Volunteering opportunities

We're sorry but we have now finished our first recruiting session for Visitor Engagement Volunteers to join us in 2018. We may hold more this year - keep an eye out!

For more details and to register at our next open day please visit the apply page. Just so you know, unfortunately we don't have any animal section volunteer roles.

Visitor Engagement Volunteers

Commitment: Minimum 2 hours per week for 6 months, weekends and/or weekdays.

Your role may include:

  • Engaging and talking to visitors to ensure they get the most out of their day (giving directions etc).
  • Assisting visitors at enclosures to spot animals and answer questions.
  • Inspiring our visitors about our species and conservation stories.
  • Volunteers will be stationed at various visitor locations around the zoo mainly in Islands, Realm of the Red Ape, Jaguars, Butterflies and Aye Ayes.
  • Volunteers may also get the opportunity to help on projects relating to our campaigns or events.
  • Assist with public engagement at events and schools.

Fundraising Volunteers

Commitment: Minimum of one session every 6 months. Each fundraising session usually involves 2-3 hours of volunteering.

Your role may include:

  • Penny counting: Counting and sorting the coins from the zoo’s ponds, to turn them into donations for our conservation work.
  • Community fundraising: Tombolas, bag packing, bucket collections or raffles to support our fundraising campaigns.
  • Marshalling: Helping to direct participants at fundraising events.
  • Mailing preparation and delivery: Administration tasks or delivering leaflets to local residents, to help keep in touch with our supporters and show the difference that they make.

Learning Volunteers (term time only)

Commitment: 1 day per week for 4 months (weekdays only from April to July).

Your role may include:

  • Coordinate school groups on arrival at the Learning Centre.
  • Assist in the set up and/or changeover of lessons.
  • Assist with group activities during KS1/2 discovery sessions.
  • Help maintain the artefacts at the Learning Centre (including stock taking).
  • Assist with workshop evaluation and data entry.
  • There may also be opportunities to observe and assist in higher level sessions.

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