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!

Living Seas Centre Voluntary Trainees x 2

The Living Seas team at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is going from strength to strength with Living Seas really moving up the conservation agenda. We have now entered our 6th year at the Living Seas Centre in Flamborough and our Discovery Room is proving popular destination. From the Living Seas Centre we run an extensive programme of public awareness events and formal schools education visits, that enthuse and inspire people about our marine environment.

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed voluntary trainees to help support our team and gain valuable experience through engaging with visitors in the Living Seas Centre, running public events, assisting with and delivering schools education sessions, assisting with our project work and promoting our wider Trust messages within the Living Seas work stream. If you would like to share your passion about our Living Seas with others then we would like you to apply for this role.

This role is for 6-12 months, for 3 days a week between Thursday- Tuesday with some weekend days and comes with a competitive training budget and travel expenses and based in Flamborough. The role will start in July 2018.

Application deadline: Wednesday 13th June 2018 9am

Interview Date: Thursday 21st June at the Lving Seas Centre

Start Date: July 2018

Nature Reserve Voluntary Trainees, West Yorkshire x 2

Across West Yorkshire, our reserve teams carry out vital practical conservation tasks, leading volunteer groups and carrying out office-based reserve management to enhance and protect nature. We are offering two opportunities to gain experience in all aspects of reserve management through our Voluntary Trainee programme. Our reserve based Voluntary Trainees gain varied and detailed expereince in practical habitat management as well as having access to our volunteer training programme and wider development opportuntites. This is an excellent chance to develop the skills needed to pursue a career in practical conservation.

The role will be split between office-based tasks and practical habitat conservation tasks on various public nature reserves throughout West 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 jobs. Tasks often involve working with local volunteers to manage sites and part of the role will include leading volunteer groups in practical activities.

Office-based work will include researching, writing and developing management plans, preparing and supervising contract works, writing funding bids, fielding queries, as well as other reserves administration.

This role is for 12 months, for 3 days a week, comes with a competitive training budget and travel expenses and is based at our Stirley Community Farm near Huddersfield or potentially a Leeds office base. The role will start in July 2018.

Application deadline: Monday 4th June 2018 9am

Interview Date: Thursday 14th June at Stirley Community Farm, Huddersfield

Start Date: July 2018



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