Volunteering Opportunities at Dublin Zoo - Dublin Zoo, Ireland.

Volunteering

Are you an animal enthusiast? Would you like to learn more about animals, nature and conservation? Would you like to meet new people and work as part of a dynamic team of like minded volunteers all working together to assist Dublin Zoo in its work.

Dublin Zoo’s volunteers are a vital component of the zoo team and help to promote the zoo and its conservation and education programmes. Our volunteers help to educate our visitors about the zoo’s animals and environmental/conservation issues through assisting with tours, workshops, events, and out & about interacting. 

As a Dublin Zoo volunteer you will receive comprehensive training with our team leaders, a free uniform, regular updates on ‘ZOONOOZ’, zoo social events and other special events such as lectures and zoo themed trips plus, the opportunity of a great learning experience.

What do volunteers do?

  • Learning & Discovery Centre: a volunteer led centre, this interactive learning zone uses biofacts such as skulls, furs, insects and plants to engage our visitors.
  • Guided Tours: taking groups of all ages around the zoo, informing visitors about the zoo’s wonderful collection of animals and plants.
  • Out & About: Volunteers take an active role about the Zoo assisting visitors with any questions or queries
  • Visitor Events: Volunteers assist with our fun and educational seasonal visitor events, activities and themed animal weekends.
  • Education Resources: volunteers create and design educational and interactive resources to use at visitor events and animal themed weekends.
  • Biofacts & Touch Tables: Volunteers set up touch tables and bring skulls and other artefacts around the zoo as learning tools for our visitors.
  • Animal Research Assistance: Volunteers assist the animal team with research and observational studies, animal watch or data input to learn more about our animals and their behaviours.
  • Kids Weekend Clubs: Volunteers design activities and lead a range of animal themed kids Saturday clubs for all the budding young zoologists out there.
  • Teachers Assistants: Volunteers work closely with our educational team and liase with them for kids clubs, informal camps and workshops.
  • Insect Handling: Volunteers can train to be insect handlers and present them to visitors in the Learning & Discovery Centre.
  • Administration — Assisting the education team with a variety of administrative tasks

How to become a volunteer:

Dublin Zoo’s volunteer programme is very popular! We recruit seasonal volunteers annually at the start of the year for our March –August busy season. Applications open mid - December & all applicants must submit an application form. Volunteers are recruited for 6 months though depending on numbers there are opportunities at the end of the season some to join our main long term programme.

Programme Requirements: All volunteers with Dublin Zoo must be over 18 years of age. Garda Vetting is a requirement for all volunteers accepted to our programme. (We will assist you with the Garda vetting process).  All volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one spring/summer season (March-Sept) volunteering a minimum of one 4 hour shift per week.

Please Note: Volunteers are not involved in the direct care of animals or any hands on animal care work.

 

 

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