Volunteer roles

Volunteer roles

We have a variety of daily volunteering opportunities at various times throughout the year at Newquay Zoo including:

  • Fundraising: Help with our fundraising projects and raise awareness of our vital conservation projects including; selling fish for penguins, worms for meerkat munchies, manning Animal Crackers, helping at Events on/off site.

  • Keepers: Helping staff to keep the Penguin pool clean, cleaning/feeding Tortoises and Meerkat enclosure.

  • Events: Help steward daily events, prep and delivery on offsite events and touch tables.

  • Visitor Hosts, from 10am: If you like talking to lots of different people this could be just the role for you. Visitor hosts help to make the visitor experience even better sharing information on the Trust, Newquay Zoo and our animals.

  • Research: Assist with the education and research officer carrying out research within the zoo.

  • Education: Helping with offsite visits, preparing workshops and helping with the encounter animals (mini beasts, bugs etc.) and kid clubs support.
  • Groundswork/Maintenance: Maintaining the grounds/gardens, enclosure window/sign cleaning, Oriental garden care.

  • Administration, Various Times: Data input, mail.

  • Marketing, Various Times: Assist with PR & Communications, Photography, Photo Library.

Alternatively, if you have a particular skill or interest and would like to volunteer in this area then please ask and we will see what we can do.

How old do I need to be?

For our volunteer roles you need to be 18+ years of age since we require you to work unsupervised and independently under the supervision of the specified department at the zoo. However, we do have placements for the Duke of Edinburgh Reward Schemes from 16+ years.

There is no upper age limit.

Registering as a volunteer at Newquay Zoo

Once you have decided which department you are interested in volunteering on a regular basis at Newquay Zoo:

Please complete the Interest Form in either word format or PDF format, listing up to a maximum of three roles and which days you can offer your time.

Volunteer recruitment

We endeavour to find people most suited to volunteering. The decision is based on information provided on the interest form and then through an informal discussion with the volunteer co-ordinator who will try to find the right role for you. Two references will also be taken before you are able to start and you will be required to bring your passport to your informal discussion and 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 part of the volunteer induction process.

Please Note: We do not reimburse travel expenses. Therefore, we only recommend you volunteer if you are in close distance to the zoo or have means of transport.