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 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:-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
Planning and Policy Voluntary Trainee
We are looking for an enthusiastic and passionate individual with some experience of the planning system wanting to gain further skills as a Planning and Policy Voluntary Trainee. You will volunteer alongside our Conservation Planning Officers and will be assisting with responding to planning applications and forward planning consultations.
The role will include:
- researching the area and the nature conservation issues relating to applications
- drafting persuasive comments to ensure that our advice is acted upon
- researching and drafting comments on forward planning consultations
- inputting data to make sure that we have up to date information
- querying data (GIS) when commenting on planning applications
- visiting sites to carry out an assessment
You will gain experience in:
- Helping to protect Yorkshire’s Wildlife and ensure that developments provide benefits for wildlife
- Experience of providing nature conservation advice through the planning system
- Improved knowledge of nature conservation issues affecting developments e.g. protected species, habitat enhancement and sustainability issues
- Wider experience in the environmental conservation sector through being part of a multi-disciplinary conservation organisation
This voluntary 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.
Commitment: 3 days a week- flexible
Duration: 6-12 months starting in August 2016
Closing Date: Monday 18th July at Noon
Interviews: Monday 1st August 2016 in York
Barn Owl Project Voluntary Trainee
The lowland agricultural landscape across the Humberhead Levels is important for barn owls, connecting populations further north in Yorkshire and south into Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. With monitoring projects and box installation active in some areas, our project joins up and compliments previous work.
A voluntary trainee can gain experience in completing habitat and monitoring surveys; assessing whether barn owls are using current sites and pin-pointing the best strategic locations for barn owls in the future. A particular focus of this traineeship will be to compliment project work in North Lincolnshire to extend delivery with partners as part of the Humberhead Levels Partnership who have recently completed delivery of their flagship Natural Improvement Area at a value of £2.6m.
The role will be split between tasks linked to survey/monitoring and the collation of data, use of GIS for mapping the information, and organising the installation of boxes. There will also be some awareness raising activity and practical tasks to create suitable habitat for the future.
This voluntary 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. This placement is for 12 months, 3 days a week and comes with a competitve package of a training budget; internal training program and reasonable out of pocket travel expenses.
Closing date: Friday 19th August 2016, by noon
Interview date: Wednesday 7th September 2016
Start date: Early October 2016
Nature Reserves Voluntary Trainee - South Yorkshire x2
The Assistant Reserves Officer carries 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.
This role will be split between office based tasks and practical habitat conservation tasks mainly on the Potteric Carr Nature Reserve but also at various public nature reserves throughout South Yorkshire. Time will be spent carrying out habitat management activities such as scrub clearance, ragwort pulling, livestock management, fence and gate repairs and rubbish removal amongst a variety of other tasks. Days will often involve engaging with local volunteers to manage sites and part of the role will include leading volunteer groups in practical activities. Due to the physical nature of these tasks, the role does require a reasonable level of physical fitness and willingness to be outdoors all year round.
Office based tasks will include some of the following: researching, writing and developing management plans, preparing and supervising contract works, writing funding bids, fielding queries, as well as other reserves administration. There will be the opportunity to be involved in leading and organising events, helping with educational activities and volunteering with other teams across Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
These voluntary trainee posts are 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. These placements are for 12 months, 3 days a week (with potential weekend tasks) and come with a competitve package of a training budget; internal training program and reasonable out of pocket travel expenses.
Closing date: Friday 19th August 2016 by noon
Interview date: Monday 5th September 2016
Start date: Early October 2016
East Yorkshire Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee x2
Our East Yorkshire Reserves Team, working across east Yorkshire and the Vale of York, are looking for two passionate individuals to join the team as voluntary trainees to assist staff to undertake practical land management tasks, helping with reserve management planning and assisting with the delivery of volunteer task days.
You’ll help with the management of some of our most beautiful nature reserves giving you a broad range of skills across different habitats and further protecting Yorkshire’s wildlife. From our first nature reserve Askham Bog that has amazing flora found on this mosaic of fen, woodland and meadow to more urban wetland sites located on the outskirts of Filey and Scarborough; through to a SSSI located on the cliffs at Flamborough.
These roles are mixed between being out on the reserves and in the office; you’ll get a great variety of carrying out practical tasks with staff and volunteers, such as scrub clearance, ragwort pulling, livestock management, fence and gate repairs, mixed in with office based tasks such as management planning and small bid writing. Read examples of tasks in the role description below.
These voluntary trainee posts are 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. These placements are for 12 months, 3 days a week and come with a competitve package of a training budget; internal training program and reasonable out of pocket travel expenses.
Closing date: Monday 1st August 2016 by noon
Interview date: Friday 12th August 2016
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 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 26th August 2016
Interview Date: Thursday 15th September at Spurn
To Start: September/October 2016
Farm & Grazing Voluntary Trainee
We are looking to recruit a Farm and Grazing Voluntary trainee to help 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. As a Farm and Grazing Voluntary Trainee you will gain skills and experience in all aspects of farm conservation & management and conservation grazing techniques. This is an exciting and varied role which promises to give you a great mix of skills!
You will require a driving licence as there may be some on-road driving of tractors and Trust vehicles and the farm is in a rural North Yorkshire location that is not easily reached without access to a car.
This role 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.
*Please note that any tasks involving sheep and lambing can be harmful to a pregnant woman, so please bear this in mind when applying*
Closing date: Friday 26th August 2016 by noon
Interview date: Tuesday 13th September 2016
Start date: September/October