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

Please note, we are unable to accept prospective expressions of interest and do not hold Volunteer Waiting Lists.

Current Opportunities

Volunteer Housekeeper

The Big Cat Sanctuary is looking for an enthusiastic Volunteer Housekeeper, to join our friendly team and help take care of our seven luxury lodges, reception building, event space and general office spaces. If you have an eye for detail, get satisfaction from ensuring things are clean and tidy and look their best and would like to support the Big Cat Sanctuary in your spare time, this could be the role for you. General hours are 11.00-14.00 daily, although there is some flexibility.

A full, clean driving license and access to your own vehicle is essential due to our rural location

To find out more and register your interest, please email [email protected]

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.