Join our voluntary trainee team, learn new skills and gain experience within a friendly environmental organisation.
Our voluntary trainee roles are open to anyone wishing to gain that all important 'hands on' experience to offer a competitive edge when applying for jobs.
These roles are usually part-time, so anything from 2-5 days a week, and can last from 6 - 12 months.
Our voluntary trainee roles are part of a wider rolling programme of Traineeships offered by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust – you will be part of a team of 20+ voluntary trainees and are offererd an internal programme of training, development and support as well as a competitive budget for training. We also offer a contribution towards daily out-of-pocket travel expenses to all our voluntary trainees.
To apply for one of the roles below please complete and return a Voluntary Trainee Application Form using the link here:-
You will need to use the information given in the role description (bottom of the page) to demonstrate why you are a good candidate for a voluntary traineeship. Please make sure you state which role you are applying for and be sure to return the form by the deadline to email@example.com or post it to the address on the form
If you have any questions about voluntary traineeships please call us on 01904 659570.
Why not read some of our voluntary trainee profiles on the previous page to see for yourself what it's really like!
Living Seas Centre Voluntary Trainee- Flamborough
The Living Seas team at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is going from strength to strength with Living Seas really moving up the conservation agenda. We have now entered our 5th year at the Living Seas Centre in Flamborough and our Discovery Room is proving popular destination. From the Living Seas Centre we run an extensive programme of public awareness events and formal schools education visits, that enthuse and inspire people about our marine enviroment.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed voluntary trainee to help support our team and gain valuable experience through engaging with visitors in the Living Seas Centre, running public events, assisting with and delivering schools education sessions, assisting with our project work and promoting our wider Trust messages within the Living Seas work stream. If you would like to share your passion about our Living Seas with others then we would like you to apply for this role.
This role is for 6-12 months, for 3 days a weekwith some weekend days and comes with a competitive training budget and travel expenses and based in Flamborough.
Closing date: Monday 12th June 2017 9am
Interview date: Tuesday 20th June 2017
To start: July 2017
Nature Reserve Voluntary Trainee Lower Aire Valley
The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Leeds City Council are working in partnership to create wildlife enriched areas along the Lower Aire Valley in Leeds. There are a network of sites in south Leeds that provide a patchwork of habitats of wildflower meadows, wetlands and woodlands. These green spaces link up to create a fantastic wildlife corridor in a largely urban area.
The reserves officer is responsible for the management of these sites and carries out a varied and important program of both field and office work in order to create and protect these high quality habitats. Your role as a voluntary trainee will be assisting the reserve officer in carrying out practical conservation tasks, leading volunteer groups and carrying out office-based reserve management. There will also be opportunities to help lead guided walks and other events.
This role is for 12 months, for 3 days a week and comes with a competitive training budget and travel expenses and based in Leeds.
Closing date: Thursday 1st June 2017
Interview date: Monday 19th June 2017
To start: July 2017
Farm Conservation Voluntary Trainee West Yorkshire
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is in its eight year of developing a 240 acre community supported beef farm near Huddersfield. The farm project aims to unite conservation farming with people and local food production and has expanded and celebrated some great achievements over this time. As a Farm Conservation Voluntary Trainee you will assist in all aspects of herd management, farm conservation and grassland restoration programme and play a key role in achieving the farm infrastructure development plan.
If you love being outdoors in all weathers and have a passion for conservation farming we want to hear from you! This role is for 12 months, for 3 days a week and comes with a competitive training budget and travel expenses and based at our Stirley Community Farm near Huddersfield.
Closing date: Friday 19th May 2017
Interview date: Wednesday 7th June 2017
To start: June 2017
Inspiring People Voluntary Trainee West Yorkshire
With a growing education and events calendar Stirley Community Farm delivers a wide range of activities throughout the year; including school visits, family activities and evening talks for the public. We are looking for a voluntary trainee to gain experience with the Inspiring People team and help to deliver our diverse formal & informal education & awareness programme on site. This is a great opportunity to get involved in environmental education and people engagement; particularly the planning, marketing and delivery of a wide range of education and family events.
If you have a passion for nature and the ability to enthuse others we want to hear from you! This role is for 12 months, for 2-3 days a week and comes with a competitive training budget and travel expenses and based at our Stirley Community Farm near Huddersfield.
Closing date: Friday 19th May 2017 9am
Interview date: Thursday 1st June 2017
To start: June 2017
Northern Reserves Voluntary Trainee
We are looking for a trainee to assist our North Yorkshire Field Officer based in North Yorkshire to carry out practical conservation tasks, lead volunteer groups and assist with general reserve management work. If you would like to gain first-hand experience in practical conservation techniques and learn from our skilled and knowledgeable staff this role is perfect!
The role will be split between practical and office based tasks, with the majority of time spent in the field, gaining experience in habitat management activities, woodland and forestry operations – this includes for example, scrub clearance, wetland creation, invasive species removal, fence and gate repairs, clearance operations, ditch works and rubbish removal amongst a variety of other tasks.
If you love being outdoors and in the thick of nature and like working as part or a team, we'd love to hear from you. This role is for 12 months, 3 days a week and comes with a competitive training budget and travel expenses. The role based predominantly out on reserves near to York, Harrogate and Skipton.
Closing date: Wednesday 24th May 9am
Interview Date: Thursday 8th June at York
Start Date: July 2017
Spurn Reserve Voluntary Trainee
We’re looking for a new Voluntary Trainee to join the team at Spurn National Nature Reserve; which is one of Yorkshire's most interesting and ever changing wildlife and heritage sites. Spurn’s unique landscape is a draw to many visitors and never fails to inspire others about the importance of Living Landscapes and Living Seas. As a Spurn Reserve Voluntary Trainee you will gain a wide range of skills and knowledge centred around reserve management, visitor engagement and running a programme of events at a Gateway site.
We've just been given planning permission to build a new visitor centre, which will be completed by the end of 2017. The new centre will be a fantastic addition to the the newly refurbished Lighthouse that opened last year. This is an amazing opportunity to be part of the exciting developments at Spurn and help make it an exceptional place to visit. You will be involved in helping to plan and deliver practical reserve management; be part of the visitor experience by welcoming visitors on site; taking admissions and providing essential information; helping out in the cafe and retail areas and also assisting with the varied and interesting programme of events that we have at Spurn. The variety of tasks you will be able to take part in should provide a good mix of skills for those who wish to work in the conservation sector.
The role is for 6-12 months, depending on what candidates prefers and will be 3 days a week, with some potential weekend availability. This will ideally be a residential placement with accommodation provided close to the reserve/onsite with all utility bills paid. The role comes with a competitive training budget and access to our internal training plan.