Work Experience

Work Experience Placements

We are NOT accepting work experience applications. Please check back in the future for further information.

If you would like to apply for a work experience placement please read the details below carefully. If you fulfil the criteria below and wish to apply for a placement, please complete the application form.


All applicants must demonstrate that they have an interest in working with animals as a career.

Under 18’s

Applicants under the age of 18 will only be permitted to work on the Children’s Farm Section at the Wildlife Park. You will be working alongside one of the Large Mammal Keeper’s to care for a range of domestic livestock.

4 Week Placement Blocks

Applicants over the age of 18 can apply to work on one of the three animal sections at the Park (please see details below). Please note that work placement students will not be permitted to work with any of the carnivore species at the Park. Applicants must be studying an animal related course (level 2 / Level 3 Animal Management, Degree in a related subject, e.g. Zoology, Animal Science, Animal Behaviour). Whilst every effort will be made to allow you to work on your choice of section, demand for placements is high and this may not always be possible. Applicants will be invited to the Park to complete a trial day and interview, which will involve some practical work. Trial days are set dates and if you are unable to attend the trial day you will not be offered a placement.

Deadlines for 4 Week Block Applications

Placement DatesApplication DeadlineInterview Dates
January to April30th NovemberDecember / January
May to August 31st MarchApril / May
September to December31st JulyAugust / September

Animal Sections – the animals at the Park are split into 3 sections. Placement students will spend their 4 weeks working alongside the Keepers on each of the sub-sections that make up each Animal Section. Please include in your application your preference and we will try and match your placement with your preferred choice where possible.

  • Herpetology – including reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates
  • Bottom Section: Small Mammals, Primates and Birds – lemurs, callitrichids, meerkat, bats, dik-dik, naked mole rat, otters, passerine birds, penguins, birds of prey, pheasants and parrots etc.
  • Top Section: Large Mammals – domestic livestock, lake birds, rhino, giraffe, capybara, tapir, zebra, wallaby etc.

1 to 3 Week Placements

For work placements of less than 4 weeks, applicants can apply to work on the Children’s Farm with the domestic livestock. These placements are available to anyone over the age of 16. Demand for these placements is high and priority will be given to students that are required to complete a work placement as part of their course. Applications are accepted throughout the year and you will be invited to the Park for an interview.

 Veterinary Students

Applicants studying Veterinary Medicine can apply for placements of 1 to 4 weeks duration on any of the three animal sections. If there is availability, we will accommodate your preferred choice. You will be working alongside the Keepers, caring for the animals. During the placement, students will have the opportunity to observe veterinary procedures (if any) that occur during your time at the Park. Applications are accepted throughout the year and you will be invited to the Park for an interview.

Additional Information

Please note that Cotswold Wildlife Park is situated in a rural location and there is no public transport. Applicants must arrange their own transport or accommodation for the duration of the placement and consider the costs involved with this.

All students must undergo an interview before being accepted. If you are interested in applying for a placement please download our Work Experience Placement Application (Word) and return it to the email address:

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens