Volunteering at Colchester Zoo

We are now recruiting volunteers!

Please read this page to get a better understanding or what the role includes.  If you are interested, please complete the form found at the bottom of this page.

The minimum age limit to volunteer is 16 years of age.


The Colchester Zoo Volunteer programme provides you with a fantastic opportunity to enhance your knowledge of endangered species and your enthusiasm for conservation, as well as the chance to experience the workings of a world class zoo environment.

To be a volunteer, you must be open and friendly and enjoy meeting new people, as you will be assisting Colchester Zoo and its visitors in a variety of ways.

The aims of the volunteer programme are:

  • To enhance the visitor experience by being a point of contact for customers, to answer their questions about the animals in a selection of enclosures.
  • To enable visitors to get the most from the zoo by providing information when required on all the facilities available in the park.
  • To provide a Discovery and Learning experience by servicing themed activity areas, including touch tables, arts and craft stalls and the Discovery Centre when required.
  • To raise awareness of Colchester Zoo's Action for the Wild Charity and the conservation work they support and to help raise funds for these projects.

Volunteer-2Colchester Zoo's volunteers are involved in customer service and educational roles. Please note, this is not an animal care role.

We hope for a regular commitment from our volunteers - typically of one week day per week or one day every other weekend.

For more information about volunteering, and what the role involves, please read our more detailed introduction document which includes FAQs (click here to open in a new tab).

If you are interested in being a volunteer, please complete and submit the following form (click here for form).



Opening times: 

9.30am – 5.00pm or dusk if earlier*

*Last admission 4.00pm

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