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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:

Peatland Habitat Monitor

The Yorkshire Peat Partnership is a peatland restoration programme that delivers restoration by blocking drains and revegetating bare peat in the Yorkshire uplands. We want to develop a programme for long term monitoring on sites where restoration work has taken place with the help from volunteers. Monitoring will take place in upland areas of Yorkshire and you'll get to enjoy some our most wild landscapes in the Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale and the North Yorkshire Moors. Knowledge of upland plant species is desirable as you'll need to know your heather from your bilberry, plus be savvy with Sphagnum. An induction workshop is planned and training for basic plant ID is also available if required.

 Applications forms can be requested from

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

Duration: Surveying season is between November to March

Sphagnam Planting Volunteer

What's Sphagnum?! I hear you ask. Sphagnum are mosses that are the wonderful multi-coloured living carpets of moss found in wet places like peat bogs, marshland, heath and moorland. The Yorkshire Peat Partnership are currently running a project to investigate how re-planting damaged peatlands with Sphagnum moss improves ecosystem service benefits such as water quality and greenhouse gas emissions. We have 60 research plots to plant up, all part of the scientific study, therefore a keen eye for detail is required to maintain accurate planting and consistency throughout. You'll get to spend time out in some of Yorkshire's finest landscapes, planting key peatland species that will feed into research to determine future methods of peatland management.  

Commitment: Flexible to suit volunteer

Duration: Planting will take place between 12th February and 23rd February 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

Volunteer Vehicle Valet

We need help to keep our small fleet of cars sparkly clean so that as they travel around Yorkshire, people can't help but notice them and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust! If you have an hour or two spare and enjoy a therapeutic clean up get in touch to find out more about how you can get involved.

Commitment: Flexible to suit volunteer

Duration: Ongoing