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Work experience, work placements and short-term volunteering

If you are seeking experience working with animals, either through work experience or a work placement, please visit our work experience page.

Volunteering is not the same as a work placement and we cannot support you with work experience through your volunteering with us.

Volunteering with us

Being a charity, volunteers are a crucial cog in the Living Coasts machine. They do not replace paid staff but contribute to our success by supporting the Living Coast's education, scientific and conservation mission whilst enhancing the visitor experience and assisting us to raise awareness of, and funds for, animal and plant conservation projects locally and all over the world.

Every year our volunteers provide thousands of hours between them to support the work of Living Coasts. We have around 35 volunteers who support us on a regular duty day every week and without our volunteers we would not be able to offer the activities, events and all round excellent visitor experience that it does.

As such we are always searching for people who can help out regularly. Our volunteer roles are ideal for people who enjoy interacting with the public, being outdoors and who have an interest in the natural world. As our volunteers are considered a huge support to / part of the Living Coasts team we value reliability and good communication skills.

What’s in it for you?

  • Keeps you active
  • Helps with your CV
  • Opportunities to meet and socialise with new and like-minded people
  • Knowledge that you are helping an education, scientific and conservation charity
  • Helps you give something back to your local community
  • An opportunity to gain valuable knowledge, experience and confidence
  • Access to the Zoo and regular volunteer newsletters
  • Full training for your volunteer role
  • Uniform and name badge; a small deposit is taken for these at your induction

Please view our Volunteer Roles page which shows the volunteer roles with opportunities available at present.

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