Volunteers and Community Champions

Can you help check traps in a local park or walkway? Or lead the efforts in your neighbourhood? We'd love to hear from you.

We’re always looking for keen locals to help lead the community efforts and get more people involved in the project.

Are you keen to check traps in a public park or reserve? Get in touch and we'll point you in the right direction. 

Or maybe you'd consider taking it a step further and becoming a Community Champion?

Community Champions are everyday people who volunteer to share their passion and experience of backyard trapping with friends, neighbours or the wider community. There are no hard and fast requirements or minimum time commitment – we’ll support you however, wherever and whenever you want to help.  Click here for more details.

Volunteer stories

Here's just a couple of the many people doing amazing work around our region:

 Becky Dodunski (above) is on a mission to help “bring nature back” to Eltham. Read her story here.

 Gillian Keegan (above) is passionate about nature and birds – so much so she’s been known to give rat traps as gifts! Read more.

Other easy ways to help:

  1. Have a chat with someone about why you are trapping, how simple it is and the results you are seeing – whether it’s tūī or kererū visiting your garden or no more rats chewing on your wiring. If they’re keen, let them know where to get a $10 trap pack (Mitre 10, Hunting and Fishing or many local schools).
  2. If a friend or neighbour is short on time or a bit nervous about trapping, offer to set up their trap – or help them do so. Pop back regularly to check it and dispose of any catches.  We know personal contact is the most effective way of getting others involved, so if you have the time to spare this is a great way to make a difference.

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