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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 Coordinator

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!"

This could be you.

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


Funding Application Administrator 

"I consider the Geopark as the glue that holds our local identity, natural history, culture and our environment together and connects us as people to the land and to each other. This motivates me to be of service to the Geopark to help find funding opportunities, administer them appropriately and further develop the beautiful place we live in and disclose its treasures to the world."


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."

Current volunteer roles

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"What a fantastic window into the past. Today we saw fossil bones in limestone at two different sites. One set were whale bones. Just awesome that this trail has been put together, maintained and promoted."

— Mark Shipman, 

Vanished World visitor