Volunteering opportunities

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 and we are not able to offer any volunteering opportunities to anyone under 18 years of age.

Summer Play! Volunteer Role 2018 - closed

This is two month volunteer placement running from 21st July to 2nd September and requires a commitment of 1 AM or PM shift (11am – 2pm or 2pm -5pm) per week. 

Summer Play! volunteers will:

  • Attend two days of training – 8th and 15th July
  • Engage and talk to visitors to ensure they get the most out of their day (giving directions etc)
  • Be given a ‘Play Backpack’ with a variety of resources in to use, to create and lead some open ended play based in various locations across the zoo.
  • Following training - have an increased knowledge in the difference in different types of play and their benefits.
  • Following training - feel confident to support a play session

As a requirement for this role potential volunteers must have experience working/volunteering with children, be aged 18 or over and be willing to undergo a DBS check. For more information on this role please email volunteers@chesterzoo.org

The deadline for applying for this role is 25th June - to apply please click here. For a copy of the role description please click here.

Educational Research Volunteers - closed

This is a seasonal role which will run from the 10th June 2018 to the 30th September 2018 and requires a commitment of 2 hours per week.

Education research volunteers will be asked:

  • To attend the training day on the 10th June 2018 (which will cover the research topic, surveying skills, health and safety etc.)
  • To stop visitors as they leave the zoo and ask them the survey questions. Responses will either be input by the volunteer or visitor into an iPad, although it is possible paper surveys may be used at some times.
  • To follow procedures for approaching visitors and collecting the survey data, helping us ensure we get a representative sample of visitors taking part.
  • To input data from paper surveys into the computerised system (if required)

This role would suit someone who is confident in talking to people and has an interest in social research.

Visitor Engagement Volunteers - closed

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 - closed

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) - closed

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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