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?


Wildlife Data Voluntary Trainee

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to become our voluntary trainee to assist our Wildlife Data Officer based at Potteric Carr, near Doncaster or our HQ in York. With help from a huge number of volunteers Yorkshire Wildlife Trust surveys many different sites for many different species each year; from willow tits to wild flowers, newts to butterflies. All this data feeds into habitat management plans and helps to identify conservation priorities.

The voluntary trainee will assist our Wildlife Data Officer with both running these surveys (coordinating volunteers, planning site visits and arranging equipment) and analysing the data afterwards. If you enjoy crunching the numbers, have experience of basic survey techniques and work well with both people and computers then this role may be just for you!

Applicants do not necessarily need access to a vehicle, however most of our work sites are located in remote locations, away from main public transport routes. Therefore this role is suited to a person who holds a full driving license and is willing to drive as part of the role.

Closing date:  Thursday 19th January 2017 by noon

Interview date: Thursday 2nd February 2017

Start date: Early March 2017

Humberhead Levels Voluntary Trainee

The Humberhead Levels NIA spans across parts of Yorkshire & Humber, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. The aim of this project is to create a more connected environment for people and wildlife, resulting in a more valued and robust natural environment. The voluntary trainee position will support the work of the Restoration Officer and have a great chance to get involved in landscape scale conservation supporting the delivery of added value of project work through monitoring, surveying, project development and volunteer coordination.

The voluntary trainee could be involved in many tasks, such as surveying and monitoring water voles; mapping Phase 1 Habitat survey information; leading volunteer groups on practical tasks, which would lead to an intensive and high quality experience that will stand out on any CV.

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 minimum and come with a competitve package of a training budget; internal training program and reasonable out of pocket travel expenses.

Closing date: Monday 9th January 2017 by noon

Interview date: Friday 20th January 2017

Start date: Wednesday 15th February 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 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 potential weekend availability. 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: Wednesday 18th January 2017 9am

Interview date: Friday 3rd January 2017 at Spurn

To start: Late February 2017

Northern Reserves Voluntary Trainee

We are looking for a trainee to assist our North Yorkshire Field Officer based in North Yorkshire (Pickering, Helmsley and Scarborough areas) to carry out practical conservation tasks, woodland and forestry work on the PAWs project (Plantations on Ancient Woodland), 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 majority of time will be 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.You will have the opportunity to work alongside groups of volunteers and even have a chance at leading small groups, you will also interacting with visitors to the nature reserve, e.g. to point out features or explain management of the site.

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 generous budget for Training. We also offer a contribution towards daily out-of-pocket travel expenses to all our voluntary Trainees.

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 roles is for 12 months, 3 days a week and are based predominately out on reserves.

Closing date: Monday 16th January 2017 9am

Interview date: Thursday 26th January in York

To start: February 2017



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