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.
We love having volunteers working in the parks as guides who can provide information to our visitors including facts about the animals, information about the parks and speaking to people about The Aspinall Foundationís overseas work and how they can support the charity. We also use volunteers in our car parks welcoming visitors and assisting with car parking duties. Depending on the number of people volunteering in the park on a given day, we like to rotate our volunteers from station to station to ensure each gets the opportunity to be based in different areas of the parks.To volunteer as a guide in the parks, you will need to be confident in speaking to members of the public and to act as the face of the charity.