With over 1,000 animals and 400,000 visitors a year to look after, the task of running Howletts & Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks in Kent can be a complex and challenging job.

The parks provide jobs for over 200 members of staff, plus approximately 150 additional seasonal staff every year, with skills ranging from animal welfare and management, to presenting, gardening, catering, education, finance, IT, HR, marketing, fundraising, horticulture, retail, safari rangers and drivers.

Our staff are one of our most important assets and everyone plays a part in ensuring that animals and visitors are well looked after. We are committed to equal opportunities and employing a diverse workforce. If you are interested in working at Howletts or Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks please view the vacancies below by clicking on the job titles for details of jobs currently available.

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Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve, in conjunction with the Aspinall Foundation, have a wide range of volunteering opportunities that offer you the chance to get involved in what we do. If you have some free time on your hands and would love the chance to indulge your passion for conservation. Why not become a volunteer. It will give you the opportunity to make a real and valuable contribution to our ground breaking conservation work.



We recognise and value the important role that volunteers play in our organisation and we never take that for granted. If you volunteer for us we will make sure that you will get something back in return for your commitment. You get the chance to work alongside experts in their field.

  • Get the satisfaction of putting your existing skills, knowledge and experience to great use and learn more skills whist doing so
  • Gain valuable work related experience – great for your CV!!
  • We will provide you with a reference helping you to secure future work
  • Enjoy the experience of being part of a dynamic friendly team
  • Free visitor access to both parks whilst volunteering
  • Enjoy great staff discounts in our retail and catering outlets
  • Most of all you get the satisfaction of making a valuable contribution to our animal conservation work



We would love to hear from anyone who is willing to give some of their valuable spare time to help us. You have to be over 18 years old but we don’t have an upper age limit, the most important thing is that you are enthusiastic, reliable and happy to travel to our sites at your own cost.
Email or call 01303 234136



Volunteers play a vital role in contributing to the success of our charity. They provide support to our staff in a variety of ways; helping our animal keepers to provide day to day care and enrichment for our animals; helping to give our visitors an enjoyable and unforgettable day out, raising essential funds to support our overseas conservation projects and spreading the word about who we are and what we do as part of our education or communications team. These are just some of the ways that our volunteers contribute.


Education Volunteers

Our Education Volunteers have the opportunity to learn how to deliver educational activities targeted at visitors, and will also develop skills including preparing educational resources. We are looking for confident individuals with excellent communication skills. Volunteers will be required to regularly liaise with animal keeping staff and visitors.


Fundraising Volunteers

The Aspinall Foundation protect some of the world’s most endangered species returning them to safe areas in their natural habitat. We currently manage a number of conservation programmes around the world helping to make a real difference to endangered animals. Our fundraising department raise the essential funds to allow The Aspinall Foundation to continue this vital work. We need volunteers to help in various fundraising activities. If you would like to get involved please click here to find out how you can help.


Garden Volunteers

Having garden volunteers enables us to undertake new and exciting projects and enhance both the beautiful gardens at Howletts and Port Lympne. As well as tending the extensive grounds our gardens team help and advise on enclosure planting to provide an authentic habitat for our animals and tend the herb gardens which are used in various animal enrichment activities which enhance the lives of our animals. If you have green fingers and love working outdoors this could be the perfect way for you to volunteer.


Marketing & Administration Volunteers

If you have good administration skills or if you are creative and would love to be part of a team who are responsible for marketing and Public Relations, then our communications department can offer something for you that range from providing some much needed administration, to helping to produce artwork, copy and photographs for our marketing literature and social networking sites. We can also offer 6-12 month volunteer internships for you to gain the experience for a future career in marketing and PR.


Corporate & Team Building Volunteers

Why not take a day or two out of the office with your workmates and engage in some team bonding - have fun doing it and give your time to make a big impact within our parks. Volunteering as a team helps develop leadership, decision-making and negotiation skills. It can also help staff develop as individuals and boost morale. Recent groups have built enclosures, enrichment devices and taken part in leaf picking. Some of our corporate groups have included Barclays, Kent County Council, Tesco and Crown House.


Animal Sections

We often take on people wishing to volunteer on our various animal sections within the parks. This is the only aspect of volunteering where we have stricter criteria for who we accept for volunteer placements because of the line of work. To be eligible for this, we ask that you have either already gained, or are working towards an animal management qualification as you will be utilised as a full member of the team and will need the relevant experience or qualifications. We offer volunteer placements for one day a week or more and also offer structured 6-12 months volunteer internships for those who can commit to at least 4 days a week. Please note we are unable to offer any accommodations with these placements

Job Vacancies

Please note that applications may close sooner than closing date if sufficient applications are received.

Social Media Officer (Port Lympne) - closing date 25th November 2015

Job description

Experienced Primate Keeper - closing date 18th December 2015

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Speculative CV’s

If you would like us to store your details on file for a period of 6 months, please send us your CV and covering letter. This will be kept on our ‘Speculative Database’ and should a position arise, we will contact you.

Please mark all speculative emails in the subject title as ‘Speculative CV.’

Due to the sheer volume of applications we receive, there may be a delay in our response.

Please send all speculative CV’s and work placement applications to:


If you are unable to provide a CV to apply for a vacancy, you can download an application form and preferably email it to:

Or post to:

Human Resources
Port Lympne Reserve
Nr. Ashford, Kent
CT21 4LR