In 2015 our volunteer team gave almost 4500 hours of their time to support our staff in the valuable conservation and education work we do. We are looking to expand on our existing team so that we can further enhance our work, so if you have time on your hands and want to help support a friendly team who are passionate about what they do then volunteering here might be for you.
Our current volunteer opportunities:
Visitor Engagement (Volunteer Job Description – Visitor Engagement)
We are looking for outgoing people with a passion for nature and who love to communicate to help us engage with our visitors. Through our immersive exhibit, Lemur Encounters and through the use of biofacts you will have the chance to engage with our visitors about the conservation work we do.
Please note this is a seasonal role and to make the most of the opportunity we would hope that volunteers could be with us one day a week between March and September 2016.
Zoo Animal Management (Volunteer Job Description – Zoo Animal Management)
Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist the ZAM team with their varied duties: the upkeep of animal enclosures and surrounding areas, preparation of animal diets as well as manning our immersive exhibits, such as our lemur walkthrough. This is a physically demanding role with volunteers having the opportunity to really get their hands dirty. Please note we have a hands off policy for most of our animals.
Discovery Centre ( Volunteer Job Description – Education)
We are looking for outgoing, creative people to assist the DC team with their day to day work. Volunteers will have the opportunity to help the Education staff with their varied duties which include: animal husbandry, animal handling, face painting, visitor interaction, helping out during theme weeks, Discovery sessions and birthday parties. Due to the varied nature of the tasks a flexible and adaptable attitude is essential to make this role a success.
Gardens (Volunteer Job Description – Gardens)
We have an exciting opportunity for volunteers to help the work of our gardens department. If you are a professional, a keen amateur or just someone who likes to be outdoors you could be a great addition to the team.
If none of the above roles seems right for you but you still want to contribute to the work we do then it is worth getting in touch as we may still be able to make use of your valuable skills.
Our volunteers receive:
- Training relevant to the role
- Travel expenses, up to a maximum of £5.00 per day
- Uniform (deposit required)
- You have to be 18 years old or over to volunteer with us.
- Volunteering is not the same as a work experience placement and cannot be used as a substitute.
By Post: FAO Volunteer Co-ordinator, Banham Zoo, Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2HE
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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