Wildwood is often helped by volunteers and work experience placements who assist our teams around the park. We welcome volunteers from all walks of life and offer the opportunity to get hands on with many varied tasks around the park. Please note that due to the high demand for volunteer places and limited availability, we may not be able to contact unsuccessful applicants. 
Important: All applicants for volunteering or work experience placements must be over 18 years of age.
Volunteers can apply to help out in the following areas: 
 
Events
Our events team are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us during our busy holidays, to run free drop in events including craft sessions, face painting, artefacts touch tables, zoo enrichment activities and more. Volunteers need to be confident to talk to visitors from all different ages and backgrounds in a kind and professional manner with an interest in British wildlife.
 
Example tasks
  • Inspiring our visitors about our British species and our conservation efforts
  • Deliver drop in events during the holidays
  • Talking to visitors to ensure they get the most out of their day (giving directions etc)
  • Assisting visitors at enclosures to spot animals and answer questions
Person specification
  • Over 18 years of age 
  • Happy to work outdoors in all weathers 
  • Enthusiastic, friendly and outgoing (able to talk to strangers) 
  • Reliable and trustworthy 
  • Enthusiastic about Wildwood and British wildlife 
How to apply: Please complete the events volunteer interest form and send to volunteer@wildwoodtrust.org
 
Animal Talks
Our education team are looking for volunteers to deliver public animal talks across the park. We are looking for confident and enthusiastic people with good communication skills, as volunteers need to be able to speak to large audiences and engage with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and of all different ages.
 
Example tasks
  • Inspiring our visitors about our British species and our conservation efforts
  • Deliver drop in events during the holidays
  • Talking to visitors to ensure they get the most out of their day (giving directions etc)
  • Assisting visitors at enclosures to spot animals and answer questions
Person specification
  • Over 18 years of age 
  • Happy to work outdoors in all weathers 
  • Enthusiastic, friendly and outgoing (able to talk to strangers) 
  • Loud speaking voice
  • Enthusiastic and willing to learn about British wildlife 
How to apply: Please complete the animal talks volunteer interest form and send to volunteer@wildwoodtrust.org
 
Keeper Team
Our keeper team welcomes volunteers and work experience placements to help look after our animals at the park. Please note that we have limited spaces for keeper volunteers and we may not be able to contact unsuccessful applicants. 
 
Example tasks
  • Preparing animal feeds (including raw meat) 
  • Clearing out animal waste 
  • Clearing enclosures of browse and brambles 
  • Preparing animal enrichment 
  • General maintenance of animal enclosures and keepers' yard 
Person specification
  • Over 18 years of age 
  • Happy to work outdoors in all weathers 
  • Need to be able to help move large, heavy sacks of animal feeds and hay bales etc. 
  • Interested in a career in animal management or studying an animal management course 
  • Happy to answer enquiries from our visitors 
  • Enthusiastic about Wildwood and British Wildlife 
How to apply: Please complete the keeper volunteer interest form and send to volunteer@wildwoodtrust.org
 
Ranger Team
Wildwood is set in many acres of woodland, we need volunteers and work experience placements to help keep the park in top condition. Volunteers help us to construct and maintain animal enclosures and keep our facilities in good working order. 
 
Example tasks
  • Animal enclosure construction and maintenance
  • Repair maintenance of park facilities
  • Helping to keep the park clean and tidy 
  • Litter picking and disposal
Person specification
  • Over 18 years of age 
  • Happy to work outdoors in all weathers 
  • Need to be able to help move heavy loads around the park
  • Previous experience of building or handy-man skills would be an advantage 
  • Happy to assist visitors in the park 
  • Enthusiastic about Wildwood and British Wildlife 
How to apply: Please complete the ranger volunteer interest form and send to volunteer@wildwoodtrust.org
 
Conservation

Our conservation team needs assistance in looking after our water vole captive breeding programme, as well as helping out with the care of other small mammals. Our conservation volunteers and work placements need to have an interest in conservation or be studying a conservation course. 

