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Volunteering Opportunities in North Yorkshire

Volunteer with YWTVolunteers at Askham Bog (c) Marie Fooks

To express your interest in any role and for an application form please email

Current Opportunities in North Yorkshire:

York Area Opportunities

Surveying Opportunities

Practical Conservation Tasks

Waves of Waste Coordinators

York Area Opportunities

Volunteering Development Admin Volunteer

The Volunteering Development Team work with staff across the county to coordinate, promote, support and evaluate the development of volunteering opportunities across the Trust, which includes volunteers and voluntary trainees. We also support volunteers in areas such as training, induction and ongoing communication.

We'd like one or two volunteers to help us with editing and adding content to our brand new website and also day to day admin tasks such as registering new volunteers, maintaining the volunteer record database and requesting references. There is also be the opportunity to help with wider advertising of roles, responding to volunteer enquiries; assisting with recruitment campaigns and writing news articles for our regional volunteering E-newsletters. Your help will contribute to the efficient management of volunteers and voluntary trainees, including accurate communication, and the smooth running of the Volunteering department.

The role will be based either at our headquarters in York, 1 St Georges Place, YO24 1GN or at Potteric Carr, Mallard Way, Doncaster. The closing date for applications is Monday 16th April at 9am. Applications forms can be requested from

Commitment: Flexible to suit volunteer- a couple of hours a week

Duration: Ongoing

Wildlife Event Volunteer

Nature is amazing and we want to tell everyone! Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is creating a county rich in wildlife and we want passionate, creative volunteers to help assist in running fun nature themed drop in events on nature reserves across Yorkshire. If you take delight in sharing your passion and seeing the wonder of nature ignite the imagination of children, you will certainly enjoy this role.

You’ll be involved in lots of fun educational and creative activities such as; pond dipping- catching freshwater invertebrates with families to show what lies beneath the water, sweeping netting for beautiful butterflies and grasshoppers to getting arty and crafty. There’s so many fun ways to reach people, so new ideas and activities are a great way to make our events even better. We’d welcome you to come with your own creative ideas about how we can share the wonder of nature and how we can protect it for generations to come. The role will be based from for York for training and your staff contact, however we want volunteers based across Yorkshire. The events will be taking place at Staveley, Askham Bog, Pearson Wildlife Garden, Moorlands, Adel Dam and North Cave.

Commitment: 1-2 days a month, we can be flexible to suit volunteer. There are some weekend and midweek sessions planned for school holidays.

Duration: This role is ongoing – Our event period is mainly between May and end of September, however we have events and shows outside of this period where we need help running activities to support the work of the membership recruiters.

Wildlife Ambassadors

Our habitats for wildlife in Yorkshire are diverse, though many species face threats from many things including; development and intensive agriculture. We’re working hard ensure nature stands a chance. We do this in this in many ways from frontline conservations works, campaigning and lobbying for change. One of our strongest lobbying tools is our amazing members, who stand by our side when we fight to save Yorkshire’s wildlife.

Our Wildlife Supporter Officers are usually the first point of contact for all our members, they are tasked with engaging with the public to make them aware of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, our work and encourage them to support us through membership. They work all across Yorkshire at our gateway sites, nature reserves and at events such as the Yorkshire Show and country fairs. As a Wildlife Ambassador you would be assisting the WSO by talking to visitors at our sites and going to events with them, or you could fly solo and attend events local to you. You will be helping to spread the word in your ambassadorial role by raising awareness of the Trust and telling our stories that will inspire people to take action for wildlife.

We’d like to hear from you if; you enjoy being part of a team of passionate individuals, enjoy talking to people about the importance of nature conservation, would like telling our stories and be able to actively encourage people to join up should the moment arise. The role will be based from for York for training and your staff contact, however we want volunteers based across Yorkshire.

Commitment: Weekly/once a fortnight /once a month- the role can be flexible to suit volunteer. Volunteers will be emailed a diary with future event dates each month and you can choose which dates to volunteer. You can also find and book events near to where they live.

Duration: All year round

Butterfly Surveyors

Spending time outdoors is good for our wellbeing and getting some exercise is good for our health. Luckily we have the perfect opportunity for you if you enjoy being outside and walking around beautiful nature reserves. So what’s catch, well we’d like you to count butterflies while you’re there. We have some fantastic species on our sites from delicate Marbled Whites, to the diminutive Duke of Burgundy and not leaving out the spectacular Peacock butterfly, so you'll be sure to find something while you're surveying.

We need Butterfly surveyors at many of our nature reserves in North Yorkshire, you’d be part of a team of surveyors, on a rota to survey the site over a 6 month period. You will survey the same section of site each time, making a note of what species you encounter on the visit. As the survey period stretches from spring to autumn you will be able to see the delightful seasonal changes on your reserve.

Commitment: Flexible to suit you. There is one survey a week from the beginning of April until the end of September. You can opt in for as many survey weeks as you wish. Butterfly surveys are weather dependant and you do need the flexibility to be able to survey on the best weather day during your week. Surveying should take place ideally between 11am-5pm in the warmest part of the day.

Duration: Beginning of April until the end of September 2018

North Yorkshire Reserves - Practical Conservation Task Day Volunteer

Chain sawing

Join our friendly teams of staff and volunteers on practical work days at some of our North Yorkshire Nature Reserves. Tasks could include path maintenance, vegetation clearance, raking, fencing, planting, helping with tool maintenance and survey work.

Please see our latest Practical Conservation Calendar which lists practical task days, contacts, and more details of how you can get involved.

Waves of Waste Coordinators - North Yorkshire Coast

Waves of Waste CoordinatorCould you organise a clean up of your local beach four times a year and build up a committed squad of friends or locals to help you?

You’ll also take charge of your team’s kit and help with promoting the events and liaising with Trust staff. We are looking for volunteer coordinators with a passion for Living Seas and some experience and interest in running small events, working with children, families and the general public. Full training available.

Commitment: Approximately 12 days per year
Duration: Ongoing