This week is National Volunteers' Week, a time to celebrate and thank our excellent volunteers for their dedication supporting Wild Place Project. Volunteers are at the heart of what we do each day. Our volunteer team contribute their time, passion, and skills to make a positive difference in so much of what we accomplish. We want to thank all the volunteers who every day achieve brilliant things, making Wild Place Project a great place to be for all guests, volunteers, staff and of course our animals!
We are very lucky to a have over 100 fantastic volunteers supporting us who each help us on a weekly basis across our teams which include Rangers, Education, Landscapes, Horticulture, Keepers and Maintenance. In 2017 volunteers dedicated around 16125.5 hours of their time to Wild Place!
Here are just a few of our wonderful volunteers who might say hello on your visits to Wild Place…
Andy joined the team four months ago and volunteers each week on the Learning Ranger team, helping us to talk to guests about our amazing animals and support our lemur walkthrough. As well as having a great passion for endangered wildlife, Andy is also a Football Officiator and enjoys a good pub lunch!
Brenda has been volunteering for almost two years on our Learning Ranger team and as well, keeping fellow volunteers & staff filled up on home-grown courgettes from her bountiful allotment! Brenda just loves being surrounded by nature as since she was a child, going for walks in the wild has been a favourite way to enjoy her free time.
Clive gets great satisfaction volunteering on our Maintenance team. Over the last 3 years, Clive has been supporting us with all sorts of challenging projects which can vary massively from week to week, Clive’s mechanical background and knowledge is a brilliant support for Wild Place… and also for his passion for classic cars.
Eileen has been volunteering for just over a year and is here twice a week! Eileen volunteers with our Horticulture team helping with many elements of the role such as collecting fodder for the animals to helping tend to the delicate plants of our glass houses. On Elieen's second day she helps us as a Learning ranger chatting to guests at exhibits such as giraffe.
Jacob supports us twice weekly and has done for two years now. He loves animals and everything to do with them, so volunteers as a keeper volunteer assisting us with husbandry and enrichment for our animal collection. On Jacob’s second volunteer day he also supports our Learning ranger team. In addition to volunteering at Wild Place, Jacob also works at Bristol Zoo Gardens as an Animal Care Technician!
Ruth joined our team this year helping our Landscapes team look after the gorgeous grounds and gardens. Ruth says that volunteering gives a great balance to day to day, a good opportunity doing something outside of work.
For two years Samantha has been volunteering on our Education team, helping with all sorts of fun things from animal encounters, den building and assisting our Learning officers with school groups. Samantha is also currently studying Zoological Management.
Tim joined our volunteer Learning Ranger team last summer and loves talking to guests about conservation and our animals. Tim is very busy, soon starting studies in Environmental Sciences but also volunteers with other conservation groups looking after insect & reptile habitats and is a Youth Club Young Leader. When not volunteering Tim enjoys cricket!
Tom joined us earlier this year supporting our volunteer keeper team each week helping us from meerkats to the giraffe. In Tom’s spare time he is an ‘Ultra Runner’ running distances of 80 – 100km frequently each week!! Tom will soon be taking part in a 50 mile run from the Beacons to Cardiff. Good luck Tom!
If you're interested in volunteering at Wild Place, you can find out more here