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Volunteering opportunities at Dartmoor Zoo

As a charity, volunteers provide vital support and contribute to the success of our zoo. There are many rewarding volunteer roles at Dartmoor Zoo, offering you a unique opportunity to work alongside a variety of animals and join our enthusiastic team.

Roles range from helping us to provide an involved and exciting experience for all of our guests, through to helping with the groundskeeping and maintenance, or helping out the animal husbandry teams.

Discovery, Learning and Research Department (DLR)

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

  • Delivering talks to guests at animal feed time
  • Talking to and engaging with 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

Please note that due to high demand, we don’t have any volunteer spaces available at this time. We are still accepting expression of interest forms. You must be aged 16 or over to volunteer with the DLR Department.

Discovery and Learning (& Research) Application Form

Animal Department

The Animal Team, one of our most popular volunteer roles, are 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 preparation
  • Helping with enclosure maintenance and care
  • Helping to design, build and install animal enrichment

This is one of the more physically 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.

Please note that due to high demand, we don’t have any volunteer spaces available at this time. We are still accepting expression of interest forms. You must be aged 18 or over to volunteer with the Animal Department.

Animal Department Application Form

Maintenance and Grounds Keeping Team

Our Maintenance Team are responsible for everything from designing and installing brand new enclosures to mowing the lawns! Volunteers with experience in construction are very welcome but it is by no means compulsory.

Even if you just love weeding, or pruning back the edges of our wild areas, your efforts will make a huge difference! If you are aged over 18 and don’t mind a physical day, you’ll be very welcome.

Maintenance Department Application Form

Conservation and Research Department

Volunteering with the Conservation and Research Department is ideal for self-motivated individuals. You will be helping the team with day-to-day research which could include enclosure design for new animals, dietary studies, or green initiatives.

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

Unfortunately we don’t have any availability for volunteering in the Conservation and Research Department currently. When a space becomes available, we will update this page.

Applications for our university placement year programme are currently closed. Applications for positions during the 2023-2024 university year will open in October 2022.

Animal Department Volunteer Placement

Our volunteer placements are a great opportunity if you are looking to build upon an animal management qualification and pursue a career working with wild animals.

Volunteering on the daily husbandry routines of the animal collection under the direction of the Keepers, Senior Keepers, Head Keeper and Curator, you will assist the keepers with all of their daily duties, working with a wide range of mammal and bird species.

To find out more about what’s involved, and see if the placement might be right for you, please view the role description here.

We’re currently accepting applications for the following:

September 2022 – September 2023 (for three, six or nine months)

These positions are for three – five days a week.

Please complete this Volunteer Placement Application Form and email it to our team.

Have another role in mind?

Get in touch – you never know which skills may be helpful to the zoo!

Next step

If you’re interested in getting involved, need advice or have any questions about our volunteering opportunities at Dartmoor Zoo, please get in touch with us. 

Email us or call 01752 837645.