get involved

Get involved and make a difference for our Waitaki communities.

As a Geopark we are connecting people to the 80 million year long story of this land, which has shaped every aspect of our lives. The Geopark is a platform for addressing the societal challenges we all face - climate change, environmental protection, biodiversity loss, sustainable use of resources, geohazards and sustainable economic development.

As a Geopark volunteer you will make a real difference by inspiring locals and visitors to learn, discover and be connected to our living planet and cultural histories. This a great opportunity to make a positive impact in your community, be part of our team, share your experience, learn new skills, and develop lasting friendships.

Our commitment to our volunteers is to provide the appropriate induction and training, on-going support and recognition for this unique contribution to our community. We keep volunteers informed about Geopark news and value an active exchange of ideas and input. The Geopark Volunteer Programme has been established in December 2020. Please check out the current volunteer roles below and get in touch with Lisa if you are interested to hear more about the opportunities. If you would like to volunteer your time and skill in a different way, please also get in touch with us. We would love to hear from you. 

Lisa Heinz 

Geopark Manager

Our commitment to you: 

  • Regular updates about all news and activities in the Geopark with our monthly newsletter

  • Comprehensive induction and training including a welcome pack


Did you know that volunteering can counteract stress and anxiety, increase self-confidence, connect you to others in your community and can advance your career with work experience? 

“Volunteers are love in motion!” 

– Author Unknown

Meet our wonderful volunteers



Geopark Host

"I love everything academia, so being able to learn so much about geology and history of Waitaki is simply a blessing! I look forward to meeting the community, so please come and chat to me about the wonders of Waitaki Geopark!"



Education assistant

"I am very excited to be a part of the Whitestone Geopark team. I grew up in the Waitaki region and I have returned here to raise my family. In my role I will put to use my many years of teaching experience to assist the Geoeducator with the delivery of the learning programmes. I look forward to furthering my knowledge of geology and engaging the younger generations to help them appreciate and care for the amazing geosites within the park."

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Funding Application Administrator 

"I aim to dedicate as many hours as possible to charitable organisations in a volunteer capacity. I am at a very exciting time in my professional journey, and open to learning new tasks in new environments."

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Conservation assistant

"I am passionate about the environment and what we can do as a community to protect it. My role involves researching sustainable and innovative initiatives that could work in our community, then collaborating to bring these ideas to action."



Research assistant

"It is a privilege to contribute to the work of the Geopark as a research assistant. I see the Geopark as bringing together the unique aspects of our geological sites with local culture and heritage, while supporting community empowerment, research, education and protection of the environment. My role will be the sourcing and collation of relevant research, and the analysis of survey data."

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This could be you.

Get in touch with us if you would like to know more about our Volunteer opportunities.

Current volunteer roles