List of YWT Nature Reserves (A-Z)


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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 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:-

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 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!

Inspiring People Voluntary Trainee

With a thriving education and events calendar Yorkshire Wildlife Trust delivers a wide range of activities throughout the year at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve; including school visits, family activity days and workshops 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 engagement programme on site. This is a great opportunity to develop skills in environmental education and people engagement; particularly the planning, marketing and delivery of a wide range of education and family events.

Voluntary trainees in this role develop communication skills while delivering school sessions, workshops, talks and family activities. They also learn how to manage our team of Inspiring People volunteers who also lead activities and inspire the public to connect with nature. As well as the skills developed through delivering activities trainees also learn how to market, plan and create inspiring activities for a wide range of audiences. Voluntary trainees are expected to use their organisational skills to manage their volunteering time, and maintain basic office skills such as using outlook, attending meetings and working with internal and external partners.

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 3 days a week and comes with a competitive training budget and travel expenses. The role is based at our Potteric Carr Nature Reserve near Doncaster and will start in early March 2018.


Application deadline: Wednesday 31st January 2018 9am

Interview Date and venue: 7th February, Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

Start Date: March 2018

Communications Voluntary Trainee

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s fundraising and engagement team are seeking a new Communications Voluntary Trainee to help us with our work engaging with 42,000 members and the wider public in Yorkshire about our work for wild places and wildlife. The fundraising and engagement team are responsible for communications, membership, fundraising, campaigning and volunteering; which is growing from strength to strength. The team communicates through a wide variety of media including written publications such as; a quarterly member’s magazine, leaflets, posters, site interpretation, press releases, our website and social media.

We are offering a great opportunity to be part of a dynamic and creative team, where you can learn new skills in communications alongside our Communications Manager and the wider team. This role would be suited to someone who is interested in developing a career in Communications/PR or similar.

The role is for 6 months and will be between 2-3 days a week, there is flexibility with days and this can discussed at interview. You can expect a competitive training budget, travel expenses and you will be based at our HQ in York.

Application deadline: 9am Monday 5th February 2018

Interview Date: Tuesday 20th February 2018 in York

Start Date: March 2018


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