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Voluntary Trainees

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 sometimes 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 generous 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:-

Click here for a Voluntary Trainee Application Form

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 volunteering@ywt.org.uk 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?

Farm and Grazing Voluntary Trainee- Appleton Mill Farm, North Yorkshire

We are looking recruit a Farm and Grazing Voluntary trainee to help with our work primarily at two of our conservation farms in North Yorkshire. Appleton Mill Farm is an established 230 acre beef and arable farm with 100 acres of woodland that holds many ancient woodland indicator flora such as bluebells, wild primrose and wood sorrel. Low Carr Farm is a 100 acre grassland farm where most of lambing takes place for our Hebridean sheep.

Ideally you will live on site at Appleton Farm as accommodation is provided, giving you the real life experience of living and working on a farm! As a Farm and Grazing Trainee you will gain skills and experience in all aspects of farm conservation and management and conservation grazing techniques. This is an exciting and varied role which promises to give you a great mix of skills.

The role is for 12 months and 3-5 days a week, with some weekend availability required. A driving license is essential as regular use of both farm and Trust vehicles is a key part of the role which also comes with a competitive training budget and access to our internal training plan and a contribution to travel expenses.

Closing date: Friday 3rd June 2016

Interview date: Monday 13th June 2016 at Appleton Mill Farm

Start date: June/July 2016

Nature Reserves Voluntary Trainee - West Yorkshire x2

The Reserves Officers carry out a varied and important program of both outdoor and office work, in order to create and protect high quality habitats for a range of wildlife across Yorkshire. Our voluntary trainees have become an invaluable addition to our reserves teams, thus further enhancing and protecting Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves.


The role will be split between office based tasks and practical habitat conservation tasks on various public nature reserves throughout West Yorkshire. The practical element of the role will be on nature reserves across West Yorkshire, with the tool store located near Selby. The office element will be based from Stirley Community Farm near Huddersfield, Hall Bower Lane, HD4 6RP.
You will gain skills in:
• carrying out habitat management activities such as scrub clearance, ragwort pulling, livestock management, fence and gate repairs and rubbish removal and a variety of other jobs.
• supervising (with support and training) local volunteers and groups to manage sites and carry out conservation tasks.
• preparing and supervising contractors
• researching, writing and developing management plans
• writing funding bids, fielding queries, as well as other reserves administration
• Assisting with organising and leading events and helping with educational activities.

Ideally, applicants would have access to a car as they will need to travel to sites across the area, not always on a public transport route.

The role is for 12 months and 3 days a week, and comes with a competitive training budget and access to our internal training plan and a contribution to travel expenses.

Closing date: Sunday 5th June 2016

Interview date: Monday 20th June

Start date: Tuesday 12th July

Nature Reserves Voluntary Trainee - Lower Aire Valley

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Leeds City Council are working in partnership to create wildlife enriched areas on Leeds City Council land. The Reserves Officers carry out a varied and important program of both outdoor and office work, in order to create and protect high quality habitats for a range of wildlife across Yorkshire. Our voluntary trainees have become an invaluable addition to our reserves teams, thus further enhancing and protecting Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves.


The role will be split between office based tasks and practical habitat conservation tasks on various public nature reserves throughout West Yorkshire. The practical element of the role will be on nature reserves across West Yorkshire, with the tool store located near Selby. The office element will be based from Stirley Community Farm near Huddersfield, Hall Bower Lane, HD4 6RP.
You will gain skills in:
• carrying out habitat management activities such as scrub clearance, ragwort pulling, livestock management, fence and gate repairs and rubbish removal and a variety of other jobs.
• supervising (with support and training) local volunteers and groups to manage sites and carry out conservation tasks.
• preparing and supervising contractors
• researching, writing and developing management plans
• writing funding bids, fielding queries, as well as other reserves administration
• Assisting with organising and leading events and helping with educational activities.

Ideally, applicants would have access to a car as they will need to travel to sites across the area, not always on a public transport route.

This is a 12 month placement, 3 days per week. and comes with a competitive training budget; a varied internal training plan and a contribution towards travel expenses

Closing date: Sunday 5th June 2016

Interview date: Monday 20th June

Start date: Tuesday 12th July

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 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.

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 café 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 and would be an attractive addition to your CV.

The role is for 12 months and 3-5 days a week, with some weekend availability required. These will ideally be a residential placement with accommodation provided close to the reserve / onsite. A driving license is not essential for this role but please be advised that Spurn is a remote location with little public transport. The role comes with a competitive training budget and access to our internal training plan.

Closing date: Friday 27th May

Interview date: Wednesday 15th June at Spurn

Start date: in July

North Cave Wetlands Voluntary Trainee

The voluntary trainee will join the reserves programme manager, helping with wardening, administrative tasks, and practical habitat management, plus have the opportunity to lead community and educational events and visits. Much of this will take place at North Cave Wetlands; however there will also be opportunities to get involved with other tasks happening across the Vale of York region, such as partnership working with other landowner’s and habitat and species surveys.

You could be involved in:

Assisting with volunteer co-ordination and liaison.
Assisting with the creation of site interpretation and visitor works.
Be inspiring people to take action for wildlife.
Help plan and prepare for events and activities.
Help promote events and news.
Assist in the planning and delivery of a wide range of activities.

Help with administration of events e.g. through data entry, recording of risk assessments.


You can gain experience in:

Practical Conservation Tasks on a variety of habitats
Reserve Management planning- using CMSi software
Experience of leading volunteer groups
Experience of partnership working

This Trainee post is part of a wider rolling programme of Traineeships offered by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust – you will be part of a wider team of 20+ voluntary Trainees and an internal programme of training and development is offered to all Trainees, as well as a budget for Training (to be agreed with your supervisor once the placement has started) We also offer a contribution towards daily out-of-pocket travel expenses to all our voluntary Trainees.

Time commitment: 2-3 days per week, duration six months to one year

Closing date: Friday 10th June 2016

Interview Date: Tuesday 21st June 2016 in York

Living Seas Voluntary Trainee

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed voluntary trainees to help support our team and gain valuable experience through manning the Living Seas Centre, running public events and boat safari’s, assisting with and delivering schools education sessions, and promoting our wider projects within the Living Seas work stream such as our Fisheries work. 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 marine conservation sector and would be an attractive addition to your CV.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain high quality experience with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas team as well as with the wider Wildlife Trust North Sea project. You will gain experience in planning, organising and leading school groups and public events. You will gain experience and knowledge in how to run a busy visitor centre, engage with members of public and help to raise marine conservation awareness.

This trainee post is part of a wider rolling programme of Traineeships offered by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust – you will be part of a wider team of 20+ voluntary trainees and an internal programme of training and development is offered to all trainees, as well as a budget for training (to be agreed with your supervisor once the placement has started) We also offer a contribution towards daily out-of-pocket travel expenses to all our voluntary trainees.

Time commitment: 3-5 days per week, duration: one year

Closing date: : Monday 27th June 2016 by 12noon

Interview date: Thursday 14th July 2016 at the Living Seas Centre

 

 

 

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