Volunteering

Help Us Help Them

Volunteering at Peel Zoo

Peel Zoo volunteers are vital members of the Peel Zoo team. Our volunteers are involved in many different areas of the zoo. We currently have three volunteer teams: the Enrichment Team, Animal Husbandry Team, and the Education Team.

Our volunteer programs are focused on improving the skills and experiences of our volunteers. In this endeavour, all volunteers must pass a theoretical and practical assessment during their tenure at the zoo. These assessments are designed to ensure that each volunteer leaves Peel Zoo with a nationally comparable certification. This means that our volunteers are valued Australia-wide.

Is Volunteering for You?

People volunteer for a variety of reasons: to experience the role of a zookeeper, to further their career aspirations, or as a way to give back to the community. Regardless of your personal motivations, volunteering is a great way to show potential employers that you are dedicated and team-oriented. You will also gain experience with a variety of animals and improve your knowledge and expertise.

At Peel Zoo we are committed to providing our customers with a hands-on experience allowing them to interact with unique native wildlife. These interactions are facilitated and encouraged by our friendly and approachable staff and volunteers. Engaging and interacting with customers is a vital skill that all staff and volunteers at the zoo must provide.

We expect the same standards of work, professionalism, and commitment from our volunteers as we do our paid staff.

Why Peel Zoo?

Peel Zoo is a customer-oriented, privately-run zoo in Pinjarra, Western Australia. As a Zoo Aquarium Association (ZAA) accredited institution we meet the highest national industry standards. Our expertise and dedication is reflected in our ongoing success in many areas, not least of which is our highly successful breeding program for the critically endangered Tasmanian devil.

Employment vacancies are often offered to hard-working and dedicated members of our volunteer program prior to being publically advertised. However, participation in the volunteer program does not guarantee employment at Peel Zoo.

Eligibility

All applicants for the volunteer programs must:

  • Be 16 years or older
  • Be physically fit and able
  • Commit to a minimum of one four-hour shift a week for a period of three months (volunteers may extend their three month commitment only at the express approval of the Zoo Director)
  • Pass a Federal Police Clearance (if requested)
  • Pass a Working with Children Check (if requested)
  • Maintain Peel Zoo’s dress code
  • Follow Peel Zoo’s policies and procedures
  • Pay a non-refundable education fee to Peel Zoo of $199.00 (includes $50.00 deposit for purchase of volunteer t-shirt)

Failure to comply with any of the above conditions may result in immediate dismissal from the program.

Applying to Volunteer

Volunteer intakes are held six times a year and positions are strictly limited. To register your interest, simply visit the the Enrichment Team, Animal Husbandry Team, or the Education Team, download the appropriate info pack and application form, complete the details, and return it to bronte@peelzoo.com.au.

Successful applicants are required to attend an induction day on a date to be advised.

If you are not sure whether volunteering is for you, send an email to bronte@peelzoo.com.au for more information.

The Next Volunteer Intake

To find out when the next Volunteer intake is, please send an email to bronte@peelzoo.com.au.