Volunteer roles

What can you do as a volunteer?

Please click on and read through the volunteer role descriptions at the bottom of this page to find out which current volunteer opportunities are available and what is involved in the roles.

How old do I need to be?

For most of our volunteer roles you need to be 16+ years of age as we require you to be able to volunteer unsupervised and independently under the direction of one of the many different departments that we have at the Zoo.

Other roles may only accept volunteers from 18 years of age.

There is no upper age limit.

Please see the individual role descriptions for confirmation of the minimum age required for each role.

Registering your interest in volunteering at Paignton Zoo

Once you have clicked on and read through the volunteer role descriptions at the bottom of this page and are interested in volunteering on a regular day every week at Paignton Zoo:

Please complete the interest form in either word format or PDF format, listing up to a maximum of 3 roles and on which days you can offer your time (nearly all of the activities cover a 7 day rota) as this helps with our shortlisting. Please only list roles on the interest form which are shown as having opportunities available, as shown at the bottom of this page.

Volunteer recruitment

As we have a limited number of opportunities, we endeavour to find people most suited to volunteering. This decision is based initially on information provided on the interest form and then through an informal discussion with potential volunteers who have been shortlisted from their interest forms.

Due to the number of interest forms received, we will only contact you if you are shortlisted to attend an informal discussion where you will be able to discuss volunteering and the role/s you are interested in with the Volunteer Co-ordinator or another member of staff. Together, if possible, we will try to find the right role for you.

If you are successful in becoming a volunteer after your informal discussion, two references will be taken up before you are able to start and you will be required to bring your passport to your induction meeting. You will also need to bring your National Insurance card or number with you.

DBS checks

A DBS check may be necessary for some volunteer roles. You would be advised of this as a part of the volunteer induction process.

Please note:

Volunteers do not have hands-on contact with zoo animals, unless stated, but you will be volunteering in an environment where the animals are all around you.

We do not reimburse travel expenses - please register your interest only if you live within easy travelling distance of the Zoo. Our shortlisting takes into account the distance that you would have to undertake on a regular basis in order for you to carry out your volunteering.

You may also be interested in volunteering at Living Coasts in Torquay. If you would like to find out more information please visit our Volunteers at Living Coasts page.

What can you do as a volunteer?

Volunteer Roles which have opportunities available at Paignton Zoo at present:

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