Volunteering, Research & Work Experience - The Big Cat Sanctuary

Volunteering, Research & Work Experience


Get involved at The Big Cat Sanctuary!

Volunteering at The Big Cat Sanctuary


The Big Cat Sanctuary’s staff are all dedicated and passionate about their work. However, there is a limit to what each individual can achieve in a day which is why the organisation is supported by a committed group of volunteers, who provide a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience.

Volunteers undertake a range of roles, including supporting the work of our gardening and maintenance teams, customer services, fundraising, delivering site tours and experiences, along with supporting our keeping team.

Due to the varied nature of the tasks, a flexible and adaptable attitude is essential. Ideally, you will be able to commit to a minimum of one day per fortnight.

Please note:

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old
  • Volunteering is not the same as a work experience placement (see Work Experience)
  • Your own transport is essential as The Big Cat Sanctuary is in a rural location and not accessible by public transport

Current Opportunities

Retail Volunteers


We have exciting opportunities for people to volunteer in our brand new Big Cat Sanctuary shop! You will need to commit to volunteering 1 day a week, including at least 2 weekend-days per month, and also be available to help during Big Cat Sanctuary events and Open Days. Our Retail Volunteers are needed from 10am to 4pm, or as required to help with events. Retail experience would be beneficial but full training will be given. Please note, there is no animal involvement with this role.

Housekeeping Volunteers


We are looking for volunteer Housekeepers to assist with our 5* lodge accommodation here at The Big Cat Sanctuary. We need our volunteers to commit to coming in once a fortnight on a long-term basis, 11.00-14.00. Full training will be given. Please note, there is no animal involvement with this role.

For more information on any of the opportunities above please email volunteer[email protected].

To register formal interest in one of the roles, please complete an Expression-of-Interest-Volunteering-BCS form and return it via email to: [email protected] or by post to: Barbara Turner & Jenna Rogers, Volunteer Coordinators, Paradise Wildlife Park, White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, EN10 7QA

Research at The Big Cat Sanctuary

The Big Cat Sanctuary is dedicated to encouraging research that contributes to the body of scientific knowledge about big cats.

We welcome researchers, including students, who wish to conduct research projects. All researchers must fill out the appropriate application documents and have their proposal accepted before any data collection can take place.

If you are interested in carrying out a research project please contact Briony Smith, our Head Keeper.

Work Experience Placements

Unfortunately we do not offer Work Experience Placements at The Big Cat Sanctuary.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Unfortunately we do not offer DofE volunteering opportunities or activities at The Big Cat Sanctuary.