We run a volunteering programme! Volunteers provide much needed help to our zoo staff, and in return we offer our volunteers an invaluable experience within the zoo field.

Zoo Keeping Volunteers

We have a dedicated team of zoo keepers who oversee all aspects of animal care in the zoo. Our zoo keeping volunteer team assist our keeping staff with everything from feeding the animals, to cleaning enclosures, to providing enrichment.

We ask our volunteers to commit to at least one day every week/fortnight/month, for a minimum period of 6 months*. Anyone wishing to volunteer must be at least 16 years of age for insurance purposes and have their own means of getting to and from the zoo.

If you would like any further information on volunteering at the zoo, please email recruitment@fivesisterszoo.co.uk or call the office on 01506 870 000.

* References will only be provided for those who complete the minimum period of 6 months

How do I apply to be a volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering with us:

1. Please read through our Volunteer info pack (which contains our dress code and data protection policy) and our Volunteer Policy information.

2. Download and fill in the Application Form and the Emergency Contact Form.

3. Email your completed Application Form, Emergency Contact Form and a copy of your CV to recruitment@fivesisterszoo.co.uk

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

If you can’t commit that much time, or you’re not quite old enough, we offer work experience placements for those aged 15 yrs and up and currently in education. Or if one day a week isn’t enough, we also offer internships for those aged 18 years and up who are doing/have done animal-based studies.

We also offer volunteering within our education department.


For the safety of our staff and visitors, we have made the decision to close the zoo from tonight. Our team of dedicated keepers and vet will continue to make sure all our animals are well looked after. We hope this will not be for too long a period but we will follow government advice and guidelines.

If you would like to donate towards the zoo, we appreciate any help although we know this is a difficult time for everyone.
Thank you all for your continued support and hope we can welcome you all back soon.