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Native Nursery Carers


Haehaeata Natural Heritage Trust




Working Hours



Imagine what it would have been like before fire, clearance for early pastoral farming, gold mining, rabbits, and introduced weeds. 80% of our Central Otago lowland native plants are threatened or endangered and are reduced to scattered individuals or small remnants. Haehaeata Natural Heritage Trust are an organisation of mainly volunteers that are working to restore, educate and advocate for the unique dryland plant species of Central Otago and the special creatures that depend upon them.

Volunteers at the native nursery can engage in many varied tasks relating to propagating and care of native plants:

  • Seed sowing
  • Making cuttings
  • Potting on
  • Weeding
  • If you are someone with handy skills, there is an opportunity to help with maintenance of nursery infrastructure.

The plants produced then go to revegetation projects on DOC land, to local community groups planting on public land, or to private landholders undertaking their own revegetation and restoration projects.

Volunteers at Haehaeata Nursery enjoy:

  • adding to the native biodiversity of Central Otago,
  • the comradeship of people with a similar interest
  • a great opportunity to learn more about Central Otago native plants
  • learning all about plant propagation
  • being surrounded by the positive vibes of being outdoors
  • sharing morning/afternoon tea with fellow volunteers


  • No experience is needed
  • most of the time there is something to do for all physical capabilities.
  • Bring your favourite gardening gloves.
  • Masks provided for wearing when working with potting mix.

Time commitment

  • During the warmer months our sessions are every Thursday from 9am to 12pm
  • Over autumn/winter the hours are Thursdays, 1pm to 3pm.
  • break for around a month over the month of July and around the Christmas holidays.
  • The role is super flexible, you can join in for all or part of the weekly sessions.

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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