Our Volunteers

What is involved

The Hamish Saunders Memorial Trust flies two selected volunteers to Tasmania each year, so they can participate in a flora and fauna survey of a selected island environment. The trips offer young New Zealanders an opportunity to spend time in some of Australia's most beautiful coastline environments, contributing to the conservation of these areas.

Each trip lasts for a week to ten days and is usually scheduled for the spring months of October to December.


Applications are sought from interested and motivated kiwis and aussies who believe they would benefit from taking part in one of our island surveys. Successful applicants will have the following attributes:

  • Have a strong interest in coastal conservation.
  • Be a Post graduate, or near graduation student.
  • Keen to learn and to gain field experience.
  • Willing and able to live in a remote environment with only basic amenities.
  • A "team player".
  • A strong swimmer.

Apply now for the January 2017 survey trip. Details can be found here

Volunteer Feedback

Want to find out what past volunteers thought of their HSMT Survey experiences?

As part of the island survey reports, our kiwi participants have kindly given us feedback on their experiences. Each gives their own unique perspective on the area they travelled to, the team they worked with and the plant and animal surveying activities they took part in.

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  • This we know: The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood which unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself.

    - Chief Seattle, 1854

  • Why be at all, if not the one to seize the moon and carry off the sun?

    - James Louis Carcioppolo

  • The human brain now holds the key to our future. We have to recall the image of the planet from outer space, a single entity in which air, water, and continents are interconnected. That is our home.

    David Suzuki

About Hamish

Hamish had a passion for life and tasked himself with passing his enthusiasm onto others. He inspired and motivated both friends and those he met on his extensive travels...Read more.

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