How would you like to make a valuable contribution to the work of Twycross Zoo by becoming a volunteer?
If you are interested in horticulture or the native species that we have in our wetlands at Twycross Zoo, you may like to spend some time learning about what we do by assisting our Horticulture Team.
At Twycross Zoo we have nine acres of wetlands and nineteen ponds. We intend to observe the natural habitat, record, monitor and encourage more native species to the area. You may also help with planting and mowing.
You do not need to be an expert as you will be shown what is required and how we approach each task in a sustainable way.
If you are enthusiastic, enjoy meeting people and have an interest in animals you may wish to join our team of friendly volunteers at Pets@Twycross.
Our Pets section includes miniature donkeys, wallabies, alpaca, corn snakes, chinchillas, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets and rats. You will assist with cleaning and feeding the animals, handling them in front of the public, speaking about them and interacting with our visitors.
Discovery Team Zoo Champions
As a Discovery Team Zoo Champion, you will engage visitors, both adults and children, informing them about Twycross Zoo and the work we do in animal welfare and conservation - as well as the natural world more generally. If you enjoy communicating with a wide range of people, sharing your own interest in animals and being in an environment surrounded by exotic animals, then you will enjoy working with us as a volunteer.
Volunteers will primarily be involved in engaging visitors at every point of the customer journey. This might include giving tours or presentations, hosting our Conservation Station or intereacting in our immersive exhibits such as Lemur Walkthrough. This opportunity is available during weekends and school holidays so availability for either (or both) of these is necessary in order to volunteer with the team. Occasional mid-week opportunities may arise. In addition to public engagement, volunteers may assist in delivering programmes to uniformed and school groups during our annual summer schools and outreach programmes. Full training will be given for all tasks.
For this role, we ask that you make a commitment to regular dates.
To register your interest in any of these opportunities, please complete the on-line application form: http://volunteers.twycrosszoo.org. If you are shortlisted for one of our volunteering opportunities, we will contact you as soon as possible to invite you to attend an assessment session or individual interview, as appropriate.
- Volunteers do not take the place of paid staff, but contribute in a variety of ways to support the Zoo's education and conservation mission.
- Volunteers must be 18 years of age, but there is no upper limit.
- Hours will be arranged by mutual consent, but we will be looking for people who can make a minimum commitment of regular attendance over a 6 month period.
- Following an informal interview, volunteers undertake a probationary period during which they complete an induction to their chosen role.
- Training is provided where relevant and while attendance at training sessions is compulsory, this is not onerous. Once trained, you will receive a polo shirt/sweatshirt and badge to wear when you are on duty. You will be entitled to concessions in the Zoo's cafés and shops.
- We cannot pay travel expenses - please apply only if you live within easy travelling distance of the Zoo.
- Due to the number of applications received, we will only contact you again if your application is successful and you are shortlisted for interview.
Thank you very much for your interest in volunteering at Twycross Zoo.