Volunteering and Work Experience Placements

At Wildwood Escot in Devon, we thrive through generous volunteers donating their time and talents. We have a wide variety of opportunities including regular positions for individual volunteers, college work placements, university internships and special event days more suited to teams.

By joining us, you can:
  • Become part of the team
  • Learn new skills
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Meet new people
  • Support us in our mission to protect, conserve and rewild British wildlife
What we’re looking for:

We’re not looking for experts. If you are…

  • Enthusiastic and friendly
  • Happy to be outside in all weather conditions
  • Reliable with regular attendance
  • Physically fit – you will be on your feet the majority of the day and some tasks will require stamina
  • Over 18 years of age

…with a passion for wildlife and conservation, we’d like to hear from you.

Volunteers can help out in the following areas:

Keeper Team

Our keeper team welcomes volunteers throughout the year to help look after our animals across the park. We ensure the responsibility of training and supporting volunteers in all aspects of animal husbandry. Please note, we receive a high volume of applications and as a result, places are extremely limited.

Example tasks:

  • Prepare and deliver animal feeds (including raw meat)
  • Clear out animal waste
  • Maintain enclosures
  • Prepare and deliver animal enrichment
  • General maintenance of the park and keepers’ yard
Education Team

We are looking for friendly, confident and enthusiastic people with good communication skills, as our volunteers and work experience students need to be able to engage and inspire a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and of all ages. Education volunteers and work experience placements assist our education team to give our visitors the chance to discover and learn about our wonderful British wildlife.

Example tasks:

  • Assist with workshops and animal tours
  • Prepare educational resources
  • Rove in the park with artefacts
  • Assist visitors at enclosures to spot animals and answer questions
Maintenance Team

Wildwood Escot is set in 47 acres of a variety of habitats. We need volunteers to help keep the park in top condition. Volunteers help us to maintain the grounds and our animal enclosures and keep our facilities in good working order.

Example tasks:

  • Aid in maintenance of park facilities
  • Help keep the park clean and tidy
  • Gardening and grounds-keeping
  • Assist in animal enclosure construction and maintenance
  • Work as part of the team to provide support where needed
Seasonal Events

We are looking for enthusiastic and outgoing volunteers to help us during our busy holidays and weekends. Our events volunteers run 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.

Example tasks:

  • Set up and run drop in events during the holidays and weekends
  • Inspire our visitors about British wildlife and our conservation efforts
  • Engage and interact with visitors throughout the day
  • Work as part of a team to provide support where needed
Wetlands Project

Our wetland restoration project is new for 2019. We are looking for volunteers to help us restore the beautiful wetland area to its former glory. We ensure the responsibility of training and supporting volunteers in all aspects.

Example tasks:

  • Assist with the clearing of paths and repair work
  • Help with flora clearing and coppicing
  • Support conservation surveys of the area
Saxon Village

We are lucky enough to have a Saxon village onsite, which helps us tell the story of the history of Britain. We are looking for friendly, enthusiastic people with good communication skills and are not afraid to get stuck into the life of a Saxon. Volunteers will assist the weekend staff in bringing the village alive while using unique skills to help maintain and run the village.

Example tasks:

  • Assist with the maintenance of the village such as wattle and daubing, thatching roofs and wood-turning
  • Helping maintain the herb and produce garden
  • Engage and interact with visitors throughout the day
Group Volunteer and Corporate Social Responsibility Days

In addition to the day-to-day demands of running the park, we have a range of one-off projects throughout the year, which are more suited to a team approach.

These include everything from building refurbishments to new enclosure builds, from developing kids play areas to major rewilding projects.

Ideal for meeting Corporate Social Responsibilities targets, these volunteer days are fun, challenging and rewarding and great for team-building and developing leadership.

If you have a team of enthusiastic colleagues eager for a fun day out making a real contribution to conservation, then contact us today.

Important Notes

These opportunities receive a high volume of interest and as a result, places are very limited.

All participants must be over 18 years of age.

Applications for college work placements and university internships must be accompanied by a covering letter and CV.

To register your interest, please complete the registration of interest form and email to charlotte.mead@wildwoodtrust.org or post to:

Wildwood Escot
Escot Park
Ottery St Mary
Devon, EX11 1LU