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Interns and Students

Shaldon Wildlife Trust is an ideal placement for students and those wishing to develop their skills and experiences in the conservation sector.book_marvin.jpg

In 2013 we began a new Internship Programme, offering students a 9 to 12 month placement, gaining valuable experience within the zoo sector and an opportunity to carry out a research project.

This has since been renamed a "Voluntary Student Work Experience Placement" (VSWEP) and is offered to students undertaking an animal care-based qualification or similar.

Previous students have conducted studies into the behaviour of many of our animals, which benefits the quality of care the animals receive as well as providing valuable scientific data.

We accept applications throughout the year, and ask that you send a covering letter explaining your reasons for applying and why you think you would be suited to this role, along with a CV. If you are interested in a placement, please email carly@shaldonwildlifetrust.org.uk


Work experience 

We take work experience students throughout the year and have provided a placement for hundreds of young people over the years. This is a very popular placement so booking early is recommended. Please note the minimum age for work experience is 16 years old and the student must be working towards a relevant animal qualification. Here is a link to our Work Experience application form.



Academic research at zoos is an important aspect of daily husbandry and animal welfare and provides an understanding of a wide range of animal behaviour for example, nutrition, physiology and behaviour.  Zoos are required to carry out a degree of academic research concerning their animals as part of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 and  Shaldon Zoo does so as a British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA) member.  Research carried out at Shaldon enables a higher standard of animal care and expertise.  Furthermore, research of environmental enrichment methods at the zoo enables us to understand if it has had a positive affect on the animal and if it provides both mental and physical stimulation. We actively encourage undergraduate and postgraduate students to carry out academic research projects.  

If you are interested in our work and would like to base your research here at Shaldon Wildlife Trust, please email info@shaldonwildlifetrust.org.uk