RZSS depends upon a dedicated team of volunteers to help our education and conservation work. There are a number of opportunities at both Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park.

Volunteering at Edinburgh Zoo

Our volunteers help us with our mission of inspiring and exciting our visitors with the wonder of living animals and promoting the conservation of species and habitats. Working in a voluntary capacity for The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland will suit people of all ages who wish to broaden their interests, make new friends or learn new skills.

If you are interested in volunteering and have a couple of days a month free that you could spend at the Zoo please email eduvolunteers@rzss.org.uk.

Volunteering at the Highland Wildlife Park 

Our volunteer programme is especially appropriate for students undertaking an animal-related course of study (such as Animal Management, Animal Sciences, Conservation Education) who need first-hand work experience. We have now expanded our volunteeer programme to include volunteers in our Education Department; please note that you will either be an Animal Volunteer or an Education Volunteer (there is no overlap); please therefore ensure that you submit the correct application form. Due to the limited places available on our programme and the high number of applications we receive, we normally have to restrict acceptance to students whose course includes mandatory work placement. Note that we take volunteers over 20 years of age only and you must ideally be able to stay for a minimum of one month. As we have only a small team of keepers, it is important that volunteer keepers work well with others and have a good standard of spoken English.

There is free bothy accommodation onsite for volunteers if required (a small non-refundable fee is requested to cover admin & maintenance costs). We can arrange for volunteers to be picked up from our nearest railway station at Kingussie.

Further information plus full details of requirements, including how to apply, are contained in the application form.

If this information is of interest to you and you decide you would like to spend some time with us, please complete the volunteer application form and, following the instructions carefully, return it to us, marking it for the attention of the Animal Department Administrator or e-mail to jmorse@rzss.org.uk

Animal Department Application

Education Department Application