Animal Enrichment Volunteer

We are looking to recruit a team of enrichment volunteers to help design, build, and promote activities to improve or enhance the environments for the animals in our care.  


Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare

Days or Hours Required:

  • Minimum 3 hours each week.  Day(s) flexible

Description of duties:

  • To work on staff briefs for any animal at Raystede and design suitable devices to fit the goal
  • To build the designs for enrichment devices
  • To be able to carry out public engagement talks about the enrichment devices built and their importance for our animals
  • Willingness and capable to research enrichment concepts, ideas, and suitability for our animals

Skills and Experience you will need:

  • Manual skills and able to use power tools
  • Inventive and creative with the ability to make and adapt your own designs to fit the brief and ensure safety aspects for our animals.
  • To be an effective communicator
  • Polite and engaging manner and happy to talk to visitors
  • To be able to work as part of a team
  • Happy to work outdoors in all weathers
  • Own transport to get to and from Raystede

How you will make a difference:

In this role you will be helping to maintain the highest standards of animal welfare through mental and physical stimulation to give animals the opportunity to exhibit a wide diversity of behaviours.  Enrichment is considered a daily part of animal care such as feeding and cleaning.  We enrich our animals’ environments by making structural changes to their enclosures, presenting novel objects and smells for them to explore, or by changing how we present their food to encourage them to show more behaviours that would be natural to them in the wild.  Enrichment therefore reduces stress and improves welfare. 

What we offer you:

  • A volunteer uniform
  • Support and on-going training in your chosen role 

How to apply:

Download and complete our volunteer application form and send to:


Head of HR, Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, The Broyle, Ringmer, East Sussex, BN8 5AJ

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