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 - Now recruiting for 2019

Weekend Public Engagement Volunteers

The Public Engagement Volunteers enhance the visitor experience during visits to EZ through public engagement, craft, and creativity. They help ensure our visitors have an enjoyable and educational experience. This is done as they facilitate learning in a fun way and help spread our conservation message. They are found in key areas around Edinburgh Zoo. We are looking for volunteers that are able to give their time over the weekends.

Please find the role description below:

Public Engagement Volunteer

Lantern Discovery Volunteers

 Giant Lanterns - Back with Bite

The Lantern Discovery Volunteers will enhance the visitor experience during the 2019/2020 festival through public engagement, craft, creativity, way finding and positive experiences.  They help ensure our visitors have an enjoyable and educational experience at the Giant Lanterns event at Edinburgh Zoo. Lantern Discovery Volunteers are stationed in the activities hut undertaking craft and lantern related activities with visitors. Volunteers are also encouraged to explore the route and assist with guest queries throughout the event.

Please find the role description below:

Lantern Discovery Volunteer

To apply for one of these roles please complete our online RZSS Volunteer Application Form and return it to as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until the end of February.



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