Our volunteer roles are for those people who are able to support the Zoo every week on a regular duty day; supporting our charitable organisation and staff in helping our visitors enjoy their day and providing excellent customer service whilst, amongst many other things, learning new skills, meeting new people and passing on their knowledge and experience.


Volunteering with us

As a charity, volunteers provide vital support to 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 130 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 support to / part of the Paignton Zoo team we value reliability and good communication skills.

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


If you are looking to gain career experience working with zoo animals, through work experience, you will need to look at our work experience page or see our Voluntary Worker (Training Placement) role details below.
Volunteering is not the same as work experience and we cannot support you with work experience through your volunteering with us. Due to the time and costs involved, we are unable to support short-term volunteering.


Voluntary Worker roles are great for people who want to work with animals as a future career but feel they need more experience. If you are interested in carrying out a Voluntary Worker role at Paignton Zoo then please visit our Voluntary Worker page