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

Roles will appear here when available.

How old do I need to be?

For our volunteer roles you need to be 18+ 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.

There is no upper age limit.

The only role that accepts volunteers between the younger ages of 14 to 18 years is the Events Team Meet and Greet School Holiday Support Volunteer role, which is only shown in the volunteer roles below when opportunities for this role are available.


Registering your interest in volunteering at Paignton Zoo

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak our volunteering programme has been suspended and we currently do not have any volunteer opportunities available for you to register your interest in.

We are therefore not able to take up any offers of volunteering support, although we greatly appreciate you thinking of supporting us in this way during this time.


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.