Animal Discovery volunteer

Why do we have Animal Discovery Volunteers and what do they do?

Animal Discovery Volunteers introduce our guests to some of our minibeasts and other smaller animals in ‘Animal Encounters’. They also get involved in “Zoo to you’, where we take smaller animals out into the local community. 

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!

Volunteers also help with the husbandry, or might be out and about in some of our ‘walkthrough’ exhibits such as Butterfly Forest, explaining about their fascinating lifecycles!  
There is the opportunity to combine this role with the Children’s Craft Volunteer role.

Who are we looking for?

  • Friendly and confident people
  • People who are excited about the opportunity to learn how to handle minibeasts and reptiles
  • Great communication skills; people who are able to relate to guests of all ages
  • People with a passion for wildlife and conservation (but you don’t have to be an expert!)
  • People who are willing  to learn and to keep up to date
  • Reliability and regular attendance.  We would like Volunteers to attend one day a week or one day a fortnight from 10.40am – 4.30pm.  

What’s in it for you?

By becoming an Animal Discovery Volunteer you can…

  • Gain valuable new skills in animal husbandry.
  • Improve your presentation skills.
  • Expand your knowledge of wildlife and conservation.
  • meet new people and make new friends.
  • Gain even more new skills by combining this role with the Children’s Craft role.

"By becoming an animal discovery volunteer I gained confidence in public speaking and animal handling, whilst boosting my animal knowledge.  I love assisting with the animals’ husbandry and find their varied characters endlessly entertaining.” Beth, Animal Discovery Volunteer.

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