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 Help with Woodland Conservation at Killarney National Park

Environment/Animal welfare

Help with Woodland Conservation at Killarney National Park

Voluntary Service International


At a Glance

  • Start Date:16/08/2020
  • End Date:29/08/2020
  • Closing date:09/08/2020
  • Post Updated:03/03/2020
  • Min Hours:6 hours per day
  • Role Type:Other

Requirements: As the terrain is quite difficult, there is no wheelchair access


Voluntary Service International (VSI) is the Irish branch of Service Civil International, a worldwide peace movement that began in 1920. We work to promote peace, social justice, sustainable development and intercultural understanding through volunteering activities internationally and in Ireland. VSI is a registered charity in Ireland (Charity Number: CHY 9220).

Killarney National Park is located in Co. Kerry in the south west of Ireland. It is 10,000 hectares in size and comprises of mountains, lakes and woodland. It has an extensive range of trees, plants and wildlife. In the 19th century the rhododendron bush (Rhododendron ponticum) was introduced and has proven to be highly invasive and destructive specie. The rhododendron is threatening the biodiversity of the park and many native species of trees, shrubs, and mosses.

Accommodation: In a modern hostel in the park, dormitory style. Please bring your sleeping bag and a pillowcase.

Language: English

Requirements: As the terrain is quite difficult, there is no wheelchair access.

Approximate Location: 5 km from Killarney, Co. Kerry in the southwest of Ireland.

VSI Project Fee:

Waged €85

Unwaged/student €55

The project fee covers:

Administration costs

Pre-departure training 

Health insurance throughout your project

Membership of VSI for one year

Please Note:

The midge fly and ticks are widespread in the park so volunteers must be prepared to use a strong insect repellent and wear a protective net when working. The park will provide nets, gloves and rubber boots. Volunteers are also required to wear long sleeves and trousers while working. Due to the tough terrain, volunteers must in good physical shape as walking uphill is required. In addition, there will be no Wi-Fi coverage in the park; however, it is available at a local pub located near the hostel.

Additional information and application on

Is training provided?: Yes

Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:

Volunteers will work on rhododendron control in remote areas of the park. This can involve stem treating mature plants with small tools, the picking of seedlings, and cutting of saplings. The National Park will provide sharp tools such as hatchets, loppers and secateurs and a herbicide as part of their strategy to control the rhododendron plants. Full training on the safe use of these methods and safety equipment will be provided by the National Park.

Minimum time commitment per week:
10+ hour p/week


If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Mateja Jakšić

Address: Voluntary Service International, 20 Dominick Street Lower, Dublin 1


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