Please take a look at the different roles below. If you feel you would enjoy any of these, and can meet the suggested commitment, then please see the link on the right hand side of this page to fill out an online application form.
Childrens craft volunteers
Spend your day being creative in our Activity Centre. It’s run by volunteers and attracts lots of young guests, so you can get involved in face painting, badge making, brass rubbing and other activities.
We also have a conservation corner and a retail area. The Activity Centre is in the busy hub of the zoo right by the main lawn, so you’ll always have something to do.
This role runs from 10:30am to 4:30pm, one day a week.
We’re looking for confident people who enjoy talking to our guests and are willing to learn lots about gorillas, lemurs, butterflies and lorikeets.
You’ll be based in our Gorilla house, the Lemur Walkthrough*, Butterfly Forest and Feed the Lorikeets exhibits, where you’ll answer questions and make sure both guests and animals are behaving themselves! *closed in winter
We ask you to commit to either a morning or afternoon shift, on a day that suits you. The morning shift runs from 9.45am until 1.45pm, and the afternoon shift runs from 1.15pm to 5pm (these times are slightly reduced in the winter).
Animal discovery volunteers
We want our guests to be amazed by, and discover more, about our wonderful animals. Our Animal Discovery Volunteers are friendly and welcoming to our guests, and can really make their day!
As an Animal Discovery Volunteer you might be introducing our guests to some of our minibeasts and other smaller animals in ‘Animal Encounters’. You could also be getting involved in “Zoo to you’, where we take smaller animals out into the local community. You may help with the husbandry for some of these animals, or be out and about in some of our ‘walkthrough’ exhibits such as Butterfly Forest, explaining these animals’ fascinating lifecycles!
Your volunteering day may well vary each time you volunteer (so we need you to be flexible!) but we will of course make sure you are trained so that you feel confident and knowledgeable.
We would like our Animal Discovery Volunteers to be with us for at least six months (so we can train you properly) and volunteer one day a week from 10.30am to 4.30pm.
Why not join our dedicated team who care for our award-winning gardens?
We’d like you to volunteer one full day a week and you would be volunteering alongside staff. Physically it’s pretty hard, but we think you’ll find the surroundings inspiring at any time of year.
We have Gardens volunteers both at Bristol Zoo and at the Wild Place Project near Cribbs Causeway.
This role runs from 10:30am to 4:30pm, one day a week.
This scheme offers the opportunity to support our Keeper staff. This scheme, especially volunteering with Mammals, is extremely popular and so spaces are very limited.
There are five keeper volunteer roles, and so you’ll need to pick which one(s) you are interested in.
These roles are:
Volunteer Aquarium Keeper
Volunteer Bugworld Keeper
Volunteer Reptile & Amphibian Keeper
Volunteer Birds Keeper
Volunteer Mammals Keeper
It’s also a long, hard day, as we would like you to volunteer from 8am to 5pm, one day a week. That said, it’s a fantastic opportunity to learn something new and do something a bit different. You would volunteer alongside a member of staff.
Volunteers need to be at least 16 years old.
Presentation keeper volunteers
This role supports the Presentations staff helping with the husbandry of the section’s mammals and birds, assisting behind the scenes during the Amazing Animals shows (during peak holiday times), general cleaning duties, and the opportunity to observe training sessions with the seals and other animals. It is a long physical day from 8.30 – 4.30 once a week but is a fantastic opportunity for anyone wanting to do something interesting and unusual with their spare time.
Learning ranger volunteers
We are looking for outgoing people who enjoy talking with guests and are enthusiastic about conservation.
The Learning Ranger Staff deliver a range of public talks and feeds across the zoo. Volunteers will assist with these with the use of props and biofacts. We are based in the “Lemur Walkthrough” and “Feed the Lorikeets”, which gives volunteers an opportunity to chat to guests about the animals and spread the message of saving wildlife together. There are also opportunities throughout the year to assist with conservation campaigns and activities. This is a great role for expanding your knowledge and encouraging conservation action from our guests.
This role is one day a week, from 9:45am to 4pm in the summer and slightly shorter hours in the winter.
Avon Gorge and Downs wildlife project education programme volunteers
Would you like to get involved with a local wildlife project? Are you keen to learn more about British wildlife and are passionate about sharing your enthusiasm for the natural world with others? We are looking for volunteers to work with the Avon Gorge and Downs Education Officers who are based in the Learning Department at Bristol Zoo Gardens. Most of our volunteers help us deliver education sessions to schools, play schemes and youth groups out on the Downs. You can even get creative and help with the preparation and delivery of our crafty children’s events, family days and community activities such as the Bristol Festival of Nature! Or, if you’re not so keen on the face-to-face delivery we also need volunteers to help us, behind the scenes, with office work and the development of educational resources.
Unlike other volunteer roles in the Zoo, you don’t have to commit to one particular day a week. We send out a timetable of up-and-coming education sessions and events that we need help with, and you sign up to the ones you are interested in and have time for.
Conservation campaign volunteers
Would you like to help us launch a brand new campaign this summer? Are you passionate about conservation, and keen to learn more about the Forest Stewardship Council?
Bristol Zoo Gardens is designing a campaign encouraging guests to choose kitchen products produced from well managed forests, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The campaign team will be based next to Gorilla Island in the recently developed Interpretation Space, soon to be installed with an FSC-certified kitchen!
Our Conservation Campaign Volunteers will be bringing the space to life: assistingstaff to set up, run, and pack away fun activities and games. The role would suit confident people who enjoy interacting with guests of all ages. We are looking for volunteers to commit to one day per week from mid-May to early September.
To find out more about what we do please take a look at the following video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVvgLfztfYE
Wild Place project volunteers
Help us take our first steps on a fantastic journey, by becoming a volunteer at the Wild Place Project. We have a number of roles available at the Wild Place Project including maintenance volunteers, seasonal ranger volunteers and guest engagement volunteers. Click here for more information.
If you have further questions please either visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or give us a call on 0117 9747363. If you wish to apply for any of the above roles please click on the link to the right of this page - we look forward to hearing from you!