Volunteering at WMZ | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Volunteering at WMZ

Volunteers play a vital role in the survival of our Zoo, each providing incredible support to our permanent teams. Working with the animals, education services, grounds and community teams, our wonderful volunteers make a huge difference.


Our Volunteer Scheme is open to anyone over the age of 18 who is passionate about animals and the Zoo. Throughout the year we have over 50 volunteers with us who dedicate their time to helping us achieve our ambitions, caring for our animals and grounds, whilst ensuring we are able to offer a wonderful day out for all of our visitors.

Who?

The Volunteer Scheme is open to everyone over the age of 18 (there is no maximum age).

Our Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, including:

  • Unemployed
  • Retired
  • Students looking for experience to go alongside studies
  • Part-time employed wanting to help out

When?

Active volunteers are expected to complete a minimum of 2 hours a week, but this can be arranged around your schedule, subject to availability. We expect Animal Volunteers to volunteer for 1 full day a week (between 8-5) and ideally to commit to a minimum of 12 months volunteering.

Why?

Below are some of the reasons people choose to volunteer. For some it provides an opportunity to:

  • Give something back to the Zoo
  • Make a difference to the lives of others
  • Help the environment
  • Feel valued and part of a team
  • Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
  • Gain confidence and self-esteem

For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of:

  • Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
  • Developing existing skills and knowledge
  • Enhancing a CV
  • Improving one’s employment prospects
  • Gaining an accreditation
  • Using one’s professional skills and knowledge to benefit others (usually described as pro bono)

For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits. These include:

  • Meeting new people and making new friends
  • A chance to socialise
  • Getting to know the local community


What?

Keeping Department

Animal Volunteers – Animals are what most people come to see at the Zoo, and it is therefore incredibly important that they have their own dedicated team to help look after them.

Education Department

Our WILD centre is used as a hub for school visits, education sessions and children’s holiday clubs, as well as housing a number of small animals. Volunteers can assist with looking after the animals, running education session and tours, holiday clubs and special education events. Volunteers can chose which of these to assist with, based on their interests and skills.

Gardens & Grounds Department

Garden Volunteers – The Gardens and Grounds are as important to the Zoo as the Animals and Education. They are maintained by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers.

Social / Fundraising Department

Fundraising Volunteers – Volunteers will assist with any fundraising projects around the Zoo or in the local community. These might be for specific Zoo projects (enclosure improvements), BIAZA/EAZA/WAZA campaigns, or any other charitable cause that match the aims and objectives of the National Zoo for Wales.

How?

For an application form, please email our Education Manager - education@welshmountainzoo.org

By working with us, our volunteers are able to develop new skills, meet like-minded people and become part of a fantastic team.

Are you a potential Volunteer? Are you…

  • Able to work more than two hours a week, or one full day a week (animal work) and ideally commit to a minimum 12 months volunteering?
  • Happy to work in all weathers?
  • Reliable, enthusiastic and friendly?
  • Passionate about Zoo’s?

For more information please contact education@welshmountainzoo.org.

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