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Work Experience
and Volunteering

Work Experience and Volunteering at the zoo

Testimonials

"Dear Amy,

I'm writing to thank you for the work experience I had at Paradise Wildlife Park during my half term in October.  I thoroughly enjoyed working in the small mammals section, birds section and farmyard section and I  would like to thank you for organising the variety of work.

I feel I have gained invaluable knowledge from working with the different animals and truly understood how much hard work  is involved in working with the animals and  at the same time I found it was very rewarding and pleasurable . Thank you again for the great opportunity and please pass on my thanks to the whole team!  It was truly a memorable experience that I will treasure."

Thank you for considering Paradise Wildlife Park for your work experience placement. We accept students from the age of 16 (or 14 if applying through school) and from all levels of study. If you would like to apply for a placement please send an email to workexperience@pwpark.com with the following information:

  • Dates of placement you are applying for
  • Your age at the time of the placement
  • Where you study
  • What course you study.
  • At what level you study (GCSE, A Levels, Level 1, 2 or 3, University etc.)
  • Why you have chosen Paradise for your placement
  • What you aim to get from the placement.

We are a very popular choice for work experience and unfortunately we do have to turn a lot of students down. The work is very physical and we expect students to be able to work independently. We can only offer placements after a successful interview. Please understand that not all candidates are suitable.

Please read this document before applying...


We also accept volunteers from the age of 18 (no maximum age!) to help us on the Animal Park. We ask for volunteers to work a minimum of 1 day every fortnight. Please email the above address for more information or to apply.

We accept volunteers over the age of 18 to assist us in our Animal Park. Our volunteers are our Zoo Keeper Assistants and must commit to a minimum of one full day a fortnight (ideally one day a week, more than this is great). We are looking for dedicated, long term volunteers who are keen to learn new information and skills. It is a very busy, hands on role which can include the following duties:

General animal husbandry: cleaning enclosures (with and without animals in them), giving fresh water, changing beds, disinfecting enclosures and objects in them, preparing feeds and sometimes assisting with feeding and enrichment, helping with fruit and vegetable deliveries.

General maintenance of enclosures: weeding, washing windows and railings, raking etc.

General site maintenance: litter picking, sweeping paths, painting, emptying and washing bins and cleaning and tidying staff areas (feed room, hay and straw barn etc.)

You may sometimes be asked to help with manning walk-through exhibits, keeper talks and shows.

Bear in mind that about 80% of the day is spent cleaning and often not around animals!

Please note that our volunteers do not directly help on our Large Carnivore, Primate or Reptile sections.  

If you are interested you will need to attend an interview, we have 15 minute slots between 4-5pm available on a few weekdays each week. We are fully booked until early June. Please suggest several suitable dates and times you would be able to attend. Please note not everyone we interview is suitable and we unfortunately have to turn people down due to high demand. After the interview you may be invited for a trial day, only after a successful trial day will we be able to welcome you to our team of volunteers.

We aim to support local schools and colleges and welcome applications from them which will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Places at Paradise are extremely popular and students are advised to approach their teachers promptly to secure a place.We welcome students with an interest in the natural world to spend their work experience at Paradise Wildlife Park.

 

Research at Paradise Wildlife Park

Paradise Wildlife Park is dedicated to encouraging research that contributes to the body of scientific knowledge about zoos and their inhabitants. We welcome many external researchers, including students, who wish to conduct research projects at PWP.

All researchers must fill out the appropriate application documents and have their proposal accepted before any data collection can take place.

If you are interested in carrying out research at Paradise Wildlife or would like to see our Priority Research List please contact our Research Officer at research@pwpark.com

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