing its ecology, biodiversity and heritage. Quarantine Island was once a completely bush-clad forest that was cut down to make way for quarantine buildings and farming.

The Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community are currently looking for a Building Maintenance/Handy helper with a passion for the community to:

In this role you will be:

  • Using your labouring, DIY skills and experience to maintain the island's accommodation buildings
    (Namely: St. Martin Lodge, and Keeper’s Cottage)
  • Maintaining and improving these historic buildings
  • Making the buildings more energy-efficient and comfortable whilst retaining their character
  • Working alongside other volunteers
  • Organising and following a maintenance schedule
  • Using all appropriate tools (hammers, drills, saws, paint brushes etc) and materials provided
  • Renovating, painting and decorating
  • Preventative maintenance and alterations
  • Using approved scaffolding and ladders
  • Observing all health and safety best practice requirements
  • Linking in with other organisations in the community

Training/Skills Gained:

  • Initial orientation and ongoing support will be provided - relating to activities on the island
  • You will be working, and learning, alongside the Keeper (Resident Manager) and the Island's other volunteers

What are the benefits of the role?

  • The role benefits the organisation by providing support to the Keeper
  • Your work will be supporting the overall conservation goals of the charity
  • Working alongside other QIKT Community members who live on the mainland
  • You will be sharing similar values about social justice with others who care about the natural environment
  • You will be helping to maintain and protect an important part of NZ heritage
  • Volunteers find spending time together to care for, and enhance, the island is deeply satisfying and rejuvenating
  • You will be encouraging and modelling a sustainable, caring and cooperative society that involves young people


  • Enthusiasm
  • Physically fit
  • Willingness to assist others with trades experience and perform various labouring tasks
  • DIY or specific trade skills useful but not necessarily essential
  • Previous building, carpentry, decorating, renovating, plumbing or roofing skills and experience would be an advantage
  • Tools and equipment, access to a workshop is provided

Please note: Boat access only, charges may apply. Boat transport options and all other details can be found on quarantineisland@org.nz or by emailing quarantineisland@org.nz when you apply.

Time commitment

Can vary on application, weekdays/weekends

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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