Bristol Zoo is a great place to volunteer; why not join our volunteers involved in a diverse variety of roles around the Zoo.

By joining us you can become an important part of our zoo team, learn new skills, meet new people and support us in saving wildlife together.

If you can spare at least half a day a week and you live close to Bristol Zoo*, we would love to hear from you.

All we ask is that you are available during school holidays and can be with us for at least six months.

You need to be aged 18 or over (16 or over for most Keeper volunteer roles, see individual schemes for more details) and there’s no upper age limit. References may be applied for.

For all of our volunteer roles, we require you to be able to volunteer unsupervised and independently under the direction of one of the sections of the Zoo. 

Work Experience

If you are interested in work experience or our veterinary externship please see our jobs page.

Volunteer Updates

Due to recent Government guidelines surrounding Coronavirus (Covid-19), our volunteer programme is currently on hold. Please feel free to complete a volunteer application, however please note that it may be some time before we are able to reopen our volunteer programme and respond to shortlisted candidates. 

How to apply

If you’d like to know more, and would like to apply, please take a look at our volunteer roles. Please note that the Volunteer Mammals Keeper scheme is very popular and so spaces are very limited. If you are not successful for this role, please feel free to consider our other available roles. 

Contact us

If you have any queries, please go to our FAQ page.

If you have any queries that are not answered on the website, please email us on: volunteer@bristolzoo.org.uk or call us on 0117 4285 592.

*Bristol Zoo Gardens falls within a residents parking zone.  We encourage all of our employees and volunteers to use sustainable ways of getting to here. Please research these before applying to volunteer. Please visit www.travelinesw.com to plan your journey.

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