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.



If you are looking to gain career experience working with zoo animals, through work experience, you will need to look at our work experience page or see our Voluntary Worker (Training Placement) role details below.
Volunteering is not the same as work experience and we cannot support you with work experience through your volunteering with us. Due to the time and costs involved, we are unable to support short-term volunteering.


Voluntary Worker roles are great for people who want to work with animals as a future career but feel they need more experience. If you are interested in carrying out a Voluntary Worker role at Living Coasts then please visit our Voluntary Worker page.