Voluntary Work Placements

We offer 12 month voluntary work placements within our animal and plant sections. These placements provide work experience and practical training covering a wide range of topics.

All those doing work placement with the animal teams must be at least 18 years old so our placements are best suited to those taking a gap-year between A-Levels / National Diploma and further studies, sandwich placements or those who have already graduated from university or college, preferably having studied in a related subject.

These work placements are also open to a limited number of industrial placement students, as well as to those who will have completed their undergraduate studies.

Recruitment is now live for placements starting September 2023.  Please apply here


We also offer industrial placements for undergraduate students studying for a degree with a year in industry (sandwich degree courses). These are placed within our Science or Field Programmes teams and involve undertaking a main research project during the 12-month placement.

Please note: no direct animal contact takes place during the Science and Field Programme teams’ Industrial Placements. We cannot accommodate any further placements or work experience. And all placements are voluntary and unpaid.

The deadline for our 2022 industrial placements has now ended.


We’re happy to welcome a limited number of year 10 students to complete their work experience placement at Chester Zoo!

The placement provides a taster of our commercial operations teams as students rotate around our Food & Beverage, Operations, Retail, Admissions and Membership & Adoptions teams.

Unfortunately, we’re unable to offer placements within the animal teams.

We work with MPLOY Solutions to arrange the placements, and as spaces are limited we are only able to offer places to students at local schools who work with MPLOY.

All applications must be submitted via the schools – we can’t accept any applications via email or telephone.

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