Most recently updated 12pm 28 April
We are now in Level 3. We know a number of you are looking forward to getting back to your projects and checking and rebaiting your traps and bait stations.
We’ve been trying to get the most up to date information so you can be clear on what you can and can’t do on your projects at Alert Level 3.
Unfortunately at this stage DOC and most councils have said that there will be no volunteering on their land at Level 3. Although there are some exceptions. So the best thing to do is get in touch with the land manager for the land you or your group works on and understand their specific requirements. In some circumstances it may be different for paid roles versus volunteer roles.
DOC has said “While we are at alert level 3, DOC says people should not check traplines on public conservation land unless they have approval from DOC. Any groups checking traps on public conservation land will require DOC approval and a plan to show they can carry out this activity safely, following public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
Some councils have said no volunteer work until Alert Level 2, others have said you can work at Level 3 if you can do so safely. So you need to check directly with them. Some Councils and groups have information listed on their website or social media accounts and where possible we’ve provided a list below.
We realise this is frustrating and we hope that it will become clearer in the coming days. We will update this post as soon as we find out more.
Whatever your situation, the key is you are able to do it safely. This means it needs to be within your region, on relatively easy terrain and the distance needs to be easily covered in one day.
It is also essential you undertake good hygiene practices to ensure your safety. Here are some things to think about:
- Wear gloves at all times when you are handling any shared equipment e.g. traps, gates etc.
- Wash or sanitise your hands well and regularly.
- Make sure your group leader knows what you are doing and has up to date contact details for you and any others working (this is important for contact tracing).
- Maintain safe distancing from anyone not in your bubble at all times.
- Where possible don’t share any equipment or thoroughly clean any shared equipment.
- Take all normal safety precautions too e.g. let people know where you are going and when you expect to be back.
- Most public toilets will still be closed so you need to be prepared to take everything away with you.
The majority of council run parks remain open for exercise at Alert Level 4 and Level 3, but visitors must adhere to physical distancing rules. Very few have issued specific guidance on conservation volunteering. To ensure you are acting within local restrictions, we ask that you contact your relevant local authority.
Auckland Council — all volunteering at parks is suspended till further notice.
Bay of Plenty
Wellington City Council — no volunteer work at Level 3.
Greater Wellington Regional Council — no volunteer work at Level 3.