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The community inspired Vanished World Society was established in the early 2000's to help raise public awareness about the geology of the Waitaki district. The Centre in Duntroon (35-minute drive from Oamaru) houses an inspiring collection of fossils detailing the geology of the district and is open 7 days a week.

We have staff that cover 5 days a week and need volunteers to help us cover the other 2 days. We need volunteers to help with:

  • Opening & closing the Centre

  • Greeting & guiding visitors to the Centre

  • Providing information about Geopark sites

  • Providing visitors with information about Duntroon and Waitaki District

  • Recording daily visitor numbers and income

  • Some administration tasks

Volunteers will gain:

  • Increased knowledge of Waitaki’s heritage – The stories of our land and our people

  • Fantastic opportunities to meet both locals and visitors and work with an enthusiastic team of people

  • Great personal development with opportunities to both share your skills and learn many more


  • Welcoming, polite and concise verbal communication and tidy presentation

  • Honest, reliable, punctual and trustworthy

  • Basic computer literacy ideal

  • Ability to use your initiative

  • Comfortable to work by yourself

Time commitment:

There is a 7 day / week roster with shifts between 9.30am – 5pm in summer and 10am – 4.30pm in winter. Ideally, volunteers would commit to 1 shift per month. Preferably weekends, but weekdays are also possible.

If you are interested, please email our Vanished World Team Leader Sarah and we will get back to you shortly.

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