Do you love meeting new people, have a friendly nature with a real flare for providing excellent customer service. Would you enjoy welcoming visitors whilst promoting the work of The Donkey Sanctuary as one of our valuable ambassadors?

Location: The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Devon.

Do you have what it takes?

As part of an enthusiastic and friendly team of Visitor Welcome Volunteers you will be doing something very worthwhile by welcoming visitors to The Donkey Sanctuary. Helping to make sure that they have the best possible experience by providing detailed information about events and activities taking place, guidance and directions to get them to where these are happening and sharing the stories of our wonderful donkeys who they will see whilst walking around the site. You will help to ensure that our visitors feel welcome, well informed and able to plan their day to the full.

Your enthusiasm for the charity will help to inspire our visitors to become supporters.

You could be talking to visitors anywhere around the site, promoting our adoptions scheme or be willing to assist with car parking at peak periods or at major events. A cheery goodbye will also add positively to the visitor experience.

Skills and personal experience

We are looking for someone who loves meeting new people with good listening skills, the ability to understand individual visitor’s needs and confidently communicate with them face to face.

You will be flexible and adaptable, with a can-do attitude, keen to find out more about The Donkey Sanctuary, its history, work worldwide and the stories of the donkeys themselves. You will be happy to receive training and be an excellent communicator with the ability and enthusiasm to share clear, consistent and accurate ‘on-message’ information with visitors and supporters.

Happy to volunteer outside in our unpredictable British weather!

Knowledge of equines would be helpful, but not essential as we provide full training.

We can offer you the opportunity to become part of a friendly team and join The Donkey Sanctuary family. You will gain an insight into the tourism world and see how an attraction works. The south west is famed for its' award winning attractions so volunteering with us will provide a great learning experience and something to add to your CV. This opportunity will give you the chance to gain customer service experience and put your great communication skills to good use.

How often?

We are looking to cover 7 days a week between the hours of 10am to 4pm.

We would ideally like to ask for a minimum of either one day a fortnight or one half-day a week. But if you would like to volunteer more frequently we will welcome you.

Join us today

If you have some spare time, and would like to find out about how you could become more involved in our work, we would love to hear from you.

Don’t worry if you have no previous experience. As long as you are aged 16 or over, are enthusiastic and have regular free time you can offer us, then we would love for you to join us. If you would like to find out more information about volunteering at The Donkey Sanctuary in this role please call us on 01395 578222 (Monday-Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm).

Interested in volunteering?