Example tasks
  • Assisting with the care of our water voles
  • Assisting with the care of other small mammals
  • General housekeeping and enclosure maintenance 
  • Supporting the conservation team 
Person specification
  • Over 18 years of age 
  • Happy to work outdoors in all weathers 
  • Need to be able to help move large loads around the park 
  • Genuinely interested in conservation or studying a conservation course 
  • Happy to answer enquiries from our visitors 
  • Enthusiastic about Wildwood and British Wildlife 
How to apply: Please complete the conservation volunteer interest form and send to volunteer@wildwoodtrust.org
 
Beekeeping

Wildwood is actively working to promote public awareness of the plight of our bees and to inspire people to help them thrive. We are looking to recruit enthusiastic individuals with experience or keen interest in beekeeping to volunteer during the busy bee season April – August.

Example tasks
  • Assist with bee husbandry
  • Help ensure pollination and honey product prospects are maximised
  • Collect and process honey
  • Carry out the seasonal maintenance and construction of hives
  • Work as part of the team and provide supervision and support Head Beekeeper
  • Assist in minimising insect pests and diseases
Person specification
  • Over 18 years of age 
  • Happy to work outdoors in all weathers 
  • Have a basic understanding of bumblebee ecology and bee-friendly gardening 
  • Happy to answer enquiries from our visitors 
  • Enthusiastic about Wildwood and British wildlife 
How to apply: Please complete the beekeeping volunteer interest form and send to volunteer@wildwoodtrust.org
 
Group Volunteer Days at Wildwood
Wildwood is committed to improving conditions for wildlife throughout the UK and we need your help. We offer a volunteering day with an emphasis on team work as well as an amazing wildlife adventure. You will be able to see the benefits that your team work has made around the park and spend time with your group in a beautiful woodland setting. Come and volunteer for a valuable experience you and your team will never forget! Group numbers can be up to a max of 15 people and are open to all levels of fitness and strengths.
Important: All applicants for volunteering must be over 18 years of age. Please be aware that these days are limited and we may not be able to guarantee the type of tasks as they depend on the seasonal needs, size of group, staff availability and work priorities at the time.
 
Activities could include
  • Coppicing
  • Vegetation clearance
  • Planting native trees & plants
  • Painting
  • Ditch clearance
  • Enclosure maintenance & restoration
  • General woodland maintenance
Volunteer day includes
  • All day park admission
  • Free teas/coffees from our café throughout the day
  • Morning and/or afternoon volunteering tasks to complete around the park
  • All equipment needed to complete tasks on the day
Benefits to us
  • Enthusiastic volunteer groups to help us with the on-going workload
  • Our conservation message spread to a wider audience
  • Build links with local organisations
  • Meet a wide variety of eager volunteers
Benefits to you
  • Re energise staff and enhance team building skills
  • Contribute to a local charity in your community
  • Fantastic opportunity to volunteer in 40 acres of woodland, far removed from the office environment
  • Learn about the types of conservation methods used to help save our British animals
 
Testimonials
 
Thank you for having us. Everyone said it was the best day volunteering they had ever done. They have all asked to come back next year.'
Harry Fairfield, CBCI, Manager – Business Continuity Management, Lloyds Banking Group
 
'The whole team thoroughly enjoyed their day at Wildwood, we somehow managed to clear the Polecat enclosure which was a lot harder than we first realised it was going to be but it was such a fun, enjoyable and satisfying job to do'
Jessica, Claims Validation Case Handler at Direct Line
 
'Many thanks for a great day last week Laura. The staff were fantastic, we really enjoyed it'
Lauren, Complaints Advisor for Specialist Children’s Services, Kent County Council
 
Wildwood does not charge for these volunteering days, however donations towards our charity are always welcome!
 
Find out more: Please email volunteer@wildwoodtrust.org or phone 01227 209 616