Become an RZSS Volunteer

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland is very proud of our volunteer team at Edinburgh Zoo & Highland Wildlife Park. They help us greatly in fulfilling our mission of “Connecting people with nature. Safeguarding species from extinction”. Our volunteers are a dedicated team of people, with a keen interest in being involved in a conservation charity, who wish to broaden their interests, make new friends or learn new skills.


Volunteering Roles:

Lantern Volunteers – Recruitment Open

Giant Lanterns of China - Lantern VolunteersThere are two volunteer roles for the Giant Lanterns of China event:

• Lantern Ambassador Volunteers

• Lantern Discovery Volunteers

Both roles will enhance the visitor experience during the 2018/2019 event through public engagement. Please read through the role specifications above to find out if either role is for you. To apply to one of these roles please complete our RZSS Volunteer Application Form and return it to as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until 23rd of October.

If you have any enquiries, please email our Volunteer Coordinator at  


Animal Discovery Volunteers – Closed

Our Animal Discovery Volunteers are all about public engagement. They help ensure our visitors have an enjoyable and educational experience at Edinburgh Zoo and come away from their visit with an understanding of our key conservation messages and what they can do to help. They are mainly stationed in various locations across the zoo, they pass on animal facts, facilitate learning in a fun way and help spread our conservation message. Animal Discovery Volunteers also provide additional activities for our visitors and may occasionally assist our keepers in different ways, such as basic animal monitoring and window washing.


Archive Volunteers - Closed

Our Archive Volunteers assist our Communications department. This is an office-based role and provides a great opportunity to sample working in an office environment. Archive Volunteers are responsible for scanning and digitising Society and Zoo records including our past annual reviews, photos, animal records and other printed material. This involves scanning documents digitally and then ensuring they are then catalogued correctly.


Event Volunteers - Closed

Volunteers are an important part of the team helping us to ensure that guests have a great experience at events. They provide a friendly welcome and answers to visitors’ questions as well as delivering excellent customer service.


Garden Volunteers - Closed

Our Gardens Volunteers help our Gardens Team with their activities at Edinburgh Zoo. Gardens Volunteers are trained by the Gardens Team to assist with general activities including bed maintenance and may get the opportunity to be trained in specific skills such as the pruning of different species. They get the opportunity to learn new skills and knowledge from our specialist staff and experience gardening in our unique zoo setting.


Lesson Assistant Volunteers - Closed

Our Lesson Assistant Volunteers help with the successful delivery of our formal education programme. additional activities include delivering tours to groups, assisting with session delivery, assisting with session set-up and the preparation for Educational events such as Summer School and CAT (Conservation Action Team)


Membership Volunteers - Closed

Our Membership Volunteers assist our Membership and Adoption department. This is an office-based role and provides a great opportunity to sample working in an office environment. Membership Volunteers help with filing, putting together membership and adoption packs, mailings and general office administration. Membership Volunteers may also be trained to use database software packages.


PR Volunteers - Closed

Our PR Volunteers will assist within our PR department. This is an office-based role and provides a great opportunity to sample working in this type of office environment. PR volunteers will mainly help to keep the central media list up-to-date and keep an accurate log of all press cuttings on an on going basis. They may also, on occasion, assist the PR Coordinator with photo-calls, write some photo-calls and event notices, and have some liaison with other departments across RZSS including our Digital team to source suitable photography from the Society’s media library.


Please note that due to the high level of interest in volunteering and to ensure that we match the right people to our volunteer roles, we will conduct a selection process during every volunteer recruitment session.

All volunteers with RZSS must be over 18 years of age. Volunteers are not involved in the direct care of animals or any hands on animal care work.

If you have any enquiries then please email our Volunteer Coordinator at