If you are looking for a new interest or a chance to meet new people and support an education, scientific and conservation charity then come and be part of a growing team of volunteers at Paignton Zoo.

As a charity, volunteers play a vital role in the life of the Zoo. They do not take the place of paid staff but contribute to our success by supporting the Zoo's education, scientific and conservation mission whilst enhancing the visitor experience and assisting us to raise awareness of, and funds for, animal and plant conservation projects locally and all over the world.

Every year our volunteers provide thousands of hours between them to support the work of Paignton Zoo. We have over 150 volunteers who support us on a regular duty day every week and without our volunteers the Zoo would not be able to offer the activities, events and all round excellent visitor experience that it does.

As such we are looking for people who can lend a hand regularly. Our volunteer roles would suit outgoing individuals who enjoy interacting with the public, being outdoors and who have an interest in the natural world. As our volunteers are considered a huge part of the Paignton Zoo team we value reliability and good communication skills.

Volunteers assist our staff, help our visitors enjoy their day and provide excellent customer service whilst, amongst many other things, learn new skills, meet new people and pass on their knowledge and experience.

What’s in it for you?

Knowledge that you are helping an education, scientific and conservation charity
Helps you give something back to your local community
An opportunity to gain valuable knowledge, experience and confidence
Helps with your CV
Keeps you active
Opportunities to meet and socialise with new and like-minded people
Access to the Zoo and regular volunteer newsletters
Full training for your volunteer role
Uniform and name badge; a small deposit is taken for these at your induction

Work experience, work placements and short-term volunteering

The details on these pages relate to volunteers who support the Zoo every week on a regular duty day. If you are looking to gain career experience working with zoo animals, either through work experience or a work placement, please visit our work experience page. Volunteering is not the same as undertaking a work placement.

Please view our Volunteer Roles page which shows the volunteer roles with opportunities available at present.

What You Say
It's got to be said, Paignton Zoo is hard to beat! 
We've been to Paignton zoo several times and love it each time, especially the gorillas. 
The zoo is really well kept and the information along the way is great