Volunteer

Kaibosh’s volunteer team is at the heart of our work. In just a couple of hours a week you can make a real difference, helping to reduce food poverty and food waste in our communities.

Around 200 dedicated volunteers help with the collection and sorting of food at Kaibosh. Our service couldn’t work without them, and we’re lucky to have so many wonderful people involved. We have a range of volunteer roles at our three bases: Pōneke, Pito-one and Paraparaumu. Watch our video to learn more.

“I can give something back to the community by volunteering here. Kaibosh reduces waste and at the same time helps people in need. The working atmosphere here is awesome and dynamic.” – Monique, Kaibosh volunteer

Keen to lend a hand and be part of Kaibosh? For individuals, please find our current volunteer openings below.

For organisations or groups, get in touch to find out about ways your team can support Kaibosh.

Current Volunteering Vacancies

We have a range of volunteer roles at our three bases: Pōneke, Pito-one and Paraparaumu.

Please consider making a commitment of at least 4-6 months volunteering with Kaibosh, due to the time spent with your induction and training.

We use an online software called Volaby for our volunteer programme. To apply simply select your preferred site below, click through to create a Volaby account and fill in your details.

Wellington City Volunteering

Wellington volunteer roles include Weekday or Weekend Food Sorting as part of a team on site at our premises, Weekday Driver Food Rescue Support and Operations Support, and Weekend Market Food Rescue in Newtown on Saturday and Harbourside on Sunday. All shifts require a good level of fitness and require lifting 15kg boxes.

Driver Food Rescue Support

Working with our Kaibosh drivers, food rescue volunteers are out and about in our vans, collecting quality surplus food from supermarkets around the Wellington city and suburbs.

Shift timing (approx): Weekdays between 9:00am – 12noon

Food Sorting

Working in a medium-large team, food sorting volunteers make sure that donated food is recorded, quality checked, sorted and stored, ready for community groups to collect.

Shift timings (approx):

  • Weekdays: 12:00-2:00pm
  • Weekends: 4:00 or 4:30pm start – 6/6:30pm

Operations Support

Working with our ops team this involves a variety of tasks on site, which may include loading sorted boxes into our charity partners vehicles, cleaning the site and other ad hoc tasks. 

Shift timing (approx): Weekdays between 9:00- 11:00am

Market Rescue

Working alongside our Kaibosh drivers at the weekend markets, rescuing food from the stalls, and loading the van with food crates. This is a shift for those who like to lift!

Shift timings (approx): Weekends 1:45pm – 2:30pm

Ready to sign up for an ongoing Volunteer role?

Apply to Volunteer in Wellington


Hutt Valley Volunteering

Food Sorting 

Shift timings (approximate)
Weekdays: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Petone Ave, Petone

About the role
Working in a small team, food sorting volunteers make sure that donated food is recorded, quality checked, sorted and stored, ready for community groups to collect.

Apply to Volunteer in the Hutt Valley

Food Rescue – Hutt Valley

Shift timings (approximate)

Monday to Saturday: 7:00am – 11:00am

About the role

Working with our Kaibosh drivers, food rescue volunteers are out and about in our vans, collecting quality surplus food from supermarkets around the Hutt Valley.

Apply to Volunteer in the Hutt Valley


Kāpiti-Horowhenua Volunteering

Operations Support – Sparkle Squad Member

Are you passionate about maintaining cleanliness and organization? Join our friendly team as a Warehouse Cleaner and be a part of our Sparkle Squad!

We’re looking for someone enthusiastic and detail oriented to perform a variety of cleaning tasks to ensure our warehouse space remains tidy and well-maintained. This will involve sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming floors; washing dishes, utensils, and kitchen equipment. Additionally, you will assist in washing and detailing vehicles, including trucks and vans, to uphold cleanliness standards. You will play a key role in organizing storage areas and maintaining an inventory of cleaning supplies. Alongside these duties, you will assist with light maintenance tasks as needed and strictly always adhere to safety procedures and guidelines. Your commitment to maintaining a clean and safe environment will contribute to the overall success of our organization. 

Shift timings (approximate): Friday 9am – 11am

Location: Sheffield Street, Paraparaumu

Requirements: 

  • Good attention to detail and a reasonable level of fitness. Able to lift boxes weighing 15 kilos. 
  • Volunteers must be 16 years old or older. 
  • Friendly and a good team player. 

Contact:  Keen to chat, or have a question – contact Aimee, Volunteer Manager at Kaibosh Kāpiti-Horowhenua.

Apply to volunteer here: Kaibosh Volaby platform


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