Volunteer at our Charity

Individual Volunteers

From time to time we have vacancies for volunteers to assist within the Animal, Gardening and Maintenance departments – working in one of Berkshire’s most beautiful wildlife parks and gardens.

The Role of a Volunteer

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

Animal Department

Duties include food preparation, cleaning and enclosure maintenance.

Days available: any weekday.


Horticultural work: e.g. weeding, planting, watering, general garden maintenance, some construction, renovation and project work (some basic gardening experience is required).

Days available: any weekday.

Grounds Maintenance

Physical work such as sweeping paths, cleaning the paddling pool, painting gates and fences, mowing and building projects.

Days available: any weekday.


No formal qualifications are required to become a volunteer, however you will need to be reliable and courteous when dealing with visitors and staff. For health and safety reasons all volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Volunteers are subject to a mandatory CRB police check.


Following a qualifying period of 40 hours work during one year you may apply for a Season Ticket to the Park.


Training varies according to the department you work with. Basic training will include emergency procedures, health and safety and an overview of the Park, with additional training relating to the work that you are volunteering for.

Please note: Volunteer openings at the Park are limited; we can get fully booked at times.


If you are interested in becoming a Beale Park volunteer, please complete a volunteer application form at the bottom of this page and return it to: Volunteering, Beale Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 9NW.

For further information, or to discuss any aspect of volunteering, please contact us on 0118 976 7480 or email us on gillie.jackson@bealepark.org.uk

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