Intern with us

Want to help make real-world projects happen, understand the environmental non-profit sector, and gain practical experience?

WRT is all about informing our Waiheke community, local businesses, and visitors on sustainable practices.

An internship is an opportunity to be part of the WRT whānau, explore Waiheke Island’s context and get involved in the initiatives happening here. We offer both holistic and project internships, and welcome discussions about how our work can fit in with your studies.

We host interns all year round, both on-site and remotely (depending on specialisation). It is recommended that you volunteer with us for two months or longer to get the hang of things and really connect with the Waiheke community.

If you’d like to volunteer your mahi, fill out our application below, or email [email protected] with any questions.

NOTE: our programme is currently full until June 2024.

As a WRT intern, you will:

  • Be passionate about the environment
  • Fit our culture of an open, flexible workspace
  • Work proactively in a professional manner
  • Adopt WRT’s culture statement, code of conduct, and policies
  • Use initiative to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Have excellent communication and time management skills

Volunteering options

  • Administration and customer service
  • ESRI suite and mapping
  • Graphic design (Adobe, Canva)
  • Photography and videography
  • Environment research and report writing
  • Social media content creation
  • Website development (WordPress)

A Few of Our Past Interns

Erin McConville


Erin is a 20 year old engineering student who came to New Zealand because of its beautiful landscape and friendly people.

At WRT, Erin used her GIS skills to map Little Oneroa catchment and the restoration work of Love Our Wetlands, contributed to our annual reports, helped organise and advertise Plastic Free July events, and learned how to live more sustainably!

Kai Duwe


“WRT as working space is really lovely. You are not treated like an intern, you are part of the team.

“I am from Hamburg and that is a very busy city. You work a lot and all people are really busy. On Waiheke and here at WRT you work hard but with the benefit is that you have nice people looking out for you.

“Whenever you need support you will get it and whenever you’d like to experience anything special they give you the chance to.”

Paige Blake


Paige is a 22 year old Geography graduate who wanted to really get involved in the Waiheke community.

Her desserts at Kai Conscious Café were delicious, and she helped rescue food and welcome the community every week. Paige successfully organised a Little Oneroa planting day, and she managed Waiheke Sustainability Centre’s bookings and ecostore.

Alongside this, she also helped out in the office, in the field, and kept WRT’s social media humming along.

Frans Hoojimans


“My experience as a WRT intern definitely made me more aware of the environment, food waste, and recyling. For example, at home we started to recycle more waste.

“Also, I made it a habit for myself to use reusable cups and containers to bring my lunch. I even still use the WRT cup that I got as a present on my last day. They are small things on their own but can make quite an impact in the long run.

“Overall, it made me more conscious about how to live more sustainably.”

Tanya Putthapipat


“Learning about the different services that WRT has to offer made me do my own research to find similar services in Wellington.

“After the internship I was even more aware on my purchases and over day to day living. Any way I could reduce less waste I did it. Started composting, but since I live in an apartment, I would take my bucket to my friends’ places. I’ve started carrying a mug now if I want to get a coffee to go and also a container.”

Apply for an Internship

    We're flexible based on your availability. Please give us more details as part of the "tell us about yourself" section.


    If other, please let us know as part of your cover letter.

    What's your background in? What drew you to this opportunity? Send through a cover letter telling us why you'd like to intern at WRT.