Volunteering at Dublin Zoo

Are you an animal enthusiast? Would you like to learn more about animals, nature and conservation?

If the answer is yes, then the Dublin Zoo volunteering programme may be for you!

Volunteering at Dublin Zoo

Are you an animal enthusiast? Would you like to learn more about animals, nature and conservation?

If the answer is yes, then the Dublin Zoo volunteering programme may be for you!

Volunteer with us

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 and 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.

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What do volunteers do?

  • Discovery and Learning 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.
  • Animal Ambassadors: Volunteers take an active role at assigned habitats engaging with visitors to promote the animal, its special features it’s conservation threats and opportunities.
  • 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 and Touch Tables: Volunteers set up touch tables and bring skulls and other artefacts around the zoo as learning tools for our visitors.
  • Animal Watch or Research Assist: Volunteers assist the animal care team with observational studies or data collection to aid them in their care work of Dublin Zoo species. [These opportunities can vary in frequency dependant on requirements]
  • Kids Weekend Clubs: Volunteers design activities and lead a range of animal themed kids Saturday clubs for all the budding young zoologists out there.
  • Teaching Team Assistant: Volunteers work closely with the Discovery & Learning teaching team to assist them with their work on the many formal and informal programmes that the department offers. Volunteers support our work involving learners from pre-school to third level.
  • Administration: Assisting the Discovery and Learning team with a variety of administrative tasks.

The range of volunteering activities/opportunities for 2022 may be reduced depending on Dublin Zoo needs and/or the Government Covid19 advice and restrictions/circumstances at the time.

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How to become a volunteer

Applications for the 2022 Season [March –August] are now closed. Please keep an eye on our website for applications to open for the next season.

We receive high numbers of applicants and thank you in advance for your patience with the process. All applicants will be contacted in due course by email as to the status of their application. Please check your spam folder for correspondence as on occasion email servers have directed them to this folder.

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 do not work directly with the animal care teams nor are they involved in any hands-on animal care work or habitat maintenance.
• Training for Seasonal Volunteers generally takes place over 3 Saturdays in February /March. The 2022 volunteer training programme details (dates, venues and delivery format) may be subject to change depending on Government guidance or Dublin Zoo operations at that time.

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