A core role of Colchester Zoo’s work is immersing our visitors in the excitement of the natural world. We not only want to show our amazing animals to people, but tell them about their behaviour, their diets and their amazing adaptations too, as well as why they are threatened and what we can all do to help them in the wild.

To help our Conservation Education Team deliver more activities for our visitors, we have created a new volunteer role – our Animal Ambassadors! You will receive training to deliver these activities around the zoo on subjects like; how we care for our animals, animal poo, the zoo’s efforts to save species and many more.

You will use props, pictures, sounds, smells, games and lots of other methods to engage visitors and make sure they take away some amazing memories. Across a typical day you may start off near an exhibit with a replica skull, getting families to ask questions to help them find out what it may be from, before moving on to help visitors health check a tiger (a giant plush toy one) and find out how keepers care for them. You could then end the day at an activity with other volunteers, talking to people about plastics and helping them plan how they can reduce their plastic use! All in all, we hope you will be very tired at the end of each day, but immensely satisfied with your contributions!

You will also help evaluate the effectiveness of our conservation education provision by surveying visitors to find out how we are doing.

We are looking for people that have one free day a week (9.45am – 4pm) and are willing to learn new skills and are comfortable talking to people in a warm and friendly way. We are looking for people that are aged 17 and older.

This role is does not involve any close contact with animals.

How to get involved:

If this sounds like it could be for you, please email a complete Volunteer Registration of Interest Form to andymoore@colchesterzoo.org

Click here for more information on the Animal Ambassador role.

After reviewing your completed Registration of Interest Form, we will invite you to an interest day on Sunday February 27th 2022 at Colchester Zoo to share more information and expectations about the role or contact you to let you know you have been unsuccessful. At the interest day in February, you can make sure the scheme is right for you and we will further assess your suitability to the role through a short interview.

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