We are closed
Due to the temporary closure of Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve and Howletts Wild Animal Park, we are not accepting any new volunteer applications throughout this time. We are in contact with the relevant authorities and will work to reopen both parks to guests and volunteers as soon as it is appropriate to do so.
As a charity, we appreciate your support and understanding. This is an unprecedented situation but please rest assured that we are committed to the wellbeing of our guests, visitors, volunteers, animals and teams here in Kent and overseas.
Thank you to all those kind people who have offered up their time to come and volunteer to help look after our animals during the lock down. Unfortunately this is not possible as we are following the government guidelines on social distancing but can support us and help us to feed our animals in other ways; by making a donation or purchasing items from our Amazon wish list.How you can help
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.
Being a keeper requires a substantial commitment and passion, so our intern role aims to develop your skill set, across all aspects of daily animal management. Based with one of our highly experienced sections we ask for a commitment of 3-5 days a week over 6-12 months, to ensure the full development of your training plan. The course is purposefully intense and candidates should be able to demonstrate their previous education and/ or experience with animal husbandry. Due to a high demand, volunteering is competitive, so we ask applicants to show previous experience and education with animal management. Please note that we cannot offer accommodation for these positions.
Our volunteers are made up from a diverse range of dedicated people who aid the keepers in their daily duties. The volunteer positions are varied and dependant on seasons and animal movements but we welcome prospective CV’s, just be sure to be clear on you reason for applying to volunteer with our animal section. 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 are over 18 years old and 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.
Do you enjoy spending time outside or feel you could bring experience to our dedicated gardening estates team? Port Lympne and Howletts ranges over 700 Acres of unique Kent countryside. Would you be willing to donate a small amount of your time on a weekly basis to develop these unique grounds? 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 and Fundraising
As a charity we need to be relevant to today’s challenging world, clearly communicating our message of conservation is vital for our development. Would you be able to grow our media presence or even help manage our many fundraising events that help us engage with the general public? 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 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.
Whether you are looking for hands on volunteering opportunities for personal development, or team building days with a wild twist, Port Lympne Reserve provides the perfect backdrop to suit your needs.
What’s more, by holding your volunteering or team building event with us, you will play a vital role in supporting our conservation efforts, helping critically endangered animals and their habitats, in the UK and around the world
Other volunteer options
We look for a diverse range of skills from any potential volunteers, do you have back ground in trade skills such as carpentry, gardening, general maintenance e.t.c Please let us know if you would be willing to donate a couple of hours a week to help our teams.
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 and experience to great use
- 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