Volunteer outdoors with the Council

Use your green thumb for the greater good. Join one of our environmentally-focused projects, or find out more about volunteering in our green spaces.

Volunteer in our green spaces

The work Wellington's volunteers do to restore our natural environment is invaluable to the Council, the wider community, and our environment.

Volunteer activities include:

  • planting and restoration
  • animal pest control
  • weed control
  • track building
  • rubbish collection
  • fundraising to enhance reserves
  • tour and guide work.

Group planting

If you're looking to volunteer in the great outdoors with a school group or corporate team, the Council can provide the trees you need, while you provide the hands to plant them.

There are a number of Council restoration sites for planting that need your input. Planting season is usually through the winter, from mid-May through to the end of August.

We can celebrate your hard work by sharing your stories in our publications and on our websites.

To find out how to organise group planting, email urbanecology@wcc.govt.nz.

Other restoration activities

At other times of the year there are opportunities to help with beach, dune, or forest clean-ups, weeding, and track building.

If you'd like to participate, email parkranger@wcc.govt.nz.

Volunteer in a botanic garden

Help us show off what we've got in our gardens!

Wellington Botanic Garden

  • Volunteer as a host or guide with the Friends of the Botanic Garden – with opportunities ranging from weekly to monthly.

Otari-Wilton's Bush

  • Volunteer to host, guide, or restore outdoors with Otari-Wilton’s Bush Trust.
  • Volunteer positions in the garden may be available for those with relevant horticultural experience or study.

Email treehouse@wcc.govt.nz

Note: All volunteer work requires an induction.

Other ways you can get involved

For other outdoor school activities and programmes check out the Discovery Garden in the Wellington Botanic Garden, and at Otari-Wilton's Bush.

Wellington Gardens

Plant or expand your own garden with native plants.