Volunteer at Dartmoor Zoological Park 

Looking for something new? Thinking about developing your skills? Want to gain experience with animals? Why not do it all and Volunteer at Dartmoor Zoo!

Dartmoor Zoological Park strives to Conserve, Research and Educate, whilst offering a fun and engaging family day out, and we’d love to have you as part of our team.

Volunteering can be an incredibly rewarding experience, developing new skills, spending your day along side animals and getting to share it all with a few new friends.  At Dartmoor Zoo we offer a range of different roles, allowing you to get truly stuck in with the day to day of Zoo life!

Find out more here.


Common Questions about Volunteering:

1) How do I show my interest in volunteering?

Once you know which role you are interested in, download one of our Expressions of Interest Forms, fill it out and send it via email or post to the named member of staff. When it is received we will get in contact with you. By completing an Expression of Interest Form, you do not immediately become a volunteer, as we do have a limited number of roles available.

2) How much time am I expected to commit?

You can offer as little or as much time as you are able to donate. Some roles are more demanding than others, and to get the most out of your opportunity here, we may suggest that a full day is better than a half day. A typical day for a volunteer may run from 9 until 4:30 or 8 until 5. With regular breaks and a set lunch break.

3) How many days am I expected to commit?

Again, you can offer as many or as few days as you are able. The departments are flexible but really do benefit the most, if you are able to offer at least one regular day a week, or one weekend day every fortnight. The more we can rely on you to provide a set day, the more opportunities we can offer you and the greater your experiences will be.

4) What is the age limit for volunteers?

Due to Health and Safety standards we are unable to accept any volunteer under the age of 18 for our Animal Team or under 16 for our other teams.

5) I have to complete work experience for my school / college course, can I volunteer?

Unfortunately, work experience is different to volunteering and we are only able to accept a certain number of work experience students per year. If you are interested in work placement, places are allocated by the Education Department. However, if you are over 18 and have some spare time, volunteering is still a great way to get hands on experience of interacting with the public, spending time around animals and learning more about the way a zoo really works.


"Volunteering was a wonderful experience and a great chance to get hands on with an animal environment." Frankie Canale-Dow, Student, Aged 20 .


"I enjoy volunteering at Dartmoor Zoo because I get the chance to meet and talk to so many interesting people, who visit the park."Mike Capstack, Science Technician, Aged 23

Continue to Volunteer Roles

If your questions aren’t covered here, please feel free to email them to: volunteer@dartmoorzoo.co.uk