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Volunteering Opportunities in West Yorkshire

Super Survey Volunteer (c) S. PetchSuper Survey Volunteer - Credit Stuart Petch

If you would like more info, or to get involved with any of these fantastic roles, please email: volunteering@ywt.org.uk

Current Opportunities in West Yorkshire

Ever fancied helping out on the farm? September 30th is our annual Food Festival at Stirley Community Farm near Huddersfield and we’re looking for volunteers! There’ll be local produce and craft stalls, cookery demonstrations, family activities, beer tent and live music as well as the chance to explore the farm to see how much we’ve grown this year. Our army of volunteers will be getting stuck in with everything from serving burgers to directing car parking. It’s a great chance to try out volunteering and get to know the farm. If you can spare 5 hours on the 30th September get in touch for more details from our Volunteering Development Team on volunteering@ywt.org.uk .

► Stirley Community Farm

West Yorkshire Reserves 

► South East Leeds

► Livestock Checkers

► Clifton Beck Project

► Owler Beck Project

►Invasive Plant Species Surveyor

Stirley Community Farm

Stirley Community Farm, near Huddersfield, is Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s gateway site for West Yorkshire, set in 240 acres of beautiful Pennine farmland. The farm is being managed for the benefit of wildlife and is going from strength to strength! With the support of the local community and volunteers the aim is to create a self-sustaining local food enterprise.

Our volunteers do so much on the farm! From checking livestock at weekends, putting up fences and dry stone walls, teaching children about how food grows and getting out into the community to share the Stirley story.

We'd love more local people to get involved in our projects so whatever skills you have and whatever role you're interested in get in touch to find the perfect role for you! Email volunteering@ywt.org.uk for more details.

Below are some key summer roles we're looking for help with now:

Seasonal Garden Volunteer

At Stirley Farm there is a flourishing fruit and vegetable growing area which is widely used by schools and community groups. Produce from the garden is cooked and served at events on the farm. During our busy summer months extra pairs of hands make all the different with harvesting, watering and weeding. If you can spare a few hours each week to help in our garden we'd love to hear from you. Normally volunteer days are on Tuesday starting at 10am, but get in touch whenever you're free.

Our fruit and veg beds are really productive and your role will be to sow, grow, tend and harvest the food crops. This will involve:
• Seed sowing, weeding, mulching and planting out.
• Harvesting veg boxes for displays and community group use.
• Watering plants as needed throughout the season.

Email volunteering@ywt.org.uk for more details.

Inspiring People Volunteer

At Stirley Farm we run a range of events throughout the year to connect people with nature because it's amazing! Volunteers help to run these events from school group visits to activities for the public.We need passionate, inspiring volunteers to share the wonders of nature with others.

As an Inspiring People Volunteer you will help to deliver activities, representing Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and sharing your passion for nature with others providing a high quality visitor experience. This will involve:

• Activities such as harvesting vegetables, minibeast hunts and craft activities
• Prepare and pack away equipment, resources and room space before and after events
• Back mark groups so no one gets lost
• Assist with event admin such as registers and feedback forms
• Promote the Trust wherever possible

Email volunteering@ywt.org.uk for more details.

Infrastructure Surveyor

Since our work started at the farm back in 2011 a lot has changed. Across the 240 acre site there's lots to keep track of so this year we're going to do an infrastructure survey to update our records. If you have an eye for detail and enjoy being outdoors we'd love you're help. We need people to walk sections of our site and record key details such as fence condition, dry stone walls, stiles and branded interpretation. Full instructions will be provided so if you have a few hours free (at any time of the week) and enjoy walking through countryside get in touch!

Email volunteering@ywt.org.uk for more details.

Owler Beck Project

The Veolia funded Owler Beck Watercourse Restoration project aims to improve water quality and biodiversity along the Owler Beck. The Beck is struggling to achieve the good ecological status needed in order to meet the European Water Framework Directive because of a large number of rural and urban pressures. We aim to improve approximately 25% of the entire Owler Beck watercourse by addressing a number of the pressures facing the river. The project will improve habitat along the watercourse, contributing to local and national biodiversity action plans and water management aspirations, all the while engaging and enthusing the local community.

We have two volunteer roles as part of this project:

Owler Beck Surveyor

Owler Beck survey volunteers will help to deliver the Veolia funded Owler Beck Watercourse Restoration project. You will be working with the Owler Beck Project Officer to deliver a range of surveys to monitor the water quality along the Owler Beck.

You will be involved in riverfly monitoring with training provided. This involves taking 3 minute kick samples from the beck and recording the presence and abundance of eight pollution sensitive invertebrate groups.

