The Colchester Zoo Guest volunteer programme (the Blue Crew) provides a fantastic opportunity to enhance your knowledge of endangered species and conservation, as well as the chance to experience the workings of a zoo environment.

To be a volunteer, you must be a minimum of 16 years of age as well as to be open and friendly and enjoy meeting new people as you will be assisting Colchester Zoo and its visitors in a variety of ways. Colchester Zoo’s volunteers are involved in customer service and educational roles. Please note, this is not an animal care role.

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.

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).

To apply for Guest volunteers please complete the following form and return email to

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