Work Experience (Block Placements)

We are currently revamping our work experience and volunteering programme at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm. Due to the impact of Covid-19, at present we are not accepting applications or retaining enquiry information. These programs will not be opening until it is deemed safe by the zoo to reopen them. Thank you for your patience, the protection of staff, visitors and students is of our highest priority.

Please keep an eye on our Education pages and social media for updates about our volunteering and work experience programmes restarting.

Days per week: 5 (Monday – Friday)

Maximum duration: 3 consecutive weeks

Please read the information below before applying.

In order to be considered for this programme you must be:

  • Year 10 in secondary school (or above)
  • Interested in animals (no specialist knowledge required)
  • Able to follow instructions effectively
  • Able to work independently
  • Hardworking, polite, enthusiastic and ready to get stuck in!

 A work experience placement with Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is varied and involves assisting with some of the following:

  • daily husbandry of domestic and farm animals
  • helping zoo keepers with food preparation
  • preparation of food and water
  • cleaning out animal pens and enclosures
  • maintenance of animal enclosures
  • animal enrichment
  • animal handling, animal shows and educational workshops
  • some care of exotic species (not guaranteed)

Joining our programme offers a unique opportunity to work with a wide variety of animals and join an enthusiastic team. The work is physically demanding, so you will be expected to work hard, whatever the weather. However, it is also fun, and many of the activities are enjoyable and rewarding.

Please note there is a £10 admin fee which covers the induction process. Please bring this with you in cash on your first day. Uniform in the form of a t-shirt is required and will be provided. We ask for facial piercings to be removed before work for health and safety reasons. Please note, the zoo is a non-smoking area.

We have received some great feedback:

"Recently did a weeks work experience at the zoo and literally all my dreams came true, literally the best week of my life. Zoo keepers are lovely, kind and always willing to help and make sure that you have the best experience. I also got to meet the owners of the zoo which was also amazing! I have also visited the zoo with my parents and had the best day out ever!! I really do not have anything bad to say about this zoo and would 100% recommend this tourist attraction to anyone who has a love for animals! Personally I love this zoo so much!!”

"A hands on approach!"

"It was nice to be able to work with some different animals and expand on the animal handling skills I already had."

"I really appreciated the opportunity to work on Africa and South America too, just learning about the training of giraffes and watching the medical examinations of Tapirs was so interesting."

"I am so thankful for the keeper feedback and advice on my future plans. So many of the keepers gave me ideas and a place to research to get into the job area I want to."


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