A volunteer helping a visitor in Rainforest Live
Please note specific recruitment dates for each volunteer opportunity.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with ZSL.

The Zoological Society of London is an international charity dedicated to the preservation of animals and their habitats by carrying out scientific, conservation and education work worldwide.

Our two zoos, ZSL London Zoo at Regents Park and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable, provide the main source of funding for our work and are the site of many of our captive breeding projects for endangered species. Over 1.5 million people visit the zoos each year and we aim to give them a unique and memorable experience. The Society employs over 70 conservation scientists to carry out research and manage conservation programmes in 80 countries world-wide, including Britain.

The role of volunteers

Volunteers play a very important role in the life of the ZSL. They do not take the place of paid staff, but they contribute to the success of ZSL by assisting staff, helping the visitors enjoy their day and providing excellent customer service.

Please note:

  • There is no direct contact with animals, unless stated, but they are all around you!
  • All volunteers will be based at either ZSL London or Whipsnade Zoo in England; please apply only if you live within easy travelling distance of these sites.
  • Please note you must be over eighteen to apply to be a ZSL volunteer.


Evaluation Volunteers

Evaluation and visitor research allows organisation such as ZSL to gain further understanding of their visitors, which enables ZSL to develop world leading animal enclosures, events and education programmes. 

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Challenge and Community Events Volunteer

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to join our busy Development Department, within the Challenge and Community events Team. The fundraising Challenge and Community events team are looking for volunteers to help with their busy schedule of events as well as ad hoc projects throughout the next year.  

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Learning Volunteers

This is a well-established programme at both ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos with over 350 volunteers. Learning Volunteers interact with visitors to awaken or deepen an interest in animals and conservation, and help them have an enjoyable and interesting day at the Zoo.

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Membership Volunteers

For those who wish to generate funds for wildlife and conservation at either ZSL London Zoo or ZSL Whipsnade Zoo by helping ZSL recruit new members for the ZSL Friends scheme.

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Library Volunteers

ZSL owns the world’s finest and most extensive zoological library which has been operating since the 1820s. Volunteers assist the librarians in a variety of activities and also answer enquiries from the public.

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Keeper Volunteers

Keeper volunteers help support the animal teams in the daily routines of the individual section. Based at ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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Tsaosbis Baboon Project Volunteer Field Assistant

The Tsaobis Baboon Project is a field-based wildlife research programme that studies desert baboons in Namibia.  Every year, we recruit a small team of field volunteers to assist with our scientific work. 



Voluntary Research Internship 

The Indicators and Assessments Unit at the Zoological Society of London is offering an excellent opportunity to gain experience with one of the UK’s leading conservation research organisations. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to join the group that develops the Living Planet Index.



Important: All applicants must have a legal right to work in the UK.