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

Wild about Scotland Volunteers

Our Wild about Scotland Volunteers will assist with the successful delivery of our Wild about Scotland programme. The programme is supported by Clydesdale bank and is focussed on engaging people with their local biodiversity. In particular, we are looking for volunteers to help us during public events which run at occasional weekends and during the school holidays. At public events we set up the Wild about Scotland bus as a mobile museum for members of the public to hop on board to find out about Scottish wildlife.

To find out if this role is for you then please download the Wild about Scotland Volunteer Role Specification

We are currently looking for new Wild about Scotland Volunteers to join the team!

We are seeking people who are able to volunteer at Wild about Scotland events on occasional Saturdays and Sundays, and during school holidays.

To apply for this volunteer role please complete our RZSS Volunteer Application Form and return it to eduvolunteers@rzss.org.uk or Volunteer Coordinator, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS by Monday 27th February 2017. 

If you have any further questions about this opportunity, please email eduvolunteers@rzss.org.uk

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Event Volunteers

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. At present, we are currently seeking both general events volunteers and also science communications volunteers to assist with:

  • Pop up science events for Edinburgh International Science Festival from 1st – 14th April.
  • Zoo Nights events on 26th May & 2nd, 9th and 23rd June.

 

To find out if this role is for you then please download our Event Volunteer Role Specification for more details.

To apply for this volunteer role please complete our Event Volunteer Application Form and return it to afalconer@rzss.org.uk by Tuesday 7th March 2017.

If you have any further questions about this opportunity, please email afalconer@rzss.org.uk

 

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Living Collections Volunteers

Living Collections Volunteers

Our Living Collections Volunteers help ensure our visitors have an enjoyable and educational experience at Edinburgh Zoo. They are mainly stationed in various locations across the zoo to provide information to our visitors about our amazing animal collection, and to ensure that our visitors and animals have the best possible experience. They pass on animal facts, provide directions, facilitate learning in a fun way and help spread our conservation message, whilst also ensuring that visitors adhere to any health and safety precautions within exhibits. Living Collections Volunteers also provide additional activities for our visitors and may assist our keepers in different ways, such as basic animal monitoring.

To find out if this role is for you then please download our Living Collections Volunteer Role Specification.

We are not currently recruiting volunteers for this role

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Archive Volunteers

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.

Our Archive Volunteers usually volunteer on a weekday.

This volunteer role is currently being reviewed – a revised role specification will be available soon.

We are not currently recruiting volunteers for this role

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PR Volunteers

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.

To find out if this role is for you then please download the PR Volunteer Role Specification

 

We are not currently recruiting volunteers for this role

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Garden Volunteers

Our Garden Volunteers assist our Gardens department. They are responsible for tending specific areas of the Edinburgh Zoo grounds. Tasks may include general tidying of landscaped areas, potting plants and pruning. Tasks will vary greatly depending on the time of year. This is an active and outdoor role and will suit people who are studying or have an interest in horticulture.

This volunteer role is currently being reviewed – a revised role specification will be available soon.

We are not currently recruiting volunteers for this role

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Lesson Assistant Volunteers

Our Lesson Assistant Volunteers help with the successful delivery of our education lessons by collecting and transporting small live animals from their enclosures to our education classrooms when necessary.

This volunteer role is currently being reviewed – a revised role specification will be available soon.

We are not currently recruiting volunteers for this role

 

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Membership Volunteers

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.

Our Membership Volunteers usually volunteer on a weekday and may be required to volunteer out with normal working hours at special Members events.

This volunteer role is currently being reviewed – a revised role specification will be available soon.

We are not currently recruiting volunteers for this role

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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.

 

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to be informed directly when we next recruit volunteers or if you have any other enquiries then please email our Volunteer Coordinator at eduvolunteers@rzss.org.uk