Volunteers play a vital role in the survival of our Zoo, each providing incredible support to our permanent teams. Working with the animals, education services, grounds and community teams, our wonderful volunteers make a huge difference.
Our Volunteer Scheme is open to anyone over the age of 18 who is passionate about animals and the Zoo. Throughout the year we have over 50 volunteers with us who dedicate their time to helping us achieve our mission, caring for our animals and grounds, whilst ensuring we are able to offer a wonderful day out for all of our visitors.
The Volunteer Scheme is open to everyone over the age of 18 (there is no maximum age).
Our Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, including:
Students looking for experience to go alongside studies
Part-time employed wanting to help out
Active volunteers typically aim to complete a minimum of:
Gardening Department: 1/2 day
Education Department: 1/2 day
Animal Walk throughs: 1/2 day
Animal Keeping Department: 1 full day (between 8am-5pm, ideally able to commit to a minimum of 12 months volunteering)
Marketing Department: 1/2 day
This can be arranged around your schedule, subject to availability. Ideally, we would encourage a minimum commitment of 4 months (12 month for animal keeping department).
Below are some of the reasons people choose to volunteer. For some it provides an opportunity to:
Give something back to the Zoo
Make a difference to the lives of others
Help the environment
Feel valued and part of a team
Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
Gain confidence and self-esteem
For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of:
Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
Developing existing skills and knowledge
Enhancing a CV
Improving one’s employment prospects
Using one’s professional skills and knowledge to benefit others (usually described as pro bono)
For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits. These include:
Meeting new people and making new friends
A chance to socialise
Getting to know the local community
Gardens & Grounds Department
Garden Volunteers – The Gardens and Grounds are as important to the Zoo as the Animals and Education. They are maintained by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers.