Experiencing Marine Reserves runs a series of free snorkel days in the weekends which we need volunteer guides for as well as volunteers for our school events. We provide your training and for the community days we usually assist with transport costs as well as providing lunch.
In the Auckland Region we are providing a number of training opportunities in the form of subsidised first aid courses and training events - register to find out more.
If you are interested in volunteering please register here:
Auckland - http://eepurl.com/dk0rMP
Northland - https://goo.gl/forms/DQw0bK7OaEBsl0Qf1
Previous volunteers write about their experience with EMR:
My experience with EMR - Eryn Hooper (March 2014)
I was really lucky to have to opportunity to help out on a community guided snorkel day on Waiheke Island and be involved in a schools snorkel day at Leigh. It was a real privilege to be involved in such an inspiring programme which clearly engages a wide variety of people and teaches them important lessons about the fragile marine environment. It was so great to see so many excited faces when the fish came right up to us and I, as well as the members of the public, learnt a lot about the species in New Zealand’s waters. Particularly on the schools snorkel day it was really encouraging to see the younger generation being taught in this interactive way about such an important issue. It was clear that the experience of being in the water with so many marine species would be a memory that would stay with them, like it has for me.
Before coming to New Zealand I worked on a project monitoring newly established marine reserves in the UK. Working with EMR made me realise how much progress can be made by engaging with local communities and allowing them to see first-hand how much difference protecting the marine environment can make. We need more projects like these around the world and Samara and her team should be very proud of the programme that they run.
Thank you Samara for letting me get involved with your great scheme. I just wished I could have spent more time with you but I hope to be back one day when I can do just that.
Eryn Hooper (March 2014)