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Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders

Our Bright Future is supporting Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders - a five year project led by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders is a five year project led by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust which will train 96 Leaders, upskilling and empowering them to inspire young people and community members to take action on local environmental projects and campaigns across Yorkshire.

Our aims:

  • To upskill and empower young people in conservation and leadership skills to find employment in the green economy
  • To connect young people with nature and develop green ambassadors
  • To inspire local communities to value and take action for wildlife
  • To achieve an improvement in the built and natural environment

Each year we will be recruiting 24 trainees aged 16 to 24 to join an exciting 12 month placement developing their skills and experience within the conservation sector.

Please visit our Application Page for role profile and application form.

What will Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders be doing?

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Activities will include reserves management, habitat restoration, biodiversity monitoring, events management, campaigning, outreach and education. This exciting new project is a once in a lifetime opportunity for young adults who are looking for practical on-the-job training and are motivated to improve local green spaces for people and wildlife. The Youth Leaders will develop portfolios ending in a self-led project to inspire young people to value and take action for wildlife and local communities across Yorkshire.

The Environmental Youth Leaders will take up year-long placements, with bases across Yorkshire at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, covering Doncaster and Barnsley, Stirley Community Farm, covering Huddersfield, Appleton-le-Moors, covering the Pickering area, Pearson Park Wildlife Garden covering Hull and the Living Seas Centre covering the Flamborough area. The placements will be 4 days an week, normally between Monday and Friday 9 to 5, with the possibility of evening and weekends if needed.

The first six months will involve working alongside Trust staff gaining skills and experience across the Trust’s centres, reserves and projects. The following six months will be spent developing and delivering self-led environmental projects or campaigns.

The placements will be supported with a £250 monthly bursary and a training budget to allow you to learn the skills you need for your placement and future employment such as use of tools and machinery.

The Tomorrow's Natural Leaders scheme will match skills and experience with local employers in the green sector and help mitigate unemployment and labour supply challenges.

If you are interested in finding out more or have any questions please contact Joe Wyatt ( South and West) or Paul Thompson (North and East) or call the Trust on 01904659570.


Three months on from the Paris climate change agreement, the Big Lottery Fund is investing £33 million in more than 30 organisations to inspire and develop the next generation of environmental leaders. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is receiving over £998,000.

Our Bright Future aims to tackle three big challenges facing society today - a lack of social cohesion, a lack of opportunities for young people and vulnerability to climate change. Thirty one youth-led projects across the UK are each receiving around £1m of funding to give young people the skills and knowledge to improve their local environments – from reducing marine pollution to minimising food waste. In doing so, young people will develop the confidence and resilience to become environmental leaders and influence decisions at local and national levels. This young, ambitious and capable movement will ensure this generation’s voice is heard in the current debates around environmental improvements and a resource-efficient economy.

But Our Bright Future goes a lot further than the impressive impacts seen by these individual projects. The programme is gathering strong evidence about how we can support the development of the environment and young people using a resource-efficient and sustainable ‘green’ economy. More than a hundred organisations are contributing to the wider Our Bright Future movement by sharing evidence, learning and knowledge which will soon start to inform the choices made at local, regional, and national levels in the UK.

Our Bright Future is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and run by a consortium of eight organisations which is led by The Wildlife Trusts. The partnership has more than 40 years of combined experience in managing social and environmental grant programmes totalling nearly £300 million, and has a proven track record of working with and empowering young people in communities of all social circumstances.

This programme is supported by £998,000 funding from the Big Lottery Fund.