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 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:-

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 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: Thursday 20th April 2017 9am

Interview date: Friday 5th May 2017 at Stirley Community Farm

To start: May 2017


Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee- Outer Humber

Our East Reserves Team working across East Yorkshire and the Vale of York are looking for a 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 inspiring nature reserves giving you a broad range of skills across different habitats and further protecting Yorkshire’s wildlife. From sites in the Outer Humber, with its changing coastal position of dunes and saltmarsh to a suburban green belt grass land site at Priory fields and further west to Barlow Common that is developing as a diverse woodland and small floristic meadows enjoyed by many.

The role is a mixed between being out on the reserves and in the office; you’ll get a great variety of carrying out practical tasks, involvement with conservation grazing and some surveying with staff and volunteers, mixed in with office based tasks such as management planning. The role will be based at Kilnsea, East Yorkshire.

Closing date: Friday 7th April 9am

Interview Date: Monday 24th April at Spurn

Start Date: May 2017

Communications Voluntary Trainee- York

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Development team are seeking a new Communications Voluntary Trainee to help us with our work engaging with 40,000 members and the wider public in Yorkshire about our work for wild places and wildlife. The Development team are responsible for communications, membership and fundraising; which is growing from strength to strength. The team communicates through a wide variety of media including written publications such as; our 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 Officer and the wider team. This role would be suited to someone who is interested in developing a career in Communications/PR or similar. This role is for 6 months for 2-3 days a week and will be based at our headquarters in York.

Closing Date: Friday 10th March 2017 9am

Interview Date: Wednesday 22nd March in York

Start date: April 2017

Clifton Beck Project Voluntary Trainee

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.

The Clifton Beck Project Voluntary Trainee will be supporting the delivery of the HLF funded Improving Clifton Becks Water project. You will be working with the Clifton Beck community project officer to plan and deliver a range of habitat restoration and creation work through practical conservation task days. During your 2-3 days volunteering with us per week you will also be learning how to engage with communities and landowners and develop skills in technical fieldwork, surveying and monitoring. There is a large element of volunteer management in this project and the Voluntary Trainee will develop strong skills in this area through both direct and remote management and training of volunteers.

Closing date: Monday 3rd April 2017 9am

Interview date: Tuesday 18th April 2017 at Stirley Community Farm

To start: May 2017

Spurn Reserve Voluntary Trainee

Spurn sits at the tip of the Outer Humber Living Landscape and close to the Holderness Inshore marine protected area. 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. YWT is making a significant investment in Spurn to transform it into one of Britain’s finest nature reserves, one which enhances the wildlife value of the area, where visitors are inspired by our rich natural heritage and where wildlife makes a positive contribution to the local economy through nature tourism.

We are developing a visitor reception area, improving the physical infrastructure (including the newly restored Lighthouse) and implementing an exciting events and activities programme. The visitor reception facilities will be based initially from the Blue Bell (catering) and Warren (admissions), but within the next year all welcome facilities will move to a bespoke new visitor centre. The creation of this Gateway will enable better protection of Spurn’s sensitive heritage and inspire visitors to love Spurn and the coastal and marine environment in which it sits.

To help us deliver this fantastic programme of work we are offering the opportunity for a new Trainee to complement the existing team at Spurn. This will ideally be a residential placement with accommodation provided (utility bills paid) close to the reserve / onsite. The role is for 6-12 months for 3 days a week.

Closing Date: Friday 17th March at 9am

Interview Date: Tuesday 4th April at Spurn

Start Date: April/May 2017


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Clifton Beck Project Voluntary Trainee Role Desciption802 KB
Communications Voluntary Trainee Role Description808 KB
Spurn Reserve Voluntary Trainee Role Description811.5 KB
Nature Reserve Voluntary Trainee- Outer Humber812 KB
Inspiring People Voluntary Trainee West Yorkshire Role Description799.5 KB