As a charity, volunteers provide vital support to the life of the zoo. Chester Zoo’s award-winning volunteers contribute to our success by supporting the zoo’s education, scientific and conservation mission.

We are supported by up 250 volunteers every year; they play a crucial role in providing an all-round excellent visitor experience. Chester Zoo volunteers are passionate people dedicated to engaging visitors in amazing educational experiences and raising funds for our vital conservation work.

Through volunteering with Chester Zoo, volunteers can meet new people, work on new challenges, have fun, support others, benefit from training, enhance their wellbeing and gain experience and skills for potential employment and self-development.

Volunteers are primarily involved in customer service, community and education roles. And just so you know, we don’t have any animal section volunteer roles.

Community Hub

To find out how you can ACT FOR WILDLIFE from home or in your community, visit our Community Hub.

Hedgehog Watch 

Would you like to get involved in a NEW and EXCITING Citizen Science project all about our LOCAL garden wildlife?

We’re looking for volunteers to participate in Chester Zoo’s Hedgehog Watch! Visit Hedgehog Watch for more information on how you can take part.

We work with up to 250 volunteers every year, here’s what they say about their volunteering experiences:

“Chester Zoo’s volunteer induction programme is absolutely amazing – interesting, informative, fun, and far more thorough and helpful than any induction I’ve ever been offered elsewhere.”

“The Zoo is a wonderful place to volunteer. The animals are endlessly fascinating, the grounds are beautiful, the other volunteers and staff are welcoming and appreciative, and by championing conservation and helping visitors enjoy their day out you really feel you’re making a positive difference to the world.”

“If you want to improve or uplift your confidence whether able or less able and meet some amazing friends then volunteering at Chester Zoo is for you and you will be supported by an amazing volunteering team. Exercise is a bonus you will enjoy.”