This will continue to allow us to monitor the water quality of Owler Beck long after the Owler Beck Project. Work will be in the water so wellington boots are ideal, with some waders available for use by volunteers.
For more information and an application form please email volunteering@ywt.org.uk .

Owler Beck Practical Conservation

Owler Beck practical volunteers will help to deliver the Veolia funded Owler Beck Restoration project. You will be working with the Owler Beck Project Assistant to deliver a range of habitat restoration and creation, and technical fieldwork along the Owler Beck waterways.

You will be involved in several aspects of the project including:
• Invasive species management through removing Himalayan balsam.
• Creating buffer zones by tree planting, willow spilling, etc.
• Installing in stream features such as flow deflectors, brash berms and coir rolls.

Full training will be provided for all of these activities and tasks.

For more information and details about task day dates please email volunteering@ywt.org.uk .

Clifton Beck Project

The HLF funded Improving Clifton Becks Water project aims to improve water quality and biodiversity along the Clifton Beck. The Beck has an overall classification of ‘moderate’, placing it among the some of the poorest functioning rivers in the UK. By improving 64 hectares of habitat on three sites along Clifton Beck we will be aiming to achieve ‘good’ ecological condition by 2017. To reach this goal we will perform a range of habitat improvement works, all the while engaging and enthusing the local community.

We have two volunteer roles as part of this project:

Clifton Beck Surveyor

Survey volunteers will help to deliver the HLF funded Improving Clifton Becks Water project.

You will be involved in riverfly monitoring with training provided. This involves taking 3 minute kick samples from the beck and recording the presence and abundance of eight pollution sensitive invertebrate groups.

This will continue to allow us to monitor the water quality of Clifton Beck long after the Clifton Beck Project. Work will be in the water so wellington boots are ideal, with some waders available for use by volunteers.

For more information and an application form please email volunteering@ywt.org.uk .

Clifton Beck Practical Conservation

Clifton Beck practical volunteers will help to deliver the HLF funded Improving Clifton Becks Water project. You will be working with the Clifton Beck Community Project Officer and Project trainee to deliver a range of habitat restoration and creation, and technical fieldwork along the Clifton Beck waterways.

You will be involved in several aspects of the project including:
- Invasive species management through removing Himalayan balsam, surveying for species and mapping locations.
- Creating buffer zones by tree planting, willow spilling, etc.

Full training will be provided for all of these activities and tasks.

For more information and details about task day dates please email volunteering@ywt.org.uk .
 

Livestock Checkers

We're looking for local volunteers to become part of our team of regular livestock checkers at several of our sites. If you enjoy walking in beautiful countryside and you have an eye for detail this could be for you.

As a stock checker you will visit a local site regularly (weekly or fortnightly)as part of a rota. Whilst walking around the site you will monitor animal numbers and on the animal’s welfare, then report any problems back to our reserves team. Each checking visit may take between fifteen minutes and an hour, depending on where the stock are on the site.

 If you can spare a couple of hours a week to help us please get in touch by emailing volunteering@ywt.org.uk for more information.

South East Leeds - Practical Conservation Volunteers

Volunteers work across the Lower Aire valley on a variety of reserves in partnership with  Leeds City Council. For more information about these task days please contact elspeth.robinson@ywt.org.uk
 

West Yorkshire Reserves - Practical Conservation Volunteer

Join our friendly team of staff and volunteers and get stuck in with our practical task days across West Yorkshire. Tasks include path maintenance, vegetation clearance, raking, fencing, planting and helping with tool maintenance.

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

West Yorkshire Sites with practical task days in the next 2 months:

Commitment: Workdays run throughout the month on weekdays and weekends. There is no obligation to come every week/month.
Duration: On-going.

Invasive Non Native Species Surveyor

Invasive Non-Native Species (or INNS) are one of the major challenges for the conservationists of today because they are the second largest driver of biodiversity loss worldwide. They out-compete our native species, contribute to erosion and flooding and cost our government £1.7 billion each year.


Join our team of survey volunteers between April and October to help monitor the spread of Invasive Non-Native Species across Yorkshire’s river network. Using the innovative Plant Tracker app (link to the YWT webpage - http://www.ywt.org.uk/planttracker) or the Yorkshire Wildlife Trusts own INNS Mapper (link to the YWT webpage - http://ywt-data.org/inns-mapper/home) you’ll be helping to collect data to feed into a national project fighting the spread of these problematic plants. We are currently looking for surveyors in South and West Yorkshire in the Don & Rother and Aire & Calder catchment. It can all be done in your local patch while out for a stroll or walking your dog, or on a river of your choice.


As an INNS Surveyor you will receive all the necessary training to recognise the invasive non-native species and record your sightings, so there’s no experience required.


If you are interested in becoming an INNS surveyor, please contact invasives@ywt.org.uk