Working at Marwell

Marwell Wildlife is a registered charity dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity and other natural resources. We employ a talented team who are passionate about conservation, education, research, welfare and sustainability.

What does it feel like to work as part of the Marwell family? Well, pretty unique! Our brand values of being warm, wise, welcoming and contemporary flow through everything we do and support our brand promise of connecting people with nature. Couple that with our genuine enthusiasm for wildlife conservation and you have an organisation which is making a positive and sustained impact on people’s lives.

If you feel that you have what it takes to join our mission then we’d welcome your application!

Whilst each application will be considered on a case by case basis, Marwell Wildlife’s usual policy is not to re employ former employees.

Successful applicants for vacancies with Marwell Wildlife may be required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check as a condition of employment.

Thank you for your interest in joining our team. We welcome your application against any of our current vacancies, however, please be aware that our roles are very popular and our HR team is very small so if we haven’t contacted you within 28 days your application has unfortunately not been successful on this occasion. Sadly we will also be unable to respond to any speculative enquires.

A Marwell Wildlife application form must be completed to be considered for all vacancies. Please contact us if you require any reasonable adjustments to assist with your application.

Please read our dress code/tattoo policy before applying. 


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Trustee Vacancy – Estates / Land Management Representative

We are a leading conservation charity, dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity and other natural resources.  We are looking for a keen, professional and dedicated individual to join our Board of Trustees. 

As a registered charity, our governance and overall leadership rests with our Board of Trustees who work alongside our Chief Executive and Executive Team.  Actively contributing to the strategic purpose and direction of the organisation, our Trustees provide robust oversight, assist in ensuring effective governance arrangements are in place, and help us to rigorously monitor Marwell’s performance.

We are looking to complement our existing Board of Trustees with a suitably experienced and qualified professional (a chartered surveyor, for example). Knowledge and expertise in estates or property / business management and the charitable sector would be especially welcome. We are in a particularly important period of our development, as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, will reach our 50th anniversary in 2022, and have ambitious plans for a longer-term programme of sustainable capital investment ahead.

Trustees participate in four half-day Board meetings a year, and you will also need to be available for five Business Development Committee meetings (covering the remit of Audit, Risk, Commercial and Cap Ex). In return, through active participation in inspiring and engaging debate with fellow Trustees, you will have the opportunity to shape and guide our mission-led organisation. Whilst this is a voluntary unremunerated position, we do pay reasonable expenses. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our team and making sure we best reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

For further information about this role, please view the full candidate brief. Further information about Marwell can be found here.

To read our 2020 Impact Report click here

For further information, please contact Helen Rees, Secretary to Chairman of the Board of Trustees, on 01962 777913, or email or, for a confidential discussion, contact our Chief Executive, James Cretney on 01962 777925.

To apply, please email your CV and accompanying letter outlining your experience, to our HR Department: by 06 August 2021.


Successful applicants for vacancies with Marwell Wildlife may be required to have a DBS check as a condition of employment.

Marwell Wildlife is an equal opportunities employer.

Colden Common, Winchester, Hants, SO21 1JH. Registered charity number 275433.

Seasonal roles

Environmental Services Assistants


We do not currently have any vacancies, please check back again soon. 

Work Experience

Important information:

If you are interested in keeper work experience, please read the following carefully before contacting us.

Placements for 2022 will be considered during November 2021.

Applications for 2022 should be submitted no earlier than 1 November 2021. For further information please contact our Registrar. We do not hold applications on file.

Marwell runs an unpaid work experience keeper scheme between March and August each year, for a period of two weeks only.

Placements are limited to students over the age of 17 years and who are already studying an animal related course such as the Diploma in The Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA).

For Sparsholt College (Winchester) students - applications should be made to your tutor direct at the beginning of November of the year prior to the period of work experience required.

To be considered for a position please complete the application form, attach a copy of your CV and send to our Registrar

We do not offer internships

All work experience students must fulfil all of the above criteria and be able to produce a letter from their tutor confirming their appropriate course and be able to attend an interview before being considered for a placement .

Veterinary student applications

COVID-19 update - Outside our planned elective schedule we are currently unable to accommodate any veterinary placements on-site due to on-going restrictions imposed by the current situation. This will be reviewed in January 2022.

We currently have limited availability for veterinary student placements, and can only provide clinical EMS. Priority is given to vet students enrolled with the University of Surrey. However, where possible, the vet team will consider 4th and final year vet students, from other Universities. Earlier years cannot be accommodated at present. Contact us via email for more information.

Animal Behaviour Work Experience Placement

As an action oriented conservation charity, Marwell Wildlife’s desire is to connect people with nature. Through enthusing people about the wonders of the natural world we’re certain they’ll share our passion to conserve it.

An exciting work experience opportunity has arisen to support Marwell's Animal Behaviourist with researching, monitoring and assessing animal welfare across our 140 acre zoological park. This work experience opportunity will allow the successful applicant to gain experience in zoo-based research and the scientific assessment and advancement of animal welfare.

This is a 9 month opportunity of approximately 21-35 hours per week.

Working alongside our Animal Behaviourist as part of our wider Veterinary Services Team your duties will include:

  • Research project design
  • Behavioural data collection via observations in person or via video
  • Mining of existing databases for analysis
  • Behavioural data analysis
  • Maintaining research records
  • Carrying out literature searches and report/journal writing
  • Support use of the Animal Welfare Assessment Grid
  • Organising and leading Journal Club
  • Support with general administration

This placement is suitable for applicants with an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in zoology, animal behaviour/welfare, biology, or a related discipline. Experience collecting behavioural data would also be advantageous as would basic statistical analysis skills.

If you are interested, please send a CV and covering letter to The application deadline is 20 August 2021. 

Please note work experience placements are unpaid.


We do not offer internships at this time.

We regret that we are unable to take students from school for keeper work experience.

Work experience in our education department

We regret that we are unable to offer work experience at this time.