Volunteer Roles

Download and complete an Expression of Interest Form today!

Expression of Interest 2017 - Animal Team.pdf

Expression of Interest 2017 - Discovery and learning.pdf

Expression of Interest 2017- Maintenance Team.pdf


Current Opportunities at DZP

Discovery and Learning department

We are looking for volunteers to help us provide an involved and exciting experience for all of our visitors. The Presentation Team is responsible for a wide range of public talks & activities.

Daily tasks include:

- Delivering public talks at animal feed time

- Talking to and Engaging visitors to ensure they get the most out of their day

- Helping with Kids crafts, workshops and raising awareness of campaigns

- Assisting with the husbandry of Reptiles and Invertebrates

If you are a confident, outgoing and fun individual with a passion for conservation and education then this is the role for you. 

If you are interested in this role, please send a CV and Cover Letter to Molly Ellis using the email address: volunteer@dartmoorzoo.co.uk 


Discovery and Learning - Education

Volunteering with the Discovery and Learning Team is a varied and interesting role, where you will learn from and be part of an award winning department.

 Daily tasks to include:

  • Delivery of the school education programme

  • Assisting with holiday workshops

  • Helping with departmental administration

If you've had experience working with children, and are looking to gain new skills, then this is the role for you. We ask that volunteers looking to get involved have excellent communication skills, are enthusiastic with a flexible attitude and enjoy being part of a team. Experience with a children across a range of ages, or within a school environment is also beneficial.

 Expression of Interest Forms to go to Coral Jonas: education@dartmoorzoo.co.uk 

Animal Team

One of our most popular volunteer roles, the animal team is looking for individuals who are keen to get their hands dirty and help out our keepers with their daily routine.

Daily Tasks include:

  • Assisting with morning rounds
  • Carrying out food preperations
  • Helping with general enclosure maintenance and care
  • Assisting to build and designing animal enrichment

This is one of the more demanding roles, and requires confident, sensible individuals with a real passion for animals. If you think you could be one of our hard working team come rain or shine then this is the role for you.

NB: Due to high demand and staff numbers, role spaces are limited and we may not be able to offer you an opportunity straight away. You must be 18 or over to volunteer with the Animal Department.

Expression of Interest forms to go to: hannah.webb@dartmoorzoo.co.uk 


Maintenance & Grounds Keeping Team

Our Maintenance Team is responsible for everything from cleaning drains and changing light bulbs to designing and building new enclosures. In this department experience in the building trade is highly prized but by no means required. If you don't mind hard work you'll be very welcome.

We're also looking to build our grounds keeping team. We need handy people to help us maintain our extensive 33 acre woodland property. This includes helping to manage the cultivated public spaces as well as aiding us to maintain the wild spaces, which play an important role in our Natural Conservation program.

Expression of Interest Forms to go to Tim Steward: tim.steward@dartmoorzoo.co.uk


Conservation and Research

Volunteering with the Conservation and Research Department is ideal for self motivated individuals. You will be working with the in-house team of scientists, assisting them with day to day research which could include enclosure design for new animals, dietary requirements or green initiatives to assist with our goals of working towards ISO 14001.

Please send a Cover Letter and CV to adam.cook@plymouth.ac.uk for more information


Can't see a role for you? Give us an email of what you are looking for and we will help find the right role for you.

 Please note that most of the volunteer roles we offer require a commitment of at least one day a week for 6 months in order to ensure time for adequate training.