Not to alarm animal lovers but London Zoo is looking for volunteers

Normally we have to pay to hang out with penguins and giraffes at the zoo, but a new scheme means we can enjoy the animals totally free.

ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos are looking for an ‘army of volunteers’ to help them get back on track post-lockdown, and it’s an ideal situation for people still on furlough or those who just want to get a bit of experience in the field.

Volunteers will be stewards, helping visitors to learn more about the zoo and to navigate their new trails and have a great time.

There isn’t a set amount of time that people need to volunteer, but the general idea is that you commit to at least half a day every two weeks.

It’s likely the applications will fill up fast (after all, there are a lot of animal lovers out there) so it’s possible that at weekends it might be harder to get a role.

However, for people needing to pad out their CVs, those newly out of work or on furlough, or even retired people who want something new, it could be a great opportunity.

Volunteer manager Rhiannon Green said: ‘We are delighted to have the zoos open again, but we are facing operational challenges that are new to us. We know from the heart-warming response to our fundraising appeal that people really want to help us.

‘For some people sparing time might be how they can help us best – especially those on furlough, or whose travel plans have been disrupted.

‘We need cheery, flexible people who can help visitors enjoy their day while respecting the measures that keep everyone safe.’

You can apply for the stewardship volunteering scheme here.

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