Become a member of the team at the Park


We are now recruiting volunteers to work within our animal, gardening, maintenance and family events (school holidays) teams.

Become a member of the team

Volunteers play an important part in the running of the Park, and can be involved in almost every aspect of our daily tasks, depending on your experience and the amount of time you are able to contribute. Examples include:

Animal team

Duties include food preparation, cleaning, enclosure maintenance and enriching the lives of our animals through creating activities for them.  You may also be interested in sharing details about our animals with our visitors and talking part in talks.

Days available: any weekday

Gardening/Maintenance teams

Horticultural tasks: e.g. weeding, planting, watering, mowing and general garden maintenance (some basic gardening experience is required). Also, some construction, renovation, sweeping paths, cleaning the paddling pool, painting gates and fences, and, on occasion, various projects.

Days available: any weekday

Family events (school holiday) team

We are eager to ensure that visitors to the Park have a lot of fun.  Part of this is to provide opportunities for make and take (craft) activities in our Beale Centre or planning family discovery trails for all family members to discover something new.

Days available: any weekday mainly in school holidays.


There are no formal qualifications required to become a volunteer. However, you will need to be reliable, enthusiastic and courteous when dealing with visitors and other team members. The majority of our volunteer positions are for those aged 18 years of age or above.

There are opportunities for students with a Further or Higher Education background – depending on what they want to do (references may be required).  If you are a student looking for work experience please contact

Training and induction

Procedures vary according to the team you volunteer with. You will be given an induction which will include emergency procedures, health and safety information and given an overview of the Park, with additional training relating to the tasks you are volunteering for.

If you wish to express your interest….

For further information, or to discuss any aspect of volunteering, please contact Christine Doyle on 0118 976 7483 or click here to complete a form and email it back to us at

We look forward to discussing opportunities with you.

The Park is now closed for the winter. Please keep an eye on our website news section and via our social media sites for updates on the animals.